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Tuesday, 08 September 2009

Ivory Jewellery presented to Dublin Zoo

Revenue's Customs Service presented four pieces of ivory jewellery to Dublin Zoo on Wednesday 3rd of September.The jewellery pieces which originated in South Africa were seized at Dublin airport and are now on display alongside confiscated elephant tusks in the Learning & Discovery Centre in Dublin Zoo in order to raise public awareness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES).

CITES is an international trade agreement between governments to which, to date, more than 170 countries, including Ireland, have signed up. The purpose of the convention is to protect endangered species threatened with extinction, through controls on international trade in specimens of these species. 

Animals and plants are traded worldwide for all sorts of reasons ranging from crocodile leather for shoes; ivory and coral for jewellery; tiger bone and rhino horn for traditional Asian medicine and live animals for pets.

In Ireland, Revenue's Customs service has made 153 seizures of CITES listed specimens since January 2007.  Most  of these were postal seizures of food supplements but they also included coral jewellery, a crocodile skin handbag, a snakeskin handbag, the skin of an African lynx and six live turtles.

Dublin Zoo Director, Leo Oosterweghel said, "African elephants are killed for their ivory and the poaching of these animals is a serious problem. In 1970 there were an estimated 400 000 African elephants, in 2006 this number had ped to only 10,000. Dublin Zoo aims to raise awareness by informing visitors about the impact of the ivory trade”.

The Ivory jewellery can be seen daily in the Learning & Discovery Centre.

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