Shooting poachers is not the answer. What happens to a community, and anti-poaching rangers, when a poacher is killed, is devastating.
What happened yesterday, one of the community members came up to me and told me how he was looking at that young man, that was killed, buried and at the same time looking at the parents and how sad the whole situation was.
You have now parents, who are grieving, parents who… their life are shattered. As their son is dead and you have the kids of that young man, who now have no father and also you have that young 20-year-old anti-poaching Ranger who now can't sleep at night because he's killed a human being and it weighs heavy on the soul.
It's not war, it's a very messed up thing, so shooting a poacher is the worst thing that can happen. You have a ranger now who scarred for life, you have a dead poacher whose family is grieving for life and you have fatherless children. Killing poachers is not the answer, shooting poachers is not working, not working at all.
One doesn’t realize what the effect on the other side is. Just thinking of the rhino and now suddenly you think of the rhino and the person that's killing the rhino and what they must be going through or facing.