Wildlife poachers in Kenya will face the death penalty, the country’s tourism and wildlife minister has reportedly announced.
Najib Balala warned the tough new measure would be fast-tracked into law.
Existing deterrents against killing wild animals in the east African nation are insufficient, Mr Balala said, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
So in an effort to conserve Kenya’s wildlife populations, poachers will reportedly face capital punishment once the new law is passed.
Kenya is home to a wide variety of treasured species in national parks and reserves, including lions, black rhinos, ostriches, hippos, buffalos, giraffe and zebra.