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Tuesday, 4 May 2010
The recent CITES meeting in Doha, Qatar has approved Kenya suggestions for the increased protection of the country’s population of rhino, which in 2009 suffered the worst poaching attacks for the last 25 years, with 20 animals being lost. The measures, which called for increased law enforcement, border surveillance, rhino monitoring, guard training and public awareness campaigns, received wide international support. There was, however, general opposition to Kenya's suggestion that all existing stocks of stored rhino horns be destroyed.