Fury as Botswana's plan to cull elephants and sell them as PET FOOD wins ministerial approval | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Fury as Botswana's plan to cull elephants and sell them as PET FOOD wins ministerial approval

Botswana is moving towards culling elephants by lifting its wildlife hunting ban after a group of the country's ministers endorsed the idea, but the proposal has drawn heavy criticism.

The southern African country's President Mokgweetsi Masisi had previously tasked a government subcommittee with reviewing the hunting ban - which had been put in place by his predecessor Ian Khama in 2014.

The committee decided to recommend lifting the ban last Thursday, and the country's minister of local government and rural development Frans Solomon van der Westhuizen advocated 'regular but limited elephant culling', NPR reports.

Elephant meat canning - including for pet food production purposes - was also recommended by some.

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