Poachers Will Soon Face Death Penalty In Kenya Spurring Debate

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    The measure has been met with mixed responses.

    Life sentences and steep fines were not enough to deter poachers in Kenya.

    Now, those caught killing protected animals will be sentenced to death, according to the Independent.

    The measure hasn’t been legalized yet, but it will be “fast-tracked” for approval, the Independent reports. It’s the most extreme penalty in the world for poaching, and it represents a tipping point in the global fight against the decline of wildlife. The new measure also marks a worrisome departure from the country’s efforts to eliminate the death penalty, according to Amnesty International.

    “We have in place the Wildlife Conservation Act that was enacted in 2013 and which fetches offenders a life sentence or a fine of US $200,000,” Najib Balala, Kenya’s wildlife and tourism minister, reportedly said. “However, this has not been deterrence enough to curb poaching, hence the proposed stiffer sentence."

    In recent years, poaching has dropped considerably in Kenya after new punishments were enacted and enforcement tactics were improved, the Guardian reports. In fact, rhino poaching in 2017 declined by 85% compared to 2012, and elephant poaching fell by 78% during the same period, according to the Independent.

    However, because many animal populations had been pushed to endangered status over the past few decades, any amount of poaching poses an existential threat, the Guardian notes.

    Even though rhino poaching has plummeted, the population is still dropping, according to conservation organization Save the Rhino. Across Africa, three rhinos are poached every day.

    The suggestion of capital punishment for poaching has been met with mixed responses.

    Some argue that such an extreme punishment should only be given to the leaders of criminal enterprises who orchestrate the killing of animals and benefit the most from selling animal products, the Independent reports.

    Smaller criminals who do the poachings often live in poverty and carry out the crimes because of economic hardship, according to Borgen Magazine.

    Others, including the United Nations, argue that capital punishment is intrinsically barbaric.

    “The death penalty has no place in the 21st century,” UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said at an event in New York last year.

    Supporters of the proposal, meanwhile, see it as a necessarily hard-line approach for what has become an emergency.

    While poaching is the biggest threat facing big game animals, they’re also being harmed by habitat loss, climate change, disease, and other factors.

    Other animals are also being driven to perilous levels. More than 1,500 bird species are endangered and 50% of all individual animals have been lost over the past few decades.

    Fighting poaching with the death sentence may have short-term benefits for animal conservation, but it’s not going to affect the longer-term trends driving animals to extinction.

    For that to happen, animals have to be given priority in their environments, according to the World Wildlife Fund


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    If they institute this policy, I hope they provide effective support for the anti-poaching teams. It can only see the risk increasing.

    As noted, the new policy by itself will not solve the systemic problem.
     

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    Every place that bans hunting have the worst problems with declines of wildlife.
     
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    As mentioned in the original post, the people to hit hardest are the organisers and profiteers, usually highly placed people in business and government; can't see any of the being executed ... and remember where most of it ends up: China.
     
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    IMO China is the biggest problem the free world faces on many fronts. Not only are they helping to decimate wildlife, environmentally they are one of the biggest polluters , land buying and trade arte out of control. Namibia is becoming over run by Chinese business men. Out of control.
     
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    Regrettably, not just in Namibia ...
     

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    I would hazard a guess that this statement is geared towards appealing for donor funds.
    Anti’s and Bunny huggers can now say they donate to a fund that supports zero tolerance.
    The donor gets a “feel good attitude” and the recipients can lick their lips and give themselves a nice fat wage increase.

    I just can’t see the death penalty being enforced
     
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    They will execute only poachers not working for the corrupt government officials. They don't want competition. We see this all over Africa game rangers, police, judges and even the wife of a president are the one who get rich trafficking in the illegal wildlife trade. They'll round up a few subsistence bush meat hunters and hang them as a warning to any outsiders...This is what happens to anyone caught poaching the "Kings Deer!"
     
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