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More Ivory Seized

With more ivory seized its not surprising that months ago the theft of a substantial quantity of ivory from the Uganda Wildlife Authority storage was reported here, reactions were swift to call for a comprehensive investigation, spurred by President of Uganda taking an interest and making reference in his opening address to the Africa Travel Association World Congress which was held at the time in Kampala.

world wildlife day During the investigations a senior staff was fired at UWA after the Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya, noticed the discrepancies between actual stock and stock on the books. Poaching in Uganda, while compared to some neighboring countries at the very low end of the scale, is often still of a subsistence nature though the trade in bush meat has increased over the past years. With poaching itself therefore a lessor problem has Uganda however become a transit country for blood ivory from war torn South Sudan and the lawless parts of Eastern Congo where militias control large swathes of land and are said to be the key perpetrators in poaching elephant to finance their operations and purchase of arms, ammunition and other supplies. No a great note Entebbe by police, intelligence personnel and other state agencies managed to seize nearly a ton of the stolen ivory, besides a staggering two tons of pangolin scales, all destined to be smuggled out of the country.

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