Botswana Pledges to Ban Commercial Hunting

Botswana Pledges to Ban Commercial Hunting

Rene Ebersole
Published: 12/07/2012

As a measure to preserve that abundant and diverse wildlife, the ban on trophy hunting will begin on January 1, 2004. However, some hunting will be permitted. The government says it will continue to grant licenses “for traditional hunting by some local communities within designated wildlife management areas.”


Wildlife advocates welcomed the news as a step in the right direction. “The ideal scenario would be that it has a similar effect to the ban on whaling 20 years ago,” Adrian Hiel, a spokesperson with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, told the BBC. “Whale watching is now proven to be more sustainable and profitable than hunting and killing the animals.” 


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