Poaching not a national disaster: KWS
25 March 2014, 18:39
Nairobi - Poaching is not a national problem and should not be over emphaisised, the Kenya Wildlife Service KWS has said.
Poaching has taken grave importance in the country over the huge number of incidences and increased number of animals being killed as trophies.
With the country's reliance on wildlife and in turn tourism not understated, there have been efforts to try reduce the menace that has seen hundreds of animals killed in the last year.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and key government officials have already come out to state their stand on the menace which has threatened to spiral out of control.
Nonetheless, the KWS does not think that poaching should be declared a disaster as some have insisted and say that they mechanisms are there to deal with the matter.
" We are on top of poaching. There should be no worry and added pressure to do something unnncessary. The matter is beign dealt with and there is success so far, acting KWS boss William Kiprono said Tuesday in Nairobi.
He argued that the figures on poaching and its effects have been overstated and that only the KWS has the right figures over the matter.
" We have the right figures and only we know the true extent. We say it is more a challenge than a disaster, he added.
It is estimated that there are over 30 Rhinos killed so far this year by various outlets but KWS say it is less than 20.
" There has been an increase in Rhino poachig but that does not justify the figures that have been put across by some.
He said that the KWS is also taking donations to help in the fight against endangered species such as Rhinos and Elephants which have been targetted most by poachers due to the value of their horns.
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