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100+ African Elephants Slaughtered for Ivory each Day

Illegal wildlife hunting and slaughtering of African elephants for ivory is big business for poachers in Africa. What is ivory used for today? Ivory from elephant tusks are carved into vanity products like jewelry, figurines, billiard balls and piano keys. Asian demand for African ivory is driving the poaching crisis in Africa. The price of African ivory can be sold on the black market in China for around $2000 per kilogram. Animal rights organizations estimated that between 25,000 and 35,000 African elephants slaughtered for ivory trade every year – that’s about 104 dead elephants a day. See also the Extinct and Endangered Species of Vertebrate Animals.

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