Ethiopia Disposes Seized Wildlife Products

By Mebratu Hailu

Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) disposes more than
12,000 wildlife products seized from smugglers by fire at a place called
Degaga in Awash National Park, 235 kms east of Addis Ababa.

The Authority burns 159 kgs of Civet musk, 247 different wildlife horns
and horn products, 1,433 Giraffe and Elephant tail and jewelries made of
it, 2,874 skin of Leopard, Lion, Bushbuck, black and white Colobus
gureza, Hyena, Serval cat, Hartebeest, Phyton and jewelries made of
skin, and 6,290 products of various animals’ nails, shells, teeth, bone
and skeleton that were kept in the Authority’s store for long time.

A person found in possession of wildlife or wildlife products without
having a permit is penalized not less than birr 5,000 and not exceeding
birr 30,000 or with imprisonment not less than one year and not
exceeding five years or with both based on Proclamation No.541/2007 and
the disposal of wildlife products mandate is given to the Authority
based on Council of Ministers Regulations No.163/2008.

While the wildlife products were set on fire, delegated persons from
Awash National Park and Awash Fentale woreda were in place to observe
the desposal process.