By Mtokozisbi Dube
Botswana will act tough to protect endangered species from poachers, an official has said.
The country's minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Tshekedi Khama recently told a British Television station, ITV, that they will adopt a shoot-to-kill policy to put an end to poaching.
Mr Khama was speaking during an interview for a documentary film titled ‘Poached wars’.
The two part series was shot in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Tanzania and outlines the energies of southern African countries towards putting an end to rampant poaching in the region.
“It’s a culture; we have to kill the supply to starve that culture. That is one of the reasons why in Botswana with our anti-poaching unit we don’t necessarily interrogate the poacher,” Mr Khama said.
He stressed they would only shoot poachers who are armed.
“This must be stressed. I have always told the security officers that even though the discretion is theirs in cases like these, they have to observe the law.”
The main focus of the film, produced and presented by Tom Hardy, is on rhino horn and elephant tusk poaching. More....