Harsher Penalties for Ivory Smuggling

  • by: Nyack Clancy
  • target: Kenya Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Hon. Amb. Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Mr. Ali D. Mohamed

An ivory smuggler was caught in March of 2013. He plead guilty to charges of smuggling 439 pieces of worked ivory through Kenya. He was fined $350.00 and set free.

The 50 year old Chinese man, Tian Yi, was arrested was by a joint security team comprising Kenya Airports Police Unit, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Airways, and Kenya Wildlife Service at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on a flight between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Hong Kong.

The ivory was hidden in a suitcase; chopped into peices, painted brown and mixed with tree barks in an attempt to pass it off as traditional medicine. While the market value was over $5000 dollars, the man paid a fine of $350.00 and was set free.

We ask Kenya to impose harsher fines for smuggling, and imprisonment. Until smuggling is veiwed as a serious crime, with serious consequences, it will continue, and elephants will continue to be poached and killed. The situation with elephants has become critical- please adjust the laws to reflect that.

SOURCE: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/kenya-ivory.html

An ivory smuggler was caught in March of 2013. He plead guilty to charges of smuggling 439 pieces of worked ivory through Kenya. He was fined $350.00 and set free.


The 50 year old Chinese man, Tian Yi, was arrested was by a joint security team comprising Kenya Airports Police Unit, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Airways, and Kenya Wildlife Service at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on a flight between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Hong Kong.


The ivory was hidden in a suitcase; chopped into peices, painted brown and mixed with tree barks in an attempt to pass it off as traditional medicine. While the market value was over $5000 dollars, the man paid a fine of $350.00 and was set free.


We ask Kenya to impose harsher fines for smuggling, and imprisonment. Until smuggling is veiwed as a serious crime, with serious consequences, it will continue, and elephants will continue to be poached and killed. The situation with elephants has become critical- please adjust the laws to reflect that.


SOURCE: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/kenya-ivory.html

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