25 Jul '11, 6am

5 Tons of Elephant Ivory Set on Fire by Kenya's President (VIDEO) | Care2 Causes

On this subject we always hear from those who have never set foot in Africa claiming that there is some justification for the poaching of elephants in game parks because of “poverty”. I know for some it goes against the grain to listen to an opinion of one born and raised in Kenya; but here goes: Large numbers of ordinary Kenyans working in the tourism industry (One of Kenya’s largest industries). This industry would collapse tomorrow without the presence of Kenya’s wildlife that includes, surprise, surprise elephants! The tourism industry pays taxes (poachers do not) that indirectly support many poor people. A child of 10 in Kenya would tell you that poachers are criminals with no regard for other Kenyans. Modern ivory poachers are career criminals with an above average lifestyle. Grow up; have you ever seen an elephant in the bush close up? No thought not, before you can...

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