The following is written by Julian Newman of the Environmental Investigation Agency on the 20th anniversary of a milestone ivory seizure made in Singapore. It is #1 on the ‘Linked Ivory Seizure’ list.
#1 is a number assigned indicating this seizure has a link(s) to the West African cartel and its ivory was DNA analyzed.
Twenty years since a massive ivory seizure, what lessons were learned? (commentary)
by Julian Newman, Environmental Investigation Agency
June 27th, 2022:
- In late June 2002, a container ship docked in Singapore with a massive shipment of ivory, which was seized.
- It was the largest seizure of its kind since an international ban on the ivory trade had come into force in 1989, and the lessons learned from it would change the way the illegal wildlife trade was investigated and tackled.
- But it’s unfortunate that some of the biggest lessons from that event still have not been put into practice, a new op-ed argues.
- This article is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily of Mongabay.