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Ethiopia Destroys Ivory Products, Illegal Tusks

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Ethiopia is burning 6.1 metric tons of intercepted elephants’ tusks and ivory products tomorrow for the first time, the Country’s Wild Life and Conservation Authority disclosed.The elephant tusks and ivory products were intercepted during the past 30 years from poachers in different parts of the country and on transit at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport.

The historic burning is taking place based on a court decision and international conventions to which Ethiopia is a signatory, Authority’s Director General Dawd Mome Ali said at press briefing on Thursday.

The burning takes place at the country’s Botanic Garden in scientific way and Ethiopian Elephant Memorial will be built at the site in remembrance of the lost elephants.

According to the director, verdicts were given to 168 traffickers who were apprehended at Bole airport between September 2013 and August 2014, the director revealed.

Ethiopia signed international conventions on the prevention of international trade in endangered species of flora fauna in 1981 and it is estimated that 1900 elephants live in the country.

Interpol has referred Addis Ababa Airport in Ethiopia, Jomo Kenyatta airport in Kenya and Johannesburg airport in South Africa as hotspots for illicit ivory transits.