Conservationists in Kenya are worried by China’s decision to reverse the ban on trade in tiger bones and rhino horns.
Experts have also condemned the move as one that could have dire repercussions for the endangered species.
Reacting to these developments, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior political advisor, Fredrick Njehu has said:
“China’s decision to reopen trade on rhino horns and tiger bones will not only reactivate the demand for rhino products, but also contribute to a rise in poaching and other illegal activities. This also reverses steps that have been made to protect these endangered species.
Lifting the ban will contradict the leadership China has shown recently in tackling the illegal wildlife trade. Kenya has a population of about 750 black rhinos, opening this market will further put these at risk.
Greenpeace Africa calls upon China to maintain the ban on tiger bones and rhino horns trade which has been so critical in conserving these iconic species. We also urge the government of Kenya to put stringent measures to ensure the protection and survival of these species.”