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Tough Sentence for Ivory Smuggler May Spell Way Forward in Elephant Poaching Crisis

Animals  (tags: ivory trade, wildlife smuggling, GoodNews, animalwelfare, animals, protection, wildanimals, wildlife )

- 2495 days ago -
The Republic of the Congo sentenced an ivory smuggler to an unprecedented four years in prison, proving the government's rising willingness to crack down on poachers.

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Barb K (1688)
Monday August 22, 2011, 4:20 pm
Only four years? Gimme a break! If C2 animal activists had our way, we'd make sure this guy never saw the light of day again!

Nancy M (62)
Monday August 22, 2011, 5:02 pm
I can't get over how long this fight against has been going on! How long is it going to take to put a stop to this!SAD!!!

Ellen m (215)
Monday August 22, 2011, 6:02 pm
With the unbelievably high amount paid for poached ivory, this guy will probably still have money when he gets out, with such a short sentence, this is no real deterent. Shooting on site would work better, and is more befitting the crime.

Danuta W (1250)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 3:09 am

Nancy Roussy (79)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 3:40 am
I fail to see how four years in prison for doing this is a tough sentence! Yes, compared to what those worthless disgusting pieces of crap receives normally it is a big sentence but it still is a joke of a sentence!

Cheree M (46)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 4:58 am
should be 15-20 yrs in my eyes. Noted, TY

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 6:08 am
Thanks for the article.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 7:32 am
This type of crime should be considered a Federal or National Offense with stiffer fines and mandatory jail time of at least 10 years. Killing of these beautiful creatures upsets the Earth's balance. It's not only about the disregard of animal life.

Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 10:25 am
sounds like they are getting more serious about solving the problem.

. (0)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 12:11 pm
Although the sentence is only 4 years, it's a start. Hopefully he will serve them out. I am also pleased the smuggler was Chinese - it sends a message to them as well.

Stephanie M (218)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 3:01 pm
I suggest a mandatory death penalty much like the chinese use for drug dealers.
They catch you once and thats it-you're history and will never deal drugs again.
Poachers should know they will pay with their lives.

Kate A (10)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 3:43 pm
Signed & Noted, thank you for posting.

Glamour Girlcat (32)
Tuesday August 23, 2011, 7:16 pm
You've got that right, BarbCat!

Cristina M (137)
Wednesday August 24, 2011, 5:40 am
Four years are not nearly enough. I would give them the death penalty to make sure they'll never kill an animal. At least I would chop off their hands.
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