Monday, 17 March 2014

An elephant monument is to rise from the ashes of the Philippines ivory crush

March 2014: A plan to build a giant, 13 feet, sculpture of a mother elephant protecting her calf from the ashes of the Philippines' ivory crush reports the Manila Times, the country's daily newspaper.

"It is a reminder to everyone about the Philippines' historical action regarding the destruction of ivory," Josie de Leon, chief of the environment ministry's wildlife division told AFP.

It will stand at the same Manila park where the Philippines crushed five tonnes of ivory were destroyed back in June

The decision to crush the ivory was taken after the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) as one of eight nations that was failing to do enough to tackle the illegal trade in elephant ivory. The country is a major transport hub for African ivory being smuggled into other Asian countries.

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