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East Africa: British Army Accused of Arming Poachers

Animals  (tags: wildlife, elephants, poaching, suffering, cruelty, animals )

- 1969 days ago -
POACHERS in Samburu and Isiolo are often dressed in military attire allegedly sourced from the British Army training in the area.

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Evelyn B (79)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:18 am
Noted Tks. Jill..... The Cowards they're the one's that should
be Poached the bunch of useless skin.. Soon they're won't
be no elephants, rhino's and any other horned creature....
May all Poachers die a horrible death....

Tim C (2420)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:36 am

Victoria P (113)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:01 am
Notedwith thanks Jill

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:24 am
noted, thanks Jill

Gudrun D (447)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:29 am
Noted - thanks Jill.

Inconsolable T (44)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:00 am
If true, those responsible should be given the choice of facing court marshal or being sent to retrieve equipment and arms, and to use extreme force.

Julie E (405)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:10 am
Geez, they will do anything to get the ivory. The punishment is never harsh enough for poachers.

Terry, what I read is that the poachers are wearing the military gear and impersonating the soldiers. If they do use their military status to poach, then yes, I agree, court marshal them.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:19 pm
I agree, court marshal them.

Mary T (178)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:17 pm
Thanks Jill, How terrible they should all be poached themselves.

Laurie H (817)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:41 pm
These sick and twisted minds will stop at nothing it seems. They have to be dealt with much more severely--hit them where it really hurts---what ever it takes--they have killed rangers too---Thanks Jill!!!!!!!!!!~~~

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:13 am
2 words sums them up ... EVIL BASTARDS!!

P A (117)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:30 am
"The source said when the officers from the British Army are broke, they sell their uniforms and ammunition at throwaway prices.

"They are sold very cheap. A full military gear can be exchanged for a crate of beer," said the source who is privy to the deals."

It seems incredible to me - if a soldier 'lost' all his gear - he would surely be put on a charge - or court martialled! However the Army should investigate thoroughly - and if any are guilty they should indeed be court martialled with the heaviest penalties!

(The article clearly says 'officers' - really? Their conduct is more closely scrutinised than squaddies - they would be risking an awful lot - and all for a case of beer? Sounds very odd!).

. (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:03 am
Sorry to say-no shock here. Sadly, it's become so common place. TY Jill and Philip for the fwd

Margaret C (10)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:03 am
Noted, but what can we do about it?

. (7)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:55 am
Court marshal them, this is terrible!! Thanks Jill

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:21 pm
Noted. Thanks Jill.

Nancy Black (308)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:28 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, tweeted, shared It would appear there is something wrong in "Denmark." No, I mean East Africa. If the poachers are buying the uniforms and supplies from the British Army, both should be put on trial and get to go to jail. If the poachers are stealing, the army should be very diligent with their uniforms and supplies. Probably, this all comes down to money, and these outlaws have decided that life is not as important as money. They should be caught and made an example of.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:52 pm
stop the soldiers from selling or giving uniforms away They probably do it for booze or suchlike anyway and give the poachers the ones that are caught harsher penalties

noted thanks

michelle t (41)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:02 pm
Implement the mandatory death penalty for all poachers,hunters and those involved in this barbaric animal murder.This includes corrupt military army staff

Louise G (1)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:56 pm
noted, thanks

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:01 pm
Noted, thanks Jill!

Dianne D (490)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:12 pm
I hope this is not true. Curses on those that harm animals.

Ann Breeden (65)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:35 pm
Noted and weeping for the elephants that have been killed.

Natalie V (27)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:43 pm
noted, thanks

Winnie Adams (179)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:36 pm
I certainly hope this isn't true and if it is I hope it stops immediately.

janet f (29)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:00 pm
Death penalty to anyone poaching or selling animal parts.

Ruth M (235)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:18 pm
Nothing surprises me these days !!

Teresa C (274)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:59 pm
I'm not really surprised--I think many countries play both ends against the middle, so to speak. I'd bet that the British goods are traded for booze and such, and the Army turns a blind eye.
But as this all involves poaching, even poaching-once-removed (possible in the case of the Brit. soldiers), I say they're ALL guilty of poaching and should be put to death. Anyone who kills an animal, or aids and abets, should pay the full price!

Herbert E (10)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:49 pm
I am usually against capital punishment but there should be exceptions. These arms dealers plus poachers should be hanged. People are hanged for lesser crimes in our so just world, or even for no crime at all.

Ellen m (215)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:44 am
After actually reading the article, it appears the only way to stop this is for the British military to implement a strict control on the use of of any military items..EVERYTHING should be accounted for and sale (or "gift") of any of these items should be taken very seriously, and punished accordingly. .thanks Jill

Giana P (398)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:01 am
Noted. I hope this is not true, because it's pretty terrible if it is! All should be severely punished.

Veronique L (209)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:41 am
Noted thanks Jill

Linda P (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:14 pm
That is as low as you can go. Poaching needs to stop and all of them need to pay the price. An eye for an eye.

Nimue Michelle P (339)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:33 am
The mind boggles.

Danuta W (1250)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:53 am

Marliese B (69)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 8:01 am
Thank you so much, Jill.
Punishment is never harsh enough for poachers and for corrupt military army !!!
Shared on Facebook with the same comment.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday February 4, 2013, 12:21 am
Noted - a court marital would be too good for these sickening monsters - they should be put on some remote island with a team of hitmen to hunt them down like they do these poor animals.

Farah H (153)
Monday February 4, 2013, 12:10 pm
noted, thank you for sharing

Buffy F (93)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:13 am
noted and shared

Sergio P (65)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 11:17 am
Hope is not true, shame!

Syd H (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:44 pm
This story is a work of pure fiction.
Anyone who has actually served in the British Army, Navy or Air Force will know exactly how tight the controls are on any equipment issued, be it uniforms or weapons. Every single item from a pair of socks or a shaving brush to a rifle is signed for and is fully accountable. If an item is lost or stolen there is a major inquisition and the person who signed for the item can be made to pay for the missing item.
ANY damaged items have to be officially exchanged and if beyond economic repair are formally written off and disposed of through official channels. There is NOT the slightest chance that any member of H.M. armed forces would give away or sell a piece of his or her equipment. To do so would be much too costly for them and cause them too much trouble.
The only way British military equipment could fall into the hands of the poachers, is if it was stolen by the locals or was spirited away by Corrupt Kenyan officials, from stocks officially supplied to equip the Kenya Wildlife Service and Military.

David C (29)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:35 pm
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