Keeping ecosystems in balance while trying to keep people happy is a tough job for any government official or organization. Many difficult choices must be made, and those choices are often no easier for the people responsible for making them than they are for the public.
From The Washington Post:
“The government’s compromise, coming after a year of public deliberations, was to allow culling as one strategy among several, including relocating animals, sterilizing them and expanding parks to give them more room, said Marthinus van Schalkwyk, minister for environmental affairs and tourism, in a statement issued Monday.
‘Our Department has recognized the need to maintain culling as a management option, but has taken steps to ensure that this will be the option of last resort that is acceptable only under strict conditions,’ van Schalkwyk said.
Department spokesman Mava Scott said the moratorium would officially end May 1. He said that a tourism boycott would be ‘unfair’ and that government officials are trying to manage a difficult problem responsibly.”
Activists are threatening a tourism boycott, stating that “The latest research has proved that elephants have a sense of self-awareness, placing them in a unique category together with great apes, dolphins and humans…â€