The Department of Parks and Wildlife are proud to announce the following statistics for 2017:
- 114 arrests were made – an average of 9.5 per month versus 0.7 before the establishment of the DNPW-led investigation unit, with support of the Malawi Police Service.
- 459 KGs of ivory was seized
- Average sentences have risen to 3.6 years in the same period. The average sentence was just $40 with no prison sentences passed between 2010 and 2014.
- 125 wildlife traffickers were put behind bars
- A record sentence of 18 years was passed (for the poaching of a rhino and the attempted trafficking of its horn).
Note that these figures include trafficking arrests and convictions only. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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