The BBC reported that six lions have been found dead and dismembered at a national park in Uganda. The lions were found in Queen Elizabeth National Park with heads and paws hacked off in what authorities believe is poisoning.
Authorities and conservationists are working to investigate and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said it “cannot rule out illegal wildlife trafficking.” UWA’s communications manager Bashir Hangi said the group was “saddened” by the crime.
“UWA strongly condemns the illegal killing of wildlife because it does not only impact negatively on our tourism as a country, but also revenue generation, which supports conservation and community work in our protected areas,” he said.
A similar incident happened at the park in April 2018, 11 lions were found dead in a suspected poisoning. NPR reported that lions are listed as “vulnerable” on the threatened species list compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, lions are threatened by loss of habitat and conflict with people. They’re also endangered by poaching and trophy hunting.
The trafficking of wild animal parts is the fourth most profitable illegal industry after the trafficking of narcotics, weapons, and humans.
It not only devastates the populations of endangered animals, but also harms communities that depend on tourism, has negative consequences for the environment, and plays a huge role in the transmission of viruses.
Here is our official statement regarding the death of lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. @SoftPowerNews @newvisionwire @DailyMonitor @observerug @nbstv @ntvuganda @ubctvuganda @UgandaMediaCent pic.twitter.com/Jd0dj5Z5ZE
— Uganda Wildlife (@ugwildlife) March 20, 2021
Sadly, despite these horrific effects, poaching is still common due to how profitable the industry is.
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This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 25 March 2021. Lead Image Source: zampe238/ Shutterstock.com.
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