The United Kingdom government has assured Tanzania that it will join forces to fight against poaching in the country by controlling its markets all over the world.
Prince Charles made the promise when he met with President Jakaya Kikwete for official talks in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Prince Charles said he was ready, in collaboration with his son Prince William who dedicated his life to protect animals by fighting against poaching to be one of his main duties, to join forces with Tanzania.
He congratulated Tanzanian government in fighting against poaching of elephants and rhinos.
Among the strategies, Prince Charles decided to establish a campaign all over the world which fights against illegal markets used by poachers in the world, specifically in ivory and rhino horns.
Other leaders who attended the conference opened by Prince Charles were Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chief Secretary of Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma.
President Kikwete briefed Prince Charles on various strategies taken
by his country in fighting against poaching including operation Tokomeza, which focused to hunt poachers.
He said: “We need to take action because at our independence the country had 350,000 elephants. But in 1989 the number had decreased to 55,000, and after the big operation the number has increased to 110,000 before 2010.”
The president asked for collective efforts to fight poaching threat because the current operation had learnt that the poachers had a big network, noting that there was also a big market for ivory. More....