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SOS Rhino : In the News : Malawian and Tanzanian Poachers Accused of Jeopardising Wildlife

Malawian and Tanzanian Poachers Accused of Jeopardising Wildlife

  August 6, 2003


Poachers of Malawian and Tanzanian origin are accused of jeopardising wildlife in the natural reserve of the northern Mozambican province of Niassa.

Niassa provincial Tourism director Pinto Madeira told AIM that these foreigners, in colaboration with some nationals, will slaughter elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, hippos, rhinos and other species.

Racalling one of the most recent cases, he said that the poachers slaughtered two elepahants for their tasks, last month.

He also recalled that Mozambican rangers found 10 elephant carcasses in different areas of the Niassa reserve, but their slaughterers are still at large, although all signs show that they were from those neighbouring countries, since vehicles tracks from the spot led either to Malawi or to the Rovuma river, from where one crosses to Tanzania.

"The team of rangers found the remainders of the beasts abandoned, and in an adavanced state of putrefaction", he said, adding that this means that all that the poachers wanted were the animals' tasks.

"With this situation, the Mozambican state is losing, not only on the species as such, but also in terms of revenue, because, for instance, a license to slaughter an elephant costs 100 million meticais (about 4,170 US dollars), to be added to the hunting license tax".

He explained that such an activity, when carried out within the norms, will contribute the correspondent to about half of the state budget.