Members of Parliament, on Tuesday, raised an alarm over poaching, especially the killing of elephants for illegally trafficked ivory, prompting the government to ask Tanzanians to rethink their views on the hunting business and sustainability of wildlife.
Responding to Kigamboni Legislator Dr Faustine Engelbert Ndugulile’s query on why there has been an increase on allegations linking killings of elephants to Police, Prison officers and some officers from Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Forces, the Deputy Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, said it was time Tanzania reviewed its thoughts on hunting, as a business and whether it was sustainable for future generations.
This also followed concerns from Arusha Urban Member of Parliament, Godless Lema, that there was information suggesting that some elephants were being killed when they move from game reserves and cross over to hunting block areas.
“How would the government handle such a challenge, because some would defend themselves that they killed the animals in the hunting blocks areas?”asked Lema
Responding, the Deputy Minister said the government plans to review the General Management Plans (GMP) so that they can counter this challenge.
Earlier, Kigamboni Legislator Dr Ndugulile also wanted to know the number of cases of ivory illegalities linked to security organs.
Nyalandu said that the period between January and October, this year, there has been seven cases linked to nine officers of security organs, including one from TPDF, one from JKT, 6 from the Police Force and one from the Prisons Force.
In the cases, some 686 elephant teeth and 447 teeth parts, with 4,253.9kgs, were impounded.He said the strategies which have been put by his ministry to arrest poaching and the illegal sale of elephant body parts include, strengthening and increasing patrol days done inside and outside game reserves from 88,300 to 470,000 days per year. More....