Tipping the Scales to End Poaching


We need to start by educating the law enforcers here

Fight for Rhinos

Black rhinoceros and Africa elephant, AfricaMark Twain once said,  ” The LACK of money is the root of all evil.”

I guess that’s why poaching is a multi-million dollar business. In countries such as Kenya, with a 40% unemployment rate,  it is a fertile place to find a man willing to risk it all.

And who is looking for a man willing to forfeit his freedom, or even his life?

When we discuss “poachers”, we need to clarify; it is not just one man, or group of men. It is the local man trying to feed his family, but it is also the man at the next level up paying off the local and collecting the “prize”, it is the kingpin at the top putting out the order for the ivory or horn. Poaching is a multi-level business, similar to the drug trade, affecting people at varying levels of economic status.

The lack of money…

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14 thoughts on “Tipping the Scales to End Poaching

  1. Poverty makes Man act without thinking or caring. Because of immediate needs, lack of education and resources, and a grim future, a mere fee for a muti-million dollar trafficking industry keeps animals dying. I second Camilla, trophy hunting further corrupts.

    I admire the motion to educate magistrates, but the common citizen needs to see their lives improved to think and act responsibly. The ridiculously low fine for the poacher is shameful, but I wonder if it is not related to their level of poverty and ability to pay. The articles reads that jailing with no option to pay a fine is a better deterrent. Still, it does not break the cycle.

    As in other social areas and conflicts, we see that there is an interest in not educating and improving the people’s lives because, then, they will start shifting their values in detrimental effect to callous and illegal practices.

    The most sorrowful corollary is, animals pay the highest price with their lives and trauma in those who lost their families to violent and abusive acts.

    Allow me to share here the petition from the original article, addressed to the president of Kenya:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/president-of-kenya-please-declare-poaching-a-national-disaster

    • You are absolutely right in everything you say here, Carmen.

      I have signed the petition and I hope many more do so to. I see over 86,000 are still needed! PLEASE SIGN EVERYONE ♥

      The frustrating thing I find about approaching heads of African governments, is the far too frequent turnover of leaders, and what one promises the next disregards. Which is precisely what happened in Madagascar a few years ago, when all conservation efforts were threatened and a lot of people had to withdraw. Things were going well, until, having ousted out his predecessor, the new incumbent showed no interest in the welfare of the animals or their environment whatsoever. Madagascar suffered a severe decline until pressure was brought to bear on the government by conservation groups and the media.

      Which just goes to show, we should always keep trying, WE SHOULD NEVER STOP. PRESSURE WORKS! But it can be very exasperating sometimes. Especially with all the corruption afoot.

      Sorry about the lateness of the reply, Carmen. This one slipped to the bottom of my comments list. ♥♥♥

  2. I wish it were only a matter of education here. Unfortunately, trophy hunting groups such as Safari Club International, with corrupt ties to the illegal industries fueling poaching, are a powerful and very wealthy lobby, successfully cultivating political influence here and abroad. (Bringing us back to the point about money….)

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