Foreign hunters, after Botswana lifted the five-year ban on elephant hunting, have left 2.7 million dollars in the country since the beginning of the year, reports the American broadcasting station Voice of America. One third of the world’s mammals live in the country in southern Africa. Opponents of elephant hunting are calling for an end to this practice.
The government of Botswana issued 287 elephant hunting licenses this year. Foreign hunters pay up to $ 43,000 for shooting one individual.
“Hunting revenues have risen from around $ 1.3 million in 2014 to $ 2.7 million this year,” said Philda Kereng, Botswana’s minister for the environment, natural resources and tourism, in Monday’s parliamentary speech.
– My department remains optimistic that hunting profits will continue to grow once the pandemic and travel restrictions are lifted. Intensive vaccination programs against COVID-19 will also increase interest in tourist traffic, added the Voice of America radio station.
The solution to the “conflict between humans and nature”
In 2019, the President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, explained that the decision to lift the ban on elephant hunting was based on “the need to resolve the growing conflict between humans and nature and the desire to provide income to local communities” – recalled the American broadcasting station.
Botswana has the largest elephant population in the world, estimated at over 130,000, Voice of America said, stressing that opponents of hunting these animals are calling for an end to this practice.
In 2020, hundreds of Botswana elephants died as a result of the toxins produced by microscopic algae that live in water bodies.
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