Farmers in Kenya arrested for grazing from the park
There are 4 people who were arrested by the authorities in Kenya fro having their animals graze from Tsavo East National Park. According to the source, they were over 2,000 cows which were sent to the graze from the park on Monday night to be collected the next morning something that is no acceptable. There were unfortunately seen by the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers that very night who drove them out of the park to the Moi Stadium in Voi and when their owners came to collect them, that is when they were arrested so said Wilson Korir the KWS assistant director in charge of the Tsavo conservation area.
He also said that this is a big step forward to them because they have been trying to get the owners of the cattle that graze from the park but in vain and with the arrest these four, probably the rest will stop this habit or risk being arrested too and in the long run KWS will be able to stamp out grazing from the parks and this operation will continue until they are sure on one is grazing from the park any more, he emphasized the point. Korir said they are discouraging this kind of behavior because it is a big threat to the tourism industry given the fact that there are so many tourists who have visited the parks and claimed to have seen more livestock than wildlife yet they had paid a lot of money at the park gates. It is very important fro KWS to protect the tourism industry because it is bringing a lot of wealth in this country that is why they can not let anything that threaten wildlife continue to be done.
The cattle owners will be charged from the Voi law courts. Meanwhile the Wildlife conservationists have been against the less punishment that is given to the offenders like these herders and say it just about time that the responsible MPs fast track the passing of the new wildlife bill which will help ensure wildlife conservation so said one of the wildlife conservationist in Voi. Illegal herding in the park is attributed to the increase in human-wildlife conflict in the region. KWS claims that the livestock eat up all the pastures in the park which force the wild animals to move outside the protected areas in search for pasture.
These illegal grazers are also blamed for the increase in the level of illegal hunting which is so rampant in Kenya today most especially killing of elephants, rhinos in the Tsavo conservation area since some of them are suspected to be armed. KWS had to use a chopper to drive the animals out of the park in an operation that has been going on for the past one week and reliable source reveal that these herds of cattle belong to prominent people from North Eastern region
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