Deadliest year yet for Africa’s rhinos and elephants

  • By EAL
  • December 27, 2012

In 2011, an estimated 40 tonnes of illegal ivory was seized worldwide, representing thousands of dead elephants. So far this year about 28 tonnes has reportedly been seized but the number is expected to climb as more data comes in.

“The last four years since 2009 are four of our five highest volume years in illegal ivory trade,” said Milliken who manages Traffic’s Elephant Trade Information System.

Ivory smuggling has also been linked to conflict, and last week the United Nations Security Council called for an investigation into the alleged involvement in the trade of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda.
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