Earlier this week the United States government destroyed its national ivory stockpile, nearly six tons of elephant ivory, representing the majority of ivory seized from American tourists and traffickers since the late 1980s.
My take, pre- and post-event for National Geographic, is available here:
- Opinion: U.S. Ivory Crush Should Be Just a First Step National Geographic, Nov 12, 2013
- Historic U.S. Ivory Crush a Call to Global Action National Geographic, Nov 15, 2013
National Geographic’s short film on the Ivory Crush:
Priest at center of international controversy
…“[If these were true,] we see violations of the CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), Wildlife Conservation Act, Anti-Fencing Law, Customs Code and others,” he said.
“Without judging before hearing, Oposa said his group had asked the Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation and Department of Environment and Natural Resources to investigate the people responsible for the illegal trade in the country.
“We have also asked the Interpol to conduct an investigation on the people behind this illegal wildlife syndicate,” he said.
“It has long been known in the international circles that the Philippines is a source, a buyer and a conduit in the illegal wildlife trade. This must stop,” Oposa added. Read More