Tanzania reviews ban on exports of live wild animals

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Lion cubs explore their enclosure at Monarto Zoo under the watchful eye of a female lion on July 8, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. Three Lion cubs, born April 24, 2013 made their public debut today at Monarto Zoo. Monarto Zoo is also celebrating two new Lion cubs to its African Lion family, a male and female cub, born June 18, 2013. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday said that a ban imposed on exports of live wild animals in 2016 is under review.

Mary Masanja, the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, made the remarks when she responded to Hamis Mwinjuma, a Member of Parliament for Muheza constituency, who wanted to know when the government will lift the ban on exports of butterflies and other live wild animals.

FILE PHOTO: Lion cubs explore their enclosure at Monarto Zoo under the watchful eye of a female lion in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Masanja said the government is in the final touches of reviewing the benefits and losses made from live wild animal exports before making a final decision.

She said the ban was imposed after the government observed irregularities in the business, including transportation of protected wild animals abroad.

The government banned transportation of all live animals outside the country in March 2016 until proper procedures are made to ensure only approved animals will be transported.

The decision sparked anger from exporters who complained that the ban was a surprise decision to them as it was made just a month after they were given licenses for exporting the animals.

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