Botswana threatens Germany: We will send them 20,000 elephants, we do not take "no" for an answer

2024-04-03 18:13:23Kosova&Bota SHKRUAR NGA REDAKSIA VOX

The president of Botswana has warned that he will send 20 thousand elephants to Germany after some political debates. During this year, the Minister of the Environment in Germany suggested that there should be stricter restrictions on the import of hunting trophies in Botswana.

But according to President Mokgweetsi Masisi this will further impoverish his citizens. He said the number of elephants has increased as a result of conservation efforts and hunting helps keep them in check.

"Germans should live together with animals, as you are trying to tell us," he told Bild.

This country is home to a third of the world's elephant population, more than 130 thousand are located there.

He told German media that herds of elephants are causing damage to property, destroying crops and oppressing citizens. In order to reduce the elephant population, Botswana has given 8,000 elephants to Angola and offered hundreds to Mozambique.

"We would like to offer such a gift to Germany," said Masisi, adding that this is not a joke and he does not expect no for an answer.

Trophy hunting was banned in Botswana in 2014, but 5 years later the restrictions were lifted as a result of the local community. This country issues annual hunting quotas saying it provides a good source of income for the community and that the practice used is licensed and strictly controlled.

Germany is the EU's largest importer of elephants as hunting trophies. A spokeswoman for the environment ministry in Berlin told the AFP news agency that Botswana has not raised any concerns with Germany over the issue.

"We have a special responsibility to do everything we can to ensure that the importation of hunting trophies is sustainable and legal," she said.

However, she added that Germany remained in talks with African countries affected by the import rules. Australia, France and Belgium are among the countries that have banned the trade in hunting trophies.