Vandals Deface Iconic Mombasa Ivory Tusks With Anti-Poaching Message
The Star, Kenya
October 3, 2014
The elephant tusks that welcome visitors to Mombasa were painted red early Friday morning with a strong message denouncing ivory trade.
"Mombasa not 4 Ivory export," read the message.
The vandals, said to have defaced the property on Moi Avenue street at around 2.30am, are unknown.
The county government has issued a strict warning against those undermining the county's beautification project. Wildlife activists, however took to social media supporting the message and the action.
"This is a gud (sic) message for people who still conduct ivory trade, to get the tusk the elephant has to bleed. Bloody tusks, just like the bloody diamond," CM Jimmie posted on the Kenya For Wildlife Facebook page.
"While everyone is complaining about this, someone actually made an effort as an individual to stop poaching or to fight for the rights of animals. Fantastic idea and kudos to the team and the creative thought that may have sparked it. Time to put your money where your mouth is," Fatima Ali Mohamed wrote.
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