Poachers are a menace, let’s get rid of them

Poachers are a menace, let’s get rid of them

At independence in 1961, the nation’s founding father, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, issued a very important and memorable statement when he wrote that the survival of our wildlife is a matter of grave concern “to all of us in Africa”.

He had further written: “These wild creatures amid the wild places they inhabit are not only important as a resource of wonder and inspiration but are an integral part of our natural resources and our future livelihood and well being”.

Tanzania is home to some of the most popular and exciting game parks in the world, including Ngorongoro Crater and
Serengeti National Park; with Africa’s highest mountain, the snow-capped Kilimanjaro in the background. Each year, thousands of tourists visit the country, rightly dubbed the Safari Country, which is exactly that; and what’s more? -

The exotic islands of Unguja and Pemba in Zanzibar offer visitors with an unforgettable beach holiday experience.
Yet poachers have remained a menace over the years, decimating animal populations out of avarice for quick riches.

Poachers are a destructive lot, killing animals that would have otherwise lived to reproduce, just to get tusks, skin and meat -- illegally of course. Some wildlife species are in fact endangered due to this illegal activity, which is a worldwide problem.

National and international efforts are therefore required to check the trend. In Tanzania, we have a wildlife policy in which poaching is addressed, with appropriate measures to tame the malpractice mentioned. In implementation of this policy, efforts have been  made to discourage poaching, which have included constant patrols by the anti-poaching unit personnel.

Such efforts have met with considerable success with the arrest and prosecution of poachers and their accomplices. This is commendable and the anti-poaching personnel deserve congratulations. In our yesterday edition, we carried front page news on the unfortunate incident in which poachers killed a rhino and her calf at Serengeti National Park, removing their horns.

The incident has led to the suspension of 28 people, including several senior officials and game rangers. But this could be only a tip of the iceberg. The “purge” should, therefore, continue to weed out dishonest individuals from the ranks and file of the game security arrangement.

We need to stick to code of ethics  and conduct for public service

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has expressed concern ...

Author: EDITOR

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