The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki has announced unyielding measures against poachers which include proposing changes in law with regard to poaching.
He has ordered wildlife rangers to execute directives aimed at curbing poaching including use of all possible force. Authorities recently announced intention to use the military in curbing poaching.
"I am very aware that some human rights activists will make an uproar, claiming that poachers have as much rights to be tried in courts as other persons, but let's face it, poachers not only kill wildlife but also usually they never hesitate to shoot dead any innocent person standing on their way," stated Mr Kagasheki.
The Minister was speaking at the climax of the global 'Elephant March' held in 15 countries worldwide and in Tanzania. The about 5 kilometers mass walk was held on October 4 in Arusha, which is the country's capital for tourism. The march started in Majengo area and ended at the AICC Club grounds in Kijenge area, east of the city.
The minister warned that illegal hunters gunning for elephant tusks have wealthy international barons backing their rackets thus well equipped with advanced weaponry and usually can afford all legal assistance.
"That is why you always hear that, court cases against poachers take very long and sometimes the culprits get acquitted and the only way to solve this problem is to nip the problem in the bud," maintained Mr Kagasheki.
He said a survey will soon be launched to find out how many elephants get killed in Tanzania. Some figures put it between 30 and 70 elephants per day. More....