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Over 105 tons of ivory burnt by Kenyans to save African elephantsi | Coastweek

NAIROBI -- This is the world’s largest stack of ivory to be burnt - representing slaughter of 4,000 elephants. PHOTO - ANIL VIDYARTHI

 

Over 105 tons of ivory burnt by Kenyans to save African elephants | Coastweek

NAIROBI -- Preparing the five giant bonfires. The publicity event was staged to draw the world's attention to the grave depredation of elephants across Africa. In the past 11 months, Kenya has lost 94 elephants — in contrast to several hundred for the same period the previous year. PHOTO - ANIL VIDYARTHI

 

Over 105 tons of ivory burnt by Kenyans to save African elephantsi | Coastweek

NAIROBI -- Much of the poached ivory burnt in Nairobi had been recovered in transit from other African countries, through Jomo Kenyatta International airport and Mombasa's Kilindini Port.. PHOTO - ANIL VIDYARTHI

 

Over 105 tons of ivory burnt by Kenyans to save African elephants
 
NEW DELHI India -- More than 105 tons of ivory was burnt Saturday, 30 April 2016, in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, to combat growing poaching, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

This is the world’s largest stack of ivory to be burnt representing slaughter of 4,000 elephants.
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In the presence of many heads of African states, Hollywood and global celebrities, the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta lit five huge piles of ivory.

Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman, legendary conservationist Richard Attenborough, business tycoons George Soros, Howard Buffet and Michael Bloomberg; musician Elton John, Paul Allen, and former Chinese basketball Yao Ming are expected to attend this global event.

"Kenya plans to use the occasion to torch as many as 120 tonnes of ivory, the largest stockpile of ivory ever destroyed by any country, as proof of our commitment to zero tolerance for poaching and illegal ivory trade," presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu told reporters.

Richard Leakey, veteran conservationist and chairman of Kenya Wildlife Services said:

"Many people who are buying this ivory in China and elsewhere simply don’t know what it is doing to elephants.

"Maybe they think that it is coming off elephants that have died of natural causes.

When Kenya burns $100 million worth of ivory, they’ll say:

 

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The ivory burning news from Kenya was fronty-page material for Indian dailies | Coastweek

NEW DELHI India -- The ivory burning news from Kenya was front-page material for Indian dailies. PHOTO - KUL BHUSHAN

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"What the hell was that about? It will help open their eyes to what is actually happening."

Leakey has championed the destruction of seized ivory.

In the past 11 months, Kenya has lost 94 elephants—in contrast to several hundred for the same period the previous year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire in March 2015 to a giant pile of 15 tonnes of elephant ivory, which conservationists said then was the largest ever burned in Africa.

At the time, Kenyatta said he set fire to ivory as a message because he wanted "future generations of Kenyans, Africans and the entire world to experience the majesty and beauty of these magnificent beasts."

Kenya Indians have been working to protect wildlife.
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Outstanding among them was the late Zahoor Kashmiri (Zoro), a qualified vet who treated thousands of injured animals and lost his life being gored by an elephant.

Please click on this link to read about other Kenya Indians.

http://www.coastweek.com/3918-Kenyan-Indian-community-remain-active-in-Wildlife-Conservation.htm

 
 

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