KWS calls for global ban on ivory trade

By KBC Reporter

The Kenya Wildlife Service has appealed to the international community to join hands and impose a global ban on ivory trade.

KWS director general Kitili Mbathi says elephants and rhinos are facing extinction and poaching should be totally contained through a global ban on ivory trade.

Mbathi reiterated Kenya’s concern over the danger facing the country’s wildlife saying the population of elephants and rhinos has been on a steady decline in Africa, yet Kenya recorded a decrease in the number of elephants killed in 2015 as compared to previous years.

This success is attributed to a spirited campaign to end the war against poaching of Kenya’s prized possession.

Mbathi says the only solution to save the endangered species world over is a united resolution by the international community to agree to a total ban on ivory trade.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the KWS Training Institute in Naivasha, Mbathi  expressed concern over the diminishing land meant for wildlife conservation, noting that this had affected conservation efforts.

Mbathi appealed to Kenyans to respect land meant for wildlife protection, noting that this was a key part of the country’s heritage.

He said it was disturbing to note that investors were keen on developing real estate at the expense of wildlife conservation.

Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta led other leaders from around the globe in burning more than 100 tonnes of ivory worth billions of shillings that had been recovered while on transit to various destinations.




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