Club Members Disturbed to Read That Police Are Involved in Ivory Trade
The members of the Sega Girls School Anti-Ivory Club discussed a disturbing article entitled “Two Tanzanian police officers arrested with jumbo tusks” (see link below) that shines a light on the extent of the poaching crisis in Tanzania.
Excerpts of the Article for Discussion
“The Tanzanian police force said this week that 9 people including 2 police officers were arrested last Sunday in illegal possession of 70 elephant tusks weighing 305 kilograms with an estimated cost of US$600,000 at the current market price.”
“Police said their colleagues who were posted at the notorious Oyster Bay Police station in the Tanzanian capital city of Dar es Salaam, were intercepted during the night hours in a Kisarawe location outside the Dar es Salaam city while transporting the bloody ivory to an unknown destination.”
“The Kisarawe locality neighbors the famous Selous Game Reserve which covers 55,000 square kilometers, making it the biggest wildlife game reserve in Africa.”
“Tanzania has been identified as the leading exporter of bloody ivory in recent years. An estimated 10,000 elephants are gunned down in this African country annually. Conservationists say Tanzania has for years been one of Africa’s worst elephant slaughterhouse.”
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