Throughout history, the black market of ivory and horn has ebbed and flowed. Every so often, there come windows of opportunity to put an end to it altogether. Momentum is with us and that time is now.
Kenya was one of the first countries to take a stand and destroy its ivory stockpile in 1989. Since then it’s become a symbol of conservation, a declaration of war against the poaching syndicates.
The Philippines, US and Hong Kong have all destroyed their stockpiles within the last year. France, Chad and Tanzania are the most recent countries to join the bandwagon.
As the fourth most lucrative illegal crime worldwide worth $19 billion, wildlife trafficking is gaining attention.
Last week the London summit for illegal wildlife trade brought together government officials from 50 countries. The focus was on specific actions of law enforcement and reducing demand for elephants, rhinos and tigers.
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