The illegal elephant ivory trade is driven by transnational organized crime syndicates.
They devastate elephant populations and undermine the rule of law, destabilize governments, and promote corruption.
Rangers and local communities are often caught in the crossfire of wildlife crime.
Why is Ivory illegal?
Owing to the rapid decline in the populations of the animals that produce it, the importation and sale of ivory in many countries is banned or severely restricted. The IFAW found that up to 90% of the elephant-ivory transactions on eBay violated their own wildlife policies and could potentially be illegal.
Is ivory trade legal?
International trade in elephant ivory is banned. However, many countries – including the UK, US, Thailand and Japan – have domestic markets where it is legal to buy and sell ivory certified as antique or coming from legal stockpiles.
Where is ivory trade illegal?
International ivory trade has been banned since 1990, but exchanges like this are why countries and territories around the world—including the U.S., U.K., France, and Taiwan—have been issuing near-total domestic ivory bans.
What can we do to stop the ivory trade?
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Are human teeth ivory?
Ivory is a banned substance in the United States, but thousands of elephants are routinely killed for their tusks–which are prized for their texture and softness, free of the enamel that covers most teeth. Majerus uses human teeth to create jewelry that is similar in appearance to pearls.
Why do elephants have to die when tusks are removed?
A tusk can be removed without killing the elephant.
But poachers use darts, poison and high-powered automatic rifles with night scopes to take elephants down and, while they are dying, the tusks are gouged out of from the living elephant’s skull. The elephants die an agonizing, slow death from hemorrhage.
How can I legally buy ivory?
Under Federal law, you can sell your African elephant ivory within your state (intrastate commerce) if you can demonstrate that your ivory was lawfully imported prior to the date that the African elephant was listed in CITES Appendix I (January 18, 1990).
How much are ivory tusks worth?
Poachers kill elephants for their valuable tusks — a single pound of ivory can sell for $1,500, and tusks can weigh 250 pounds.
Do elephant tusks grow back?
Elephant tusks do not grow back, but rhino horns do. An elephant’s tusks are actually its teeth — its incisors, to be exact. But once removed, these tusks don’t grow back.