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Anti-poaching plans get Canadian boost

21 March 2014, 10:34

Nairobi - Kenya Wildlife Service’s (KWS) initiatives to tackle rampant poaching activities have received a major boost after Canada donated surveillance and intelligence equipment to the agency.

Canada donated the equipment through the regional wildlife enforcement agency, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF).

Speaking while handing over the equipment to LATF at KWS headquarters in Nairobi, the Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya, David Angell, reaffirmed his government’s commitment towards tackling the poaching menace.

“It will require a comprehensive and coordinated response that goes beyond traditional conservation enforcement to end the poaching menace,” the High Commissioner said.

The donation comes in the heels of a protracted battle against poachers.  

Speaking while receiving the equipment, the KWS Deputy Director for Wildlife Conservation, Patrick Omondi, warned poachers and wildlife product smugglers.
“KWS is up to the task and will do whatever it takes to stamp out perpetrators of wildlife crimes. We are equipping ourselves and we will become even more sophisticated in our approach to eliminate poaching,” Omondi said.

Richard Leakey, a former KWS Director has contributed to the ongoing call for an end to poaching saying that the KWS needs to work harder in dealing with the poaching menace.

Despite enactment of stringent laws against poaching, poachers have continued with the illicit trade in ivory.

– CAJ News

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