Wildlife Division to clamp down on Pangolin Triffickers and Poachers in  Ghana   Wildlife Division to clamp down on Pangolin Triffickers and Poachers in  Ghana
The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana is to intensify clamp down on Wildlife traffickers  and poachers particularly on Pangolins . The...   Wildlife Division to clamp down on Pangolin Triffickers and Poachers in  Ghana

The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana is to intensify clamp down on Wildlife traffickers  and poachers particularly on Pangolins .

The Division is to also liaise with other law enforcement Institutions to arrest illegal hunters and Poachers depleting wildlife resources including endangered pangolin species in the Country .

Joseph Yaw Oppong, Public Relations Manager of Wildlife division of the Forestry Commission said ,the move is to protect and conserve endangered wildlife species  from illegal harvesting.

He said this Saturday February 17,2018 during  commemoration of World Pangolins Day at Bunso and Nsutem stretch of the Accra to Kumasi Highways in the Eastern region organized by AROCHA Ghana  with support from USAID and the Wildlife Division of the Forestry commission.

Pangolins are the most trafficked Wildlife worldwide with average trafficking rate of 300 per day.It is estimated,100,000 pangolins are smuggled every year from some African countries including Ghana to Vietnam and China where it is of high demand for nutritious delicacy and  “magical medicines ” for treatment of variety of ailments .

A report released by China’s Public Security Bureau for Forests and the University of Oxford found that the average price for a kilogram of pangolin scales cost about $600.

However ,the  Public Relations Manager of Wildlife division of the Forestry Commission, Joseph Yaw Oppong says “the forestry commission has resolved not to sit down for wildlife trafficking to happen in Ghana so we are collaborating with all the agencies especially the NGOs whose duty is the support the crack down against wild animal trafficking that’s why we are here with AROCHA to sign a warning to people and at same time educate the public about the need to protect the pangolins popular known in Ghana as Aprawa “.

He revealed that, the scales of Pangolins have been identified to posses properties similar to cocaine hence making it urgent ,efforts to protect the few pangolins left in the country.

The Eastern Regional Manager of AROCHA Ghana,Emmanuel Ackom stated that more education and Enforcement need to be done to protect the endangered Pangolins.

He expressed worry that, illegally harvested wild animals including Pangolins  from Atewa Forest reserve are sold with impunity at Atewa stretch of the Accra to Kumasi Highways  at the full glare of enforcement agencies .

He said this is emboldening hunters and poachers as well as traders to illegally trade wildlife in the country.

Ackom acknowledged that ,Ghana is lucky to have three out of the eight Pangolin species present worldwide which most could be found in Atewa Forest hence  imperative for Atewa Forest to be made National Park to among other importance help protect the few species left .

 
Source :enaghana.com/Annor Obed