Environment, Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has called on Government to impose stiffer penalties to deter poachers from killing wild animals in national parks. This comes after elephants were last month poisoned by poachers at the Hwange National Park and Tsholotsho killing 58 in the process.
Police, in conjunction with the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, have arrested nine people and recovered 69 carcasses of elephants since they launched an anti-poaching operation as a response to the increase in the number of jumbos that were being killed.
Minister Kasukuwere visited the two areas on Sunday in the company of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo and Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi.
The ministers flew to the scene of the recent elephant killings aboard a helicopter and had a look at the elephants' carcasses and tusks, which have since been confiscated by the police.
Minister Kasukuwere said elephant poisoning and wildlife poaching were glaring, adding that the sentences being imposed on the poachers were not deterrent enough.
"The sentence should scare away would be offenders and it is my hope that those arrested will be an example to other would-be poachers if they are given stiffer penalties," he said.
"People cannot wantonly kill wildlife and get away with it. Something needs to be done as a matter of urgency." More....