The Secretary General of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John E. Scanlon arrived at Sri Lanka today.
The purpose of John Scanlon's visit is to observe the demolition of blood ivory under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and the Premier Ranil Wickremasinghe tomorrow (26th) at the Galle Face Green.
In 2012, Sri Lanka Customs forfeited a blood ivory shipment, with a total of 359 pieces of ivory, equaling 1.5 tons worth more than 387 million rupees.
Destroying the largest consignment of blood ivory confiscated by the Customs on the International Customs Day would send a loud message to the locals, international communities and also wild life smugglers about Sri Lanka’s standing on wild life conservation matters.
John Scanlon is reported to be the first SG of the CITES to visit to Sri Lanka and the South Asian Region while tomorrow’s demolition makes history as the first ivory destruction event held in the South Asian Region.
Sri Lanka is a state party to the CITES, which is also known as Washington Convention, since 1979.