Canned hunting banned

Caged lions awaiting exportation to South Africa
Caged lions awaiting exportation to South Africa

The Botswana government has banned canned hunting of large carnivore. This is as a result of Mmegi’s investigations and row with the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism and exposure of Agriculture Minister, Christiaan de Graaff’s connections to the lion trade with South African farmers.

In a press release issued this week the ministry emphasised its intention to ban canned hunting, the practice in which large carnivores such as lions or other wildlife species are raised in captivity and hunted in small camps with no room for escape or to elude the hunter.

The ministry said that efforts to strengthen legislation to ensure that this “abhorrent and unethical practice does not find its way into Botswana under any guise”, were underway.

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