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Chinese Workers in Kenya Could be Driving Trade in Elephant Poaching for Ivory
Chinese workers in Kenya could be driving trade in elephant poaching for ivory
Mike Pflanz, The Telegraph
Chinese workers rebuilding roads in northern Kenya are feared to be driving a sharp rise in elephant poaching which has seen dozens of animals slaughtered this year.
In the first eight months of 2008, 57 carcases have been found across Kenya with their tusks hacked out, 15 per cent more than the total for all of 2007 and the third annual increase in a row.
More than half of the elephants were killed in an area where Chinese construction crews have recently arrived to tarmac hundreds of miles of gravel tracks. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) believes there may be a link between the workers' arrival and the increase in poaching.
"More than 50 per cent of the dead elephants we have found have been in that area in the north where the Chinese are working on the road," said Moses Litoroh, elephant programme coordinator for the KWS.
"We can perhaps assume that they have had a hand in it, maybe not all of them, but the coincidence is causing us great concern."
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