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2013-05-06 21:41
Chinese actress and United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador Li Bingbing speaks about the illegal ivory trade at a press conference held at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi. (Ben Curtis, AP)

Chinese actress and United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador Li Bingbing speaks about the illegal ivory trade at a press conference held at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi. (Ben Curtis, AP)

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Nairobi - Chinese actress Li Bingbing is in Kenya to bring attention to the growing problem of elephants slaughtered for the international ivory trade.

Bingbing on Tuesday urged governments and consumers to combat the illegal wildlife trade. She told a news conference that Africa's poaching crisis raises major concerns about the survival of elephants and rhinos in Kenya. She noted that such deaths are linked to organised crime and the funding of armed militias.

Former NBA star Yao Ming has also visited Kenya to raise awareness about the ivory trade. Most African ivory is shipped to Asia, especially to China.

The United Nations says the number of elephants illegally killed in Africa has doubled in 10 years.

Bingbing has starred in high-profile English-language films, including Resident Evil and The Forbidden Kingdom.

Read more on:    kenya  |  china  |  east africa  |  conservation  |  animals

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