Eleven years in prison: man accused of killing a mountain gorilla in Uganda condemned

A man in Uganda has been convicted, inter alia due to the killing of rare mountain gorillas to eleven years in prison. The 25-year-old animal, named Rafiki, was

Eleven years in prison: man accused of killing a mountain gorilla in Uganda condemned

A man in Uganda has been convicted, inter alia due to the killing of rare mountain gorillas to eleven years in prison. The 25-year-old animal, named Rafiki, was found in June in the Bwindi impenetrable rainforest in southwestern Uganda with deep spear wounds, dead. Then, four suspected poachers had been arrested, informed the Ugandan wildlife authority, UWA on Thursday. They had allegedly killed next to the Gorilla, a Bush pig and an antelope. Three of the men denied the deeds, a well-known, however guilty, as the Wildlife officer. A court has sentenced him accordingly, to eleven years in prison. The process against the other three still run.

"We are pleased that justice has been restored," said Bashir Hangi, a spokesman for the UWA. The judgment will show the other poachers that the laws can catch up.

The poaching in Uganda and other African countries has increased according to experts, since the beginning of the Corona-crisis. Because of the pandemic worldwide flights had been suspended and borders closed, thus, for the protection of animals, extremely important tourism revenue to stay away. In addition, many people have left in Uganda and elsewhere because of the Corona measures in the cities and returned to their home villages, where there is little work. The people poaching often, because of the flesh of the animals, not primarily because of the value of an animal or of a body part, such as Rhino Horn.

mountain gorillas are highly endangered, there are only about 1000 animals on earth. They live only in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The Population had recovered, according to the world conservation Union (IUCN) in recent years, however, something.

Updated Date: 30 July 2020, 10:19

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