WCS Applauds Government for Rejection of International Trade in Ivory from Threatened Elephant Populations
A Statement Issued by Dr. James Deutsch, Executive Director for the Africa Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society
NEW YORK (June 28, 2012)—“Gabon becomes the second African country, after Kenya, to completely reject the ivory trade by burning their valuable stockpiles of confiscated and recovered elephant ivory.
When Kenya first did this in 1989, it helped lead to an international ban on trade in ivory, and that led to a collapse in the price of ivory and a remarkable recovery of East Africa’s elephants and tourism industry. We hope that Gabon’s courageous and symbolic action will have a similar impact, spearheading the protection and recovery of Central Africa’s critically endangered forest elephants.
WCS applauds Gabon President Ali Bongo and parks head Lee White, and we are proud that our staff member Mike Fay helped plan and lobby for this important gesture.”
WCS’s elephant conservation efforts in Gabon are made possible through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Elephant Conservation Fund, the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, and other generous supporters.
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