By Njoroge Kaburo
Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Friday called for increased support in order to save elephants which are being slaughtered at a high rate.
Speaking at an anti-poaching campaign at the Amboseli National park, Margaret said the government has shown essential political goodwill and support in the fight against ivory trade to save elephants and other endangered species.
"We are inviting everyone to help us protect the elephants. The world is a global village; the demand for ivory comes from countries far away. We need to work together to save the elephants, " she said.
The First Lady's remarks came as wildlife activists have launched PoachersExposed.com, an online campaign aimed at naming and shaming poachers in the East African nation and help in the fight against the menace.
The Kenya United Against Poaching (Kuapo) said the launch of the online campaign was motivated by the spike in killings of 100 elephants each year in Kenya, noting that the campaign will show charged or convicted people with links to poaching.
PoacherExposed allows informers to do so confidentially and hopes the information will reveal patterns of conviction by region, court and magistrates.
"There are concerns that along the chain there are issues of evidence not being collected properly to judges not fully understanding the impact of the crime, to leniency and corruption, " Chandra said. More....