Botswana introduced a prohibition on elephant hunting in 2014 by then-president Ian Khama, a keen environmentalist. But on Wednesday the southern African country lifted its ban on elephant hunting, saying the population had increased and farmers' livelihoods were being impacted.
Lawmakers from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) have been lobbying to overturn the ban, saying numbers have become unmanageably large in some areas.
Some believed lifting the hunting ban could be a popular move with rural voters ahead of an #election due in October.
Nevertheless "Botswana has taken a decision to lift the hunting suspension," the environment #ministry said in a statement.
President Mokgweetsi #Masisi took over from #Khama last year and a public review began five months later, with reports suggesting growing #political friction between Masisi and his predecessor. #Farmers struggle to keep elephants out of their fields where they eat crops and can kill people as some #experts say the number of #elephants in the country has almost tripled over the last 30 years and that the #population could now be over 160,000.
Many of #Botswana 's elephants roam across borders into #Namibia , #Zambia and #Zimbabwe . All four countries have called for a #global ban on elephant #ivory trade to be relaxed due to the growing number of the animals in some regions.
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