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Today, on April 30 in Kenya flash fire that burns the highest number in the history of ivory - it will be destroyed 100 tons of illegally poached tusks and existing products of them.

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Ivory - a precious material for the manufacture of luxury items, usually from the tusks of elephants.

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The material is well processed by cutter and polished. Currently, the ivory is used primarily for the manufacture of small carvings and ornaments.

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The confiscated from poachers tusks of elephants, in April 2016, Kenya.

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From confiscated poached ivory fold mountains for future fires, Kenya, in April 2016.

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Due to the rapid reduction of elephant populations in many countries had introduced a complete or partial ban on the import and trade of this material. The greatest reduction in population was due to poachers during and before the 1980s.

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Sales of ivory is banned, then allowed.

In 1989, the UN introduced a 9-year moratorium on the ivory trade, so that there was a population growth and decline again, when the ban was lifted for the poorest countries with large populations of elephants. Many African countries, including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana, claim that the ivory trade is necessary both to stimulate their economies and to limit the number of elephants, allegedly harmful to the environment. In 2002, the United Nations partially lifted its ban on the ivory trade, allowing more countries to export a certain amount of ivory.

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Under pressure from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2007, eBay has banned all international sales of ivory products on their websites. The decision was made after a series of massacres of African elephants, the most notable of which was the killing of elephants in Zakouma in 2006 in Chad.

IFAW found that 90% of transactions with ivory concluded on eBay, violated its own rules of Wildlife and potentially illegal. In October 2008, eBay expanded the protections by prohibiting any transactions with ivory, including domestic.

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In the main poaching ivory is in China, where a pair of ivory chopsticks can fetch more than a thousand dollars, and the tusks carved go a hundred thousand apiece.

Kenya, April 2016. Folded mountains of contraband ivory. In view of the preceding paragraph, one can imagine how much it all costs. Bonfires blaze will be here a few days before the tusks of elephants and rhinoceros horns turn into ashes.

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In Kenya, elephant populations have fallen sharply in the decade before the 1989 ban, and it states that any legalization of the ivory trade anywhere in Africa poses a threat to elephants across Africa as poachers would try to legalize their illegal stocks through legitimate state warehouses.

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The fast-growing Chinese and numerous middle class, eager for ivory, depressing poverty in Africa, weak and corrupt government and a modern arsenal of tools to kill the powerful beasts - all come together in tragedy for African elephants. Result: annual ruthlessly destroyed 30,000 of these animals; from 2009 to 2012, the second killed 100 thousand - and change for the better in sight.

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Today epicenter of poaching has become East Africa. In June, the government of Tanzania has reported that over the past five years the country has lost 60 percent of its elephants: their number has decreased from 110 to less than 44 thousand. During the same time, neighboring Mozambique has lost about 48 percent of the elephants.

Local residents, including the poor peasants and begging rangers kill elephants to get real money, virtually without any risk - even if they are caught, the punishment will be symbolic.

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Confiscated smuggled elephant tusks, Kenya, in 2016.

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But in Central Africa from poaching sometimes a completely different background. Insurgents and terrorists use the proceeds from the illegal sale of the money to finance the paramilitaries; they mercilessly destroy the elephants not only in their own countries, sometimes wielding and the national park. Bandits commit kidnapping, forced prisoners to poach, and the Rangers, rangers, gets in the way, simply kill.

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The smuggling of ivory - an important source of funding for terrorist groups such as the Lord's Resistance Army, arranging the brutal attacks on Central African villages.

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Warehouse confiscated elephant tusks that are going to be destroyed.

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While in Europe, the Middle East and at the highest level in the United States to discuss how to stop the terrorists, whose activities are flourishing somewhere in the African national park to work out a modest huntsmen, carrying an AK-47 but a handful of bullets. Some of those who hold the defense - for all of us.

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Kenyan rangers on exercises.

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Hello, Baby!

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Good.

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Environmentalists say there is a real threat of extinction of elephants in the coming 50 years.

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The vulnerable giant.

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A herd of elephants in the Amboseli National Park.

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The historical area of ​​wild elephants in Asia is currently fragmented, illegal hunting for them continues. Elephants are close to extinction in China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia. In Myanmar, registered even steal home of elephants for ivory production.

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They find it difficult to survive. But they will try.

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