30 May '13, 9pm

Kenya significantly increases fines and jail time for poachers

Kenya significantly increases fines and jail time for poachers

With a booming demand for rhino horns and ivory in recent years, poaching wildlife in Africa has become devastatingly lucrative business . This year in Kenya alone, some 21 rhinos and 117 elephants have been butchered to feed that demand, their parts fetching a high price on the black markets of Asia . But now, in a step to counter the illicit incentives of illegal hunting, the Kenyan parliament this week approved to significantly increase the penalties for poachers caught robbing the nation's most precious natural heritage for their own financial gain. flowcomm /CC BY 2.0 Poachers can now expect to face fines up to $120,000, along with jail sentences of 15 years. Prior to the measure, the legal consequences of poaching seemed rather paltry , resulting in fines of $480 and 2 years in jail. "Kenya's elephants declined from 160,000 in 1960s to 16,000 in 1989 due to poaching....

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/kenya-incr...

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