NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
FROM THE AFRICAN
call for inter-
regional policies to curb poaching
the community in the anti-poaching
efforts by enlightening them on the value of
wildlife to their social and economic growth
(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s wildlife
conservationists on Monday called for comprehensive
regional and international efforts to help contain
rising poaching in the East African nation.
conservationists argued that establishing enforceable
policies and stringent legislations that cut across
the borders could curb illegal poaching and
exportation of the pricey animal products.
with the root cause of poaching means involving the
countries stimulating the demand for the elephant
tusks and rhino horns. As a country we may fight it
but we need enforceable inter- regional policies to
contain the vice,” Director of the Elephant’s
Neighbours Center Jim Nyamu told journalists in
Nakuru, about 180km northwest of Nairobi.
who led fellow wildlife conservationists in an anti-
poaching sensitization walk across the Nakuru County
stressed the need to embrace a three-tier approach.
include integrating the community in the anti-poaching
efforts by enlightening them on the value of wildlife
to their social and economic growth.
should also be principal ways of solving problems
related to environment and the livelihoods of
communities surrounding landscapes where the
wildlife live so that they don’t hunt on them
while within or outside the protected areas,”
bias facing conservation efforts in Kenya is also an
issue that needs to be solved not only by the
government but the whole society. This is a
collective responsibility,” he said.
called on the government to fast track the passage of
the revised Wildlife Bill, 2011 to facilitate the
enactment of the stiffer penalties against any form of
poaching or injury to the reserved animals.
current legislations, he argued meted out lenient
punitive measures to the poachers not consummate to
the degree of damage they bring upon the country’s
social and economic development.
Cap 376 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, the highest
amount of fine a poacher is penalized is only 471
U.S. dollars. This kind of penalty acts like a
teaser. They should be penalized more than 24, 000
dollars or imprisoned for over 15 years,” added
revised wildlife Bill which was tabled in Parliament
last week proposes a fine of not more than 24,000
dollars or not less than seven years imprisonment for
an individual found guilty of sport hunting.
hunting, attracts a fine of not less than 2,400
dollars or be imprisoned for not less than two years.
offences relating to government trophies, an
individual is subject to a fine of not less than 5,900
dollars or face an imprisonment of not less than three
have argued that lenient wildlife crime laws are
attracting poachers to traffic animal trophies through
Kenyan because they know that even if they are
arrested, the punishment is not severe.
KWS has expressed fears that the scenes of 1970s and
80s when poaching was a serious menace, and
contributed to the depletion of wildlife including
elephants, lions and rhinos are back, are threatening
many years of conservation efforts and animal
populations that had started to balloon.
from the Kenya Wildlife Service, a law enforcer entity
responsible for protecting the wildlife, indicates
that Kenya has lost 21 rhinos and 117 elephants to
poachers since January.
of these elephants, 37 were killed in protected areas
while 80 were outside protected areas.
this rate of poaching continues, we are afraid that
in the next few years, the elephants and rhinos will
be extinct not only in Kenya but other countries
too. We must zero rate the demand,” said Niall
O’Connor, WWF regional representative who also
participated in the walk noted.
from WWF show that in 1970, Kenya had 167,000
elephants against the current decimated number of
collected tourism revenue in 2012 shrunk by 3 per cent
from the previous year.
2011, the country raised 1.2 billion dollars billion
but dropped to 1.1 billion dollars the following year.
Kenya Elephant Forum has already petitioned the Public
Prosecutor’s office to prosecute wildlife criminals
under the Corruption and Economic Crimes Act and the
Organized Crime Act or other existing legislations
against economic and organized crimes which impose
stiffer penalties like seizing the assets of the
Deputy President William Ruto has also expressed the
government’s intent to raise wildlife crimes against
the elephant, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes and lions to
capital offences. Capital offences attract lifetime
after death of four rhinos
(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s wildlife authorities
on Monday launched a major security operation to
arrest poachers who killed four rhinos in the past
week across the East African nation.
Wildlife Service (KWS) said the rhinos were killed in
Lake Nakuru National Park, Solio Ranch (Nyeri), Ngulia
Sanctuary (Tsavo West National Park), and Meru
teams are following crucial leads and expect to
catch up with the perpetrators of the heinous
crime,” KWS Corporate Affairs Manager Paul Udoto
said in a statement released in Nairobi.
wildlife agency has enhanced the round-the-clock
surveillance at all Kenya’s entry exit and entry
points while sniffer dogs and their handlers have
proved incorruptible and have once again outsmarted
East African nation says it’s at a point where it
cannot allow further poaching of wildlife because the
animal numbers have been reducing at an alarming rate.
recent statistics from the KWS for instance indicate
that the number of elephants for instance has reduced
from a high of 160,000 in 1970s to below 30,000.
said between the 1970s and 1980s Kenya lost over 80
per cent of her elephants, mainly due to intensive
poaching of elephants for ivory.
said the East African nation has lost 21 rhinos and
117 elephants to poachers since the beginning of 2013.
Out of these elephants, he said, 37 were killed in
protected areas while 80 were outside protected areas.
numbers include last week poaching incidents. Last
year, Kenya lost 384 elephants and 30 rhinos to
criminals, a worrying trend that is not
sustainable,” he added.
lost 289 elephants to poaching in 2011 and another 384
elephants in 2012. Lion is also one of the most
endangered animals not only in Kenya but across
Africa. Kenya has an estimated 1,800 lions, down from
2,800 in 2002. The country had 30,000 lions in the
1960s, KWS data reveals.
poaching in South Africa “tantamout
to acts of war”: suggest rangers group
TOWN (Xinhua) -- Unchecked rhino poaching
in South Africa is “tantamount to acts of war” and
has escalated “from an environmental issue to one of
national security,” the Game Rangers’ Association
of Africa (GRAA) has said.
trained and armed militia from Mozambique enter
South Africa to plunder the country’s natural
resources on a daily basis,” the GRAA said in a
statement available to Xinhua on Wednesday.
actions are tantamount to acts of war and such
actions are putting not only South African citizens
at risk but also one of South Africa’s economic
sectors namely tourism,” the group said.
It urged the South African government to take
a zero tolerance approach to “what amounts to
total disrespect of the country’s borders”.
call for an increased South African National Defense
Force presence on our borders to maintain their
effectiveness in securing the property, economy and
citizens of South Africa,” said the GRAA.
South African government, the group said, must address
the matter immediately with Mozambique at the highest
possible diplomatic levels, with the mandated
ministerial departments and to exert severe pressure
on the Mozambican government to address the situation.
current disregard by Mozambican citizens of the
sovereignty of South Africa’s borders cannot be
allowed to continue. The situation has escalated
from an environmental issue to one of national
security. It is time to acknowledge this and act
accordingly with the full force of the law.”
Africa’s rhino hold significant value within the
ecotourism industry, the group said.
GRAA does not believe it is the rangers’
responsibility to defend the borders of South Africa
against these armed incursions which aim to
slaughter the country’s rhino and whoever dares to
stand in their defense.”
The rhino poaching crisis being experienced
in the South African Kruger National Park (KNP) is
increasing in magnitude daily. This situation has
escalated to the point whereby as of May 23, 2013,
1, 065 rhino have been poached within the park since
2010, the GRAA said.
called the current situation “deplorable.”
The KNP, which borders Mozambique, bears the
brunt of rhino poaching. It has lost 242 rhinos to
poaching since the beginning of this year, according
to the latest figures from the South African
Department of Environmental Affairs.
African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs
Edena Molewa said on Tuesday that her department is
working hard to sign a memorandum of understanding
with Mozambique to set up a fence along the boundary
of the KNP.
Mozambique has already postponed the signing of the
agreement a number of times.
or three meetings with Mozambique on the matter had
been postponed. A change of minister on the Mozambique
side had also contributed to the delay.
delay has been going on for one year and a half,
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