In the last month, Botswana police have recorded three cases of illegal possession of elephant tusks, and they have warned the Botswana public that anyone in possession of ivory trophies or jewellery must have a certificate of legal ownership. This is reported by the Botswana Press Agency. Three people were arrested on the outskirts of Gaborone, one of whom has been sentenced to two years in jail, for illegal possession of ivory.
The second case saw the arrest of four Zimbabweans while in the third incident a further three people were arrested in Good Hope for being in possession of illegal ivory. In the preceding year, the Botswanan police have recorded 12 cases of illegal possession of ivory and rhino horns. Three rhino horns and 21 pieces of ivory were confiscated.