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

The Logical Indian

May 2nd, 2016

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.
 

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Elephants

Five Elephants Including Pregnant Female Crushed To Death By Speeding Train In Assam

Tiger Deaths

Worrying Trend: The Continuous Increase In The Number Of Tiger Deaths

Waterman Of Kenya

The Waterman Who Delivers Water To Wild Animals Every Week In Parched National Park Of Kenya

UP Villagers Knit Colourful Woollen Jumpsuits To Keep Elephants Warm In Winter

Kerala Elephant Death

Kerala: Elephants Dying Due To Brutality, Starvation & Lack Of Medical Attention, Govt. Remains Silent

Good News: All Thanks To The Conservation Efforts, The Giant Panda Is No Longer An Endangered Species.

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Rs.100 Crore Fraudulently Transferred From Jharkhand Government’s Account To A Private Company

News

Goa Gets Its First Mobile Food Testing Van

News

11 French Tourists Allegedly Beaten By Local Boys In Uttar Pradesh; 8 Arrested

Awareness

SBI Changes IFSC Code For 1,300 Branches, Here’s How You Can Find Yours

News

Air India Seeks Loan Of Rs.1,160 Crores To Modify Planes For VVIPs

News

RTI Reveals 70 Cases Of Theft Of EVMs After Voting