World Elephant Day calls for global effort to stop ivory poaching

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The slaughter of elephants for their tusks continues. Pictured here are three female African bush elephants in Tanzania, July 2010. Photo by Ikiwaner, GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

NEW YORK – LiveAuctioneers joins many other conservation-minded businesses on August 12, World Elephant Day, to raise awareness about how thousands of Asian and African elephants are killed every year to fuel the global demand for ivory. Many may mistakenly believe that the greatest demand for ivory is in Asia, but the fact is, 80 percent of the market for illegal ivory is in the United States.

As a result of conservation efforts, poaching rates have been slowly declining over the past few years across Africa. The annual poaching mortality rate has dropped from an estimated peak of over 10 percent in 2011 to approximately 5 percent today. However, that is still at a faster rate than elephants can reproduce.

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International trade in the ivory of African elephants is prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES); the IUCN Red List classifies African savanna elephants as “Endangered” and African forest elephants as “Critically Endangered.” The IUCN Red List classifies Asian elephants as “Endangered” and they are listed in Appendix I of CITES.

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