Monthly Archives: February 2014

Outrageous! Ugandan court to release smuggled ivory

Conservation groups say the current poaching crisis is killing up to 25,000 elephants per year. This outrageous news went unnoticed on the day when the Ugandan media was focused on the signing of a controversial anti-gay bill into law by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. The Ugandan Revenue Authority (URA) had seized the ivory being smuggled […]

Illegal Ivory not to be returned to criminal – Statement by the Uganda Minister

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA MINISTRY OF TOURISM, WILDLIFE AND ANTIQUITIES   PRESS STATEMENT ON THE RULING OF JUSTICE WILSON MASALU MUSENE IN MISCELLANEOUS CAUSE NO.49 OF 2013 KAYUMBA EMILE OGANE VS UGANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY OVER IVORY TRAFFICKING   We have received with shock; the ruling of Justice Wilson Masalu Musene that Uganda Revenue Authority should […]

London wildlife crime summit: all eyes on China

No matter what is agreed and how much money is raised, little will change without China’s endorsement of a domestic ban of trade in ivory and rhino horn A summit at Lancaster House in London , attended by high-level delegations from more than 50 countries, will discuss “urgent measures” to stop the illegal trade in […]

Royal ivory: Why Prince William is right

Prince William’s announcement that he wants the royal family’s ivory to be destroyed is praiseworthy and shows his personal commitment to do everything he can to help save species threatened by wildlife crime. It is also the right thing to do. This article examines some of the arguments for and against destroying ivory as part […]

Kenya’s recent achievements on combating wildlife

Dear Friends,    Despite the impressive achievements that we have made in the fight against poachers and ivory traffickers trough our HANDS OFF OUR ELEPHANTS Campaign I will not be speaking at the London Symposium on international wildlife crime.  As usual, Africa’s story is being told by mostly by people who do not have their […]

Death of Torn Ear, one of Kenya’s Big Bulls

This message is from one our colleagues and partners Richard Bonham of Big Life Foundation. Sorry …. We have some very bad and sad news to report.  Torn Ear, one of our classic Chyulu bulls is dead. I first saw Torn Ear in the early 90’S on the eastern border of Mbirikani, already then a […]

Kenya appoints Task Force to look into wildlife security

In a surprise and much applauded move this week, Professor Judi Wakhungu Cabinet Secretary responsible for wildlife has appointed a task force to look into wildlife security in Kenya. This is yet another major move towards transforming Kenya’s success in combating the poaching and trafficking of wildlife which threatens the countries economy, security, tourism industry, […]

WildlifeDirect Urges Hawaii to ban ivory trade

TO: EDBtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov reptsuji@capitol.hawaii.gov repward@capitol.hawaii.gov reprhoads@capitol.hawaii.gov   Dear Sir/Madam,   RE: PLEASE SUPPORT EW HB2183 and SB2024 to prohibit any person to import, sell, offer for sell or possess with intent to sell any ivory product in Hawaii.   I am the Executive Director of WildlifeDirect, a conservation organization based in Kenya and a registered 501 […]