Religious leaders and members of the public have been urged to join hands in the protection of elephants and other high valued wild animals in the country against massive poaching.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam, Pastor Clement Aloyce said the move would help to protect the country’s natural resource through exposing individuals engaging themselves in poaching.
“We call for everyone’s efforts in addressing the killings of our wild animals taking place in the country in a huge numbers,” he said, adding that the move would be unprecedented if all stakeholders worked together in helping to combat the problem in the country.
Pastor Aloyce said that the Church of Christ expects to sensitise people on issues that could help raise people’s awareness on how the problem was affecting the country’s economy and that of future generations. “As we know that wild animals are a major attraction to tourists in the country and thus help in increasing government revenues to a large extent,” he said.
He noted that the church will hold an event in December this year where a number of issues would be discussed that could help the public become aware of the adverse effects of poaching for the country’s future. “We expect to educate people on how poaching reduces our national income and how the issue will affect the country’s economy in the future,” he explained.