Thursday 26 November 2015

Eight people charged for cyanide poisoning of elephants in Zimbabwe

A joint operation between Police and the Parks and Wildlife Department has netted eight villagers who are believed to be part of a poaching syndicate that has been poisoning elephants in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

Close to seventy elephants have been found poisoned by cyanide in the last three months at different locations within the Park.

One of those arrested was found in possession of a pair of  tusks weighing 26kg and valued at $6, 500, and was sentenced to ten years in jail.

Others received fines for being in possession of cyanide without a license or for illegal possession of firearms. Three of the men are still being investigated.

Poachers renewed the attack three months ago in the national park and officials from the Parks and Wildlife department have expressed concern over trivialisation of the cases by the courts.

Is this just the tip of the iceberg?

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