“Hands Off Our Elephants”: Kenya Burns Ivory Worth $105 Million to Send Message to Poachers!
NAIROBI, Kenya — On Saturday, the 30th of April, Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta followed through on his plan to burn 105 tons of ivory that was sitting in storage and worth over $100 million. The President lit a huge pile of elephant tasks to demonstrate to the world that Kenya is very serious about ending the illegal ivory trade that threatens to extinct the remaining wild elephants roaming across Africa.
“No one, and I repeat, no one, has any business in trading in ivory, for this trade means death — the death of our elephants and the death of our natural heritage,” Mr. Kenyatta said.
Tens of thousands of elephants have been wiped out across Africa by poachers. The ivory burned on Saturday included tusks that had been confiscated and tusks that were recovered, in total, the 105 ton pile represented 6,000 to 7,000 dead elephants.
The pile also included 1.5 tons of rhino horns.
The first ivory burn in Kenya took place in 1989, and several countries have also done the same to make the statement that ivory is worthless — unless it is on an elephant.