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Chinese Ivory Smugglers Slapped With Ridiculous $340 Fine in Kenya

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January 31, 2013
Chinese Ivory Smugglers Slapped With Ridiculous $340 Fine in Kenya - 3

While the war on ivory poaching has most of the world – and almost all of Hollywood – up in arms, the battle seems to matter little to some in Keya.

Four Chinese citizens caught smuggling ivory through Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport were fined $340 USD this week for their crime.  This slap on the hand has conservationists, anti-poaching groups, activists, and hunters up in arms.  Even the magistrate that handed down the fine was disgusted but said his hands were tied given that ivory poaching is still considered a petty crime in Kenya.

In contrast, ivory poachers in neighboring Uganda will face fines starting at $75,188 USD and a 10-year prison sentence once an amendment to the Wildlife Act passes in the next few months.

While many are calling for stricter laws in Keya, a change is unlikely as government elections are upcoming.

It is interesting to note that since Kenya banned hunting in 1977 its wildlife has decreased by as much as 75 percent thanks to poaching, habitat loss, and human encroachment.  This is especially sad considering many, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, point to Kenya as a model of conservation citing their complete and total ban on sport hunting.

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from richcallis wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Dang, I feel like I am being used or ripped off considering , a guy wanting to sell me an ivory cribbage board for $700(USA) He said he has had it for almost 50+ years. I had bought some bear claw and torquoise jewlery before and then the law was passed about the sale of animal parts. (Unless you are a native injun I guess) I may just buy that board though under grandfather clause. I should inform him tho about how cheaper it is in Nairobi. :)
Other then that it is ridiculous that that kind of crap is still going on while we poor millions + to stop the poachers that are really suits with cash !!!

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from JM wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Alright, so they lost $350. Now they are going to go kill another elephant to make the money back...good job China.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

What? That's all an elephant is worth to them is $340? That's just sad and ridiculous.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

What? That's all an elephant is worth to them is $340? That's just sad and ridiculous.

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from JM wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Alright, so they lost $350. Now they are going to go kill another elephant to make the money back...good job China.

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from richcallis wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Dang, I feel like I am being used or ripped off considering , a guy wanting to sell me an ivory cribbage board for $700(USA) He said he has had it for almost 50+ years. I had bought some bear claw and torquoise jewlery before and then the law was passed about the sale of animal parts. (Unless you are a native injun I guess) I may just buy that board though under grandfather clause. I should inform him tho about how cheaper it is in Nairobi. :)
Other then that it is ridiculous that that kind of crap is still going on while we poor millions + to stop the poachers that are really suits with cash !!!

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