It has been reported in the press in Pakistan, confirmed by Punjab Wildlife Director Naeem Bhatti and confirmed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia that Pakistan has made an application to import 10 African elephants from Namibia to captive facilities in Pakistan.
READ FULL LETTER IN RESPONSE TO THE APPLICATION FROM GLOBAL ELEPHANT SPECIALISTS:
Namibian environment ministry confirmed on the 1st November 2019 that there was no longer any application under consideration to export elephants to Pakistan. A group of 35 global specialists in elephant biology, husbandry, elephant management, legal and policy analysis, economics and conservation, most of whom are based in Africa expressed their concerns to both the Namibian and Pakistan governments.
The EMS Foundation said in its letter that globally public sentiment was running against the keeping of this iconic African species in captivity.
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