Tanzanian parliament calls for stricter anti-poaching measures

  • By ELI
  • January 24, 2013

Tanzania’s parliamentary committee for land, natural resources and environment is looking into scaling up anti-poaching efforts in the country, Tanzania’s Daily News reported Wednesday.

Addressing the public after meeting with the Tanzania National Parks and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, committee chairman James Lembeli advocated harsher punishments for poachers. “Current laws are outdated; those found guilty of poaching are made to pay only 500,000 shillings ($311), which is very little for someone dealing in that business,” he said.

Lembeli said that creating an independent parliamentary committee to investigate the recent increase in poaching would be instrumental, especially in light of suspicions that public officials are involved in the illegal trade of ivory.

Two large caches of ivory originating in Tanzania were seized in Hong Kong last year, the first in October and the second in November.

Photo: Daily News – The Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki

Elephant Action League - Tanzania Minister for Tourism - Daily News

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