Are rangers in Africa allowed to shoot poachers if they see them?



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    Yes.  In many African countries, poachers are considered so dangerous (both to the animals they poach and to the rangers who combat them) that rangers are generally allowed to enact a “shoot-to-kill” policy towards poachers.  While many argue that this is a clear violation of human rights and could result in the deaths of innocent people who are mistaken for poachers, African rangers insist that because poachers are often heavily armed and ruthless, shoot them before they have a chance to shoot you is a necessary precaution.  Some private conservation organizations also promote this policy, as they consider the protection of endangered animals more important than a few human lives.

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