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Ethiopian govt burns 6.1 tons of ivory to discourage poaching of elephants

  • Ethiopian authorities assemble a pile of 6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry to be burned on a wooden pyre that government officials set alight to discourage poaching and the ivory trade, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, March 20, 2015. Ethiopia became the second African country this year to burn its ivory stockpile as global efforts increase for the conservation of elephants, a vulnerable species whose numbers are quickly dwindling as they are killed for their ivory tusks. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

    Ethiopian authorities assemble a pile of 6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry to be burned on a wooden pyre that government officials set alight to discourage poaching and the ivory trade, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, March 20, 2015. Ethiopia became the second African country this year to burn its ivory stockpile as global efforts increase for the conservation of elephants, a vulnerable species whose numbers are quickly dwindling as they are killed for their ivory tusks. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)  (The Associated Press)

  • A pile of 6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry is burned on a wooden pyre that government officials set alight to discourage poaching and the ivory trade, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, March 20, 2015. Ethiopia became the second African country this year to burn its ivory stockpile as global efforts increase for the conservation of elephants, a vulnerable species whose numbers are quickly dwindling as they are killed for their ivory tusks. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

    A pile of 6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry is burned on a wooden pyre that government officials set alight to discourage poaching and the ivory trade, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, March 20, 2015. Ethiopia became the second African country this year to burn its ivory stockpile as global efforts increase for the conservation of elephants, a vulnerable species whose numbers are quickly dwindling as they are killed for their ivory tusks. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)  (The Associated Press)

  • A pile of 6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry is burned on a wooden pyre that government officials set alight to discourage poaching and the ivory trade, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, March 20, 2015. Ethiopia became the second African country this year to burn its ivory stockpile as global efforts increase for the conservation of elephants, a vulnerable species whose numbers are quickly dwindling as they are killed for their ivory tusks. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

    A pile of 6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry is burned on a wooden pyre that government officials set alight to discourage poaching and the ivory trade, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, March 20, 2015. Ethiopia became the second African country this year to burn its ivory stockpile as global efforts increase for the conservation of elephants, a vulnerable species whose numbers are quickly dwindling as they are killed for their ivory tusks. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)  (The Associated Press)

Black smoke is billowing into the air of the Ethiopian capital as 6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry burn on a wooden pyre that government officials set alight to discourage poaching and the ivory trade.

Ethiopia becomes the second African country this year to burn its ivory stockpile as global efforts increase for the conservation of elephants, a vulnerable species whose numbers are quickly dwindling as they are killed for their ivory tusks.

Dawud Mome, Director General of the Ethiopian Wildlife and Conservation Authority, said Friday the ivory being burnt was confiscated from various people in the last 20 years. Most of the ivory was being smuggled through Ethiopia to a third country, he says.