29 Apr '15, 10am

UAE destroys 10 tonnes of confiscated ivory. See @CITES SG remarks

UAE destroys 10 tonnes of confiscated ivory. See @CITES SG remarks

CITES Secretary-General's remarks to the first destruction of confiscated elephant ivory in the United Arab Emirates John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 29 April 2015 The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Environment and Water, which serves as the Management Authority of CITES. The Dubai Municipality, together with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, which serves as the Scientific Authority of CITES. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Government of the United Arab Emirates, and to the Dubai Municipality, for inviting me to witness the destruction of more than 10 tonnes of confiscated elephant ivory and I regret that I am unable to make it to Dubai in person. ----- Despite considerable efforts to combat wildlife crime, it continues to be a major problem worldwide. The poaching of African elephants and the illegal...

Full article: http://cites.org/eng/uae_ivory_destruction_2015

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