Botswana lions in danger from poachers

A pride of lions
A pride of lions

The trade of lion bone in Asia is believed to be behind the illegal killing of two lions last weekend in Middlepits, near Tsabong.

The police have confirmed the arrest of four Batswana men allegedly behind the poaching of these lions. Mmegi has learnt that the market for lion bones is in Asia, but poachers in Botswana sell the skeletons to South Africa that seem to be supplying lion bones to meet the demand in Asia. It is believed that a lion skeleton sells for more than P30,000.

There has been international concern over the growing of South African game industry insiders who are engaged in illicit lion bone and rhino horn trade.

Editor's Comment
Urgent call: Stop the killing!

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