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Botswana to end sport hunting

Botswana to end sport hunting

Botswana to end sport hunting

The President of Botswana, Lt. Gen. Ian Khama, announced in November that from 2014 Botswana will stop commercial hunting of wildlife in public areas.

In part of his 2012 State of the Nation address, the President reported “We have reached the decision to stop the commercial hunting of wildlife in public areas from 2014, as the shooting of wild game purely for sport and trophies is no longer compatible with our commitment to preserve local fauna as a national treasure, which should be treated as such.”

Whilst the extent and terms and conditions of the ban are yet to be detailed, the statement, together with further comments from the President, has been interpreted by many as heralding the end of trophy hunting in the country.

The move recognises the increasing value of wildlife to non-consumptive tourism, which accounts for 12% of Botswana’s GDP, over trophy hunting as a revenue and employment provider. The Government’s commitment to protecting the country’s remaining wildlife resources is also seen as a bold move to close the country down to international poachers.

The President has indicated that from 2014 no more commercial hunting licenses will be issued, and also announced a boost in the number of soldiers and rangers that will be dedicated to anti-poaching activities.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 11, Dec 2012)

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