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.
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”.
With a lot of calls and pleas to end the illegal trade in rhino horns and elephant tusk there are a number of African wildlife species that staring extinction in the face ready to be wiped out by it if nothing is done.
It was an exciting day for wildlife enthusiast last Saturday, as those who were passionate about wildlife came out in numbers to be counted as wildlife warriors. The event aimed to call on the youth in taking up their role in conserving the countries wildlife for future generations and for those us who will be blessed to live a long life.