LILONGWE, Malawi, April 16, 2014 (ENS) - Several new cases of illegal ivory trafficking have come to light within a month of the official launch of Malawi's "Stop Wildlife Crime" campaign, a joint effort of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.
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Two elephant calves play at an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, about 28 miles northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. The orphanage is home to 83 elephants and a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press
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Within a month of the official launch of Malawi's 'Stop Wildlife Crime' campaign, several new cases of illegal ivory trafficking have come to light. On Sunday 23rd March, 30 kg of ivory bound for Lagos was intercepted at Kamuzu International Airport and were traced to a 38 year old Nigerian national, Nduisi Nwude. Whilst the ivory was confiscated the man escaped from the airport and is still at large. On 7 April, however, airport authorities were more successful. A Malawian national, Michael Kingsley Phiri who was a Clinical Officer at Kamuzu Central Hospital, was arrested at the same airport with 80kg of ivory. The case was heard this week at Lilongwe Magistrate's Court and he was given a sentence of either 6 years imprisonment or MK1 million (equivalent to USD 2300). He chose to pay the fine.
The Assembly of the Republic on 9 April unanimously passed the first reading of a bill on conservation areas, which dramatically increases the penalties for poaching, particularly of endangered species.
Last week was one of the busiest on record for anti-poaching units in South Africa's Kruger National Park, with three heavily armed groups of suspected rhino poachers being detected and eight arrests being made.