Oct 3, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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President Samia rules out auctioning of ivory, horns

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu insists the country will not auction confiscated ivory despite calls from activists.

On May 8th at the official launch of the Royal Tour tourism documentary in Dares Salaam, she reiterated the government’s commitment to conservation.

The tusks featured in her guided documentary; a project to market the country’s tourist attractions.

“The world should see how this illegal business is destroying our wildlife heritage,” she said.

Tanzania has one Stockpile of over 100 tons of elephant tusks and rhino horns that were stored in various conservation areas and confiscated by poachers.

Members of the Okoa Tembo wa Tanzania Conservation Group have lobbied the government to destroy the stockpiled ivory.< /p >

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Save the Elephant, another conservation group, said burning the ivory would save the government $75,000, which it spends every year on the elephant protecting the ivory.

The last aerial wildlife census six years ago showed a sharp decline in elephant numbers from over 39,000 to 13,000 between 2009 and 2015.

Tanzania National Parks publish The published 2017 Elephant Conservation Report showed a decline in elephant poaching, a track record attributed to the government’s paramilitary conservation initiative.

The US government imposed a 2014 ban on wildlife products or trophies from Tanzania, after American media and wildlife advocates had reported poaching.

Data from the fourth edition of the Counter Wildlife Trafficking Digest of the United States Agency for International Development, released in May last year, pointed to the seizure of significant quantities of pangolin parts in China and Laos.

Seizures of African wildlife parts in Vietnam and Thailand fell significantly in 2020, with 48 incidents in 2020 compared to 82 in 2019, USAID data showed. A decrease in the number and volume of seizures of elephant products was also noted. A total of 121 reported ivory seizures were recorded for 2020, a decrease of 36% from 380 in 2019.

The 2020 wildlife census saw an increase in the number of elephants in the Serengeti ecosystem from 6,087 in 2014 to around 7,061 inches shown 2020.