The Union of Veterinary Practitioners of Kenya (UVPK) has rendered Roots Party presidential candidate Professor George Wajackoyah’s proposal to have Kenya engage in snakes and hyenas impractical. UVPK secretary general Dr. Miheso Mulembani has said that trading on these commodities is life threatening to their population as they can easily become extinct, causing ecosystem imbalance.
Prof. George Wajackoyah during his manifesto launch on Thursday promised Kenyans that if he clinches the presidential seat in August, his government will venture into snake farming and export snake meat. He also said that they would export hyena testicles to the Asian markets, in an attempt to try and raise enough revenue to clear off Kenya's debt.
The Union of Veterinary Practitioners of Kenya (UVPK) has however openly warned Wajackoyah of this move as they said that Kenya is a treaty member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife (CITES), and the country has obliged to ensure that wildlife species are not over exploited and Wajackoyah’s plans therefore contradict treaty and the responsibilities of the country.
Dr. Miheso Mulembani said that trade of these animal's products can land the country into other pandemics as there is prove from the past of zoonotic diseases such as rabies, brucellosis, leptospirosis and yersiniosis. He also cited that Covid-19 originated in China as a result of consumption of animal meat. He further asked Prof. George Wajackoyah to consult the UVPK before coming forth with any promises that may endanger existence of wildlife.
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