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Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala
activates the ‘Ivory Trade Is A Rip-Off’ awareness campaign

NAIROBI (Kenya Wildlife Services) -- The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala has activated the Ivory Trade is a Rip-off Campaign at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The campaign, which was earlier officially launched by H.E the First lady of the Republic of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta, brought together Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), Kenya Airways (KQ), and Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS).
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The 'Ivory Trade is a Rip-off' campaign calls for the listing of the African Elephant in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Kenya is among 32 countries that support the listing of the African Elephant from Appendix II to Appendix I, which advocates for the total ban on trade in ivory.

Speaking today during the activation, CS Balala called for a collaborative approach in fight against wildlife trafficking.

"This war against wildlife trafficking cannot be fought alone, we call upon all the relevant agencies, in government, private sectors and other communities to support this noble cause." Balala also emphasized that the campaign hopes to enhance public awareness and sensitization on wildlife trade and trafficking.

KAA Chairman Isaac Awuondo re-affirmed KAA’s commitment in the fight against illegal wildlife trade.

 

.Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala | Coastweek

NAIROBI (Kenya Wildlife Services) -- Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala [center right] has activated the Ivory Trade is a Rip-off Campaign at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. PHOTO - KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICES
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"KAA was the first Airport in Africa to sign the United Buckingham Palace Declaration – an international initiative – that commits players in international transport supply chain, mainly airports, airlines, logistics and shipping companies, to collaborate in the fight against the wildlife trafficking." Said Mr. Awuondo.

He added that collaboration by airports, airlines and wildlife agencies, especially in the sharing of information on suspected cargo and risky routes with law enforcement authorities was key in tracking and disrupting wildlife trafficking syndicates.

Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz on the other hand said that during the ivory trade is a rip-off campaign, KQ will produce branded boarding passes with codes which once scanned will direct customers to Ministry of Tourism’s website where customers using the airline and its partners can get all information to support wildlife protection.

KWS representative Dr. Patrick Omondi emphasized that they have enhanced surveillance in all entry and exit points. During this month of August, KWS is exhibiting an Ivory display at JKIA to sensitize the travelling public on illegal wildlife trafficking.

On 15th - 28th August 2019, Kenya will join other countries in Geneva Switzerland during the 18th Conference of the parties (COP18) to champion a common position of "No Trade in Elephant Ivory.’’
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UPDATE:

Kenya impounds 200 kg of buffalo meat as war against poaching intensifies

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya wildlife Service (KWS) rangers on Tuesday impounded 200 kilograms of buffalo meat near resort town of Naivasha located about 120 kilometers from the capital Nairobi and arrested three suspects.

Aggrey Maumo, KWS assistant director in charge of Central Rift Region said the impounded buffalo meat was destined for Nairobi for sale to unsuspecting consumers.

He said that KWS sleuths received a tip off from the public and managed to foil trafficking of the buffalo meat by unscrupulous traders.

The official said that illegal trade in game meat has spiked in Naivasha where mammals like zebras, buffaloes and giraffes roam freely in private ranches and protected areas.

"There are so many wild animals away from the parks and ranches and the unscrupulous traders are taking advantage of this to kill them and sell meat to unsuspecting customers," said Maumo.

"Our intelligence indicates that majority of the game meat that finds its way in Nairobi’s Burma market is sourced from Naivasha and we are keen to contain the menace," Maumo told reporters.

He said that KWS had forged a working relationship with local communities in a bid to identify criminals involved in poaching of large herbivores for their meat.

"The suspects have been targeting buffalo and zebra meat for commercial purposes but their days are numbered as we shall get them," said Maumo, adding that KWS has formed a special team to crackdown on illegal trade in game meat.

Kenyan authorities have lately intensified action on unlicensed trade in game meat that has fueled poaching of iconic species.

A sting operation by KWS sleuths in late June led to impounding of 800 kilograms of bush meat at the popular Burma market that is located in a densely populated district in Nairobi.

According to Kenya’s wildlife act, buying and selling of bush meat is a criminal offence that can attract a jail term of not less than three years without option of a fine.
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SEE ALSO:

Kenya First Lady launches 'Rip-Off' Campaign ahead of CITES

           

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