Africa Parks faults Malawi govt over decision not to destroy ivory


Owen Khamula, Nyasa Times  

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

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.