ARUSHA, Tanzania, March 9 (Xinhua) -- A fresh report on the status of Tanzania's wildlife sector cited corruption as one of the reasons behind the increasing incidents of wildlife poaching in the East African nation.
The 82-page report, which was released here on Monday, came after a study carried out by the Arusha NGO Network (ANGONET) in collaboration with Kepa, a Finnish NGO Platform.
Some wildlife officials have been implicated with corruption practices in the report titled "State of corporate social responsibility in the wildlife sector".
* Do you want to find out more? Read 'Vanishing Point – Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants' at http://eia-international.org/reports/vanishing-point-criminality-corruption-and-the-devastation-of-tanzanias-elephants
Joanita Mlay, one of the researchers who took part in the study, said majority of the respondents associated light fines or sentences that were imposed to poachers on one hand and heavy fines to ordinary community members who were involved in minor offenses on the other hand.
"In some cases courts granted bail to the accused individuals as provided by relevant laws. This provision gave opportunity for bailed individuals enough time to interfere with cases through corruption and ultimately resulting into chances of such cases being ruled out in favor of culprits," the researcher said.
Full story at http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=271561
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Image: Elephants in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park (c) EIA
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