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Afghanistan Vet Helps Rangers Hunt Down Poachers In Africa
The fight against illegal poaching in Africa is extremely frustrating – both because of the irreparable damage that poachers cause and because most of us are powerless to do anything about it.
Not so for Kinessa Johnson, however – this tattooed, gun-toting badass US Army veteran works for VETPAW, an organization that connects US Armed Forces veterans with conservation rangers in East Africa who need professional training and support.
Together with other US vets, she helps the rangers with practical concerns like marksmanship, concealment, intelligence and patrolling tactics.
She helps African park rangers track and capture illegal poachers
Serving for 4 years in the US Army as a weapons instructor and mechanic has given her the skills she needs to train them
“I patrol routinely with them and also assist in intelligence operations”
“Our intention is not to harm anyone; we’re here to train park rangers so they can track and detain poachers and ultimately prevent poaching.”
She works together with other veterans through VETPAW (Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife)
“Most of the time anyone that is in a reserve with a weapon is considered a threat and can be shot if rangers feel threatened”
“Our goal is to prevent trigger pulling through strategic movements and methods of prevention.” She says she’s not a “poacher hunter,” but a trainer”
VETPAW works primarily in East Africa.
The goals of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) are to provide meaningful employment to skilled post-9/11 U.S.veterans and conserve critically endangered African species and their communities and ecosystems.
Iconic and irreplaceable wildlife is on the brink of extinction due to illegal poaching, and the crisis has far-reaching and catastrophic consequences. VETPAW utilizes the unrivaled expertise of veterans to train and support African rangers and to provide sustainable solutions. By hiring the men and women of the U.S. military we also facilitate career development and personal growth.
learn more here: http://vetpaw.org
Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport
"Hunters from around the world flock toCosta Ricato hunt the country’s jaguars and pumas for sport – or to capture the cats and sell them on the black market as pets. Illegal hunting tours bring in a pretty penny for tour leaders, and their popularity helped spur the newly announced ban. Parrots are also a target, since they can be captured and smuggled out to be sold as pets around the world.
The Costa Rican people started the initiative to protect their animals – it began as a grass-roots campaign that brought over 177,000 signatures to the national Congress. Now that the bill has been approved, violators of the hunting ban will face up to four months in jail and fines up to $3,000."