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Anger over elephant killings

A family of 12 elephants have been slaughtered and their tusks hacked off in the worst recorded ivory poaching incident in Kenya's history, prompting calls for action to tackle the illegal trade.

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Around 34 tonnes of ivory seized in 2012

  • An estimated 25,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in 2011.
  • Around 34 tonnes of ivory was seized in 2012.
  • Nearly 85 per cent of all ivory seized had come from or passed through East Africa.
  • The number of animals that died for their tusks doubled in less than two years to approximately 360 in 2012.

Information from the Kenya Wildlife Service, National Geographic and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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