Duration: 15 minutes - "July 19, 1989. Kenya’s President, Daniel Arap Moi, stands before a large pile of elephant tusks.President Moi tells the crowd of people. “To stop the poacher from killing elephants, the trader must also be stopped.
And to stop the trader, the final buyer must be persuaded not to buy ivory. I appeal to people all over the world to stop buying ivory.”
Read an important article about the ivory trade and elephants here. The international ban on ivory trade was introduced in 1989 however in 2009 the ivory trade was once again made legal, hence the widespread slaughter of elephants by poachers since, even in National Parks. (Entry from www.rhinos-irf.org blog 17-Nov-09 )
Over 25 years later, the ivory trade has been resumed, resulting in the massive slaughter of countless elephant families.
Post and Video courtesy of Ryan Geerstma.
Is there any way to stop it? Elephants are beautiful, majestic and intelligent animals and can live to be 70 years old..
In the 1930s and 40s there were approximately three million elephants world-wide. Today there are less than 700,000 elephants left.
(While people continue to sell and buy ivory and ivory products, poachers will continue to kill elephants. If new ivory is made illegal to sell and purchase, then poachers will have no market, and therefore no reason to kill elephants. The biggest danger to elephants are those that sell and buy ivory, without them, no poacher would have a reason to kill elephants for money. - S.D. - GMP Online Publisher)
In June of 2013, that is what the Philippines destroyed five tons of this material. They kept 106 pieces. Some went back to Kenya, where the ivory had come from. And the Philippines saved some to use for training and education purposes. Mundita Lim is the director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. She told National Geographic magazine:
“The destruction of these things would hopefully bring the Philippines’ message across the world. This country is serious and will not accept illegal wildlife trade. This country will not accept the continuous killing of elephants for ivory trade.”
Other countries hope to spread the same message. They will not support the ivory trade. They have also destroyed their ivory collections, or are planning to destroy them. But is this the best way? Some experts disagree. That is because some ivory pieces have important historical meaning.
In 2014 Britain held a conference where people discussed illegal wildlife trade. The UK’s Independent newspaper reported that at this conference Prince William said he wanted to destroy all of the ivory in the UK’s royal collection. This includes more than 1,200 pieces. The collection includes old paintings, carvings, and gifts from other countries to the UK. David Harper is
an expert in art and old valuables.