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Uganda Resumes Export Of Wildlife

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th February 2002 03:00 AM

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has authorised the export of live animals from Uganda.

By Alfred Wasike The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has authorised the export of live animals from Uganda. Investigations by The New Vision have revealed that UWA has set up a quota for the export of a quarter of a million animals in 2002. However, UWA has admitted that it does not have the capacity to monitor the export of live animals. The tariff payable to UWA per animal exported rarely exceeds a few dollars and raises the possibility of massive windfall profits for the animal traders. Ugandan traders who claim to be breeders are in fact capturing animals in the wild and exporting them immediately. The presence of animals on the UWA quota that are not found in Uganda has raised suspicion of organised animal smuggling. The Uganda Wildlife Authority took the decision to resume live animal exports last year after the 1999 Uganda Wildlife Statute made provision for a limited export of live animals. Airlifts of animals in crates and cages left Entebbe International Airport last year. The animals are destined for Europe, America and Japan and are intended for pets, zoos and medicinal laboratories. “There has been heavy underhand political pressure on this matter,” a conservationist said. Ends (See full story at) http://www.newvision.co.ug/mainpage.php?subCatName=SPECIAL%20REPORT&subCatId=113

Uganda Resumes Export Of Wildlife

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