Dubai police in new crackdown on ivory smuggling

Despite being banned since 1989, illegal shipments of elephant tusks are ongoing

(AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

(AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Dubai police has launched a new campaign to combat the smuggling of elephant ivory tusks, according to a report by the WAM news agency.

The new initiative is part of an ongoing bid by Dubai authorities to clamp down on the illegal shipment of elephant tusks from Africa to the Far East.

According to media reports, the police awareness campaign was launched in Dubai's International Airport and Transit lounges.

Although international trade in ivory tusks was banned in 1989, ivory remains in high demand in the Far East leading to the continued slaughter of elephants in the Africa region.

By some estimates, up to 750,000 elephants were killed for their tusks in the 1980s leaving a population of 600,000 at the dawn of the 1990s decade when the ban was brought into effect.

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