Boost for fight against ivory poaching

2012-04-06 19:39

Johannesburg - Wildlife conservationists say two African nations are taking strong steps against the illegal ivory trade.

WWF said in a Friday statement the Central African nation of Gabon will burn its entire ivory stockpile in upcoming months. They also commended the West African nation of Cameroon for giving fines and prison terms to poachers.

They say Gabon's move will prevent the ivory from getting into the black market.

Wildlife officials say governments and international organisations met this week in Gabon to forge more co-operation against wildlife crime in the region.

The meeting follows an increase in elephant poaching in Cameroon. This past year has seen an unprecedented increase in poaching of elephants for their tusks, which are smuggled mainly to China and Thailand.

  • christo.stone - 2012-04-06 20:55

    Seriously...these freakin Asians need to wake the F up...Animals aren't there for them to loot and plunder to their superstitious desires! Bloody fools and imbeciles!

  • edward.herbst - 2012-04-07 08:12

    if you really think that Gabon and Cameroon are doing any thing at all about the ivory problem then you are dreaming ... These are among the most corrupt country's in Africa if not the most corrupt . All you need to do is grease the right palms and you are free to do as you wish. looks good on paper but lets see results.

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