DENR to destroy P420M worth of elephant tusks

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 09 2013 06:56 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2013 02:56 AM

MANILA - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will destroy some P420 million worth of elephant tusks intercepted by authorities since 2009.

“Our decision to destroy these ivory tusks that entered the country illegally is to show to the whole world that the Philippines will not tolerate illegal wildlife trade,” said Environment Secretary Ramon Paje.

On June 21, the five tons of ivory will be crushed by a steam roller before being burned. The event will be held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.

Elephant tusks are reportedly worth $2,000 per kilo in the black market.

Authorities began a probe into the illegal trade last year, prompted by a National Geographic report, which also claimed that some Catholic priests are involved.