10 May 2016
Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an effort to show his country’s commitment to saving Africa’s elephants.
More than 100 tonnes of ivory was stacked up in pyres in Nairobi National Park where it is expected to burn for several days. The ivory represents nearly the entire stock confiscated by Kenya, amounting to the tusks of about 6,700 elephants.
Every year, tens of thousands of elephants are brutally killed for their ivory globally. Between 2008 and 2013, the estimated death toll ranged between 30,000 and 50,000 elephants per year.
Some disagree with Kenya’s approach, saying it can encourage poaching.