Environment

A victory for elephants

Singapore will ban the domestic sale of ivory

by Naomi Clark-Shen

The number of African elephants has dropped by a staggering 90 percent in the last hundred years.  With the situation so critical, Singapore announced that it will join China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in banning the domestic sale of ivory—a lucrative trade that is to blame for this decline in elephants.

Ivory is often used to make carved ornaments such as these. 

With demand for ivory still high, poachers and traders were finding ways to supply it through the black market.
Criminal networks also continually adapt their methods to outsmart officials.
It is clear that the 1989 international ivory ban has had limited success in protecting elephants. As a result, some countries have taken matters into their own hands.
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Naomi Clark-Shen / Writer

Naomi was a data journalist at Kontinentalist. She is a marine scientist who has commitment issues so works on a variety of projects. In her free time, she likes to be in the ocean, in the mountains, or in the wrestling ring.

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