( JOHANNESBURG) —– A Tanzanian judge has actually sentenced a Chinese trafficker who was identified the “ivory queen” to 15 years in prison after she was founded guilty of smuggling about 700 elephant tusks.
The PAMS Foundation, a preservation group supporting Tanzanian efforts to suppress wildlife criminal activity, states the conviction Tuesday of Yang Fenglan reveals that Tanzanian authorities are severe about punishing trafficking.
The case versus Yang, who was apprehended in 2015, was deemed a significant test of Africa-wide efforts to hold essential trafficking figures liable for the mass killing of elephants to provide ivory to unlawful markets, consisting of in China.
In Tanzania alone, the elephant population decreased by 60 percent to 43,000 in between 2009 and 2014, according to the federal government. Authorities there state some herds are recuperating.
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