Botswana threatens to send 20,000 elephants to Germany

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  • Author, Jacqueline Howard
  • Role, BBC News

The President of Botswana has threatened to send 20,000 elephants to Germany in a political dispute.

Earlier this year, the German Environment Ministry put forward a proposal that stricter restrictions should be imposed on imports of elephant tusks.

Botswana’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, told German media that this would only impoverish Botswana.

He explained that the number of elephants has increased as a result of environmental conservation efforts, and that hunting has helped control them.

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