Tanzanian rangers can now shoot down poachers

Dodoma, Oct 4 (IANS) Tanzania has announced that all poachers arrested in its national parks and game reserves will be promptly shot in the jungle, ordering wildlife rangers to immediately execute the directive.

"There will be no forgiveness when it comes to cases of poachers terrorizing innocent wildlife like elephants, rhinos and other species in this country," reported Xinhua citing Tanzania's Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Khamis Kagasheki.

There will be no need for poachers to take them to court, he added.

The minister was speaking at the climax of the global Elephant March, which was held in 15 countries worldwide and in Tanzania the three km mass walk was held in its northern safari capital of Arusha.

He warned all perpetuators of poaching and those involving in illegal hunting to pack their weapons and find a legal business "as anyone who would be caught in the parks for whatever reasons will be shot dead on the spot".


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