why we should Let elephants live - say no to Ivory.
As the debate raged on and on Save the jumbo! Sell the ivory! .The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (Cities) carried the day for saving the elephant at the 15th Cities Conference , held at Doha Qatar. The convention celebrates its 2oth anniversary in 1989. Killing Jumbos for tusks is illegal, while selling ivory from elephants that have died of natural causes is occasionally allowed.
Tanzania and Zambia lobbied to be allowed a one - off permission to sell its stocks of ivory. Kenya and the other East African community members such as Uganda and DRC Congo opposed the proponents of sell the ivory. Today there is a booming market for ivory product and rhino horns in the Asian market and in turn this has created demand for these products. This has led to increase in poaching in recent time.
In 1989 Kenya burnt her entire stockpile of ivory though it would have fetched a tidy some and may be even reduced the pressure on demand for foreign currency at the time. Indeed it’s only the conservationists who saw the sense of burning the ivory rather make a quick buck. Around this time the country was experiencing a difficult economic time and it would have seemed prudent to sell rather than burn the Ivory as the economy. In the long run this action has paid because the number elephant killed by poacher reduced drastically.
Kenyan parks and Tanzanian parks are annexed at the boundary of the sister country and animals roam back and fro without any restriction. Infact the seven natural wonder of the world the annual wildebeest migration circle. The amazing East African annual Great Migration of wildebeest and other herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the magnificent spectacles on earth. The question that begs to be answered is whose elephant are they. Are they Kenyan Elephant or Tanzanian Elephants?
The elephants are east African elephant Bravo for saving our jumbos. Today East Africans least you forget you are only custodian of the is a worlds heritages.