Enforce legal frameworks to deter illegal wildife trade

The Ugandan authorities say they have detained a Congolese national found transporting 122 African grey parrots in the western district of Kisoro. They are one of the most heavily traded wild birds because of their ability to mimic human speech.

The suspect was arrested with the birds crammed into two cages during a joint operation by the police, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the army. UWA spokesman Bashir Hangi said they acted following a tip-off that parrots were being smuggled from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Uganda.

Three parrots had died when the man was arrested in Kibaya village near the border town of Bunagana. The suspect is now being held at the Central Police Station in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. The parrots have been taken to the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre. African grey parrots, native to rainforests in central Africa, are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Loss of habitat and large nesting trees have had a significant impact on their numbers. They are one of the most heavily traded wild birds because of their ability to mimic human speech. The Lacey Act of 1900, named after congressman John F Lacey of Iowa, is the federal conservation law that prohibits trade in wildlife, fish, and plants that have been illegally possessed, transported, or sold. In addition, the Eliminate, Neutralise and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act was adopted in October 2016.

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Dear @LindaMakau,

I am so glad you brought up this topic. I come from Tanzania and my family is visiting Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro crater this week. The amount of suspicious and illegal activities that would take place in previous years just made it all the more serious and needful to have serious legal frameworks.

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As a child growing up in the government reserved area of Port-Harcourt Rivers State Nigeria, I used to be fascinated by the talking Parrots, our neighbors who travelled to Tanzania and East Africa will bring back this beautiful Parrots and I’ll spend all afternoon, speaking to them and feeding them after school. Now I hardly find them around and am not surprised that their now in the endangered species list. A strong law is needed to protect this beautiful talking Parrots so that they don’t go into extinction. Sad how just one man pack so many of them to sell them out and cursing the death of some of them. I believe wild life should be protected in Africa cuz that’s the beauty of our continent and the main reason why we have so many tourists coming to visit Africa every year.

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The illegal activities are on another level. Recently, the body of a KWS officer was retrieved in a popular river after he was declared missing about 6 months ago, clearly, the guy was murdered and his body discarded. Many have been silenced, they hold the truth and unfortunately the ground cannot let them uncover the truth. I feel that this issue levels down to leaders, they need to enforce the law.

Sadly, its not only that type of parrot that is going extinct, we have the white rhinoceros. This is infuriating. In about 10 years again, if we do not comply with the directives of the IPCC report, then we go extinct as well. This earth is hard.

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This just serves to show that in the fight for equality, basic rights, and legal empowerment, a commonly overlooked sector is in Animal Rights. I’d be happy to hear from organizations fighting for Animal Rights if you know of any @LindaMakau , especially for animals that are going extinct.

I believe that all of these movements intertwine - human rights, environmental rights, and animal rights. They all need each other.

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Yes everything is connected.

Sure we have Animal rights Alliance in Kenya- Animal Rights Alliance of Kenya - ARAK

Animal rights reserved - Animal Rights Reserved

There is world wide fund for nature. Globally and an office in Kenya. - WWF

You can have a look at the links see what they have been doing for the past months.

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Linda that’s good to hear and out here in Nigeria, wild life is not protected as well as it should be and most of our wild animals are going into extinction, I hope I can raise funds for awareness and collaborate with the Government authority in charge of wild life protection to save those endangered species and animals out here

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The earth today is suffering the effects of human activities which includes illegal wildlife trade and felling of trees that had led to extinction of our lovely wildlives and altering of nature, today we suffer flood and heavy wind which are destroying people’s properties and city centers. The government and other groups needs to do more in creating and pushing for more awareness to curb these illegal activities.

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@Timotistic12 This is the sad state of nations. Sometimes, sadly the Government is part of it. The operations are run by a few cartels, they create a problem and offer solutions. If you need to go the fundraising way then you need to understand what you will be dealing with. You can easily be sabotaged. What is your core plan?

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@MichaelEhiem illegal logging, im really tired of these two words, destroys the ecosystem. The Wildlife’s natural habitat is destroyed, urbanization has forced wild animals out of their homes. How many monkeys have been knocked down by over speeding cars? Who defends their existence? Whats worse, in Kenya, you will see kids aged 15 and below selling firewood or timber (from the forest) just to get money for food, not even fees. They should be in class reading. This is why i support socialist countries at some point. Another sad state of the nation.

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Linda, happy new month, I have made plans to work with the local hunters and respected retired military and police officers in the affected Community’s and organize and train them as Rangers to protect the wild life in their Community’s and forests. With the funds I hope to provide communication gadgets and to pay them monthly for their jobs so they can be proactive and protect the wildlife in their domain

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Happy New Month Timothy, this is a great move. Let me know how I can assist online.

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This is a right step in the right direction. In 2018 my club donated guard dogs to the rangers in Kruger National park to support their work. What you have planned to do will help to encourage their work. I look forward to being a part of this project someday.

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Thank you Michael and am looking forward to seeing you as part of the team

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I’ve been following this thread and I am so amazed with all the great ideas! Please let me know how I can also advocate online or remotely.

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Rachel, good morning, I think the hardest part right now is how to fund the locals and equip them as wildlife rangers to manage and protect the animals and bird’s in their Forest and around their environment, so that our precious animals and wild birds won’t go into extinction, I need supporting NGOs to help fund this project and that’s my greatest challenge

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