Four African states want CITES to ban elephant hunting in Botswana

Rising numbers: The local population is estimated to be “stable and growing” PIC: MBONGENI MGUNI
Rising numbers: The local population is estimated to be “stable and growing” PIC: MBONGENI MGUNI

Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Mali and Senegal have asked the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to ban Botswana and three of her neighbours from any commercial trade involving elephants, Mmegi has established.

The four countries, situated in western Africa, want the upcoming meeting of CITES scheduled for November in Panama to upgrade elephants in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe from Appendix II to Appendix I, the highest level category for endangered species where no trade is allowed.

Botswana resumed hunting activities, including elephants, in 2019, after a five-year moratorium.

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