Thursday 21 July 2016

Vietnam is becoming the new centre for illegal ivory processing

A new report from Save the Elephants found that the amount of ivory items on sale in Vietnam has risen by 600% since 2008.

The majority of the tusks are smuggled in from Africa whereas back in 2008 they tended to come from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The old loophole that it is 'old' ivory obtained pre 1992 is being used to get away with it. That and the usual problems of weak pusuance of the law, pathetic customs control, and corruption are allowing the maket to expand as China slowly, ever so slowly, shuts down its ivory trade.

Most of the ivory is sold to guess who - Chinese tourists.

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