27 Jun '12, 8pm

Gabon burns tons of ivory, sending message that illegal ivory trade & poaching will not be tolerated

Gabon burns tons of ivory, sending message that illegal ivory trade & poaching will not be tolerated

Gabon's seized ivory goes up in smoke beckoning in a new era in the country's commitment to put an end to poaching and other wild life crimes. © James Morgan Photography The government of Gabon, a sovereign state on the west coast of Africa, set fire to over five tons of ivory today—sending a strong message that the illegal ivory trade and elephant poaching will not be tolerated in the country. The government-held stockpile corresponds to about 850 elephants and came from ivory seized from poachers who illegally killed the animals. "Gabon has a policy of zero tolerance for wildlife crime and we are putting in place the institutions and laws to ensure this policy is enforced," said President Ali Bongo, who lit the bonfire which included 1,278 elephant tusks and 17,700 pieces of worked ivory. Illegal ivory seized by authorities in Gabon had been stored in secure locations pr...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2012/WWFPres...

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