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Kenya to implant microchips in rhino horns

Posted on Friday, 18 October, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments

Rhino horns are highly sought after. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 William Warby

With only 1,000 rhinos remaining in the country officials are taking new measures to dissuade poachers.

Under the new proposals every rhino in Kenya will have a microchip placed in its horn. Poaching has become an increasingly big problem in the region and it is hoped that the move will help to catch or discourage those who illegally kill the animals for their horns.

"Poachers are getting more sophisticated in their approach," said Paul Udoto of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). "So it is vital that conservation efforts also follow and embrace the use of more sophisticated technology to counter the killing of wildlife."

The World Wildlife Fund has donated the microchips along with the scanners needed to read them at a cost of $15,000. Once the rhinos have been implanted it will be possible for the police to trace rhino horns and prosecute those responsible for taking them.

"Investigators will be able to link any poaching case to a recovered or confiscated horn, and this forms crucial evidence in court, contributing towards the prosecution's ability to push for sentencing of a suspected rhino criminal," the Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement.

Source: AFP | Comments (8)

Tags: Rhino, Poaching

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 19 October, 2013, 4:42
Wouldn't it be easier, less expensive and otherwise better to have game wardens cut-off rhino horns to ward off poachers until the international consuming community recognizes that rhino horn "cure" is pure bunk?
Comment icon #2 Posted by DecoNoir on 19 October, 2013, 5:01
Itd be more productive to wait for hell to freeze over, as those kinds of measures have been taken before with very little effect.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 19 October, 2013, 19:30
Isn't it fair to say that if the horns of all rhinos are cut-off by game wardens, that poaching would be pointless? Or am I missing something.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Colonel Rhuairidh on 19 October, 2013, 19:48
Weren't the Illuminati going to do this to Humans? Maybe this is a test run for that. I think we ought to be very suspicious.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DecoNoir on 19 October, 2013, 20:33
They'd probably kill them and find someway to exploit it. Remember, if their customers were actually smart, they wouldn't be using ground up rhino horn to cure impotence.
Comment icon #6 Posted by aearluin on 25 October, 2013, 15:00
Sounds like a good idea, as long as the Kenyan authorities are able to track down poachers using this system, as that after capture the judicial system is able to convict them. Also, I'am guessing they try to smuggle the horns out of Kenya very quicly, so they will also need very good cooperation with the police forces in otehr countrie along the trade route.
Comment icon #7 Posted by AsylumSpirit on 4 November, 2013, 9:28
Doesn't it defeat the purpose if they post it on the internet..?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Wickian on 4 November, 2013, 22:19
Personally, I think governments should legally allow park rangers(or whatever equivalent Kenya has) to shoot poachers of endangered species on sight if they're caught in the act.

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