Kenya burns huge stockpile of ivory declare
war against poaching
By Christine Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday presided over the
burning of 105 tons of elephant tusks and 1.3 tons of rhino
horns in a ceremony attended by conservation luminaries,
business moguls and celebrities from around the globe.
President Ali Bongo of Gabon and senior officials from
African elephant range states attended the historic torching of
ivory and rhino horns that sought to re-enforce Kenya's
commitment to eradicate wildlife crimes.
The Kenyan leader said the burning of the largest stockpile
of trophies in living memory reaffirmed his country's resolve to
eradicate poaching that posed a mortal threat to survival of
"We have witnessed huge loss of African elephants in the last
decade due to poaching.
"This menace threatens stability of our states and
communities," Kenyatta remarked.
Kenya broke the world record by burning tons of elephant
tusks and rhino horns whose market value was estimated at over
500 million U.S. dollars.
President Kenyatta said the burning of trophies was meant to
reaffirm that Kenya does not place monetary value on its iconic
wildlife species and will always go a step further to conserve
"Kenya has taken a firm stand and declared that ivory is
worthless unless it is on the elephant.
"The future generations will appreciate the decision we have
taken," said Kenyatta.
He added that Kenya will rally behind international campaigns
to push for a total ban on trade in ivory and other wildlife
"Our next steps after the ivory burn will be centered on
strengthening law enforcement to fight poaching.
"We are going to lobby for a total ban on ivory trade during
the CITES meeting to be held in September in South Africa,"
Kenyatta told wildlife campaigners
On his part, President of Gabon Ali Bongo hailed Kenya's
decision to set ablaze a huge stockpile of ivory adding that
African countries must take radical steps to secure their
"Ivory trade must be stopped to help secure the future of our
elephants and rhinos that are a symbol of our collective
heritage," Bongo remarked.