The Kenyan President Did Something Remarkable To Send Out A Strong Message Against Ivory Poaching

The Logical Indian

May 2nd, 2016 / 2:38 PM

Image Courtesy: President of Kenya

“For us ivory is worthless, unless it is on our elephants”

These were the exact words of the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, after setting fire to over 100 tons of ivory tusks confiscated from the poachers. The country that could have easily gained much revenue from those confiscated ivory, made a clear statement by burning those down that they are not willing to support any kind of crime against animals.By burning the ivories down to ashes, this was probably the strongest ever message sent out to the purchasers and poachers of ivory.The number consisted of the entire stock of ivory confiscated in Kenya that amounted to the tusks of about 6,700 elephants.

In spite of the international ban on ivory trade in 1989, illegal trade is very much active and claimed the lives of 30,000 African elephants each year.

 


Between 30,000 and 50,000 elephants were killed annually in the years following the 2008 sale of African ivory to China. Tanzania alone lost an average of more than 1,000 elephants a month between 2009 and the end of 2014. China and the US have the largest ivory markets. Over the past few decades, the overall elephant population has declined 76 per cent, all because of the demand for their tusks, which can be sold for $1,500 a pound on the global black market.Meanwhile, the international ivory trade is the primary funding source for many terrorist groups, according to regulators and wildlife conservationists.


The Logical Indian appreciates the bold act of the Kenyan government to burn ivories into ashes, to make a strong statement against wildlife poaching. Let us hope other leaders from around the world takes stock of the situation and implement necessary measures to ensure poaching comes to an end before it is too late.
 


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Kerala Forest Department Finally Admits Laxity After Death Of 10 Elephants In 2018

Elephant

Speeding Train Kills 4 Elephants In Odisha 

Elephant

Kerala: Elephant Paraded At An Annual Festival Dies After Falling Into Well

The Shutting Down Of World’s Biggest Ivory Market: A Positive Step Towards Preserving Animal Rights

Elephant

Kerala: Deplorable Elephant Parade Again, Police Allegedly Keep Mum

Report Indicates 20 Captive Elephants Were Killed In 2017 During Temple Festivals In Kerala

Latest on The Logical Indian

My Social Responsibility

Jam Due To Religious Procession, This Doctor Walked 8 Kms To Perform Emergency Surgery

Awareness

From Swami Agnivesh To Beating Bengal Police; 3 Times BJP Workers Broke Law In The Last Two Days

News

Karnataka MPs Including BJP MPs Get iPhone X Allegedly From State Minister Who Is Accused of Tax Evasion

News

Fell Sick Due To Rats & Filth In Her Train Compartment, She Got Rs 19,000 After She Took Railways To Consumer Forum

News

Government Threatens To Remove Security Cover From Delhi Airport Over Unpaid 600 Crore

News

Meerut: Disabled Crawl To SSP Office After Police Refuses To Register Their Case Of Robbery

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.