By Erick Okeyo Kizito [Letter to Editor\
Elephants and rhinos are creatures of immense beauty, with the intelligence to match, and yet day after day, they are hunted mercilessly for their ivory.
The image of a murdered pregnant elephant brings to the for poachers’ brutality.
Sprawled on her side, the last elephant whose picture I saw was hacked in Amboseli on March 20. The war on poaching is far from over.
The poachers did not care that the elephant was pregnant, their actions driven purely by their greed.
I too, join other organisations in calling for the President to declare poaching a national disaster. The government should spare no effort in stopping the poaching menace that is threatening to decimate Kenya’s national heritage.
Tens of thousands of elephants and rhinos are killed every year to supply illegal ivory to markets throughout the world.
Indeed, Kenya has also emerged as major transit route for ivory destined for Asian markets from eastern and central Africa.
Last year, officers seized 13.5 tonnes of ivory at the port of Mombasa, giving a good idea of what is happening in Kenya and other African countries.
The animals often die a slow and brutal death, their tusks sometimes hacked off while they are still alive. Poaching is out of control.
The price ivory fetches today is higher than ever, so this deadly crime against wildlife has to be met with maximum force.