It’s time to END trophy hunting.
Killing animals for pleasure is cruel, unnecessary, and has no place in a civilised society.
Humans have no right to take the life of an animal for recreation. Animals experience suffering and pain when they are hunted for trophies. Killing endangered wildlife for pleasure only helps push them even further towards extinction.
The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting calls for:
- Governments to ban trophy hunting and the import and export of hunting trophies
- Effective enforcement of existing national and international laws against trophy hunting, with tough penalties for offenders
- An immediate halt to the trade in trophies of vulnerable, threatened or endangered species
- Trophy hunting exemptions to be removed from existing international conservation agreements
- Negotiations to commence on a comprehensive global agreement banning trophy hunting
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE RETURN OF ELEPHANT TROPHY HUNTING IN ITS LAST STRONGHOLD!
Botswana is the last safe haven for Africa’s elephants. It’s a refuge for ONE THIRD of the species’ remaining population.
The country’s Parliament wants to make trophy hunting LEGAL. Botswana’s President has launched a public consultation.
Make your voice heard – BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
Why trophy hunting in Botswana would be disaster for African Elephants
by Jose Cristiano Mitchell Goncalves (aged 14)
The Elephant has been around for a long time, with fossil evidence showing that there has been over 300 species walking the planet over the last 55 million years. It’s hard to think that something which has survived and thrived for so long could be even knocked by anything.
Enter humanity… In the distant past, elephants were hunted for food. Now though it is hunted for sport, including trophy hunting, which is literally the hunting and killing of an animal for a trophy to take back home, which in the case of an elephant is usually a tusk. An African Elephant tusk is a trophy that all hunters dream to have on their wall – so much so that in recent years the population of elephants has plummeted.
As recently as the 1970s there was over 1 million wild African Elephants, and perhaps as many as 5 or even 10 million at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, there is estimated to be only 415,000 wild African Elephants left in the wild, with ivory poaching and trophy hunting being among the key contributors to the fall in numbers.
Trophy hunting is a hotly disputed ‘Sport’ with many people strongly defending both sides. Some question the morals of it, while others make claims that trophy hunting has benefits such as bringing in money for the country’s economy. However this particular claim is just not true; in fact, the UN World Tourism Organisation says trophy hunting brings in just 1.8 percent of tourism revenue compared to 80% for wildlife watching.
Last November, US President Donald Trump decided to allow elephant trophies to be imported into the US again. Since the year 2000, the US has imported nearly 5,000 elephant trophies. Two out of every 3 trophy hunters is American.
Botswana is located between Zimbabwe and Namibia in south Africa and is mostly desert, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari desert. It is also home to one third of the world’s decimated African Elephant population. Luckily, trophy hunting of elephants was banned in Botswana in 2014 by the country’s then-President Ian Khama because of declining numbers.
However, the country’s new President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who took up office in April of this year, has launched a public consultation about lifting the trophy hunting ban, and his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane, publicly supports the lifting of the ban. This could spell disaster for the African Elephant, as trophy hunting of elephants is also currently allowed in Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa – and none of these countries have good track records.
- In Zimbabwe, populations have collapsed by between 40% and incredibly in some places by up to 75%.
- The elephant population in Tanzania has managed to fall by 60% in just 5 years! And in Mozambique? It’s halved…
- Zambia however, really takes the biscuit… in the late 1960s it had one of the largest Elephant populations in Africa with numbers estimated at over 200,000. And now? There could be fewer than 10,000 of these animals left.
African Elephants are listed as “Vulnerable”, and numbers are still declining as poaching goes on, taking the lives of up to 100 Elephants per day for the illegal ivory trade. Whereas hunting of these animals is currently illegal in Botswana, if this changed these animals may be doomed.
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Website & graphics by Joe Mitchell Goncalves & Eduardo Goncalves.