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Germany calls for elephant conservation, President Botswana says tearfully: I would love to give you 20,000 elephants

Botswana’s president threatens to deport 20,000 elephants over hunting trophy import rowGermanyand demanded that elephants be allowed to roam freely in Germany.

Germany’s environment ministry earlier this year called for tighter restrictions on the import of hunting trophies due to concerns about poaching, The Guardian reported. However, Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi told Bild Germany that a ban on the import of hunting trophies would only push Botswana’s people into poverty.

Massey believes that conservation efforts have increased elephant numbers and that hunting is an important means of controlling elephant numbers. Botswana banned trophy hunting in 2014 but lifted the ban in 2019 after pressure from local communities. The country now issues annual hunting quotas.

Masisi said that while elephants damage property, destroy crops and trample people, “It’s easy to sit in Berlin and judge Botswana. We are paying the price for protecting these animals in the world.”

He said that Germans should “live with animals the same way you are trying to tell us”, stressing that “this is no joke”. There are more than 130,000 elephants in Botswana.

“We are ready to make a similar offer to Germany and will not accept rejection,” Masisi said. “If you like elephants so much, please accept this gift from us.”

In this regard, a spokesman for the German Environment Ministry said on the 2nd thatEuropean UnionGermany, one of the largest importers of hunting trophies, is in talks with African countries like Botswana that are affected by import restrictions. “We have a duty to do everything possible to ensure that the import of hunting trophies is sustainable and legal.”

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