Stop Ivory Grant
Due to a generous donation from Edith McBean, we are proud to announce a grant to Stop Ivory in support of Kenya’s historic ivory burn to take place this Saturday, April 30th, 2016. The Government of Kenya, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, will set fire to over 100 tons of ivory in front of the world’s media, heads of state, renowned conservationists, celebrities, and several hundred guests who will gather at Nairobi National Park to witness Kenya make its boldest statement yet on wildlife, ivory, and the future of its elephants.
Supported by the Kenya Wildlife Service and Stop Ivory, this will be Kenya’s fourth and by far largest destruction of ivory, taking place at a time when worldwide concern for elephants has arguably never been greater.
Critically, the burn is happening just ahead of the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, where crucial decisions concerning the future of the world’s remaining elephant populations will be taken. With 182 parties, CITES is viewed by many as one of the world’s most important multilateral environmental agreements. Many are hoping that Kenya’s Ivory Burn will act as a rallying call to all African range states to demand the close of ivory markets at CITES in Johannesburg this September.
PHOTO CREDIT: Carl De Souza (AFP/FILE)