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KWS to seize assets linked with poaching
Date Published: 25 Jan, 2013
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) with the help of the Government should embark on a process to start seizing assets associated with poaching.
This was said by the British High Commissioner to Kenya H.E Dr. Christian Turner who paid a courtesy visit to KWS on Friday January 25, 2013. “KWS plays an important role in conservation efforts across Africa and it’s upon the international community to collaborate efforts and address poaching as a global problem” he added.
He further emphasized that poaching is linked to terrorism networks and criminal gangs globally and there is a critical need to heighten intelligence rather than using finances and hardware.
The KWS Director Mr. William Kiprono who was grateful for Dr. Turner’s visit lauded his sentiments and urged the international community to team up with KWS in eliminating trade in elephant and rhino products as well as curb poaching.
The courtesy call comes ahead of the CITES conference scheduled for March in Bangkok, Thailand. The price of ivory and rhino horn has continued to rise leading to increased poaching of elephants and rhinos. Growing affluence and economic growth in the Far East and South-East Asian countries has increased demand for natural resources, including an increased demand for wildlife and wildlife products. Consequently, Kenya’s wildlife especially rhinos, elephants and selected carnivore species are among endangered wildlife traded illegally.