By Kiundu Waweru
They observe vice has reached unprecented level and should be declared a disaster to step up efforts to protect wildlife
Elephants, like human beings, mourn their dead. Indeed, many animal lovers consider elephants ‘gentle giants’ for the tender care to their young ones.
Kenya is one of the few countries that is home to the tusked animals. The giant animals attract thousands of tourists from different countries to Kenya.
Sadly, elephants, which are part of our prized heritage, are under siege as poachers kill them in droves. Dozens of elephants have been killed in the past months raising fears if measures are not taken, the animals may soon end up like dinosaurs.
The protest called by Kenyans United Against Poaching (Kuapo) was flagged off at Uhuru Garden. Protesters marched to Uhuru Park waving banners with diverse messages including “No Wildlife, No Tourism.”
The activists called urged Kenyans to take care of elephants because of their economic and social value.
Elephants are one of the Big Five animals, which are a major tourist attraction. They contribute about 12 per cent to annual tourism income. Besides direct income, the animals, now threatened by poachers, help thousands of Kenyans earn a living in tourism.