Wednesday, December 12, 2012

They died to become chopsticks, bookmarks and other trinkets

 Photo: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

Immense Cache of Smuggled Ivory Is Seized in Malaysia      

From the New York Times

 NAIROBI, Kenya — Malaysian authorities said Tuesday that they had uncovered more than 1,000 smuggled elephant tusks hidden in secret compartments in two shipments of mahogany, a staggeringly large seizure that several conservationists said was the biggest in history. 

“It’s extremely depressing,” said Iain Douglas-Hamilton, one of the world’s most renowned elephant researchers, who has been studying the ivory trade for more than 30 years. “The price of ivory is making this situation insane.” 

Yes, I know, tis the season to be jolly and decking the halls with boughs of holly, but the news on the latest cache of elephant ivory is too terrible to ignore.

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