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100 tons of ivory burned in Africa, worth $250,000 on the black market

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Seized ivory slated for destruction in the crush

Seized ivory slated for destruction in the crush. Image: USFWS Mountain-Prairie.


Yesterday, over one hundred tons of ivory was burned in Kenya, Africa. The elephant ivory is estimated to have cost about 170.000 dollars and the rhinoceros ivory are supposed to cost around 70.000 dollars. The fire was lighted by the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Celebrities Kristin Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, George Soros and Elton John were also there.

Seized ivory slated for destruction in the crush. Image: USFWS Mountain-Prairie.
Seized ivory slated for destruction in the crush. Image: USFWS Mountain-Prairie.

Kihili Mbati says that the ivory has no worth for them. Only the living elephants matter. Kenya, Tanzania, and other countries heavily affecetd by illegal hunting of elephants are divided in this matter. Tanzania has saved every piece of ivory, watching the Kenyans burning the nearly priceless elephants each year. Kihili also says that the burning of ivory this year was supposed to stimulate the debate about a law against all ivory selling and buying.

News source: wikinews.org


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