WWF-ANPN : US follows Gabon’s lead in fight against ivory traffickers
Libreville, Gabon (14 November 2013) - The United States on Thursday publicly destroyed six tons of confiscated elephant ivory tusks, following a precedent set by Gabon when the country’s president Ali Bongo personally set fire to its seized ivory stock in June 2012.
“Gabon was the first country, to send a clear and loud signal that it is determined to put an end to wildlife criminality by destroying its entire ivory stockpile,” according to Lee White, head of Gabon’s National Parks Agency.
“We congratulate the United States for sending the same signal, which we hope will be heard around the world.”
“We also encourage other states to do the same and fully audit and publicly destroy their seized ivory stocks,” White added.
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