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20.07.2009 International

International Community asked to ban sale of ivory

By VOANEWS
International Community asked to ban sale of ivory
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Kenyan Wildlife Officials have called on the International Community to make the ban on the sale of Ivory permanent.  The officials have warned that elephants in Kenya are again in danger because the sale of elephant ivory is lucrative business.  They said unless the ban on the ivory trade becomes permanent, elephants will be slaughtered. 

The Head of Species and Conservation Management at the Kenya Wildlife Service, Patrick Omondi ,said poachers venture into the country's national parks and kill elephants for their tusks.  He said Game Wardens fight back to protect the herds, but added that fighting back alone is not enough.  It has been 20 years now since the International community banned the sale of Ivory to protect endangered animals

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