• Short Summary

    The rising price of ivory on the world market is threatening Kenya's elephants - and the wild life based tourist industry.

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    The rising price of ivory on the world market is threatening Kenya's elephants - and the wild life based tourist industry.

    The price of ivory has increased tenfold in the last six years and now stands about 70 U.S dollars a kilo (GBP 28 for 2.2lbs.)
    The high prices are leading to the increased slaughter of elephants by poachers sager to cash in on the world market.

    For ivory is fast becoming one of the world's most sought after commodities and is being hoarded as a hedge against inflation alongside Old Masters and antiques, apart from its more traditional uses.

    A recent case before the Kenyan courts involved the killing of 122 elephants for their ivory.

    Now the issue of shooting licences to new applicants has been halted for six months and all "collectors" licences permitting the recovery of ivory resulting from natural death, has been withdrawn.

    Mr. John Mutinda, Chief Game Warden of Tsavo Game Park was asked about conservation measures.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA82OUHQM2Z0UDR6VU6SJST596J
    Media URN:
    VLVA82OUHQM2Z0UDR6VU6SJST596J
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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