Hugh Paxton’s Blog welcomes the Philippines to the fight against elephant poaching.
Manila is going to destroy five tonnes of confiscated tusks.
The tusks originated in Tanzania (or didn’t). They came to the Phillippines from Tanzania anyway. My sources indicate they came from Congo, DRC, CAR. Possibly even Sudan.
I’m shifting to AFP.
“ The seized tusks represent a portion of the 13.1 tonnes of Tanzanian elephant tusks seized in 2005 and 2009 that are kept in a government vault.”
This action according to Theresa Lim of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau is designed to send a message that the Phils “is against the illegal trade of ivory and the merciless massacre of elephants.”
Theresa, you are doing good work! But why not destroy all of it? If you’ve got 13 tonnes why only destroy 5 tonnes?
We all know about blood diamonds. Maybe less people know about blood ivory.
It kills everybody and every elephant involved.
Time now, Manila, to intercept the increasing tons of ivory sneaking through the port. Because the ivory is increasing.
Hugh in Bangkok