December 30, 2011

Horrible Year for Elephant Poaching

Erin Conway-Smith, Global Post


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A record number of large ivory seizures took place in 2011, a "horrible year" for elephants, the wildlife trade monitoring group Traffic said.

There were at least 13 seizures of more than 800 kg of elephant tusks in 2011, compared to six large seizures in 2010, Traffic said on its website.

The weight of the 13 largest seizures this year would be equivalent to more than 23 tons of ivory, or some 2,500 elephants.

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TAGGED: Ivory, Poaching, Elephants

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