Is It Legal To Shoot Poachers In Kenya?

Can you hunt poachers in Kenya?

The country has had life sentences for the illegal killing of endangered or threatened species since 2013 under its Wildlife Conservation and Management Act.

has not been a deterrence enough to curb poaching.

Kenya does have the death penalty for other crimes.

The ban, and ivory smuggling

According to the American hunter Craig Boddington, elephant hunting was made illegal in Kenya in 1973 and all animal hunting without a permit in 1977. By the late 1970s, the elephant population was estimated around 275,000, dropping to 20,000 in 1989.

One of the first countries to adopt a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy was Botswana. Located in Southern Africa, Botswana is well-known for its phenomenal wildlife and numerous national parks. But with an abundance of animals roaming its terrain, Botswana has also had to face the issue of encroachment head-on.

Hunting, killing or collecting wildlife that is listed as endangered by IUCN and protected by law such as the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and international treaties such as CITES. This hunting method is illegal in California, Virginia, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan and Tennessee.