Jim Justus Nyamu, the Executive Director of Elephant Neigbors Center (ENC) also known as Elephant Man arrived in the UK yesterday. Jim held a press conference at the Kenyan High commission office in London immediately after arriving from Kenya where in his statement he stressed that there is a need to end ivory trade as it affects the elephant population.
“I am here to support the UK Government in their bid to stop and to close illegal domestic ivory trade”, said the Elephant Man. The Government of UK plans to close the domestic illegal markets and in serious argument on whether to include the pre-convention ivory found in UK or not. The Minister of Environment, Michael Gove, was quoted saying “The decline in the elephant population fuelled by poaching for ivory shames our generation. The need for radical and robust action to protect one of the worlds most iconic and treasured species is beyond dispute. These plans will put the UK front and centre of global efforts to end the insidious trade in ivory.”
Nyamu in his words said “In my opinion and from the experience if we have to close the trade we have to include the pre-convention or predating if we want to end ivory trade.”
The Deputy Kenyan Ambassador Ms Kamau expressed how proud they were of Jim’s effort that has once again embarked on in a bid to save the African Elephants.
The press conference was organized by Janet Wainaina, Director of Face of Kenya based in UK which is an organization that promotes Kenyan activities in Europe and are proud in supporting our own Kenyan man in enlightening the world as to why they need to save elephants.
Jim is expected to cover 350km walking from London to Bristol from December 3rd 9am to December 12th 2017. He will in total have walked 10, 800 km since 2013.
In 2013, Jim walked in 9 states in the US from Boston to Washington DC covering 560miles in 32 days and across East African Nations ( Kenya- Tanzania- Uganda) .