"The threat of ivory trade needs to be ended and the time to do
it is now. Any attempt to reopen the ivory trade must be opposed
strongly," said Kenyatta.
Kenya has joined other African
countries to lobby for listing of the continent’s elephants in
Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), amid serious
threats to their survival.
The new month-long campaign targets policy makers, industry
executives and community leaders to strengthen the case for
delegitimizing ivory trade that threatens extinction of African
Kenyatta said that a total ban on ivory trade will help
restore population of African elephants that are a major source
of tourism revenues.
"As a country, we are in full support of the ban in all trade
in elephant ivory," said Kenyatta.
Kenya is a member of the African Elephant Coalition (AEC)
that has been advocating for a global ban on all forms of ivory
trade ahead of the 18th conference of the parties to CITES that
will be held in Geneva in August.
Najib Balala, cabinet secretary for tourism and wildlife,
said that Kenya will be on the frontline of efforts to push for
closure of the remaining ivory markets in Western Europe and
"We are in solidarity with 32 African countries that are
calling on the international community to impose a ban on ivory
trade that has decimated population of elephants in the
rangelands," said Balala.
He revealed that Kenya is also lobbying for inclusion of land
mammals like giraffes as well as some fish species and
carnivores in the CITES list of endangered species.
Kenya confiscates 14
kilograms ivory from suspected traffickers
NAKURU (Xinhua) --
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers on Friday
confiscated 14 kilograms of ivory from suspected traffickers
near Nakuru town, about 180 km from the capital, Nairobi.
Aggrey Maumo, assistant director in charge of Central Rift
region at KWS, said the two suspected ivory traffickers were
riding on a motorcycle when they were nabbed.
"Our intelligence officers laid a trap and arrested the
suspects who were carrying ivory that was believed to have been
plucked from elephants killed in Laikipia County several months
ago," said Maumo.
He said the suspects will be arraigned in court next week to
answer charges of ivory trafficking that would attract lengthy
"We are committed to ending the menace of poaching that pose
a major threat to our wildlife and the sting operations
targeting poachers will continue," said Maumo.
The latest arrest of ivory traffickers came barely a month
after unknown people raided Lake Nakuru National Park and shot
dead a rhino before carting away its horn.