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Elephant Hunting Is Now Legal in Botswana, After Five-Year Ban

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Lawmakers in Botswana must have missed the new Dumbo movie. 

Elephant hunting has been illegal in the Southern African country since 2014. But on Wednesday, May 24, to the dismay of animal activists and environmentalists, Botswana's government changed its tune and lifted the ban. Elephant hunting will once again be legal in Botswana. 

As the New York Times reported, Botswana's Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism announced that the ban was ending with a letter to the media, which the ministry shared to Facebook on Wednesday. "Following extensive consultations with all stakeholders, the Government of Botswana has taken a decision to lift the hunting suspension," the letter reads. Botswana's government followed up with a Twitter thread on Thursday, May 23, adding that fewer than 400 elephant hunting licenses will be granted each year.