Target: President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta
Goal: Applaud arrest of three suspected illicit ivory traders.
The Kenyan government recently coordinated the arrest of three suspected ivory smugglers. These smugglers are suspected to have been behind a 3.7 ton ivory haul into Singapore. The arrested suspects include a wealthy businessman and his two sons.
Kenyan lost 88 percent of its elephant population from 1973 to 1987, mostly due to poaching. The illegal trade of ivory has become a problem in Kenya and throughout Africa and Asia, and has become a great threat to entire elephant populations. The Kenyan government has recognized this threat, and is working to put a stop to illegal trafficking and provide justice for the elephants. The President of Kenya even announced that the country will be arresting and prosecuting all government officials involved in ivory trade.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has been praising the Kenyan government for the arrests. It asserts that it is important to utilize various agencies and organizations in order to combat wildlife killing and trafficking. These partnerships can help create a system that is better equipped to deal with the illicit wildlife killing. Developing these partnerships throughout Asia and Africa will help to put an end to illegal wildlife trade. IFAW has also been training officers throughout Asia, in order to prevent wildlife trafficking.
The three men are currently going through trial on charges of their involvement in the smuggling of ivory that was worth around $500 million. In total, fourteen arrests have been made in Kenya in connection with ivory trade in Thailand and Singapore. If trafficking such as this is not stopped, entire populations of elephants will disappear. Please commend the efforts of the Kenyan government in order to stop wildlife trafficking and protect wildlife.
Dear President Kenyatta,
Kenya has had a diminishing elephant population since the 1970s. The illicit trade of ivory has been a problem throughout Africa and Asia, putting these elephants in grave danger. Without active efforts to put a stop to such trade, entire populations of elephants may disappear.
I commend the efforts of the Kenyan government to put a stop to illicit wildlife trafficking. The recent arrests, as well as the stance on the government to arrest and prosecute government officials involved with ivory trade, shows the commitment of the government to try to put an end to illegal ivory trade. You have my full support to continue in your efforts to protecting the elephant population.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Charles J. Sharp