The Ivory Trade Has Gone Industrial

  • By ELI
  • October 2, 2013

So far, official data says 90 elephants have died in Zimbabwe from cyanide used to poison salt licks at watering holes.
The actual death toll could be as high as 100.

This is among the worst ecological disasters ever seen in Zimbabwe. 
The list of those responsible is long, longer than you might think: poachers, traffickers, bribed officials in many countries from Africa all the way to Asia, customs, shipping companies, transit countries, businessmen, ivory shops and ivory buyers, including those in the U.S. and Europe.

But if we have to pick one our choice is China.
Most of the ivory is going there and we don’t see yet a real desire to stop it.

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Photo credits: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo


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