During the burning of 15 tons of elephant tusks on World Wildlife Day 2015 President Uhuru Kenyatta said, “Our commitment to save our great species especially the elephant and the rhino, remain as strong as ever,”
In the spirit of these words, Kenya will be making a bigger statement to the world come 30th April 2016 at the Ivory Burning site in Nairobi National Park. A 105-ton ivory stockpile will go down in flames making it the largest ever ivory stockpile to be destroyed in Africa.
The burning will coincide with the Giants Club summit for protection of elephants set to be held on April 29th to 30th in Nanyuki, Kenya. African heads of state, business leaders and conservationists are expected to discuss combat of illegal ivory trade.
This will not be the first time Kenya is destroying its ivory stockpiles. In 1989, the government destroyed 12 tons, in 1991, 6.8 tons were destroyed while 2011 and 2015 saw the destruction of 5 and 15 tons respectively. Other countries that have made a mark in saving the jumbo by burning and crushing ivory include;Sign up on 3BaysOver free
- United Arab Emirates – 1992 – 12 tons
- Zambia – 1992 – 9.5 tons
- Gabon – 2012 – 4.8 tons
- United States – 2013 – 6 tons
2015 – Less than 1 ton
- Philippines – 2015 – 5 tons
- Chad – 2014 – 1.1 tons
- Hongkong – 2014 – 28 tons
- China – 2014 – 6.15 tons
2015 – 662 kilos
- Belgium – 2014 – 1.5 tons
- Ethiopia – 2015 – 4.7 tons
- Republic of Congo – 2015 – 4.7 tons
- Mozambique – 2015 – 4.7 tons
From the edges of every dark corner of a poachers world, to the deep holes of ivory black markets of China, Japan and beyond, the sermon today, tomorrow and there will ever be…Ivory and rhino horns have no intrinsic value, they belong to elephants and rhinos. Elephants and Rhinos are #worthmorealive.
Burning and crushing demonstrates a country’s commitment to curb illegal wildlife trade. Currently, China and Japan are the major consumer markets and new demand and emerging markets continue to threaten elephants and rhinos survival in Africa.
Some pro-trade quarters have argued that stock piling and supplying to legal markets would work out to curb the menace by putting criminals out. Conservation agencies and conservation experts on the other hand have always pushed for the destruction of every seized ivory.
Years 1999 and 2008 saw parties to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES) authorize a “one off “sales, a move that was widely condemned by pro-conservation crusaders. It’s taunted as the reason behind a spate of elephant killing and increased poaching activities in the past decade across Africa. However, it prompted increased efforts leading to conservation participation from all angles ranging from local communities, government agencies, international organizations, to prominent individuals and celebrities. Notable celebrities include Lupita Nyong’o who has since been named a Global Elephant Ambassador.
Celebrities rumored to attend the April 30th Ivory Burning event include; Hollywood stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Nicole Kidman alongside businessmen Paul Allen, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg and Howard Buffet. Others include; Former basketball star Yao Ming, BBC legend David Attenborough and the multiple Grammy Award winner, Elton John. They will be led by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ivory has no value, it better left with elephants. Horns have no value, they are better left with rhinos. Elephants and Rhinos are #worthmorealive.