United States Tightens the Noose on the Ivory Trade

The U.S. crushed six tons of confiscated ivory in November, the start of a global push to stop the illegal ivory trade. (Photograph by Joe Amon, The Denver Post, Getty)

On Tuesday the Obama Administration announced a national strategy on wildlife trafficking, including new restrictions on the ivory trade designed to create “a near complete ban” on the commercial sale of African elephant ivory in the U.S.

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Bryan Christy is an investigative journalist and author who has spent years focused on environmental crimes. A Fulbright Scholar, he attended Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University Graduate School, University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Tokyo Law School. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., including in the Executive Office of the President. Mr. Christy is the author of The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World’s Greatest Reptile Smugglers. In researching that book, he was bitten between the eyes by a blood python, chased by a mother alligator, sprayed by a bird-eating tarantula, and ejaculated on by a Bengal tiger. His article, "The Kingpin", exposing wildlife trader Anson Wong, appeared in the January 2010 issue of National Geographic. Visit his website for updates about his work. Photo by John Heminway
  • Patricia Stillman

    China could end the ivory trade today and stop the killing of elephants by making it illegal to carve, sell or purchase ivory in China. China could confiscate all ivory objects from galleries and shops, and individuals, prosecute violators and educate the public that ivory is for elephants not for humans to use for profit. If China can institute and implement a one child policy they can end the ivory trade. China must act and demand the world follow. Elephants are not a commodity just as human body parts are not a commodity to be carved, sold and purchased for profit. Death and extinction of an entire species in the name of art and profit is human insanity.

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  • Andrew Wyatt

    Please read this related article entitled: Terrorists, Tusks and the Ivory Crush

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