Rid yourself of illegal ivory at Flanders’ animal parks
The Bare Your Tusks campaign asks those with ivory objects to leave them at collection centres as part of a campaign to stunt the ivory market
Elephant in the room
It is part of a campaign, reports Flanders News, to stop people taking part in the ivory trade, which leads to illegal poaching in Africa and Asia. Although buying ivory isn’t a crime, selling ivory anywhere in the world without proper certification is illegal.
The ivory trade is blamed for endangering wild rhinoceros and elephant populations. Both animals are routinely slaughtered for their horns and tusks, respectively.
Antwerp Zoo has long been involved in many conservation and breeding programmes in co-operation with parks and research centres around the world. It is a frontrunner, for instance, in the preservation of the okapi, funds safe corridors for Asian elephants in India and leads a research project on endangered ape species in Cameroon.
The ivory campaign, called Laat je (slag)tanden zien (Bare Your Tusks), runs until 12 August. Pairi Daiza in Wallonia’s Hainaut province is also taking part. All the ivory collected will be destroyed in order to send a message to traders that ivory is not wanted in Belgium.
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