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The trophy hunter in Botswana sparked outrage from the public, including Botswana’s former president Ian Khama. When Khama was the president, he banned trophy hunting, but sadly, shortly after his term ended, the ban was lifted and legalized again in 2019.
“This was one of the largest tuskers in the country. An elephant that tour operators constantly tried to show tourists as an iconic attraction. Now he is dead,” he wrote. “How does he being dead benefit our declining tourism due to poor policies? Our tourism is wildlife based. No wildlife means no tourism, no tourists no jobs, and no revenue stream. Incompetence and poor leadership have almost wiped out the rhino population, and now this!”
Teresa Telecky, Vice President of Wildlife for Humane Society International, said in a statement, “Killing such a magnificent animal for amusement is a moral and ecological tragedy. This elephant was an important influence in his herd and to the future of its younger males. Along with other big tuskers, he represented the promise and reality of exciting, educational, and breathtaking wildlife viewing tourism as a dynamic revenue source for Botswana and other range nations.”
“Trophy hunters must end their bogus, false claims that the money they pay for their so-called thrill to kill helps human communities. Their downright cruelty is not about helping anyone, but about someone’s sick desire to hang a head in their living room.”
The specific elephant was famous and got visitors from all over the world because of its unique tusks that both swept the ground. It is now the biggest elephant hunted in Botswana since 1996. There are now only less than 20 big tuskers left in the world, and we need to help save them from extinction. Sign this petition to demand the end to the senseless killings of these magnificent animals!
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