22 poachers killed, 900 held in Zimbabwe this year

2015-10-08 17:32
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Harare – At least 22 poachers were killed and 900 others were arrested this year in Zimbabwe, as the country moved to combat the problem of poaching, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, has reportedly said.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the minister said out of the 22 killed, 16 were locals and the rest were foreigners.

Muchinguri-Kashiri also said that 44 of the 900 arrested were foreigners.

The report comes after 14 elephants were poisoned in the past two weeks by cyanide in separate incidents in the southern African country. The incident happened two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants, according to Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

Reports said three elephants were killed in Matusadona National Park in the Kariba area in northern Zimbabwe and 11 more pachyderms were found dead in two different spots in Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe over the past two weeks.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said the country had plans to deal with poaching. "We are moving to embrace the use of technology like drones and aircraft to combat poaching," she was quoted as saying.

But, said the minister, the courts were not giving sentences that were stiff enough to be a deterrent and bail amounts for suspected poachers were too low.

Read more on:    zimbabwe  |  poaching  |  southern africa  |  animals

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