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Elephant Tusks, Rhino Horns Seized in Kenya

World  (tags: Elephant tusks, rhino horns, Kenya, ivory, Wildlife, animals )

- 3102 days ago -
Two suspects were arrested over the weekend after authorities found two tons of raw elephant ivory and five rhinoceros horns at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Kenya Wildlife Service said Monday.


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Monica D (580)
Monday August 23, 2010, 9:40 pm
The destruction of these beautiful animals must be stopped.

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Monday August 23, 2010, 10:02 pm
It'll be interesting to see what these two mens punishment will be !! I hope it's swift and servere !!
noted .. TY Anna

gail dair (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 12:42 am
Thanks Anna

Susan L (150)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:21 am
I agree Cheryl!

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 5:53 am
Shoot poachers in the knees and throw them to the lions.

pam w (139)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 7:19 am
Now...THAT is a good idea, Julie! Political correctness be damned....

linda b (186)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 8:30 am
I hope they get long prison terms. Thank you Anna.

Paige G (10)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 11:04 am
I hope that they not only bring the poachers to justice but the consumers of these goods.

paul G (61)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 12:15 pm
They should be shot

Yvonne I (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 12:17 pm
they should be castrated; gaoled for a long time and then shot.

Margaret Skinner (94)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 12:34 pm

Margaret Skinner (94)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 12:35 pm

Lilo Prinz (23)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 12:37 pm
It makes my heart crying!

Kenneth L (314)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 12:45 pm
Regarding the rhino horns, ruin them some way so they would be no good for the poachers. Inject the horn with something non-toxic to the rhino. like liquid plastic or silicone or cement etc. No product equals no rhino deaths.

Gene Lingenfelter (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 1:09 pm
who and when will these people stop the murder of such beautiful animals????

Teresa P (128)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 1:14 pm sad.

Patricia W (5)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 1:26 pm
So very sad, the poaching of these beautiful creatures is Horrific, must somehow be stopped and stopped like NOW!!!

. (1)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 1:36 pm
Noted. thank you Anna.

. (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 1:44 pm
Noted, Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 1:49 pm
But for the sake of a trinket made of ivory, or a thimbleful of ground rhino horn, for some unproven cure,
We deprive a soul of the sun and light
And of that portion of life and time
It had been born into the world to enjoy.

alex croes (29)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 1:59 pm
Who is more gilty?the one that kill or the one that purchase?if there was no one to purchase there where no one to more of these ivory is coucht and burned,the same price of the ivory becomes more expensive becouse the one that just lost this stock is also not going to lose his money what he does is he sale the next stock more expensive,as he sale it more expensive,the number of elephants are also declining which makes it more dificult for the poachers,so what do they do in order to risk theyre lives and liberty in order to do this?they charge they charge more,more people realise this is becoming more and more profitable,so more and more the people go into this doing.instead if we hand these people the darts to just make these elephands sleep for two hours take theyre guns away in exchange,no more death elephants,and everybody happy.the thing is that many people like to feel themselves heroes,and in order to be a heroe they need to go to africa and spend so many man hours running threu the wild looking for the you realy think you gonna catch them?they are africans,they know the place like the palm of theyre hands,but its like in the us when they go hunt bears,here is a good eccuse to man hunt.kill them with the perfect escuse

Ana F (128)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:20 pm

Kris B (136)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:26 pm
People need to stop buying these products. Only education to help people change will stop the killing. For example...Old information like rhino horn cures certain things is untrue. But until the masses quit making a market these animals will continue to be hunted. China, Japan and every other country should not want these products in their country and that would stop the hunting. PLEASE DON'T BUY THESE PRODUCTS.

Graciela D (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:40 pm
What a shame! It's terrible

Edward Palma (15)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:41 pm
The people who kill these defenseless animals are barbaric, inhumane murderers. Those that purchase the ivory are just as guilty because it is their money that inspires the killing and propagates the trade of ivory. The killers should be severely punished and imprisoned along with their customers. In my opinion and that is all that it is, they should all be treated as pre-meditated murderers and receive the maximum sentences. I personally would like to see them all exterminated because they are useless mercenary trash that prey on defenseless wildlife. We don't need to clutter up the already cluttered prisons with these poor excuses for humanity. Make an example of them and give them the death penalty and maybe that will influence others who participate in these horrific slaughters. The worlds' wildlife population is a global treasure, and those that abuse animals or kill them for or fun or profit or both should be eliminated. Big Game hunters are just as bad, because they sadistically kill innocent wildlife for their own pleasure, just to hang a head on their wall. A disgusting practice that has no place on this earth.

Jennifer M (78)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:45 pm
Those people should be shot.

Kathy Meyer (2)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:03 pm
Hopefully they will receive a just punishment

Patricia W (5)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:10 pm
I could not have said it better myself Edward they should be punished severely

Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:18 pm

Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:26 pm
I hope they get a very severe punishment and incarcerated for a long time so they can't just go right back to doing it.

M B (62)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:35 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:36 pm
If there weren't buyers then this poaching would stop. Let's start prosecuting the middlemen and the buyers more vigorously.

josie batlles (44)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:01 pm
If poachers were given truly hard punishments then it would deter othres...poor sad. thank you very much for an interesting article x

Teresa K (33)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:05 pm
Sadly noted and thanks.

Tamila F (3)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:07 pm
It's out and out murder, they should be put away forever so they may never hurt another living soul.

. (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:13 pm
Are there any LAWS? Are they ENFORCED? Is there any actual PUNISHMENTS for this? Can't fathom what the market would be for these? This is Cruelty and Abuse to Animals and it needs to stop Globally!

Romila Lal (9)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:23 pm
I do not have words to express how bad and sad it is to see beautiful animals been killed for money. God I pray punish them according to your law.

. (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:52 pm
Heart breaking. I was hoping the animals had a chance at life finally

R T (14)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 5:24 pm
WHY DO WE HAVE RHINO POACHING? Elle Macpherson last month openly confessed that she uses powdered rhino horn and said: it really works for her. Yes she later claimed it was said as a joke but who believes that? Her original statement was the type of stupidity that keeps the myth going. Rhino horn is similar to our own hair and nails in composition so save yourselves the expense and chew your on them if you believe it will make you more beautiful or help your labido. Its people like that who should be arrested and sent to Africa and made to visit each and every Rhino kill and publisice the horror of what they see in the world press. Perhaps that would stop the demand and then the slaughter.
WHY DO WE HAVE ELEPHANT POACHING? The problem here is that Ivory makes the most beautiful jewelery and ornaments so again lets round up the buyers and ship them to Africa so they can see first hand the suffering they have caused.
Of cource they will have to be on the look out for our witch doctors because stupid supporters of poaching are high on there supply of body parts list.
Once again I would like to compliment all the members of the anti-poaching units, Game rangers and wardens and many other brave souls who daily put there lives at risk in the most difficult terrains, fighting the war against poaching your dedication and self sacrifice is appreciated by all the members of the CARE2 site.

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Tristan P (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 5:37 pm
Wow that picture is stunning, what a horrible waste to slaughter elephants or any other animal for profit

Allenby Dadisho G. (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 5:45 pm
The hunters of these beautiful animals, and the buyers of the bones and other parts of these killed animals, should be shot equally, and their bones thrown to the dogs, as both are the real killers of these beautiful animals.

Allenby George

Phil and Barbar b (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 6:20 pm
Anyone that kills these beautiful animals, for any reason, should suffer a slow and painful death, to see how these poor animals suffer!!!!!! Of course, the idiots that buy the ivory items, need to suffer just as much, since they keep the poachers in business!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James W (257)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 6:37 pm
Poachers need to be caught, no jail time, skin them alive!!! Then hang them.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 6:40 pm
This is terrible.

Joy M (167)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 7:08 pm
Oh my gosh! Those poachers need to have their fingers cut off, see how they like it.. It all comes down to money, always money...

Deborah w (3)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 8:28 pm
It's not right to murder these animals for a myth. Asians need to be educated on this subject.
There could education programs set up in those countries about how they are endangering these animals and why those cures are a myth.
Prevention is better than cure

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 8:47 pm
Noted, thanks.

MmAway M (519)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 9:19 pm
Dear Anna,

No words fit to print!!!

What is wrong with MANKIND???? I personally can't swallow!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 11:23 pm
I think Im going to be sick.

That photo is shocking.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:02 am
Noted. In some countries they are killing poachers on sight, a custom that every country should adopt. If there were ACTUAL consequences for these actions and not hand slaps, maybe the ego-maniac murderers would think again!

Jane Parker (70)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:20 am
Somebodys' bastards -cut their hands off!!!

The Bohemian Girl (23)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 3:01 am
Kenya is still part of the British commonwealth, why the heck is this issue not being raised in parliment?
And why arent our MP's talking about this at Prime ministers questions?, instead they talk about fixing a bloody pot-hole in a road.

Denise P (65)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 4:15 am
Unless people stop buying jewellery made from Ivory and stop this stupid belief that Rhino horn is so good for your skin (Elle McPherson) the killing of these animals will never stop. Last week I heard the "Naked Scientist" on the radio suggest that we start a rumour that Rhino horn has the AIDS virus in it. I think that's a very good suggestion. The Chinese and Vietnamese would most probably fall for it, as they believe anything!

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 5:27 am
Put the same rules into effect for ivory and for rhino horn as currently exist for blood diamonds. Outlaw all trading.

Angela Weber (27)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:14 am
Demand and supply. I believe that the people buying this horribly gained material are even more to blame. People buying the products made of tusks and horns are surely more educated and well-off than the starving murderers in Africa. I would fine/jail/punish everyone involved!

Paula Menyuk (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:29 am
We need to find ways to prevent the destruction of these exceptional animals. The best way might be to forbid the sale of ivory.

Roberta Z (16)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 8:05 am
Hope the poachers and smugglers are severely punished.

Gary C (5)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 9:11 am
sadly noted

Jean A (14)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 11:41 am
No different then the black bear tied to a tree and cutting his claws off and teeth and letting dogs kill him. We have people that like to be sadistic. Ivory has a price tag on it and that is why elephants are killed, and rhinos also. Money is one reason and being sadistic is another. The Government should make stricter rules but if it is Parliament in UK they really don't care that much about animals. Extinction is real but ignorance is also. People who pay the price for ivory are stupid so God help them. Rhino powder is a myth.

Julija M (2)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 3:43 pm
good job Kenya, hope all the African countries follow suit

Vera T (2)
Friday August 27, 2010, 1:17 am
Punish them severely there are too many poachers who get off scot free but the main culprits are the far east who demand the tusks and hornsl

Marıanna M. (0)
Sunday August 29, 2010, 9:17 am
when enough is enough

Dianne D (490)
Friday September 3, 2010, 11:11 am
What a shame. They need to shoot to kill all poachers, buyers and sellers of these items.
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