“The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Saturday vowed a more aggressive action against poaching and smuggling of wildlife resources as it marked one year since the Philippines destroyed its stockpile of confiscated elephant tusks in support of global efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade,” DENR said in a news release.
“Exactly one year ago, or on June 21, 2013, the Philippines crushed several tons of seized ivory that led other countries like the United States and China to follow suit,” Paje said.
“We’re proud to have started a global wave of public ivory disposals which send a very powerful signal that governments will not tolerate illegal wildlife trade,” he added.
Paje said the confiscation and destruction of illegally traded ivory would “encourage other nations to crack down on the trade while discouraging smugglers and poachers with the knowledge that the market is shrinking for them.”
According to DENR, “Although not a major market for ivory like China, the Philippines is one of the main transit points for the so-called white gold.”