25 February 2013

Kenya Wildlife Service Devotes 80 Percent of Resources to Anti-Poaching Measures

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is spending up to 80% of its annual budget on anti-poaching activities, Kenya's The Standard reported.

KWS senior assistant director and head of species co-ordination and management Patrick Omondi said such expenditure is unsustainable. "That is why we are proposing a total ban on ivory trade so that we can allocate the limited resources to other pressing areas," he said during a visit with KWS officers and British Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries Richard Benyon at Amboseli National Park.

"The problem of poaching is a global problem with high-level international criminality and we want to ensure everyone understands," Benyon said, adding that he hopes the global community unites to solve the problem at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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