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Asian Demand for Ivory Leads ‘Unprecedented Assault’ on African Elephants

Asian Demand for Ivory Leads ‘Unprecedented Assault’ on African Elephants

Photo © Elizabeth John / TRAFFIC A record number of at least 13 large-scale ivory seizures in 2011, along with continued elephant killings in Africa, indicate that the illegal ivory trade is thriving — thanks to demand from Asia. In addition, records from “hundreds of smaller ivory seizures” are currently being compiled by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. Trinkets and jewelry carved from elephant tusks are still considered symbols of wealth and status, especially in China, which is a major destination of illicit ivory shipments from African countries. African wildlife paying the ultimate price Dr. Tom Millken of TRAFFIC told The Guardian that 23 tonnes of ivory were seized in 2011, representing at least 2,500 elephants. Photo © Elizabeth John / TRAFFIC He added that elephants and other African wildlife were paying the price of “China’s investment drive” acros...

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