British Troops Will Join The Fight Against Poachers In Africa

For what feels like far too long now there has been a fight against poaching all over the world.

While people attempt to stop the killing of innocent animals, there have been some small victories along the way, but that's all they'll be until all poaching is eliminated.

Despite this sad fact the want to put a stop to it hasn't been lessened. The fight has received a big push though, as British soldiers have joined in.

According to BBC news troops will be deployed in Africa where they'll train rangersin tracking, infantry, bushcraft and information analysis skills.


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The counter-poaching training will happen at two wildlife parks in Malawi, and will mean 120 rangers will be mentored by soldiers, the BBC reports.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the news, labelling the act of poaching as "cruel". He also added that the British armed forces for "playing their part in putting an end to this sickening and illegal industry".

He then said: "By providing training and mentoring to the park rangers, they will form a skilled network to ensure that the world's precious species are here for generations to come," he added.

This expansion will take place in May following a pilot scheme was a success in Liwonde National Park last year.

Recently a lot of people rejoiced after a big cat poacher has reportedly been killed and eaten by lions in South Africa.

According to the Daily Mail, the hunter was at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa when he was attacked and eaten by the pride he was attempting to hunt.

The hunter was heard to scream for help as the animals attacked, but before help could arrive the lions had killed and eaten most of the man - leaving his head untouched.

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Police who made the grim discovery initially thought the remains may have belonged to one of the game reserve's workers - however, when they were accounted for, authorities realised it must have been a poacher.

Police Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said: "The process of identifying this body has already commenced and it might be made easier as his head was amongst the remains found at the scene."

Another local, who works on a nearby reserve, added: "The head was still there but the lions had eaten most of the rest.

"A scream was heard and the lions were scattered by the sound of gunshots but it was too late to do anything for him. He was eaten."

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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