~~September 15, 2015~~
This Woman Protects Endangered Species by Hunting Poachers
The news has been full lately with stories about animals-wild and domestic alike, bringing attention to the consciousness of non-human species and their rights.
Right in sync with this trend a group of retired US veterans who are bringing their courage and expertise to Africa to help defend wild animals in a most unusual way. This special team of US veterans are trained and armed to hunt poachers.
Poaching presents serious problems for already vulnerable wild animal species across the globe and this is especially true in Africa,where many of world’s most rare and amazing species reside and originate. According to the African Wildlife Foundation, rhinos, elephants, and other types of African wildlife may go extinct in our lifetime. An example is the Black Rhino who’s natural population has decreased by a very disturbing 97.6% just since 1960. Some pretty drastic paradigm changes and conscious action must be taken to change the course of our current route on the planet.
One such effort is a non-profit project is called VETPAW (Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife). VETPAW activists enlist retired veterans to invest theiryears of training and experience by locating themselves in Africa to protectwildlife from poachers who seek to hunt and capture these creatures for avariety of reasons.
Grabbing headlines right away for VETPAW with a powerfully intense vibe and stature is Kinessa Johnson, a US Army veteran whose 4 years of service in Afghanistan equipped her well to serve wildlife through the nonprofit.
Kinessa is part of a team who arrived in March and she says “We’re going over there to do some anti-poaching, kill some bad guys, and do some good.”
On March 26th Johnson and the team arrived in Tanzania, launching immediately into action. The team reports that they have already seen a decrease in poaching because of the presence and reputation of the team. The team’s primary focus is to providetraining to the park rangers and to join them in patrolling the premises.
It is reported that park staff are in great need of help.
Johnson explains, “they lost about 187 guys last year over trying to save rhinos and elephants.” Johnson and the team will be training the rangers in marksmanship, field, medicine, and counter-intelligence, among other useful skills.
Johnson, like others on the team, joined with the VETPAW team as an expression of her love for animals and because of the obvious need for help in Africa in particular as it is the continent experiencing the highest rates of poaching across the world, leaving endangered and other species vulnerable to illegal human predation.
The political side of poaching in Africa is equally as dark and tangles as much of the capital gained from the black market trade of illegal endangered animal parts winds up funding war and terrorist activity in Africa. Helping to manage the poaching activity is hoped to bring decrease to conflict across the board.
Johnson says, “After the first obvious priority of enforcing existing poaching laws, educating the locals on protecting their country’s natural resources is most important overall.”
Using social media as a platform, Kinessa Johnson also supports the cause by raising awareness and funds does so through her large and well deserved Facebook and Instagram following which amounts to more than 44,000 people. On her profiles she shares beautiful and amazing photos of African wildlife as well as updates on the activity of her team.
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Afghanistan veteran Kinessa Johnson leaves US to hunt endangered species killers
~Published on Apr 6, 2015~
A US Army officer has left the armed forces and is using her military skills to help train park rangers as an advisor and fight against wildlife poachers in East Africa, according to a Daily Mail report.
Kinessa Johnson, a Washington native who served four years in the army as a weapons instructor and mechanic in Afghanistan, decided to join Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife, or VETPAW, a nonprofit an anti-poaching organization last November.
The nonprofit organization’s website says its mission is to help end the poaching of endangered African wildlife by taking advantage of the skills of US veterans and getting them to help train park rangers.
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