23 Feb

PositivePressAgency

CHINA DENIES IVORY SMUGGLING CLAIMS AND VOWS TO SUPPORT KENYA

The Chinese Government has denied claims of driving the global illegal wildlife trade and promised to support Kenya’s conservation efforts.

The Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Liu Guangyuan, said accusations by Western and African media on wildlife poaching and illegal ivory trade were false. He also pointed out that anti-poaching activists in Mombasa earlier this month had falsely accused China for having too light penalties for those engaged in ivory smuggling.

The Chinese Ambassador was speaking during a courtesy on the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director,  William Kiprono in Nairobi. Guangyuan said China has the most stringent penalties on wildlife crime globally.

“Perpetrators of ivory trade and its products get up to life imprisonment,” he said.

Guangyuan the Chinese Government had strengthened law enforcement since joining Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in…

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