The Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Park (NAZAP) on Friday called on the Kebbi State Government prosecute those who recently trapped and killed an hippopotamus in the state.
The association’s National President ,Mr Francis Abioye told the News Agency of Nigeria in Owerri that the act violated the Convention International on Trade of Endangered Species law (CITES).
“The union is condemning in strong terms the killing of an hippopotamus in Kebbi state and we want the relevant agency responsible for the protection of animal right to take immediate action.
“This must not be swept under the carpet because it will amount to mockery of the law and it is our responsibility to speak for the vulnerable and defenceless animals.
” It is unfortunate that those who killed the hippocampus took pictures with the dead animals and posted on social media and yet, non of them has been arrested or prosecuted,” he said.
Abioye said that the protection of endangered animals was one of the animal right law, adding that if killing of endangered animals was not discouraged, such animals would soon go into extinction.
He said that the association would want the Kebbi State Government to prosecute the killers to serve as deterrence to others.
Abioye,who expressed worry over the killing of endangered animals , said that a similar incident was recorded in Edo state where an elephant was also killed.
NAN reports that some fishermen in Samanabi town in Koko Besse Local Government of Kebbi state were alleged to last month,June, killed an hippopotamus after trailing it for many months.
Edited /Ekemini Ladejobi
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