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Lions Not For Sale!

Sometimes I wonder why the government do business of selling our wild life. It was business for the past two presidents and now the fourth president is at it again.

Recently, the Rwanda complained that Kenya has backed off from exporting lions to restock Akagera National Park because of complains from non governmental organizations in concerns of losing wild life through poaching and selling them out.

Once, there was an outcry when the government of then president exported wild life to zoos in western countries. According to environmentalist and animal lovers, this move slowed down tourism industry since animals were easily available in their local zoos.

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It emerged that the money received through that transactions never reached the public or was never used to improve wildlife environments— Credible reports indicates that the returns from that business landed in pockets of a few individuals.

About two weeks ago, ten Rhinos were found dead by an alleged poachers poisonous arrows. So far no one has been arrested in connections with the killings.

Poaching is one thing that is out control, and we need to curb this vise before letting some of our animals exported to other countries.

Nowadays, being an elephant or a rhino in Kenya is like letting a child play with a loaded gun. Kenya is losing over 300 annually due to rampant poaching cartels controlled by a few wealthy individuals.

Some days back, Interpol issued an warrant of arrest to a coastal Kenya business person who is believed to be the mastermind in smuggling animal trophies to the black market is Asian countries.

With these worries, we can not allow selling of wild life even when the deal seems so good.

I think we should learn to protect what we have, show that we value their presence in our green Kenya and be ready to deal with whoever that thinks ill about our wild life.

Selling of wild life and animal trophies is not a solution for our problems.