The coronavirus in Africa could completely overwhelm healthcare systems neglected for years. Yet Zambia has refrained from imposing the type of far-reaching lockdown seen in nations such as South Africa.
Kenya, ivory kingpin sentenced to 20 years in jail
Un tribunale keniota ha condannato Feisal Ali Mohamed, responsabile della morte di almeno 120 elefanti.
At least 120 elephants have been slaughtered and killed on his behalf. But Feisal Ali Mohamed has been finally sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Kenyan court. The man is guilty of possessing and attempting to sell an ivory haul worth more than 430,000 dollars. Magistrate Diane Mochache has decided that all the seized ivory will be given to the Kenya Wildlife Service and has fined the ivory kingpin 200,000 dollars.
All of the other accused have been cleared
On the other hand, four other people on trial, Abdul Halim Sadiq, Ghalib Sadiq Kara, Praverz Noor Mohamed and Ibrahim Abdulmajeed, have been acquitted of all charges because they would have been unwittingly involved in Mohamed’s operations, according to the magistrate.
A world without elephants
African elephants’ future hangs by a thread, with only 500,000 individuals surviving in the wild. Poaching is their main threat as smugglers hunt them for ivory. Between 2010 and 2012 more than 100,000 elephants have been killed and their population has dropped by 61 per cent over the past 30 years. This massacre also involves rangers protecting elephants while they’re doing their job. Plus, revenues from ivory trafficking fund terrorism, contributing to bloodying the country.
A major blow to poaching
“The guilty verdict is a strong message to all networks of poaching gangs, ivory smugglers, financiers, middlemen and shippers that Kenya will not watch as its elephant population is decimated or its territory used as a conduit for traffickers,” Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement. Mohamed was sought and listed among the 9 “most wanted” for environmental crimes by Interpol. He was arrested in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in December 2014.
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Andrea Crosta. The man who uses his intelligence network to prevent poaching and save endangered animals
The first NGO that puts an intelligence network at the service of the planet. People who work in the shadows to eradicate poaching and save elephants along with other endangered species. This is the Elephant Action League, and we spoke to its founder Andrea Crosta.
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