14 August 2012

Kenya: Wildlife Service Launches Lab to Fight Poaching

The Kenya Wildlife Service yesterday launched a forensic and genetic laboratory to enhance its fight against poaching. Speaking during the launch of the first phase of the laboratory which will cost Sh60 million, KWS director Julius Kipng'etich said the facility is a key milestone that will strengthen investigations.

The complete project is estimated to cost Sh110 million.

Kipng'etich said KWS will work with the CID to adduced scientific evidence to prosecute poachers. "The University of Washington has been doing it (tests) for us. We were forced to travel all the way to the US but now we will be able to tell the difference between donkey meat, dog meat, gazelle and any other animal," he said.

Attorney General Githu Muigai who launched the laboratory said that the new constitution raises the threshold for evidence required in court and that the scientific proven evidence will help the courts determine the truth. "The wildlife Bill is at an advanced stage and it will be presented to before parliament soon," he said.

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