Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Britain impoverishes Batswana with hunting ban law

Scores of community trusts stand to lose millions of Pula in wildlife and tourism revenue after United Kingdom Parliament passed into law a contentious bill that bans the importation of hunting trophies in that country.

The private member bill proposed by the Conservative MP Henry Smith and backed by former President Ian Khama was passed was voted into law by British MPs across the political divide on Friday.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Wildlife and Tourism conceded that the law would have far reaching impact on communities whose lives depend on trophy hunting in Botswana. 

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