China Lauded for Efforts Against Illegal Ivory Trade

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China Lauded for Efforts Against Illegal Ivory Trade

The United Nations has congratulated Chinese authorities for destroying six tonnes of confiscated ivory in an effort to combat the illegal trade in elephant tusks.

Six Tonnes of Ivory Destroyed at Landmark Event in China.

Six tonnes of confiscated ivory were destroyed by the authorities in China, Monday, in an effort to combat the illegal trade in elephant tusks.

The seized ivory was fed into crushing machines in the southern city of Dongguan, in what was described as the first public destruction of ivory in China.

According to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), elephant poaching in Africa could lead to local extinctions if the present killing rates continue.

 

The situation is particularly acute in Central Africa, where the estimated poaching rates are twice the continental average.

"The largest remaining land mammal on the planet is facing one of the greatest crises to hit the species in decades. The latest CITES data estimates that some 47,000 animals were killed in Africa in 2011 and 2012."

The UN estimates that over 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in monitored sites in 2011 alone. Overall figures may be much higher.

"Yet, there is reason for optimism. International cooperation is paving the way towards improved law enforcement and increased efforts to reduce demand. These efforts need to be stepped up and strengthened to produce the desired results."

"We have also seen the destruction of ivory stockpiles across range, transit and demand states: in the Philippines, the Gabon, the US and China among others. As well as create critical public awareness, such actions send a clear message that wildlife crime will not be tolerated," he added.

 

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Published date, 8 Jan, 2014

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