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Setting an example for the rest of the world, Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, burnt eleven huge piles of tusks from around 6000 elephants at the Nairobi National park today. This is the largest pyre of its kind and the motive here is simple – to shock the world and make them understand the importance of saving endangered wildlife species. The Kenyan President further appealed for a complete ban on ivory trade to protect the endangered wildlife species on the African continent. He was joined by other African leaders in this appeal. Also Read - Haryana News: Shopping Malls Except in Faridabad, Gurugram Can Reopen; Restaurants at 50% Capacity

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We will never forget the thousands of animals murdered out of greed. Our stand against poaching remains stronger than ever. We can do this.#WorthMoreAlilve

Posted by Kenya Wildlife Service on Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ahead of the ceremony, the director of the Kenya wildlife service, Kitili Mbathi, spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme where he said: “The reason is to make a statement to the world that we are committed to conservation, and to underline the fact that we don’t believe that there ought to be any value attributed to ivory and rhino horn but on elephants and rhinos.”

A concern that has been voiced because of this act is that taking such a huge ivory stock (5% of the total supply) out of the market can lead to a desperate attempt to get more ivory from elephants. However, wildlife campaigners and conservationists feel that increasing benefits for preserving elephants at a global level will curb the demand. Either way, this bold move has indeed shocked the world and we hope that it serves the purpose of conserving wild elephants and rhinos.

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