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Botswana Wants to Send 20,000 Elephants to Germany for This

By Orgesta Tolaj


21 June 2024

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In a bold and controversial move, Botswana has issued a threat to send 20,000 elephants to Germany as a response to the ongoing trophy hunting dispute.

This shocking decision has everyone and their mothers asking important questions about conservation efforts, wildlife management, and ethical considerations. As tensions escalate between these two nations, the fate of these majestic creatures hangs in the balance.

So, what will happen to the Botswana elephants?

Over 20.000 Botswana Elephants Might Be Sent to Germany

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Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has issued a serious threat to send 20,000 elephants to Germany amidst a disagreement regarding the importation of hunting trophies. He conveyed this message in an interview with the German tabloid Bild, emphasizing the severity of the situation.

The African leader criticized the German government, especially its environment ministry, for attempting to ban trophy imports despite Botswana’s perceived elephant overpopulation.

Where Is This Threat Coming From?

Earlier this year, Germany’s environment ministry, led by Steffi Lemke of the Green party, considered tighter restrictions on hunting trophy imports due to concerns about poaching. Masisi suggested to Bild that Germany’s Green party should learn to coexist with elephants without resorting to hunting them.

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He said: ”It is very easy to sit in Berlin and have an opinion about our affairs in Botswana. We are paying the price for preserving these animals for the world – and even for Lemke’s party.”

Masisi urged Germans to try to live alongside animals in the same way they advocate, noting Botswana’s elephant population has grown to approximately 130,000.

The Botswana Elephant Overpopulation

To address Botswana’s elephant overpopulation, President Masisi mentioned that Botswana has offered 8,000 elephants to Angola and 500 to Mozambique. Mozambique has not yet taken these elephants. Masisi expressed a desire to similarly offer elephants to Germany, stating he is determined to make this happen.

Botswana’s president argued that conservation efforts have significantly increased the elephant population, and hunting is crucial to maintaining their numbers in check.

What Is the Problem?

Masisi stated that elephants in Botswana are causing human fatalities, crop damage, and village destruction.

He argued that banning hunting trophies would only worsen poverty in Botswana. Masisi claimed Botswana does more than any other country to protect wildlife and invited the German minister to visit and see their conservation efforts firsthand.

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Botswana banned trophy hunting in 2014 to aid declining elephant numbers due to poaching and habitat loss. However, the ban was lifted in 2019 following pressure from local communities, and the country now assigns annual hunting quotas.

What Does Germany Have to Say?

A spokesperson for the German foreign ministry stated that Botswana has not formally raised concerns with the German government regarding the trophy import issue. Meanwhile, German Environment Ministry spokeswoman Iris Throm mentioned ongoing discussions with affected African countries, including Botswana, regarding import regulations.

Germany’s environment ministry indicated that Germany is among the largest importers of hunting trophies in the EU. Currently, African hunting trophies already require import authorization under existing regulations.

Do you think the threat is necessary?

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