Hunt­ing ele­phants

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I was sad­dened to read that Botswana had lifted its ban on hunt­ing ele­phants and ut­terly dismayed to learn it’s seek­ing to sell off ivory stock­piles (Wild news, Au­gust 2019).

My wife and I went on a sa­fari last year, and we chose Botswana be­cause of its ex­cel­lent con­ser­va­tion record. Maybe there are too many ele­phants there to be sus­tain­able, but that is be­cause it is a safe haven for them. Rather than re­duc­ing num­bers by hunt­ing, the cre­ation of a net­work of pro­tected habi­tats is needed in ad­ja­cent coun­tries. Gary Price, via email

Ed­i­tor Paul McGuin­ness says: The CITES sum­mit re­jected a pro­posal by Botswana, Zim­babwe and Namibia that would have al­lowed them to sell their ivory stock­piles.

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