More than six tons of elephant tusks and products from them confiscated from poachers and smugglers were publicly destroyed in China, UNN cites Radio Liberty.
This first in China public liquidation was intended to show that the authorities of the country are serious about combating illegal trade of elephant tusks and their products. The event was attended by representatives of international and Chinese environmental organizations.
China is the largest ivory market in the world. Trade is banned worldwide since 1989, but poachers continue to kill thousands elephant each year because of their tusks.