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Singapore crushes ivory from around 300 elephants to deter illegal trade

By Chen Lin

 

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Ivory, seized from various shipments in past years, is laid out to be crushed by the National Parks Board (NParks) at a facility in Singapore August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

 

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore started crushing nine tonnes worth of elephant ivory on Tuesday, in what authorities said was the biggest such event globally in recent years and signalled the island nation's fight against illegal trade in wildlife.

 

The city-state, a nautical way point in shipments of banned animal products between Africa and Asia, is destroying tusks worth an estimated S$18 million ($13 million) including a record 8.8 tonne seizure last year which authorities said came from nearly 300 African elephants.

 

In the event, streamed online, workers in hard hats were seen emptying trolley-loads of tusks into a skip where they were then pulverised by an industrial rock crusher.

 

The crushing process may take several days and the fragments will then be incinerated.

 

"The destruction of the ivory... will prevent it from re-entering the market and will disrupt the global supply chain of illegally traded ivory," the National Parks Board said of the event, which comes ahead of Wednesday's World Elephant Day.

 

An estimated 100 African elephants are killed every day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remaining, environmentalists estimate. A large chunk of the demand for ivory comes from Asian countries such as China and Vietnam, where it is turned into jewels and ornaments.

 

As well as taking a tough stance on transited products, Singapore said last year it would ban the domestic trade in ivory from September 2021.

 

"Elephant poaching is at crisis levels in Asia and Africa due to the illegal trade," said R. Raghunathan, CEO of World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore.

 

Raghunathan said the city-state's ivory crush and other initiatives underlined its determination to "stamp out the illicit transit of wildlife products through Singapore".

 

Neighbouring Malaysia destroyed 9.55 tonnes of seized elephant tusks in 2016.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-08-11
 

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Seam to remember there is a fat bloke with a big gun and BBQ that popped up only today dogging jail again who has a house full of tusks and no mention of charges 🤔 

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How about life in jail or the death penalty for those dealing with, caught with or associated with anything to do with elephants being killed for their tusks, death by elephant sitting on then or ramming them with their tusks.

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Well done Singapore for taking the lead.  Perhaps law criminalising possession of Ivory, no matter how old, would be appropriate.

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Seems like a strange thought process.  If you remove the ivory from the supply there will be less of it making prices rise.  It would seem the only way to prevent the killing of elephants for their ivory is to punish severely those caught poaching and those caught trafficking in ivory. 

 

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What is needed is some scientist to splice ivory jeans unto a cucumber plant or banana tree. Grow an elephant that grows five sets of tusk a year might do. Lab created diamonds are possible so why not lab grown tusks ?

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