Poaching is increasingly becoming a menace, not just in Kenya, but also in other parts of the continent, posing a grave danger to the survival of various animals species, particularly the elephant.
Whereas there have been attempts to raise awareness about the danger posed by the menace, not enough has been done to stamp it out and punish offenders.
As it is, poaching is becoming a crisis, threatening species like elephants, which are hunted for their ivory, rhinos which are targeted because of their horns and other game like lions.
Besides emperilling the national wildlife heritage, the increasing attacks have the added disadvantages of giving the country bad press abroad and diminishing the already small number of tourists who come to Kenya to enjoy safaris.
Now, even Prince Charles and Prince William have joined in the chorus of asking Kenyans and the rest of the world that benefit from illegal trade in game and trophies, to spare the animals from decimation.
In a world where technology allows man to make synthetic versions of practically any naturally-occuring substance, it is baffling that trade in ivory continues unabated when it is possible to find less repugnant and more environmentally-friendly alternatives. More....