30 Apr '16, 4pm

World’s biggest ivory bonfire set alight in gesture aimed at stopping elephant slaughter https://t.co/T6IczpfX0a

World’s biggest ivory bonfire set alight in gesture aimed at stopping elephant slaughter https://t.co/T6IczpfX0a

NAIROBI: Eleven giant pyres of tusks were set alight on Saturday (Apr 30) as Kenya torched its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants. Huge white clouds of smoke spiralled into the sky as the flames took hold, fuelled by thousands of litres of diesel and kerosene injected through steel pipes. Lighting the fire in Nairobi's national park, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end the "murderous" trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild. "The height of the pile of ivory before us marks the strength of our resolve," Kenyatta said, before thrusting a burning torch onto the ivory. "No-one, and I repeat no-one, has any business in trading in ivory, for this trade means death of our elephants and death of our natural heritage." The tusks are expected to...

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