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  • also burned 1.35 tons of rhino horn, which as in the case of fangs come from poaching.
  • The aim of government is to end a mafias that move each year more than 175 million euros.
  • “with the destruction of this ivory are saying that our national heritage can not be sold for money,” said president Kenya.

Kenya said Saturday the war with poachers burning 105 tons of ivory and rhino horn 1.35 from illegal hunting, which has put at risk the survival of elephants in Africa.

this Saturday is a historic day, as never before had destroyed an amount as high ivory in Kenya, which aims to reaffirm its commitment to end the mafias who traffic in the so-called ‘white gold’ and move each year more than 200 million dollars ( EUR 175 million ) in across the continent.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta , it was responsible for initiating the burning of the eleven piles of ivory in Nairobi National Park, where last year and another 15 tons were burned in protest against poachers.

the rain did not stop the flames turned into ashes fangs of a 6,700 pachyderms , representing almost all stocks ivory confiscated in the country.

“the increasing value of trade in ivory has caused a killing in Central Africa . With the destruction of this ivory are saying that our national heritage can not be sold for money, “said the Kenyan president.

President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, also attended the ceremony, where he warned stealthy , buyers and traffickers “have the days” and regretted that poaching has become the pachyderms in “refugees” in need of protection.

with the burning of more than 100 tons of ivory ends the meeting ‘the Giants Club’ in which African leaders, scientists and experts have addressed in Kenya’s crisis poaching to search a joint solution that allows saving the wildlife on the continent .

“this war can not be won in a day, but the decision on Saturday is just the beginning,” Kenyatta said, who insisted that losing elephants involve lose some of the heritage of the country.

So, pledged that his government “press” to achieve a “total ban” ivory trade during the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to be held in Johannesburg in September.

the deputy director of United Nations Program for the Environment (UNEP), Ibrahim Thiaw, said that ‘the Giants Club’ demonstrates the commitment of Africa and the international community to deal with this natural tragedy, but also economic.

in your opinion, fauna “can generate sustainable income to finance education, health and infrastructure that will lift people out of poverty and boost economic growth. “

As anticipated, next month, the UN launched in Nairobi a global campaign to reduce the demand for these illegal products that are destroying wildlife.

a fight of 27 years

the fight to save the elephants dates back to 1989, when Kenya called on the international community to end poaching destroying first reserves seized ivory, which led to the ban on trade and sank demand for this sumptuary matter Europe , United States and Japan.

poaching remains one of the most important challenges to the Kenyan authorities to the growing demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia, where they are sold to a very high price for use in supposedly healing potions or popular aphrodisiacs among the local population.

the mafias operate mainly in east Africa, where Kenya and Tanzania are the main countries out of these products, which then travel to China, Thailand or Vietnam.

despite this growing demand, poaching in Kenya decreased over the last year, figures Conservation Service Kenya Wildlife (KWS, in English).

While in 2012 were killed 384 elephants to wrest his fangs, in 2015 the figure dropped to 96 in the country, where live about 35,000 pachyderms that each year attracts thousands of tourists from around the world.