Poaching of elephants in Botswana – the German hunting newspaper


14. September 2018 66


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    Currently, reports in the media about a sharp increase in elephant poaching in Botswana. So be like in a very short time, nearly 90 of the more than 130,000 elephants, Botswana’s poaching victim.

    The number gewilderter elephant comes from a non-governmental organisation, which has also been widely used in Ethiopia, to the Annoyance of the local government alarm relativistic and non-verifiable messages to poached elephants. So also contrary to Botswana’s government is contrary to reports this media and makes it clear that it’s 53 reported elephant carcasses in three weeks, whose death was cause partly also natural reasons.

    Elephant poaching in Botswana (source: CIC/DJV)

    Regardless of the hard verifiable number of illegally killed elephants, the International Council for the conservation of game and wildlife (CIC) and the German hunting Association (DJV) emphasize that the revenues from sustainable, controlled hunting by In-value-Set of wild animals, a direct contribution to the protection against poaching. Animals bring wild to the people of no Use, you will be seen as a threat and competition.

    After the hunting ban of 2014 in Botswana the owner of the hunting concessions have abandoned the management of much-needed water for elephants. The effect: elephant penetrate increasingly in irrigated, agricultural areas and destroy them. In search of Livestock to lions to overcome, and hyenas, the elephant destroyed the fences. As a result, it comes to existence-threatening situations for the local farmers, who receive almost no state compensation for crop losses or losses in grazing livestock.

    “In their peak times, generated the hunting in Botswana according to a study by the University of Botswana and a turnover of 20 million US dollars per year. Nearly 50 percent of the so-obtained income went directly to the people,“ said Dr. Wilhelm von Trott zu Solz, the German Delegation of the CIC. Von Trott continued: “funds from the photo tourism, the population can reach only 27 percent. The hunting 600 Jobs are gone prohibition of lost, which, indirectly, almost 5,000 family members are affected. The strictly controlled hunting had a key role in the protection of wild animals outside of national parks and where Alternatives such as photographic tourism is not possible.“

    CIC and DJV warn prohibited in front of politically-motivated, General Hunting. They are contrary to internationally applicable recommendations: “The example of Kenya, the development can be impressive to understand. Since the ban on hunting in 1977, Kenya has lost half of its wild animals. Already before the adoption of the hunting ban in Botswana, we warned of the danger of an increase of human-wildlife conflicts and poaching. A solution must be based on the needs of the local population and the wildlife in Africa, a value of the Status as a photo motif, give,“ says Tamas He, the managing Director of the CIC.

    Also, the umbrella Association of the international environmental protection and nature conservation, the International Union for the conservation of nature (IUCN), reaffirms the principle of sustainable use as an Element of the wildlife protection and hunting to measure a meaningful role. Controlled hunting, which takes place in many Parts of the world, provides incentives for the protection of wild animals and creates revenue for state, private and municipal land-owners. Hunting provides much-needed income, jobs and important economic and social benefits for the local population.

    DJV/CIC