Yesterday a national campaign 'Hands off our elephants' was launched in Nairobi by Wildlife Direct.
It was heartening to see the widespread support for the campaign from Environment Secretary Judy Wakhungu, Kenya Airways, Vision 2030 and KWS.
Kenya's elephant population of under 30,000 is in crisis. Up to 2,000 elephants are being poached annually. In a decade elephants could vanish from Kenya and wipe out the tourism industry.
KWS director William Kiprono appealed to the public to provide information about poachers.
But the KWS already knows the poachers. Earlier this year the Star published names of large Isiolo poachers.
The public should support 'Hands off our Elephants' but the real problem is inaction by the authorities.
Two weeks ago the former military attache of the US embassy in Nairobi was fined Sh30,000 after being caught at JKIA with 21 pieces of ivory. It is a joke to fine an expatriate less than one day's salary for ivory smuggling.
The softness, or collusion, of the judiciary compounds the weakness of the police and KWS.
There will always be potential criminals in this world. Ivory smuggling will not be eliminated until both the security services and the judiciary come down hard on poachers.