Botswana confirms ban on trophy hunting in wake of Cecil the Lion’s death

Exposing the Big Game

by Katie Medlock, 08/04/15

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Spokesperson Jeff Ramsay reported, “It is our stern belief that safari hunting of threatened species such as lions has the potential to undermine our regional anti-poaching efforts as it encourages illegal trade which in turn promotes poaching. To this end, individuals partaking in such sport hunting expeditions will not be welcome in Botswana.”

Related: Zambia finally bans the hunting of endangered lions and leopards

Just last week, Zimbabwe officials released a statement calling for Palmer’s extradition back to the southern African nation to answer for his crime. There has been much discussion on how nations which are home to these hunted species are cracking down on what is called “canned hunting,” or exporting wild animals to other countries to be hunted down for sport, and Botswana is proud to stand against such activities. Let’s count…

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