By Kevin Heath
The Tanzanian opposition wants to protect elephants by hanging poachers.
Tanzanian Leader of the Opposition, Freeman Mbowe, announced in the Parliament yesterday that it’s time to get tough with poachers and that those caught poaching should face the death penalty and be hung. Mbowe was speaking at a debate on the Natural Resources and Tourism budget.
He referred to a The Parliamentary Committee on Land, Natural Resources and Environment report which said that if current trends continue then Tanzania could lose all it’s elephants in as little as 7 years.
He argued that to protect the country’s national resources and elephants then the government should not be frightened of an international backlash from human rights organisations from bringing in the death penalty for poachers.
Natural Resources and Tourism minister Khamis Kagasheki at the debate also announced that plans were in hand for the launch of an anti-poaching operation of a size that has never been seen in Tanzania before. While he was unable to give details of the Presidential ordered operation he did say it would involve multi-agencies including the military. More....