• The Union of Veterinary Practitioners of Kenya (UVPK) has come out to strongly oppose professor Wajackoyah's plans to export snakes and hyenas should he be elected as Kenya's next president.
• In a statement, the union said it's perturbed by Wajackoyah's suggestions, highlighting the adverse effects the trade will cause in the long run.
The Union of Veterinary Practitioners of Kenya (UVPK) has come out to strongly oppose professor Wajackoyah's plans to export snakes and hyenas should he be elected as Kenya's next president.
In a statement that was released on 1st July, UVPK Secretary-General Dr. Miheso Mulembani said the union is perturbed by Wajackoyah's suggestions, highlighting the adverse effects the trade will cause in the long run.
Dr. Mulembani said that should Wajackoyah adapt his said plans it will only mean the extinction of the two species in Kenya.
"Kenya is a treaty member of the Washington Convention also known as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species of Wildlife (CITES). CITES protects the survival of the species in the wild and regulates international trade in specimens of species of wildlife based on a system of permits and certificates issued under certain conditions," the statement read in part.
The union termed Wajackoyah's proposal a 'recipe for another pandemic' owing to the spillover of viruses, bacteria, and parasites from hyenas and snakes in the wild to human beings.
“As you may be aware, COVID- 19 originated in Wuhan market in China as a result of trade in wildlife products. Kenyans should be prepared for a surge in zoonotic diseases such as rabies, brucellosis, leptospirosis. and yersiniosis among others should trade in hyena and snake products be legalized under Wajackoyah’s government."
Dr. Mulembani advised Wajackoyah to consult closely with the Veterinary Professionals before making proposals that may 'jeopardize the existence of our wild animals.'
The statement comes days after the Roots party presidential candidate promised to export Hyena meat and hyena testicles to China if elected president, as another way of creating employment and creating more money for the country.
Wajackoyah said this during his manifesto launch at the Kenyatta International Conventional Center, much to the delight of those in attendance.
The professor of law said he believes Kenya will capitalise on hyena parts since their testicles are much more valuable than Marijuana. Other commodities he intends to export include; Marijuana, dog meat, and snake venom.
"But we shall export dog meat to China, we shall export hyena meet to china. Because we don't need hyenas in our country, Chinese eat hyenas," he said amid claps.
Adding, one thousand male hyenas have two thousand testicles and I hear hyena testicles are used as medicine in China. Therefore, testicles are much more valuable than ganja, one testicle goes for around a Sh6million. So we shall export Hyena meat, dog meat, and also hyenas!"