BENEFITING: AFRICA NETWORK FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
EVENT DATE: Dec 20, 2013
Kenyans United Against Poaching is a consortium of civil society organisations , community groups, media personalities, popular artistes and Kenyans from all walks of life under the auspices of the group Kenyans United Against Poaching (KUAPO ).
Last year, the world lost 25,000 elephants and 1000's of Rhinos to the brutal ivory trade. In Kenya, 384 elephants and 19 rhinos were poached according to official statistics but we know the numbers are much higher than that. This year we have lost over 200 elephants and 40 Rhinos as of November 2013 and South Africa has seen over 800 rhinos poached already in 2013.
With no ban on the trade of ivory and trophy rhino horns coming up in the near future, all citizens of the world need to act and act now to stem this slaughter. Or we will be the generation that sees the extinction of elephants and rhinos.
So far KUAPO has held 8 anti-poaching awareness walks all across Kenya aimed at sensitizing all Kenyans as well as pressurizing the government to act quickly and swiftly. We have also petitioned various government offices including the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, The Chief Justice and the President himself.
A key mission of KUAPO is to ensure that the penalties meted out for wildlife crimes are commensurate with the crime committed. The current wildlife bill in Kenya is outdated and penalties are a pittance in comparison to the worth of ivory and rhino horn in the market. A new bill may be passed any day, however, we need our judicial officials from the investigators to the prosecutors to the judges to use the full extent of all laws available to mete out justice in such a way that poachers, traffickers etc are deterred for life. In this regard, KUAPO is happy to be facilitating a program that is being spearheaded by the Judiciary Training Institute. The progam will bring together all the stakeholders in the prosecution of wildlife crimes for a National Dialogue on Dec 20th, 2013. This dialogue will form the basis for specific and ongoing Wildlife Crimes related workshops to enhance the entire prosecution of wildlife crimes from arrest through to sentencing.
Kenyans United Against Poaching - needs your help to hold this important National Dialogue of judicial officers (including police officers, KWS, customs agents, prosecutors, conservationists, etc) with regards to the prosecution of wildlife crimes and penalties.
Every dollar counts!