(ELEPHANT POACHING) Approximately 30,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks. Smugglers have gone to great lengths to profit from the illicit ivory trade including disguising bricks of ivory as chocolate candy bars. Officials have busted smugglers for such incidents in Macao, China and Taiwan, but unfortunately these are not isolated events. Read the article below to learn more about this not-so-sweet disguise and sign the petition to help save elephants from extinction. — Global Animal
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Criminals are smuggling ivory covered in chocolate. Photo Credit: WWF

Written by Sarah Bell

Photo Credit: WWF
These elephant ivory seals were coated in chocolate and wrapped in candy wrappers in Taiwan December 2012. Photo Credit: WWF

Roughly 30,000 elephants are killed annually to fuel the abhorrent myth that ivory is a cure-all substance.

Ivory is falsely believed to cure the common cold, hangovers, impotence, and a variety of other illnesses. Yet there is absolutely no medical proof that ivory has any medicinal properties whatsoever. In fact, you might as well just chew your fingernails since you’d be eating the same stuff.

Smugglers have gone through the trouble of cutting the ivory into five-inch-long rectangles, coating them in chocolate and packaging them as candy bars. Officials found it a little odd that men were traveling with very heavy boxes full of candy bars, and confiscated the boxes.

Once the chocolate melted it was apparent that they were not nougat filled bars of deliciousness, but in fact, proof of the death of almost 400 elephants.

Smugglers will go to any length to try to make a profit from the ivory trade, which is valued at $10 billion per year.

The chocolate covered incident in Macao, China was not the only one. Boxes of chocolate covered ivory were also discovered between September and December in Taiwan. Almost 1,500 tusks were found disguised as ivory in Hong Kong.

With the ivory trade booming right now, it is spelling out certain death for the largest land mammals as well as future degradation of their ecosystem.

Sign the petition calling on the 175 parties of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to reject any exemptions in the global ban on the ivory trade, to extend that ban for at least 20 years, and to take all necessary steps to enforce that ban and protect the elephants.

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