Friday, 6 March 2015

Amid Record-Breaking Poaching, Wildlife Experts Seek to Smash a Black Market

by Megan Gannon, News Editor | March 05, 2015 08:14am ET

NEW YORK — Eight months ago, you could probably walk a few blocks from here, the Central Park Zoo, and find ivory for sale at a shop on Madison Avenue.

But not anymore: Last year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a ban on commercial sales and purchases of ivory and rhinoceros horn.

That ban was just one in a series of encouraging signs that lawmakers and law enforcement are serious about stopping illegal wildlife trade around the world. Last year, the Obama administration issued a proposal to implement a near-complete ban on the ivory trade in the United States. Just last week, China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports. And Tuesday (March 3), the Kenyan government burned some 15 tons of its ivory stockpilesto mark World Wildlife Day. 

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