WARNING: POSSESS OF GOODS MADE OF WILD ANIMAL!
Capt. Đỗ Ngọc Hoài
Through many years, Kenia has maintained very strict policy on “Wild Animal Protection”. Killers of wild animals (WA) shall be sentenced to prison, or even to life imprisonment in case the animals belong the exotic group such as elephant, lion, giraffe, rhinoceros, etc. The trade, or even possess, transportation including transit the goods is subject to strict fine. Therefor almost all smugglers of the goods from Africa always avoid transit Kenia.
Wild animal may be: Elephant, Monkey, Tiger, Leopard, Tuttle, Rhinoceros, other exotic Birds, etc. They are listed depending on Wild Animal Protection Law of every country.
“In case of breach of the Law, you will be fined or sentenced according Kenia’s Law as for Kenia’s citizen”.
You are caught with goods made of or from wild animal, such as tiger claws, tortoiseshell, … You must show evidence of their lawful origination documents and the right to possess it according Kenia’s Law.
No matter you have bought it in a country where possess of the goods is lawful according local law, one you bring it into or transiting Kenia, you will be treated according Kenia’s Law.
Many Vietnamese people working abroad were unlucky because their trip have ended in Kenia’s prison. It was due to their ignorance of Kenia’s Law, leading to their purchase of some souvenirs originated from wild animal.
As reported from Vietnam Embassy in Tanzania, they have been caught for breach of the “Nature Protection Law” of Kenia while bringing with them some souvenirs from ivory and lion claws. Kenia has issued a document – legislation on “Wild Animal Protection” on 2013, which includes many provisions regarding strict fines for trade, hunting, transportation of goods made of or from wild animals. The highest fine can be life imprisonment.
Therefore everybody, seamen should follow:
Leave at home all personal effects, which are made of or from wild animals before joining a vessel due to your vessel can go worldwide. Do not buy any good made of or from wild animal during your trip, thus will prevent you from above said troubles.
Wish you to have a happy and lucky tenor trip.