Poaching and seizure of ivory consignments has almost become a street song with its chorus punctuated by yet another report of confiscation of the government trophies from peddlers.
Earlier this month, President Jakaya Kikwete addressed the nation through the National Assembly in Dodoma expressing strong commitment by the government to stop poaching.
The seriousness of the crime that the president was talking about could best be attested by the available statistical data of the volume of the load so far impounded at the expense of the word's inheritance.
For example, in the recent past, the jumbo tusks weighing 2,915 kilogrammes valued at Sh7.5bn/- were impounded at Malindi Port in Zanzibar packed and camouflaged as seashells. Local wildlife reports indicate that poachers kill elephants at the tune of 30 animals every day.
The number has dropped from 130,000 elephants in 2002 to 109,000 in 2009. Unless brought under control, it is estimated that poaching would wipe out elephants and rhinos in the next seven years.
Africa is home to an estimated 472,000 elephants, whose survival has come under serious threat by poaching and systematic destruction of the animals' habitat.
Two facts about poaching cannot be denied; the endangered species are classified among other global cultural heritage entities and therefore should be accorded deserving concerted efforts to reinforce protection.
Secondly, the operatives behind the illegal transaction based in countries of origin are globally (internationally) connected to facilitate communication with their cohorts in countries of destination.
Poaching is like terrorism with the only difference on targets, one aims at the wildlife (elephants, rhinos, leopards and other endangered species) while the other targets human beings and economic installations. More....