Botswana to charge 3 people for killing elephant calf
This after the country’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a hunting ban that his predecessor Ian Khama imposed that made killing elephants illegally.
JOHANNESBURG - Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said it would charge three people for killing an elephant calf earlier this month.
Masisi said he lifted the ban because elephants were killing people and causing economic challenges for rural people. His government argued that the elephants, with a population of 130,000, were endangering human life in the country.
However, the country’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said the killing of an elephant calf by three suspects with dogs and stones in Nokaneng was cruel and disturbing.
The ministry conceded that the incident that was recorded and distributed on social media could damage the country’s long-standing reputation of wildlife conservation.
In a statement, it said people should avoid interacting with or harming wild animals and report to local authorities if they stray into settlements.