Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Gov’t ban on exportation of wild animals causes outcry

A temporary ban on the exportation of wild animals has been issued amid outcries of illegal trafficking of wild animals to neighbouring countries.

The move, which came into effect this week according to officials, was meant to allow Botswana to continue enjoying the multi-billion profits accrued from wildlife sales in neighbouring countries.

The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Permanent Secretary, Neil Fitt, confirmed in an interview that they had issued a temporary ban on export of wild animals.

Fitt explained that the ban was issued to allow the country to benefit from the sale of these wild animals.

He added that they are expected to meet private game ranch owners about the new developments that are expected to affect them.

He said that the temporary ban will also allow the ministry to take stock of wild animals in game ranches around the country, adding that for a long time the country has not economically benefitted from the multi billion industry.

He stated that if the industry is managed well the country can benefit from the sale of wildlife that is exported to other countries where they are sold at higher prices.

The temporary ban comes at a time when the government has long banned the exportation of the gold wildebeest species which is currently dwindling in numbers.

Fitt said that the number of the gold wildebeest was declining and there were fears that the species will become extinct.

He said that the ban comes at a time when the prices of gold wildebeest is skyrocketing, selling at P250 00 and P300 00 each.

Pundits argue that the ban on the exportation of wild animals was as a result of illegal trafficking of wild animals that was perpetrated by some game ranch owners .

Fitt has not disputed accusations that some game ranchers have sold wild animals under the table.

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