First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has launched an anti-poaching campaign dubbed “Hands off our Elephants” whose main objective is to educate Kenyans and the world on the need to conserve the elephant for posterity.
She also launched the Kenya premier screening of a documentary “Battle for the Elephants”, a new film which exposes the brutal ivory trade and its effect on Africa and Kenya’s elephant populations.
Speaking during the campaign launch at a Nairobi hotel, last evening, the First Lady called on all Kenyans and friends of Kenya to take up their responsibility in stopping poaching so as to secure a Kenya where the elephants roam freely.
She emphasized that elephants and wildlife are the country’s future. A gift from God that should be our priority to preserve, enjoy and love.
The First Lady stressed that elephants are also a major tourist attraction to Kenya.
Additionally, the First lady said ivory trade threatened over 300,000 jobs in the country with millions of other direct and indirect beneficiaries from tourism being affected.
She regretted the slaughter of 183 elephants by poachers by July this year alone which has reduced their population in the country to approximately 30,000.
The First lady called on Kenyans and conservationists in general to pool resources towards stopping the escalating trend of elephant poaching in the country. More....