Thai man fined for possessing wildlife trophies in Kenya
10 June 2014, 22:18
Nairobi - A man from Thailand has been fined 11,500 U.S. dollars by a Kenyan court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to the possession of two pieces of warthog teeth.
The man was arrested in Nairobi last Saturday will serve a jail term of 12 months if he fails to pay the fine. He appeared before a court charged with the possession of wildlife trophies.
The man was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as he was about to leave the country on Saturday. He had two pieces of warthog teeth and two raw pieces of gazelle horns.
The man, who works in South Africa, was headed home with the items but he said he did not know that it was an offense. He said he risked losing his job if he is jailed.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) says the poaching situation calls for a united approach that will not only facilitate the capture of those involved in wildlife crime, but also enhance prosecution of the illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife.
Wildlife crime and related illegal trade is now globally ranked as one of the most serious international crimes.
Recent reports from wildlife conservationists indicated that proceeds of wildlife crime are also used to finance other international crimes including proliferation of illegal firearms, human trafficking and terrorism cartels of which no country or agency can single-handedly manage.