Total Kenya donates Sh1 million to burn ivory worth billions in poaching...

Total Kenya donates Sh1 million to burn ivory worth billions in poaching fight

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Total Kenya has donated fuel worth Sh1 million for burning more than 100 tonnes of ivory at Nairobi National Park on Saturday.

A mixture of diesel and kerosene will be sprayed under the stockpile through pipes and jets to fuel the fire.

This together with 10 tonnes of firewood will help achieve the very high temperature needed to reduce the pile to ashes.

The stockpile recovered from poachers and illegal consignments consists of 25,000 elephant tusks weighing 105 tonnes and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horns.

Colobus monkey and leopard skin, sandalwood and sackfuls of Prunus Africana barks – a medicinal tree – will also be torched.

The burn, which is the largest ever, is a message to poachers, traffickers and buyers by the government.

Kenya Wildlife Service director general Kitili Mbathi said: “Kenya has decided to burn ivory because the moment you burn it, you are taking it beyond economic use.”

“Trophy disposal is left for countries to decide, some opt to crush it.”

KWS said it did not build rhino horn piles until the burning day as they can easily be stolen.

South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe are opposed to the destruction of illegal ivory.

Courtesy: the-star.co.ke

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