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Animal campaigners demanded on Friday that a Botswana hunter's licence be revoked after an elephant was killed despite being protected, raising tensions over the country's new hunting rules.
Officials confirmed that an elephant wearing a collar—which marks it as a protected animal—was killed during a legal hunt in a "regrettable" incident in November.
Hunter - Collar - Animal - Kalahari - Conservation
While the hunter said the collar had not been visible and only became clear after the animal was shot, the Kalahari Conservation Society's Neil Fitt said the explanation was difficult to believe.
The government lifted a moratorium on hunting in May five years after it had been introduced, saying that certain areas would be given quotas and roughly 400 hunting licences would be distributed each year.
Animals - Elephants - Collars - Research
However, some animals remain off-limits—including elephants with collars, as they are earmarked for scientific research.
The killed elephant was...
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