dogslayeggs,

“Do you have any idea how expensive it is to maintain nature? Why won’t you let us pay for it by letting rich assholes murder beautiful animals?”

Passerby6497,

Masisi attacked the German federal government, and the environment ministry in particular, led by Green minister Steffi Lemke, for seeking to ban the import of trophies despite Botswana’s overpopulation of elephants.

“We have a problem we can’t control, so that should prevent you from controlling imports of dead animal parts to your country”

tsonfeir,
@tsonfeir@lemm.ee avatar

Damn immigrant elephants not paying taxes!!

FunkPhenomenon,

lol ok, good luck with the transit

jordanlund,
@jordanlund@lemmy.world avatar

Invasive species indeed!

Is there a US National Park that could take them, I wonder? That would be a sight to behold!

Poor mountain lions would be like “WTF? Can we eat that?” and the elephants would be like “Bitch, we know REAL lions…”

FlyingSquid,
@FlyingSquid@lemmy.world avatar

Officials from the southern African country already protested a potential U.K. ban on safari hunters importing trophies, warning in March they would send 10,000 elephants to Hyde Park in London.

So who’s paying to ship these 30,000 elephants to Europe?

Because I imagine shipping one elephant would be pretty expensive and I don’t think Botswana is a very wealthy country…

NoneOfUrBusiness,

I mean isn't Botswana is doing pretty well for itself?

FlyingSquid,
@FlyingSquid@lemmy.world avatar

I’m guessing not well enough to transport 30,000 elephants to Europe.

PugJesus,
@PugJesus@kbin.social avatar

Because I imagine shipping one elephant would be pretty expensive and I don’t think Botswana is a very wealthy country…

Botswana is one of the best off countries in Africa.

FlyingSquid,
@FlyingSquid@lemmy.world avatar

Well off enough to ship 30,000 elephants to two European countries?

PugJesus,
@PugJesus@kbin.social avatar

I don't see why not. I mean, it would be a colossal waste of money, but the Botswana government has a yearly budget of some 4 billion USD.

FlyingSquid,
@FlyingSquid@lemmy.world avatar

I honestly don’t know how much it costs to transport one elephant, but it would be a lot unless you were fine with letting it die. To keep them from getting too stressed, you need to move them quickly, which means cargo plane. You have to prepare that plane for the elephant so it will remain healthy during the flight. You probably have to sedate them, which takes a huge amount of sedatives. You also have to arrange transportation to and from both airports. In the case of the threat to the British, from either Gatwick or Heathrow to Hyde Park. I don’t know how many elephants can safely fit into a cargo plane, but let’s be generous and say four.

That’s something you have to repeat 7,500 times.

I honestly don’t know that $4 billion USD would cover that.

Kolanaki,
@Kolanaki@yiffit.net avatar

I’m not so sure the Botswana government cares if they die.

tobogganablaze,

Easily.

The price for a 20ft shipping container from Africa to Europe is around €12.000 and you should be able to fit two elephants in a container. So you need around 15.000 containers, so aroung €180 million. And you’d probably get a discount for booking half a container ship.

A huge waste of money for sure, but a trivial amount for a country.

FlyingSquid,
@FlyingSquid@lemmy.world avatar

You are ignoring everything I said about providing for the elephant’s health. So I guess you’re assuming they don’t care if those elephants die.

tobogganablaze,

You didn’t say anything about health? And I’m pretty sure you can keep an elephant alive in a container for a week.

FlyingSquid,
@FlyingSquid@lemmy.world avatar

I honestly don’t know how much it costs to transport one elephant, but it would be a lot unless you were fine with letting it die. To keep them from getting too stressed, you need to move them quickly, which means cargo plane. You have to prepare that plane for the elephant so it will remain healthy during the flight. You probably have to sedate them, which takes a huge amount of sedatives. You also have to arrange transportation to and from both airports. In the case of the threat to the British, from either Gatwick or Heathrow to Hyde Park. I don’t know how many elephants can safely fit into a cargo plane, but let’s be generous and say four.

That’s something you have to repeat 7,500 times.

I honestly don’t know that $4 billion USD would cover that.

I didn’t say that in reply to you, but I did post it before you posted your reply, so it was already there when you replied.

tobogganablaze,

So the elephants might be a bit “stressed” but being a box for a week won’t kill them (not most of them anyway), so the plane is not needed.

FlyingSquid,
@FlyingSquid@lemmy.world avatar

Stress can literally kill them. And “not most of them” sounds like not caring about them dying.

tobogganablaze,

The point was to get 30.000 live elephants to Europe at a price that Botswana can afford, which, ignoring the “why” aspect, is definitly feasable. Just add a couple of extra elephants to account for the ones lost during shipping.

MamboGator,
@MamboGator@lemmy.world avatar

I would want to live in a world where we have African, Indian and German elephants.

Synthuir,

Alternate reality where Hannibal accidentally took a left in the Alps

FlyingSquid,
@FlyingSquid@lemmy.world avatar

“Hannibal? Is this Rome?”

“Well I think it… it looks… is it? Ah, fuck it. We’re invading anyway.”

ours,

Meanwhile at Rome when they get the new Hannibal is fighting the Germanic tribes: “Let them fight!”.

LibertyLizard,
@LibertyLizard@slrpnk.net avatar

Botswana as a benevolent steward of the world’s wildlife is a lie. They ban the local people from subsistence hunting but invite the world’s ultra wealthy instead—even though it is the traditions of those local people who preserved those animals since prehistoric times. They now take credit while destroying the cultures who did the real work of protecting that wildlife.

counterpunch.org/…/genocide-in-plain-sight-shooti…

Landmammals,

I honestly can’t tell the difference between real news and satire sometimes.

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