Ivory tusks destroyed in Philippines

2013-06-21 12:01
Seized elephant tusks. (Peter Busomoke, AFP)

Seized elephant tusks. (Peter Busomoke, AFP)

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Manila – The Philippine government is destroying more than five tons of smuggled elephant tusks worth an estimated $10m to show it is fighting the illegal ivory trade.

According to the government's wildlife bureau, the US Agency for International Development and the anti-wildlife-trafficking Freeland Foundation, it is the biggest known destruction of elephant ivory outside Africa, where most smuggled tusks originate.

Workers were using a backhoe on Friday to crush the tusks.

The stockpiles have been seized by Philippine authorities since 2009. The Southeast Asian nation has been used as a transit route between Africa and the rest of Asia, particularly China and Thailand, for smuggled ivory.

Ivory can fetch up to $2 000/km on the black market and more than $50 000 for an entire tusk.
 




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