Singapore to crush nine tonnes of ivory worth $18 million to mark World Elephant Day

Singapore government has decided to crush nine tonnes of ivory worth S$18 million on the occasion of the World Elephant Day, which falls on August 12. The crushing of ivory will be carried out by the National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks).

On August 11, in an official statement, the National Parks Board of Singapore said that the ivory was seized from various shipments in past years.

NParks said that the nine tonnes of ivory will be pulverised by an industrial rock crusher and the crushing process will be live-streamed on the YouTube Page NParksSG.

On July 21, 2019, the Republic of Singapore seized 8.8 tonnes or 1,548 pieces of raw elephant ivory packed in 137 bags and worth about S$17.6 million. The consignment of ivory was seized by the NParks, Singapore Customs and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority from a 40-foot container that was on its way from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Vietnam. It is said to be the largest ivory seizure in Singapore to date.

NParks manages more than 350 parks, 3,347 hectares of nature reserves, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Lake Gardens, Pulau Ubin and the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park.

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