Twenty criminal cases initiated in Kazakhstan for illegal saiga killing
The Deputy Chairman of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Agriculture's Committee for Forest Management and Wildlife, Nariman Zhunusov, says that there has been some progress in detecting and capturing those breaking environmental laws:
"In 2014, 79 criminal cases were initiated for saiga poaching; in 2015, there were 107 cases and the number of confiscated horns exceeded 3000. 20 criminal cases have been initiated and about 600 saiga horns confiscated since the beginning of 2016. Saiga horns are also known as ling yang (羚羊) and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Changes are also noticeable in saiga conservation, mainly due to improvement in investment in the relevant services. Thus, this year Okhotzooprom was equipped with new cross-country vehicles. Now they can fight poachers effectively without yielding either in speed or maneuverability", said Nariman Zhunusov.