I am a proud Kenyan – The fact that Kenya has said no to poaching, yes to conserving and protecting Elephants, Rhinos and many other species makes me so happy.
When I learnt that Kenya will be burning it’s pile of seized ivory on the 30th of April 2016, I was delighted but at the same time I was sad. My sadness was not because of the act of burning the ivory, it was brought about from the representation of the of the pile of ivory that the country has stocked over the years.
You see, a pair of elephant horns represents one dead elephant. If you have been watching the news, you must have watched the ongoing preparations being undertaken for this huge ceremony. The pile is huge – I mean it amounts to tonnes and tonnes of horns. Do the math and tell me how many elephants and rhinos have been slaughtered over the past years to accumulate such a huge carrying.
The dwindling numbers of elephants and rhinos all over Africa is at a rise. Every single day these animals are hunted and killed – and for what really; jewellery and medicine? What hasn’t modern medicine not healed that the horns of these animals would heal? We have so many raw materials that make way beautiful jewellery, so why not use those and leave the elephants alone with their horns which comes as part of their beauty.
Do you know, that rhino horn has nothing your own nails don’t have.
I support the campaign #WorthMoreAlive . I support the burning of the ivory because it means that the sole purpose or need of the ivory won’t be met and it also echoes our voice to the rest of the world, that we are standing as one by putting an end to poaching and of course we are closing the gap to the illegal trade of ivory.
I support this campaign so that the rest of the world can see the sense in ending this trade that is robbing the earth and the future generation of this magnificent animals of the wild. I support the many organizations that have taken the lead to protect and care for these animals. The efforts that they make to monitor and treat these beauties. I support this campaign and many others because I am tired of seeing calves roaming helplessly besides the bodies of their slaughtered families.
I support this campaign because I want humanity to return to human-beings and for peace to return in the wild.
Each one of us has a stake in ending poaching by speaking about it and supporting these initiatives and campaigns. Stop buying jewellery made from Ivory. Sensitize communities about conserving the forests that these animals call home and help shun medicinal myths that exists in some communities across the world.
Let is teach our children the importance of caring and protecting these animals. Let us also fund these organizations so that they can continue to track, monitor, treat and rehabilitate these animals back to the wild.
Pictures courtesy of Boni Oloo