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On 3 March Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta set light to 15 tons of ivory at the ivory burning site in the Nairobi National Park, sending a clear message to the world that Kenya is committed to ending the scourge of poaching. In his address he stated “Wildlife crime continues to pose wide-ranging economic, environmental and social threats. I am proud to observe that my Government has made significant progress in reducing wildlife poaching. This has called for intensive investment and cooperation with many stakeholders. A lot remains to be done. Today, I call on everybody to join or sustain efforts to prevent the poaching of our wildlife. Wildlife has great socioeconomic value for the people of Kenya. It is a critical pillar of our tourism industry. Many of these tusks belonged to elephants which were wantonly slaughtered by criminals. We want future generations of Kenyans, Africans and the entire world to experience the majesty and beauty of these magnificent beasts. Poachers and their enablers will not have the last word”. He stated that he will repeat this exercise several more times this year, thus eliminating more than 115 tons of stockpiled ivory.

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