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The Honorable Justice Mawadze explains the Effects or impacts of magistrates sentences on combating-wildlife crime

Ever Vimbai Chinoda

Ever Vimbai received our International Advocates Animal Law LLM Scholarship. After the program, Ever continued in her role as the Executive Director of the organization she founded during her LLM studies - Speak Out For Animals.
“By studying at CALS, I made a conscious and strategic decision to become an international vessel with a voice who could stand to speak and advocate for animal protection.”
Prior to joining the LLM program, she was a Legal Officer at Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in Zimbabwe. In this capacity, her work focused mainly on legislation drafting, lobbying and advocacy related to animal protection laws around Zimbabwe with both private and public stakeholders. She also monitored major cases involving wildlife trafficking, poaching, and illegal possession of ivory.
As a former prosecutor, she was well-suited to assist public prosecutors on cases involving wildlife across Zimbabwe. For example, Ever Vimbai was involved in the case involving Cecil the lion from Hwange National Park killed by the U.S. dentist, Walter Palmer.

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Toolkit to expedite trial of wildlife crimes launched

AUTHORITIES have come up with a toolkit that is aimed at expediting the trial of people accused of committing wildlife related crimes, it has been learnt.

The kit, which was developed by Speak out for Animals (SOFA) in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, National Prosecuting Authority, police and Space for Giants, was launched at Matopos National Park on Tuesday. Speaking at the launch, secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Munesu Munodawafa said the legal guideline book will go a long way towards safeguarding Zimbabwe’s wildlife.

“This book is a positive contribution towards wildlife care. It (tool kit) comes when the Ministry is working hard on anti-poaching activities and anti-animal trafficking initiatives. Handling, detecting, investigating of animal crimes in Zimbabwe has to be taken seriously by all,” said Munodawafa.

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Sadc urged to harmonise laws to fight wildlife crimes

SADC has been urged to harmonise laws to fight wildlife crimes to successfully eradicate poaching in the region.

Speaking during the launch of the Zimbabwe’s Rapid Response Guide (RRG) toolkit on wildlife crimes at Matopo National Park on Tuesday, the acting deputy Prosecutor General, Mr Innocent Mutsonziwa, said while the country has stiffer penalties against poaching, this is not the case in some regional countries which promotes poaching even in Zimbabwe.

Speak Out for Animals, an organisation led by Mrs Ever Chinoda, brought together police, prosecutors and magistrates to come up with the toolkit.

“But sometimes we face a challenge where our neighbouring countries have lesser sentences. That is an area of debate as poachers prefer

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‘Speak Out For Animals’ busy in Mat’land

ANIMAL protection lobby organisation, Speak Out For Animals has said it is carrying out court interventions for wildlife cases in Matabeleland Matabeleland North and South, a programme meant to combat wildlife crime in the two provinces. In an interview, Speak Out For Animals legal officer Mr Innocent Rupapa said the programme the organisation was carrying out in Matabeleland North and South was in line with the aim of raising awareness about the laws that protect wildlife to various stakeholders.


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