Africa Parks faults Malawi govt over decision not to destroy ivory

Africa Parks has sharply criticised government decision not to destroy four tons of ivory, saying this will work against the spirit of poaching.

Game Ranger on a display of the Ivory heaped in the Parliament building - Pic by Stanley Makuti
Game Ranger on a display of the Ivory heaped in the Parliament building – Pic by Stanley Makuti

The Africa Parks country director Patricio Ndadzera said this in response to the decision by the government to spare the four tons of ivory confisticated from poachers.

Director of Wildlife Brighton Kunchedwa said on Tuesday the ivory would instead be used for education and cultural purposes.

However, Ndadzera wondered whether it was worth it to pay for security round the clock for priceless pieces of ivory.

“This means the government will continue paying for security for the ivory which are of no value,” said Ndadzera.

President Peter Mutharika was supposed to set on fire the ivory but government changed mind last minute saying some of the ivory was needed in court as exhibits.

Africa Parks is currently restocking Nkhotakota Game Reserve with animals, including 500 elephants from Liwonde National Park after the game reserve was left with no single elephant because of poaching.

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5 years ago

This is disgusting. The ivory should be destroyed. No ivory should be available for sale anywhere and poachers and dealers must be punished severely.

5 years ago

This story gives rise to suspicions that the Government of Malawi is not being straight in the reason it gives for not destroying the ivory. There is much more to this story. The Chinese pay huge sums of money for ivory and the DPP government is very close to the Chinese. Where is the ivory now? The public have a right to know how it is being stored and with what security. Have any court cases dealing with poaching taken place? Much more clarity is needed on this subject. Please keep digging for information and make the results public.

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