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Kenya to bolster lenient sentences for convicted wildlife poachers or ivory smugglers in a bid to stamp out elephant killings

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Kenya plans to bolster current lenient sentences for convicted wildlife poachers or ivory smugglers in a bid to stamp out a spike in elephant killings, the government said today.

Government spokesman Muthui Kariuki said in a statement they intend to fight poachers at all levels to save elephants.

A major obstacle to this is that Kenyan courts are currently limited in their powers to jail or fine those convicted of wildlife crimes, he said.

Poaching has recently risen sharply in east Africa, with whole herds of elephants massacred for their ivory.

Rhinos have also been targeted.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/kenya-bolster-lenient-sentences-convicted-wildlife-poachers-or-ivory-sm