Contraband Elephant Ivory Burned

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Kenyan authorities have burned five tons of contraband elephant ivory in hopes of raising awareness about rising levels of poaching.
President Mwai Kibaki set fire to a six-foot-high pile of tusks at a wildlife service training center on Wednesday.
Save the Elephants founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton says poaching has increased dramatically in the last two years because of a rise in demand for ivory from China.
In addition to poaching, elephants are threatened by a growing human population encroaching on their habitat. Africa had 1.3 million elephants in the 1970s but today only 500,000 remain.
Kenya first burned an ivory stockpile in 1989 to focus attention on the alarming rate of poaching deaths.

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  • by Born Free USA Location: Sacramento on Jul 27, 2011 at 02:22 PM
    The ivory trade is devastating elephant populations, accounting for tens of thousands of deaths every year. Elephants throughout Africa are slaughtered daily by poachers and ruthless criminal gangs for their tusks. Surviving elephant communities are left traumatised and entire populations are being mercilessly wiped out. Born Free USA believes that the only way to stop the killing is to stop the demand for ivory. By eliminating legal trade in ivory, and enforcing a complete ban, Africa’s elephants stand a chance at survival and the burning of 5 tonnes (over 11,000 pounds) of seized ivory in Kenya last week sent a clear message to the world that many African countries share our view. The biggest demand for illegal ivory currently is in China. And yet, bizarrely, China is one of only two countries designated and recognized as an ‘approved ivory trading partner’, which means it is permissible to buy ivory in China from sales sanctioned by the international community. Born Free US
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