New capital of the U.S. ivory commerce: Washington, D.C.?


The seat of energy in the United States seems to be the new hub of the nation’s ivory commerce, in keeping with a report launched Wednesday.

Washington, D.C., had thrice extra ivory gadgets on the market than 10 years earlier, the report discovered, and greater than any of the six main U.S. cities and 6 U.S. states surveyed.

The report, revealed this week by TRAFFIC, a non-profit that displays the wildlife commerce, gives a snapshot of the ivory commerce in the U.S. based mostly on gadgets on the market present in adverts and retailers over a seven-week interval — and offers additional proof that current clampdowns have but to choke off the illicit commerce for good. In truth, crackdowns in California and New York triggered their ivory markets to plunge, in keeping with the report. Sadly, it seems to have merely shifted the downside elsewhere.

“Limiting ivory trafficking at the state level is a really important step towards closing the illicit U.S. market entirely,” Peter LaFontaine of the Worldwide Fund for Animal Welfare, a collaborator on the new report, advised Nationwide Geographic. “[But] we want to avoid the ‘whack-a-mole’ scenario where ivory dealers simply pack up and move across a state border.”

A surge in demand for ivory lately has fueled a poaching disaster: Each quarter-hour, an African elephant is killed for its tusks. This has put some elephant populations at grave threat, with some 60 % of Africa’s forest-dwelling elephants worn out since 2002 alone. Poaching, in flip, has helped to gasoline a US$ 8 billion commerce that funds organized crime and terrorist networks round the world — a rising risk to nationwide and world safety.

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Bruno Vander Velde is Conservation Worldwide’s editorial director.

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Cowl picture: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker assembles confiscated ivory tusks on a tower for show earlier than crushing. (© Ivy Allen/USFWS)


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