As they prepare for 1.5 tonne ivory crush this week, Belgian customs should be saluted

Little Belgium is making big waves with their decision to destroy their entire ivory stockpile.

The final weight of the ivory isn't clear but it will be at least 1.5 tonnes!

Considering Belgium only has 11 million people it is a staggering amount of ivory and a testament to the amount of ivory being transported through Belgium, from Africa on the way to Asia.

Belgian customs should be saluted for the seizures they have made and the work they do. It goes beyond simply stopping random travelers. Belgian customs have implemented a series of training workshops where they bring in customs officers from elephant range states and show them how people hide ivory in statues or paint it to make it look plastic.

This is exactly the kind of international cooperation we, and the elephants need, to stamp out the ivory trade.

--AH

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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
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Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
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