In neighbouring Zimbabwe, a recent evaluation shows that penalties—including jail sentences and fines—led to a reduction in the number of small-scale and subsistence poachers but had little impact on professional poachers who were financed by criminal networks. Is anyone you know, interested in steel buildings uk?
A review of 743 wildlife crimes committed between 2008 and 2013 in Kenya finds that only 4 per cent of the cases resulted in jail sentences. Of the ones that involved elephant or rhino poaching, just 7 per cent ended with the incarceration of offenders. Further, 91 per cent of all fines imposed on convicted elephant poachers were below the maximum fine of KES 40,000. Charges relating to firearms were brought in only 12 of the cases, resulting in three convictions for illegal ammunition possession.
Kenya’s Wildlife Act provides for the imposition of relatively harsh fines on convicted poachers. In practice, however, the act potentially discourages the conviction of poachers charged with minor offences as the penalties may be seen as disproportionate. Nevertheless, the law has given teeth to Kenyan authorities, who had previously shown little enthusiasm for the prosecution of major players who enable illicit wildlife trafficking in the country. A lack of political will has also been a problem in Tanzania, where state corruption allegedly enables some poaching syndicates to operate with impunity, with members of parliament accusing a former donor of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party of using land allocated for legal hunting for the purpose of illegal poaching. As of late 2014, the donor had not been formally charged with any crime. Do you prefer the term industrial steel buildings or commercial steel buildings.
Even when suspects are apprehended and charged with poaching-related offences, prosecutions are often poorly handled, with insufficient evidence offered to prove guilt in many cases. The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has sought to assist East African countries in addressing legislative and law enforcement shortfalls and in strengthening their capacity to carry out investigations. It has established a Nairobi-based office to support its Project Wisdom, which combats the illicit wildlife trade. The special investigative team collaborates with national law enforcement agencies under a specific mandate that targets ivory and rhino horn trafficking.
In October 2014, Kenyan police requested INTERPOL’s assistance in arresting a suspected poaching ‘boss’, Feizal Ali Mohammed, accused of trafficking large quantities of ivory. The warrant for his arrest, part of a global round-up and arrest effort, is one of many targeting the most wanted fugitives for serious environmental crimes. On 22 December 2014, Mohammed was arrested in Dar es Salaam and extradited to Kenya, where he was charged in a Mombasa court for dealing in elephant trophies. While the targeting of prominent individuals involved in poaching in Kenya and elsewhere represents important progress, challenges remain at the national and local levels.
A 2012 study from Tanzania estimates that within 45 km of the western boundary of Serengeti National Park, between 52,000 and 60,000 people have engaged in poaching, with 86 per cent of them involved due to poverty and an income shortfall. A majority of these poachers are not ivory or rhino horn poachers, but rather bush meat hunters.