Elephant in the room

Print edition : October 28, 2016

Police officials display tusks weighing 38 kg, which were seized from Sakleshapura in Karnataka, a 2008 picture. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Elephant tusks, ivory figurines and rhinoceros horns being burnt at the Nairobi National Park on April 30. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta lit the world’s biggest ivory bonfire after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end “murderous” trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild. Photo: FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP

Karnataka is undecided on burning the 22 tonnes of elephant tusks in its possession, though the message from around the world is to destroy ivory stockpiles.
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