Monday, 31 March 2014

Botswana says NO to canned hunting

In a statement recently published on the official website of the Republic of Botswana Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism the country declares its position on the practice of canned hunting and its plans to ban the practice. The statement reads as follows:
Botswana is opposed to “canned hunting” the practice in which large carnivores such as lions or other wildlife species are raised in captivity and hunted in small camps with no room for escape or to elude the hunter. These animals are often raised in inhumane conditions in close contact with humans.

The Government of Botswana is committed to conserving our biodiversity, large carnivores included and does not tolerate cruelty to our wildlife in any form. Efforts are underway to strengthen legislation to ensure that this abhorrent and unethical practice does not find its way into Botswana under any guise. Botswana will closely scrutinize all requests to export wildlife to any destination.

I hope they make the President of Botswana a Saint.

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