ivory1 ivory2Brussels: In conjunction with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Belgian government destroyed its stockpile of seized ivory weighing more than 1.5 tonnes.
The action sent a strong signal to those poachers that the illegal action of hunting elephant must be eradicated and the ivory trade is doomed to failure, especially because the seized stocks will never be regularized or put back in the trade, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Laurette Onkelinx said.
“Belgium does not tolerate the trafficking of ivory or its consequences on elephant populations,” the vice PM added.
According to a report 25,000 to 50,000 elephants are killed each year.