Sunday 5 January 2014

Tough new Anti Poaching Law in Kenya

In Nairobi President Kenyatta has assented to the new Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill, making it the law of the land with immediate effect.

Under the new law, poachers, their financiers and the traders will face substantially higher fines, confiscation of property and long prison terms. Most significantly, those arrested at airports, in possession of ivory or other prohibited wildlife items, will face fines of not less than a million Kenya Shillings and prison terms of not less than five years.

Many smugglers have been caught over the past years at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the majority of them Chinese citizens.

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