On April 30, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta lit a fire in Nairobi National Park that would ultimately consume one hundred tons of elephant tusks. In an editorial, President Kenyatta wrote that his intent was to, “do my part to destroy any possibility that poachers and their accomplices might benefit from the slaughter of Kenya’s elephants.” His thinking is right on target.
One hundred tons; 7,000 elephants. Not just 7,000 murdered elephants, but the turmoil of their families and the suffering of orphans slowly starving. Few crimes are more egregious in their destructiveness and cruelty.
“Let me also be perfectly clear,” Kenyatta continued, “We impose some of the toughest penalties anywhere on earth for wildlife and natural heritage crimes.”