Five tons of smuggled ivory crushed and burned in Philippines

Five tons of smuggled ivory crushed and burned in Philippines

The largest cache of ivory to be destroyed outside of Africa – the government said that the destruction of the stockpile, gathered from seizures since 2009, demonstrates its commitment to fighting the illegal ivory trade. It also eliminates any opportunity for corrupt officials to resell the ivory, as was the case in 2006 when the largest single shipment of 3.7 tones vanished from the inventory, according to an international network that tracks the illegal trade.

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