The Kenyan authorities had been desperately trying to find ways to stop the poaching of endangered wildlife species in their country. References are constantly made in the online media to the slaughter of elephants for their tusks and rhinoceroses for their horns both of which are used to feed the insatiable appetite of the Asian market: the elephant’s tusks for ivory and the rhino’s horn to give a rich gentleman in Asia an erection! Sorry, he can’t be a gentleman and he must have a tiny penis.
We all know about drones. They are used extensively by Western governments including the American government to help to resist the spread of terrorism and the activities of terrorists in places like Pakistan and Yemen. Drones are small, remotely controlled aircraft which carry cameras to spy on people and which can also carry rockets to kill people, often indiscriminately. Many innocent lives have been killed by American and British drones.
As controversial as the use of drones is, in this instance it can only be welcome because it has proved extremely difficult to stop poachers killing endangered wild species in Africa because the rewards are so high.
We are told that in a trial run poaching has been reduced by 96%. It seems that the drone has almost put an end to poaching in the trial area. Apparently, this particular drone has a camera which identifies the poachers which in turn stops them.
The Kenyan government is putting a lot of money into this project. I believe that the figure is $103,000,000. America, the Netherlands, Canada and France are assisting financially. There are 52 national parks and reserves in Kenyan and they all require protection.
The protection of endangered wild species in Africa is a world responsibility and I’m pleased to see that these major Western countries are assisting. Now, what about the cats? Well, the lion in Africa is also endangered and so is the cheetah and other African wild cat species such as the caracal. As I understand it, most of the endangerment for wild cat species in Africa comes from habitat loss or, in the case of the cheetah, by farmers who kill it because the cheetah lives on farmland in Botswana, primarily.
The lion is heavily poached in Africa to feed the insatiable Asian marketplace for body parts. I am sorry to keep on mentioning it but the Chinese government and other Asian countries really must get a grip on this because at the moment they are being so irresponsible in failing to protect these magnificent endangered cats.
It has been stated that at the current rate of poaching and habitat loss the African Lion will be extinct in 20 to 40 years. I believe that we can say the same about the Bengal tiger in India.
I would hope that the authorities in India take heed about the use of drones to fight poaching. I wonder if drones could be used to protect the Indian tiger reserves? I suspect that it would be less successful because the tiger lives in forests and jungles whereas the lion prefers to live in open spaces where poachers are unable to hide.