Major breakthrough by authorities in China in the clampdown on criminal syndicates behind the illegal smuggling of ivory.
Court case verdict reveals true scale of 2011’s “Annus horribilis” for African Elephants.
These seizures had not previously been officially reported to ETIS and brings the total weight of ivory seized in 2011 to a staggering 46.5 tonnes, a figure 2.5 times the average of 18.6 tonnes for the period 1996–2011. The previous worst year on record was 32.7 tonnes in 2009.
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