For African countries like Botswana, the trophy trade is an important source of income. But imports are strictly regulated. Last week, the Minister for the Environment and Tourism in Botswana, Dumizweni Mthimkhulu, put pressure on the country in Berlin – he called on the federal government not to further tighten the import regulations as planned. The President of Botswana followed up. If the Federal Republic does not do this, 20,000 elephants would be sent to Germany. Why the dispute is so bitter and what the real status of the elephants in Africa is.

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