Botswana to auc­tion el­lie hunt­ing li­cences

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Gaborone – Botswana, home to the world’s largest ele­phant pop­u­la­tion, was yes­ter­day set to hold its first ma­jor auc­tion for tro­phy ele­phant hunt­ing quo­tas since scrap­ping a hunt­ing ban last year.

The sale will be con­ducted by a lo­cal firm Auc­tion It from the premises of the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion and Tourism in the cap­i­tal Gaborone.

Pres­i­dent Mokg­weetsi Ma­sisi raised the ire of con­ser­va­tion­ists in May when he re­voked a mora­to­rium, just a year af­ter he suc­ceeded Ian Khama, an avid en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, who in­tro­duced a blanket ban in 2014 to reverse a de­cline in the pop­u­la­tion of wild an­i­mals.

Ma­sisi fended off crit­i­cism of his gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion, say­ing the move would not threaten the ele­phant pop­u­la­tion.

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