Don’t you think that we could have found a better tribute to honor the lives of these innocent elephants than letting their remains go up in smoke? This was not a well conceived plan. I realize a message was sent to poachers and illegal traders, but this seems to add insult to injury.
Do any of NC readers have a better green way to honor the elephants and make money to support elephant research too?
Well Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday did not ask for our input when he ignited five tons of ivory stockpiled in the country since being seized in Singapore nearly a decade ago. Some 335 tusks and 42,553 ivory carvings went up in smoke at the Manyani wildlife rangers training institution in eastern Kenya
The vanities of man fueled this slaughter of elephants for their ivory in Asia and the Middle East where elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are used to make ornaments and traditional medicines.
Kenya in 1989 torched 12 tons of ivory, three years later Zambia also burnt a stockpile of smuggled tusks.
Africa is home to 472,269 elephants whose survival is threatened by poaching and illegal trade in game trophy as is rising population causing wildlife habitat loss.
The site of the Wednesday’s ivory burning also bore symbolism. The national wildlife rangers institution is in the Tsavo National Park, which is Kenya’s leading elephant sanctuary home to 12,572 elephants.
Wildlife officials said a monument will be erected at the burning site.
In the last few years several smugglers were arrested at its Nairobi international airport, a major regional hub.
Trafficking animal parts is also linked to other crimes such as document falsification, corruption, money laundering and other organised crime, according to wildlife authorities.
Protecting and develop our wildlife resources is a national focus, because eco tourism has become a huge revenue source for the country.
Excerpts and image courtesy of http://www.terradaily.com