Canada is considering cracking down on the trade of African elephant ivory, but is asking Canadians to weigh in on how far it should go.
Canada is considering cracking down on the trade of African elephant ivory but is asking Canadians to weigh in on how far it should go.
Over the past 40 years, the African elephant population has fallen an estimated 70 percent, from 1.3 million to a little more than 400,000 today. Human activity is driving the population collapse, from direct threats like poaching to climate change. It’s estimated 25,000 to 50,000 African elephants are poached each year. As of March, the International Union for Conservation of Nature considers African savanna elephants endangered, and African forest elephants critically endangered.
“We are looking to bring in stricter measures,” said Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. “They could range from a focus specifically on hunting trophies, it could be looking at those countries that are non-compliant with (the Convention on International Trade of Wild Flora and Fauna in Endangered Species, or CITES) ... or it could simply be a broad prohibition on the trade of elephant ivory.”