Threat to Germany: We will send 20000 elephants

Botswana threatened to send 20 thousand elephants to Germany, which is trying to prevent elephant hunting.

Mokgweetsi Masisi, the President of Botswana, the country with the world’s largest elephant population, threatened to send 20 thousand elephants to Germany, which wants to impose restrictions on the sale of hunting equipment in order to prevent elephant hunting.

In his statement to Bild newspaper, Masisi criticized the German government’s initiative to ban the sale of hunting materials and equipment in order to protect the elephant population in Africa.

Pointing out that the elephant population has exploded as a result of conservation efforts in Botswana, where approximately 130 thousand elephants live, Masisi stated that elephant herds damage properties and crops and cause the death of people.

Masisi mentioned that hunting is an effective method to control the elephant population and said, “It is very easy to sit in Berlin and have an idea about our issues in Botswana.”

“It is not a joke”

Reminding that Botswana has already given 8 thousand elephants to Angola to reduce the current elephant population, Masisi stated that they can send 20 thousand elephants to Germany if they continue activities to protect the elephant population. Masisi emphasized that this was not a joke and stated that they would not accept no for an answer.

Elephant hunting was banned in Botswana, which is home to approximately one-third of the world’s elephant population, in 2014. This ban was lifted in 2019 in line with the explosion in the elephant population and the demand of the local people.

The German Ministry of Environment had brought forward an initiative to restrict the export of hunting equipment to African countries.


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