Elephant hunting has been prevalent all over the world for decades. It is one of the main reasons why some elephant species are nearing extinction.
What makes matters worse is that not many countries are taking steps to prevent trophy hunting.
People travel to different countries in search of endangered animals and hunt them for sport. Endangered elephants happen to be one of their prey.
While almost every country is aware of the predicament these beasts are in, they are not doing anything to save them.
Even worse, some of them secretly encourage them to attract tourists. One country that did take matters seriously was Botswana.
The South African nation is famous for having the highest elephant population in the world. Most trophy hunters traveled to Botswana to hunt these animals.
However, as these animals began to decline, the government took notice and enforced strict laws against elephant hunting.
The ban helped preserve the animal’s population for quite some time. Sadly though, it did not last long as the country lifted it after a short period.
More than 130,000 savanna elephants reside in Botswana.
According to experts, this species could quickly become extinct if governments do not implement drastic measures to save them.
The country’s government introduced the hunting ban back in 2014.
Ian Khama, Botswana’s former president, played an instrumental role in enforcing this ban.
He was quite vocal about animal rights since he became president.
He wanted to protect elephants and every other creature living in Botswana to help them thrive.
Initially, his pleas fell on deaf ears as no one helped the government fight animal cruelty and hunting.
Instead, some noted a significant increase in elephant deaths prompting Ian Khama to take strict action.
He banned elephant hunting and announced that authorities would take severe action against anyone caught breaking the laws.
Animal rights activists from various countries applauded Khama’s decisions and stated that other presidents should follow his example.