30 Apr '16, 2am

#Kenya torches huge elephant tusk stockpile

#Kenya torches huge elephant tusk stockpile

NAIROBI (AFP) - Eleven giant pyres of tusks will be set on fire on Saturday (April 4) as Kenya torches its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who will be the first to set fire to the semi-circle of tusks expected to burn for days in the capital Nairobi's national park, on Friday demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild. "To lose our elephants would be to lose a key part of the heritage that we hold in trust. Quite simply, we will not allow it," Kenyatta said at a summit meeting of African heads of state and conservationists. "We will not be the Africans who stood by as we lost our elephants." The historic bonfires will be the largest-ever torching of ivory, involving 105 tonnes from thousands of dea...

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