Europe is also highly culpable. As the worlds biggest exporter of so-called "old" ivory, recent figures indicate the trade is not only alive in Europe, but growing. It is estimated there are 25,000 wildlife products dealt in the EU every year.
In 2013, a two-week Interpol investigation revealed hundreds of ivory items for sale in European countries, conservatively valued at approximately 1,450,000 Euros (approx. $1.6 million). The internet is a major source for the easy access.
INTERPOL is working closely with international enforcement agencies on shutting down the viral access to wildlife. During an online investigation, they discovered more than 660 advertisements for ivory on 61 different auction sites, estimated to have a total volume of approximately 4,500 kilograms (approx. 9,900 pounds) of ivory. The Project Web report calls for specific e-commerce legislation regulating wildlife trade to be introduced in the EU.
Current laws in all countries need immediate examination, loopholes must be closed and all ivory must be banned. Only with global unity can we stop the decimation of our elephants and rhinos, and slow the escalation of wildlife trafficking for other species.