Kenya toughens poaching penalties

Poaching laws in Kenya have become more strict, with real teeth added to the penalties for killing protected species or exporting their products. Only a year ago, the courts were limited in the penalties they could hand out – in one case, a group of Chinese nationals were fined just $340 each for trying to smuggle out $20,000 worth of ivory.  But after a new law passed, a judge was able to fine a smuggler $230,000 or 7 years in jail for trying to sneak a piece of elephant tusk out of the country in his suitcase.

You can learn more about the anti-smuggling efforts of Kenya and other nations in these articles from The Gaurdian:

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