Kenya a ‘major route for ivory smugglers’
13 August 2013, 10:25
Nairobi - A new study names Kenya as one of the major exit points in Africa for the banned ivory trade, which has been on an upward trend in the last six years, withTanzania and South Africa being the other two main conduits.
Daily Nation reports that the three countries are the transit locations along the way to the destination countries Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Data from the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) indicate that Kenya and Tanzania together accounted for 16 of the 34 large-scale ivory seizure cases recorded from 2009 through 2011, with the total volume of ivory seized being 35 tonnes and which is 58 per cent of the consignment impounded during this period.
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