Namibia is offering 170 ELEPHANTS for sale as an alternative to hunting animals due to overpopulation
- The country's elephant population has increased to 28,000
- "The increase in the elephant population has created conflicts between humans and animals
- Last year the government put around 1,000 animals up for sale
Namibia offers 170 live elephants as an alternative to hunting, as there are conflicts between the population and humans and animals.
The ministry says the elephants are being sold "due to drought and increasing numbers of elephants combined with human-elephant conflict".
According to the state newspaper New Era, the elephant population has increased rapidly and, as a result, the conflict between humans and animals is increasing.
The elephant population in Namibia has increased massively to 28,000 elephants
The elephant population had decreased to 5,000 in 1990 but gradually increased thanks to a conservation program, and there are 28,000 elephants in Namibia today.
Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta said the government decided to endorse live animal sales policies after being criticized for shooting elephants to control overpopulation.
The government has decided to offer 170 elephants for sale as an alternative to hunting
He said: "After doing some research, we decided to sell them instead."
The advertisements say that elephants for sale would include entire herds in order to maintain the vital social structure in elephant communities – infants or youngsters are not left behind.
Shifeta warned that Namibia would not ruthlessly sell the elephants to buyers, saying, "We have to make sure the land is beneficial."
The elephants for sale would include entire herds in order to maintain the social structure in the communities
Buyers must ensure that all requirements for both the exporting state and the importing state are met in order for trade to be approved as per the notice.
Last year, the government put around 1,000 animals up for sale, including 600 buffalo, 150 springbok, 60 giraffes and 28 elephants.