President Peter Mutharika has Thursday, April 14 strongly warned the perpetrators behind the illegal wildlife trade especially on ivory in Malawi that his government has put measures to arrest the vice and that the law will take its course.
President Mutharika sent the warning when he launched the “Stop Wildlife Crime” film as a strong resolution to combat illegal wildlife trade in Malawi.
The magnificent Indochinese tiger that once prospered in the pristine forest habitats of Thailand, Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, and Vietnam is now believed to have been hunted to extinction. A shocking decline in the number of subspecies had been recorded across its range in recent times, owing to crumbling habitats, unprecedented human encroachment, and more particularly, massive poaching and illegal tiger trade ubiquitous in the region.
Two years ago, torture, extortion and murder brought down Tanzania’s infamous anti-poaching campaign. The Operesheni Tokomeza Ujangili campaign was so badly managed that government heads rolled. A new anti-poaching campaign that will be less militarised was unveiled yesterday.
Talking to the Guardian, the permanent secretary for tourism and Natural resources Major General Milanzi said that the new campaign will be a “special” one and will “address the poaching problems” in the country.
The new campaign will be aimed at gathering intelligence. There are already sniffer dogs in airports and other intelligence operations will bring poachers to book without the threat of military violence. The new approach is to try and effectively get ahead of the poaching gangs without the intimidation, violence and death that took place under the failed Ujangile operation.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 72nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously endorsed a resolution denouncing the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products and pledging to partner with government authorities and conservation organizations in the fight against the traffickers of endangered animals.
GUWAHATI: Poachers shot dead a rhinoceros at a wildlife park in northeast India hours after Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate visited the sanctuary, a wildlife official said Friday. Rangers found the dead rhino with its horn missing on Thursday-the day the royal couple left the Kaziranga National Park in Assam state, home to …
On a chilly night near Ihaha Camp, in the Chobe National Park, Corporal Joel Mathe of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) set out with his team on an antipoaching patrol.
Making use of special assault rifles and night-vision equipment, he and the three other members of the unit mounted a listening post and picked up the sound of a canoe being paddled on the Chobe River.
Using the night-vision equipment, they observed two figures carrying rifles disappear into the park. The men, they later testified, returned carrying “whitish objects”, allegedly elephant tusks.
Mathe told his junior to illuminate the scene. The two figures were frozen in the moment, and BDF assault rifles stuttered along the river bank.
A bullet hit one of the men in the chest, killing him instantly. The other vanished beneath the waters of the Chobe River, which acts as Botswana’s northern boundary with Namibia’s Caprivi Strip.
This account of the incident, given by Mathe and his comrades at the inquest into the death
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