India and ivory trade
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.