25 Sep 2018

 

NGOs Cautioned Against llegal Wildlife Trade

Non-governmental Organizations operating in the country have been warned against illegal wildlife trade.

NGOs Cautioned Against llegal Wildlife Trade
The Minister of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Jemma Nunu Kumba (C) [Gurtong file photo]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 21 April 2018 [Gurtong]-The Minister of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Jemma Nunu Kumba said hunting wild animals for commercial purposes and trafficking were being done by both citizens and NGO personnel.

She warned that those who will be caught in illegal trade in wildlife products will face the laws of South Sudan.

“On several occasions we have witnessed multi-practices in which some members of international worker are involved in illegal trade in wildlife products,” Nunu Kumba said.

The ministry revealed that about a week ago, an international staff of one of the NGOs was detained in Rumbek for allegedly trafficking Rhino horn. 

The suspect had designed the Rhino horn into resemble a walking stick in order to evade from the law.

She stressed that although the country was facing a lot of challenges as some areas are still having insecurity which constitutes the main threat to wildlife conservation,
The minister said they were trying to ensure that wildlife is protected for current and future generation despite the threat from the security situation.

She said there were laws and penalties to face those who deal in illegal wildlife trade.

Last year, President Kiir banned all trade in ivory and rhino products in a bit to protect the illegal trafficking of the wildlife products.

The move was also meant to safeguard the worlds endangered species, some of which are found in South Sudan.


 

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