After training 1,800 prosecutors to combat wildlife crime, traffickers will need to re-think their actions. Probably change the way they put their food on the table and give up hunting wildlife.
‘’With funding provided by the UK Government Illegal Wildlife Challenge Fund and private donors, we are pleased to be partnering with the East African Association of prosecutors in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan over the next here years to train and support over 1,800 prosecutors – as well as crime scene investigators and judicial officers,’’ Space Giant’s website said.
This will apparently enhance the legal capacity to hinder and disrupt wildlife crime in the four countries.
Wildlife crime undercuts security, feeds, corruption, and other crimes, and threatens natural resources and livelihood depending on them.
By empowering those working in the justice window, it can help reverse the trend.
‘’Now more than ever before, we need to join together to disrupt the chains of the illegal wildlife trade. And create the sympathetic change that is essential to promote stability, development, and biodiversity,’’ the post partly said.
In recent years, hunting of wildlife has been on an alarming increase. This has consequently led to the extinction and near extinction of some wild animals.
In March 2021, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) reported that they found six lions killed and dismembered in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
They found the lions with heads and paws cut off. Around them were also dead vultures.In their conclusion, this was a clear indication that poison is the likely cause of death.
Officials at UWA did not ruled out illegal trafficking as the likely motive behind the attack
They also put out a bounty of UGX 10 Million for anyone with information leading to arrest and prosecution of the killers of six lions. As a result, authorities arrested a number of poachers.
- Six Lions Killed In Queen Elizabeth, Body Parts Taken- UWA
- Illegal Wildlife Trade Is A Threat To Many Countries –Museveni
- Lions Need To Be Protected To Avert Extinction
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