Africa's Largest Elephant States Back Botswana's Plans

Elephants drinking from a borehole PIC:THALEFANG CHARLES
Elephants drinking from a borehole PIC:THALEFANG CHARLES

Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, which together host the largest population of elephants in Africa, have thrown their weight behind Botswana’s decision to open a national dialogue on the overpopulation of the species.

A ministerial committee recently submitted a report on the issue to President Mokgweetsi Masisi, including several recommendations on elephant overpopulation, including the lifting of the 2014 hunting ban and greater empowerment of communities living with the animals.

The recommendations sparked intense local and international debate with prominent conservationists referring to them as “blood laws,” while other experts and researchers have defended them noting that the overpopulation was impacting negatively on other species and communities. Masisi has said high-level consultations will continue before final decisions are taken.

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Bravo police for prompt action

It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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