Poverty, joblessness drives wildlife poaching in S Africa

27 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Poverty, joblessness drives wildlife poaching in S Africa

Most people convicted for wildlife poaching and trafficking in South Africa commit the crimes due to poverty and joblessness, a study by an international wildlife conservation group has shown, reports AFP.

A report published Thursday and compiled after interviews with 73 convicted wildlife offenders incarcerated in South Africa’s jails, concluded that 70 percent of them were forced into crime just to make a living. “A variety of reasons led offenders to become involved in illegal wildlife trade, one frequent motivation being a desire to provide for their families given the lack of viable legal economic alternatives,” said TRAFFIC.

One study respondent told TRAFFIC: “I just wanted to give my children a better life than I had”.

Another said he just wanted to send his “first born to school so that he could get education. I wanted him to have the opportunity which I was denied as a child”.

“If I were working, I would not have gone and done this,” regreted another respondent.


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