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: