Concern over rising trade in game meat

Concern over rising trade in game meat

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has expressed its concern over the rise in cases of game meat trade in Naivasha and Gilgil areas over the last two months.

On Monday 29, KWS officers recovered over 100kgs of zebra meat from two motorcycle operators in Nagum village in Gilgil, barely a day after police had arrested eight suspects in Ol-Morogi Farm over the killing of seven zebras and an impala.

Reports reaching Citizen Digital indicate that motorcyclists have a habit of chasing around the wild animals from the nearby Hellsgate National Park, using their bikes and when the animals are tired, they spear them to death.

Officer-in-charge of Hellsgate National Park Hapicha Ellema, while addressing the press, said that in some way, game meat has now been commercialised with the most affected areas being Kigio, KARI, Kenya Nut Farm, Suswa and Marula.

“The criminals cannot vindicate themselves saying that there is a human-wildlife conflict of wild animals trespassing in their homes, game meat has been commercialised and is now traded to Nakuru and Nairobi illegally,” said Hapicha Ellema.

Lakeview Ward MCA Simon Wanyoike condemned those engaging in the illegal business, calling for the government agency to ensure that the perpetrators have been taken to court and bar others who have the idea of trading game-meat.

On her part, nominated MCA Esther Njeri now wants health officers in the area to inspect all the meat sold in butcheries and all eateries.

Story written by Majanga Michael

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