NYC a Major Hub for Illegal Ivory Trade

The hub of America’s illegal ivory trade -- a business that kills about 35,000 African elephants a year – is right here in New York, wildlife experts say.
Poachers in Africa are smuggling the precious material, harvested from the tusks and teeth of elephants, whales and other animals, and dealers are selling it to jewelry and antique stores, experts say. Those stores then sell to shoppers, some of whom likely don't know that they're violating the law when they buy it, experts say. According to a recent report on ivory markets in the U.S., there were about 11,300 ivory products for sale in New York City in 2008 – nearly half the products sold that year nationwide. San Francisco, the runner-up in U.S. ivory sales, had about 2,700 ivory products on the market. <more>
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