POLL: Should countries be allowed to auction wild elephants?

POLL: Should countries be allowed to auction wild elephants?

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has put 170 “high value” wild up for sale due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, the southern African country’s environmental ministry has said

An advertisement carried by the state-owned daily New Era said an increase in incidents of human-elephant conflict motivated the sale of the large mammal that is at risk of extinction due to poaching and ecological factors.

The ministry of environment, forestry and tourism said it would auction the animals to anyone in Namibia or abroad who could meet the strict criteria, which include quarantine facilities and a game-proof fence certificate for the property where the elephants will be kept.

Foreign buyers must also provide proof that conservation authorities in their countries will permit them to export elephants to their countries.

Like several other African nations, Namibia is trying to strike a balance between protecting high-value species like elephants and rhinos, while managing the danger they pose when they encroach on areas of human habitation. Namibia’s conservation drive, which has seen its elephant population jump from around 7,500 in 1995 to 24,000 in 2019 according to government figures, has enjoyed international support.

But last year Namibia said it was considering withdrawing from the rules that govern the global trade in endangered species. This was after countries voted during a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting to reject proposals to relax restrictions on hunting and exporting its white rhinos.

The country wants to allow more and the export of live animals, arguing that the funds it would raise would help it to protect the species.

In October it put 70 female and 30 male buffalos from Waterberg Plateau Park in central Namibia up for sale in a bid to ease pressure on grazing land.

The arid southern African nation also auctioned 1,000 animals from national parks, including 500 buffalos in 2019 as it faced the worst drought in a century.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 3 December 2020. Lead Image: Namibia plans to auction 170 wild elephants because of drought and an increase in numbers bringing them into conflict with people. Photograph: 2630ben/Getty Images/iStockphoto.


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No!

Jesse Chase
Jesse Chase

No! Most, if not all, African Countries still don’t allow homosexuality, abortion rights, free education for all and free birth control for all. You know what those rights do, decreases violence and HUMAN OVERPOPULATION!! That’s what these corrupt Countries need to focus on. Then, enough resources for all to live peacefully. And the people will be educated enough to see how wrong it is to let China & other Countries exploit them!!

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Absolutely not

laura johnston
laura johnston

NO!!!! Can i auction off your daughter, son, mother, or father?

Ann Walsh
Ann Walsh

Hell no!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Hell no!

Janet Kenedy

No!

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No way