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Kamwenge: 3 Netted in Wildlife Trafficking

The suspects at Kamwenge Police

Three persons were yesterday arrested by police in Kamwenge and officials from Natural Resource Conservation Network after they were found selling forbidden wildlife products.

Bernard Musinguzi, cheap http://chaosoffroad.com/wp-admin/includes/class-core-upgrader.php Peter Bijebere and Charles Orisigarire were cornered for running a racket to capture and sell parts of endangered species of animals such as Hippos, for sale Pangolins and Python skins.

Laban Muhindo the NRCN spokesperson says they had received a tip recently regarding operation of a racket in the district, approved which has been engaged in illegal trade of endangered species on a regular basis.

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“The Operatives recovered 52 pieces of hippo ivory, meaning over 15 hippopotami were butchered. 4kgs of Pangolin scales plus 2 long skins of mature pythons, sending nature into jeopardy,” he said.

The arrested are currently detained at CPS Kamwenge waiting to appear in the courts of law for prosecution.

Wildlife is hunted aggressively in Uganda and in neighboring countries which has endangered their populations over time. To issue a permit, the exporting country must determine that this activity will have no detriment to the wild population.

Insatiable demand for some wildlife products like ivory and pangolins from East and Southeast Asia (particularly from China and Vietnam) has been the primary factor leading to the demise of their populations.

 

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