Tanzania Experiences Decline in Poaching after Ivory Trafficking Ringleaders were Prosecuted

Poaching has declined in Tanzania after ivory trafficking ringleaders were prosecuted. Tanzania was once known as the elephant-killing…
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Poaching has declined in Tanzania after ivory trafficking ringleaders were prosecuted. Tanzania was once known as the elephant-killing field. However, the country seems to have stopped the ivory poaching within its borders.

It has arrested over 2,300 traffickers and poachers for the past five years. According to investigators, they identified and arrested 11 wildlife trafficking groups and 21 leaders of the illegal trade as of 2020.

Yang Fenglan, a businesswoman, appealed atb the High Court in Tanzania last month. Conservation groups maintained that the country has been suffering from poaching, which has resulted in a 60 percent reduction in the population of elephants between 2009 and 2014.

A government census recorded a loss of over60, 000 elephants. The IUCN classified the African savanna elephant as an endangered one.  The government is grateful to the National Taskforce on Anti-poaching. 

This taskforce worked hard to unite the security sectors and wildlife to tackle criminal networks. In 2019, the country experienced fewer poaching incidents. The population of elephants in Tanzania has increased from 43,000 to 60,000 within 5 years.

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According to Sylvester Mwakitalu, the director of public prosecutions maintained that investigators have been trained on wildlife cases. The national figures indicated that ivory poaching has reduced in Tanzania, and the country is no longer the epicenter of such a crime again.

According to EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency), the analysis of ivory poaching showed that the act is no longer common in East Africa, but has shifted to West and Central Africa.

Tanzania now is no longer seen as a major exit for ivory. It doesn’t mean it’s gone away completely. But the multi-agency approach was instrumental because we all know from lessons learned and from good examples in other places that having a multi-agency approach is the only way to deal with these problems, because one agency can’t deal with them alone.

The executive director of EIA

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