In­dia and ivory trade

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AS PER the last coun­try­wide ele­phant cen­sus held in 2007-08, In­dia has over 27,000 ele­phants and the country is one of the main ivory carv­ing cen­tres of the world. In­dia has also had its share of poach­ing cases. Ac­cord­ing to Wildlife Crime Con­trol Bureau of In­dia, about 30 ele­phants were poached in Au­gust 2015 from Ker­ala and Tamil Nadu alone. Ac­cord­ing to Raman Suku­mar, se­nior ele­phant bi­ol­o­gist at the In­dian In­sti­tute of Sci­ence, Ben­galuru, around 1,000 ele­phants were poached from the country dur­ing 1990-2015. In­dia is a part of CITES and is against re­mov­ing the ban on in­ter­na­tional ivory trade de­spite hav­ing an ivory stock­pile of around 25,000 kg, worth over $275 mil­lion, stored with the for­est de­part­ments of var­i­ous states.

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