Sri Lankan authorities begin destroying seized ivory

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan authorities on Tuesday began destroying a shipment of African ivory seized three years ago, following a ceremony at which Buddhist monks gave the slaughtered elephants blessings for a better rebirth.

See Full Article

The ivory was traced to northern Mozambique and Tanzania and has been valued by Sri Lankan customs at 368 million rupees (more than $2.5 million). Officials said the ivory, which was seized at Colombo's port, was being transported to Dubai through Kenya and Sri Lanka.

The destruction took place in an elaborate ceremony in Colombo attended by politicians, officials and diplomats.

The 359 tusks weighing a total of 1,529 kilograms (3,370 pounds) were crushed by machines into smaller pieces that will later be burned to ash in high-temperature ovens at a cement factory.

Before the crushing, Buddhist monks chanted blessings to make merit for the elephants so they could have a better rebirth.

John Scanlon, secretary general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, was among those who participated in the ritual, which is usually performed by family members at Buddhist funerals.

Scanlon said the approximate value of the annual illegal trade in wildlife worldwide is $20 billion. The figure excludes timber and marine trade and mostly consists of ivory and rhino horns.

"Today's event also provides a very public opportunity to warn those people who trade illegally in ivory that the age and origin of the contraband can now be readily identified through the use of modern forensics, making prosecution and conviction far more likely," Scanlon said in a speech.

"Illegal trade in ivory is shifting from high profit, low risk to high risk, low profit," he said.



Advertisements

Latest Tech & Science News

  • Rhode Island School of Design works with NASA on Mars suit

    Tech & Science CTV News
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- When scientists are trying to figure out how to live in near-isolation in a dome to simulate a Mars mission, the last thing they'll need is an ill-fitting space suit. So one of the nation's top design schools has come to the rescue. Source
  • Track friends and family in real-time with Google's new 'Trusted Contacts' app

    Tech & Science CTV News
    A new personal safety app by Google released on Dec. 5 enables users to follow the movements of "Trusted" contacts in real-time and vice versa. Google's latest app is advertised as the solution to getting in touch with a person when they aren't necessarily available to talk, such as in a meeting, on a run or, in extreme cases, during a medical emergency. Source
  • The science of studying: How students can put their brains to best use

    Tech & Science CBC News
    It's that time of year again: exams are here and students around the country are busy trying to cram as much information into their brains as they can. Trying to retain several months' worth of information in a stressful situation can be challenging. Source
  • World's first polluted river was contaminated by Neolithic humans learning to smelt 7,000 years ago

    Tech & Science CBC News
    Neolithic humans who were learning how to smelt were responsible for the world's first polluted river approximately 7,000 years ago, a team of international researchers has found. The riverbed in the Wadi Faynan region of southern Jordan is now dry, but researchers found evidence of pollution caused by heating blue-green copper ore and charcoal over fire during the Copper Age. Source
  • Warming to trigger 3 times as many downpours in U.S.: study

    Tech & Science CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Extreme downpours -- like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year -- will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times more frequently in parts of the Mississippi Delta, according to a new study. Source
  • Campaign aims to educate Canada's youth about changing technology

    Tech & Science CTV News
    OTTAWA - A campaign aimed at encouraging young people to get into computer programming is getting a boost from Justin Trudeau. The prime minister is set to join the co-founders of Canada Learning Code and Code.org today to mark the launch of Computer Science Education Week at an event called Hour of Code, with several dozen students gathered at Ottawa-based e-commerce firm Shopify. Source
  • Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection

    Tech & Science CTV News
    TOKYO -- One of the melted reactors at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant had a temporary loss of cooling Monday when a worker accidentally bumped a switch while passing through a narrow isle of switch panels during an inspection and turned off the pumping system. Source
  • Cool tech toys for the kid in your life

    Tech & Science CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Looking for a cool tech gift for a kid in your life? There's no shortage of fun and fairly educational items these days. New toys for the holidays include little robot friends full of personality and magnetic blocks that snap together to teach the basics of computer programing. Source
  • Environment Canada tests new supercomputer to forecast weather

    Tech & Science CBC News
    Environment Canada's meteorological service has a powerful new supercomputer to help it more accurately forecast the weather — the government just doesn't want you to know about it yet. CBC News has learned IBM Canada won the $430,421,404 contract, which has not yet been announced to the public. Source
  • Ransomware doesn't just target the big guys

    Tech & Science CBC News
    It sounds like the plot of a blockbuster movie: a metropolitan transit system is hit by a ransomware attack that freezes its entire ticketing infrastructure. A message from the hacker is splayed across the terminals' public displays: "You are Hacked. Source