China has announced a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017.
China supprised many at the CITES convention early October when she was in support for the ban of ivory and committed herself to announcing the timeline of its ban by the end of 2016
As a commitment to the ban, China will begin phasing out registered legal ivory prosessors and traders by March 31st of 2017 and will shutdown it’s legal commercial ivory trade completely by December 31st 2017.
People from all walks of life and from different corners of the world are crying foul after rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service shot a lion in Kenya after it had strayed from Nairobi National Park.
The lion, ‘Mohawk’ 13 years of age met his demise while he on the verge of establishing his own territory after being ousted out from its family by another male lion named Dick and wasn’t quite lucky as the park’s other four prides had already occupied territories in the park forcing him to look elsewhere.
As Kenya prepares to burn the largest stockpile of ivory in history; The Kenyan cabinet secretary for environment, professor Judy Wakhungu has granted a 3 week amnesty for anyone who has wildlife trophies that are not licensed or do not have a permit issued from the Kenya Wildlife Service.
The amnesty will take effect as from 30th March 2016 till 27th of April 2016. Those who are holding any ivory, rhino horn, trinkets, jewelry or any wildlife trophies have been requested to surrender them to the KWS director general at the KWS headquarters or also can be surrendered to the assistant directors at KWS regional offices in: Meru, Mombasa, Voi, Kitale, Nyeri, Marsabit and Nakuru.
Professor Wakhungu assured those who take advantage of the amnesty will not be punished.
About 1.1 million people have signed a petition demanding the withdrawal of ivory sells in Yahoo’s auction site saying it supported a trade fueling wild elephants’ slaughter.
The international environmental campaign group Avaaz addressed its petition to Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, Manabu Miyasaka, chief executive of Yahoo Japan, part-owned by Yahoo Inc. and Softbank Corp, and “all other companies allowing ivory sales online”.
As proof of her commitment to zero tolerance for poaching and in the trade in illegal ivory; Kenya is set to destroy 120 tonnes of ivory. This has been termed as the biggest stockpile to be ever burnt by any country in the world.