Singapore destroys illegal ivory worth $10 million


 

Singapore has crushed, for the first time, nearly 8 tonnes of confiscated elephant ivory worth about US $10 million.

The ivory crush is intended to send a “strong signal of Singapore’s zero tolerance on the use of Singapore as a conduit to smuggle endangered species and their parts,” said Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).

AVA officials used an industrial rock crusher to crush and pulverise the ivory, and then incinerated it at an eco-waste incineration plant.

While ivory is not in big demand in Singapore, according to a study by wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC and WWF Singapore, the country is an important transit hub for ivory shipments moving from Africa to China and Vietnam.