Business
Ivory samples to be tested in the US
Publish Date: Jan 26, 2014
Ivory samples to be tested in the US
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Gerald Tenywa

Where is this huge consignment of ivory that has been confiscated in Uganda coming from? Is it coming from neighbouring DR Congo or South Sudan or Central Africa Republic that have been torn by military conflicts in the recent decades?


The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is leaving nothing to speculation by taking samples of the ivory expected to be tested in the US.

According to Dr. Patrick Atimnedi, the UWA veterinary coordinator, Uganda is a party to CITES, which requires a member country that has impounded the wildlife trophies to establish and declare the origin of ivory.

“We use DNA tests to test whether the tusks confiscated belong to Ugandan elephants or have been removed from elephants elsewhere,” said Dr. Atimned, adding that African countries including Uganda have a genetic map of their elephants. “After testing the DNA of the ivory it will be possible to trace the origin of the ivory.”

The samples were taken from 832 pieces of ivory that were confiscated from on October 17 at Bweyogerere near Kampala.

Also CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna) regulates trade in ivory. Countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi that have community wildlife farming programmes and have elephant population beyond carrying capacities are given ivory quotas. The quotas are also monitored to ensure that this does not spark off illegal killing of elephants.

He also pointed out that CITES recommends destruction of impounded ivory through burning at a public ceremony attended by top Government officials, Police, Interpol and wildlife officials in order to send a clear message to the people engaged in trafficking of wildlife trophies.

Tumwesigye said Uganda has stockpiles of ivory amounting to three tonnes at UWA offices in Kampala. Other agencies including the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), the Courts and Police are holding more ivory than UWA. The ivory is held as exhibits pending Court cases.

Uganda has been confiscating large quantities of ivory in recent years. In the latest operation, the Avian Police at Entebbe impounded 440 pieces of raw ivory at Entebbe International Airport. The ivory, which was destined to Malaysia via Nigeria, is being kept by police at Entebbe.
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Nasasira, Mutabazi grill telecoms over unregistered simcards
The telecommunications companies Tuesday found themselves between a rock and a hard place after they failed to convince the communications consumers that they had managed to put out of service unregistered simcards....
Farmers tipped on penetrating US market
UGANDAN farmers have been urged to capitalize on organic agriculture and improve packaging in order to tap into the US' massive sh87.7 trillion organic agriculture products market...
Gov’t working on laws governing drones – Thembo
Government efforts are underway to put guidelines and restrictions on how private citizens can use drones, the state minister for ICT says....
IBM to invest $3 bn in
IBM has announced it is pumping an equivalent of 9 trillion Ugandan shillings into a new division focusing on the growing market for connected devices, or the "Internet of Things."...
Graduates get extra business entrepreneur skills
GRADUATES and non-employed youth have been urged to supplement their school knowledge with entrepreneur and vocational to easily help them manage their own businesses...
India
Hundreds of India's companies have failed to find women for their boards despite a last-minute rush to meet a mandatory deadline to appoint at least one female director....
Should police arrest parents who do not take their children to school?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter