By Jon Blanc
Poaching of Uganda’s treasure its Wildlife is on the increase in Uganda threatening some species with extinction according to some recent reports. Each week there are reports in the local newspapers regarding poaching in parks such as Queen Elizabeth Park and Murchison Falls National Park – easy access to weapons from the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo where the ongoing conflicts have made it easy for poachers to purchase weapons.
A man who operated with a group of 17 other poachers was arrest with 67 Kilos of Hippo Teeth and Elephant Tusks. The Bush meat is often transported into the Congo where it sold openly due to lack of enforcement. Anti-Poaching laws on the books result in minimal consequences for poacher with small fines and prison time.
Anti-Poaching Enforcement such as the patrols needed to catch poachers before they can do their deeds of destruction are lacking the appropriate man-power needed – visiting here you might be surprised by that since you will see a large police presence, there are various task forces for this or that however there is a lack in regards to guarding Uganda’s National Treasures for future generation its wildlife, birds, primates.
The need and greed factors enter here – people surrounding the parks have need of an income – poaching provides a means and the hunger for blood ivory in countries such as China, Taiwan continues unabated and with a large Chinese Presence in Africa – Uganda included. Though most Chinese are law-abiding citizens and respect the laws of the countries where they are living, a portion of them are involved in illegal activities such as the poaching of elephants, hippos, rhinos and the list goes on.
Chinese Nationals have been repeatedly been caught with ivory as they attempted to exit Uganda, shipments of ivory have been found at airports, in buses, and trucks attempting to leave the County – once again the fines and punishments are of minimal nature. More....