In Kenya Poaching is Now Punishable by the Death Penalty. Those who are caught in syrups in Kenya will have to pay for the death penalty from now on. That is what the Kenyan Minister of Tourism and Nature announced, writes the British newspaper City News Journal.
According to Najib Balala, the Kenyan Minister of Tourism and Nature, the current penalties on syrups are not strict enough. “Since 2013, the ‘Wildlife Conservation Act’ has been in force, which states that there is poison or life imprisonment, or a fine of 200,000 dollars,” Balala says to the Chinese news agency Xinhua. “Yet that deterrence is not enough, hence the proposed stricter punishment. ” There is currently a law in Kenya that must ratify the proposal.
It is striking that the number of registered cases of syrups in Kenya has declined sharply in the last few years, thanks to multiple initiatives, such as the treaty that Balala cites. According to the minister, the poaching of rhinoceroses since 2012 and 2013, when poaching peaked, fell by 85 percent. For elephants, it is a decrease of 78 percent.
It remains a big problem. In the past year, according to The Independent, 69 elephants were killed, on a population of 34,000, and nine rhinos, on a population of 1,000. According to the Save, the Rhino organisation, these numbers are still too high to ensure a natural growth in the number of rhinos.