Two Kenyan Conservationist React to President Trump’s Decisions

Jim Nyama, Executive Director of Ivory Belongs to Elephants and Kahindi Lekalhaile, Director of Public Affairs at the Africa Network for Animal Welfare discuss President Trumps recent action reversing the 2014 ban on transporting ivory from Zimbabwe and Zambia and his subsequent retraction putting the decision on hold for further study.

This lengthy interview reveals a candid discussion of the ethic for human-animal co-existence in Kenya as defined by local values.  Local values are in conflict with elitist, powerful foreign pro-hunting influence.  Lekalhaile and Nyama provide an African perspective to the post-colonial pressures existing throughout the continent.

  • China’s commitment to end ivory consumption transfers pressure to the United States
  • The United Kingdom is second to the United States in consumption of ivory
  • 70% of wildlife lives outside national parks
  • Communities should not be characterized as poor.  Communities live with Kenya’s wildlife every day
  • To protect and conserve wildlife living outside national parks, as well as inside national parks, the conservation discussion must include Kenyan communities
  • Tourism represents 12% of Kenya’s GNP
  • In African countries where hunting is allowed white hunters are poachers not conservationist in the eyes of locals
  • 70% of hunting revenues go back to the country of origin not to the local people who live with wildlife
  • In Kenya, revenue from Kenya Wildlife Service does trickle down to local communities
  • New revenue to help fund conservation in the host country is largely a myth

 

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