Mar 3, 2015 11:12 AM

Kenya destroy 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day to discourage poaching.

Kenyatta said Tuesday that 25 years after the historic banning of the ivory trade, new demand from emerging markets is threatening Africa's elephants and rhinos. Kenyatta says African countries are concerned about the scale and rate of the new threat to endangered wildlife species.

Higher demand for ivory is fueling the elephant killings by poachers across Africa. Save The Elephants said last year that 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa between 2010 and 2012. On Thursday, China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for ivory threatens the existence of Africa's elephants.


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