The guilty verdict of an ivory smuggler is a strong message that Kenya will not watch as its elephant population is decimated
“The guilty verdict is a strong message to all networks of poaching gangs, ivory smugglers, financiers, middlemen and shippers that Kenya will not watch as its elephant population is decimated or its territory used as a conduit for traffickers,” KWS declared.
The two-year-old case, Kenya’s largest ivory trafficking indictment to date, is a result of well-coordinated partnership bringing together various government agencies and international partners, including the INTERPOL and Lusaka Agreement Task Force, KWS added.
“This landmark ruling by the Kenyan court is the end of a long story that began with the seizure of 2 tonnes of ivory at Fuji Motors car yard in Mombasa in June 2014,” said Paula Kahumbu, in an article published on The Guardian website on Saturday. “After more than 2 years of uncertainty and high drama, this exemplary sentence is justice for elephants.”
Kahumbu led a vocal campaign to bring Feisal Mohamed Ali to justice. Read more about that in her Voice for Elephants post: My Offer to Help Kenyan Authorities Catch an Ivory Kingpin Is Spurned
Two Jailed 40 Years Over Ivory Rip-Off (Daily News, Tanzania)
Wildlife conservationist Paula Kahumbu is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and occasional contributor to A Voice for Elephants. She is the CEO of WildlifeDirect, a Nairobi-based conservation charity founded by Richard Leakey. She received her doctorate from Princeton University where she did research on elephants. In 2011 she she won the National Geographic/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation. In 2012 she launched the Hands Off Our Elephants Campaign, which is widely recognized for its successes in advocacy and in engaging Kenyans to support the protection of elephants.
David Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.
He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.
Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.