Kenya Burns 15 Tons of Stockpiled Ivory
By Fredrick Nzwili
NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya today burned tons of stockpiled ivory, sending a strong message against elephant poaching and ivory trafficking.
The burning is the latest in a series of ivory stockpile destructions by nations across the world. During the past three years, Gabon, Belgium, Chad, China, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Gabon, France, Philippines, and the USA have all destroyed contraband ivory and rhino horn.
In Nairobi National Park, site of previous symbolic ivory burnings, President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to 15 tons of tusks.
The event—timed for World Wildlife Day, as well as the African Union’s designated day to celebrate the late Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai—was attended by African Union representatives, UN agencies in Nairobi, international environmental organizations, and diplomats.
“Today,” Kenyatta said, “I once again assure the international community that Kenya is resolved to preserve humanity’s shared heritage in wildlife. Our commitment to save our great species, especially the elephant and the rhino, remains as strong as ever.”
Kenyatta pledged to destroy the rest of Kenya’s ivory stockpile by the end of this year.