News / Africa

Kenya Seizes Huge Haul of Ivory Headed to Indonesia

Kenya Poachingi
X
January 16, 2013 7:21 PM
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) director William Kiprono announced Wednesday that 384 elephants had been killed in Kenya the previous year because of poaching. He says poaching is fueled by demand from Asia and describes how elephants act like humans when they are killed. The KWS spokesman explains Kenya's position ahead of a wildlife trade convention meeting (CITES) in March. KWS also shows off ivory, rhino horn and other animal products.
Gabe Joselow
Kenya's Wildlife Service (KWS) says authorities have intercepted 638 pieces of ivory tusks that were bound for Asia.  The seizure follows a deadly year for Kenyan elephants, hunted for their tusks to satisfy customers in Asia.

Kenyan authorities in the port city of Mombasa Tuesday seized 638 pieces of ivory that were en route to Indonesia.  The shipment is estimated to be worth more than $1 million.

KWS says the exporter, the clearing agent and the trucking company used to move the tusks were also linked to a massive ivory shipment seized in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Authorities say the packaging of the tusks indicated they may have come from Tanzania or Rwanda.

KWS Director William Kiprono told reporters in Nairobi Wednesday Kenya remains an important trade route for illicit ivory.

“In ivory trafficking, both Kenyan citizens and foreigners are involved and the destination of the ivory and rhino horns is mainly outside the country,” said Kiprono.

KWS says some of the ivory pieces seized in Kenya last year were in transit from Angola, South Sudan, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo.  It says the ivory was destined for China, Nigeria, Malaysia and Thailand.

Kenyan elephants have suffered a heavy cost at the hands of poachers, who are motivated by the rising price of ivory, which can sell for up to $1,000 per kilogram.

According to KWS, 384 elephants were killed in the country in 2012, which is nearly 100 more than were poached the previous year.  Nineteen rhinos were also killed.

Kiprono blamed surging demand for ivory from the East.

“The price of ivory and rhino horn continues to rise by day leading to increased poaching of elephants and rhinos,” said Kiprono. "Growing influence and economic growth in the far east and Southeast Asian countries has increased demand for natural resources, including an increased demand for wildlife and wildlife products.”

In an emotional plea for the world to take the poaching menace seriously, Kiprono said killing an elephant is like killing a human being.

“Let me share with you, when they die, some of them die crying. When the rhinos, they die kneeling and crying and facing the east. And you know about the elephants - when they die also what happens, when the mass is killed, what happens is they shoot one, and they don't run away, they start crying and surrounding the others, so as they are surrounding they are also being shot,” said Kiprono.

Meantime, 2013 is off to an ominous start.  Already, 19 elephants have been killed in Kenya, including a family of 11 shot by a gang of poachers in Tsavo East National Park.

KWS says one suspect has been arrested in that incident. Investigators are still looking into how it happened, including the possibility that the poachers fired on the animals from a helicopter.

You May Like

Turkey's Controversial Reform Bill Giving Investors Jitters

Homeland security reform bill will give police new powers in search, seizure, detention and arrests, while restricting the rights of suspects, their attorneys More

Audio Slideshow In Kenyan Prison, Good Grades Are Path to Freedom

Some inmates who get high marks could see their sentences commuted to non-custodial status More

Ali Regained Title in Historic Fight 40 Years Ago

'The Champ' knocked Foreman out to regain crown he had lost 7 years earlier when US government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials revoked his license More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
X
Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

All About America

AppleAndroid