Botswana’s government has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, a decision that is likely to bring protests from wildlife protection groups.
The southern African nation is home to more elephants than any other country, with an estimated 130,000.
The government’s statement posted on social media says the change comes after consultations with stakeholders.
MEDIA INVITATION |The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism wishes to inform the public that following extensive consultations with all stakeholders, the Government of Botswana has taken a decision to lift the hunting suspension. pic.twitter.com/u3ODVtcOdQ— Botswana Government (@BWGovernment) May 23, 2019
It said hunting will resume “in an orderly and ethical manner” but does not say how it will be regulated.
The hunting ban had been in effect since 2014.
Botswana’s environment ministry says a Cabinet review found high levels of conflicts between elephants and humans.
- Press Association