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Lifting elephant hunting ban

Government workers in Botswana have been meeting for months to figure out what they should do with their large elephant population. It has been estimated that there are approximately 130000 elephants in Botswana, which some believe is far too much for the ecosystem. Since the elephant population has grown so much, elephants are straying from their "historic range," or, from where their ancestors had lived in the past. The growing population means that more food and water is needed for the elephants to continue to live, so, they have begun to migrate to where humans live, creating conflict by destroying crops, marching through villages, and sometimes even killing people. Elephant hunting will give people job opportunities, and the meat from the hunted elephants may be used as pet food. People who argue against lifting the hunting ban state that the elephant population is not as large, and is not growing as quickly as others believe. In addition, people against lifting the hunting ban argue that lifting the ban would result in backlash from other countries. There have been many tourists who visited Botswana ever since the hunting ban, and if lifted, people of the country believe that tourist rates would decrease and the reputation of the country would be damaged. I, personally, think that the hunting ban should not be lifted since elephants have been known to be endangered. Although elephant populations may have increased over the past few years, the populations dropped in the first place due to human hunting, as well as poaching. Animals are able to keep each other's populations in check through predator-prey cycles. I think that lifting the ban would only drastically decrease the elephant population once again.

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Lifting elephant hunting ban - by shaylavo - 02-27-2019, 09:03 AM

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