01 Jan '12, 3pm

A Boom Year for Illicit Elephant Ivory: Once hundreds of small ivory seizures are accounted for, 2011 could prov...

If you think you had a bad year, spare a thought for Africa’s elephants. They are being killed in ever greater numbers for their ivory, which is smuggled these days mostly to Asia. Rising wealth has led to a boom in demand there in recent years. Reuters Kenyan officers inspecting tusks seized at a warehouse in Mombasa in late December. The 13 largest hauls of ivory intercepted by customs officials around the world in 2011 weighed in at a combined 23 tons, probably taken from more than 2,500 slain elephants, according to Traffic , an international organization that monitors wildlife trade. 2011 “has truly been a horrible year for elephants,” Tom Milliken, Traffic’s elephant expert, said in a press release detailing the organization’s preliminary findings for the year. Once the records of hundreds of smaller ivory seizures are included, 2011 could well prove to be the worst ...

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