World Elephant Day is celebrated to create awareness and attract attention to the immediate plight (dangerous condition) of Asian and African elephants. This day was first launched on 12 August 2012.
Human activities such as poaching, human-elephant conflict, and captive abuse have become a major threat to the survival of both African and Asian elephants.
African elephants are listed as ‘vulnerable’ and Asian elephants are listed as ‘endangered’ in the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) threatened list of threatened species.
Singapore announced on World Elephant Day that the sale of ivory would be banned from the country from 2021.
Last month, the authorities seized their largest ivory ever weighing 9tonnes of contraband tusks from 300 African elephants valued at $12.9 million which was discovered in a container from the Democratic Republic of Congo being shipped to Vietnam via Singapore. It also included pangolin scales in the huge stash.
All forms of ivory products are banned since 1990. Traders can, however, sell ivory only if they prove that the ivories they sell were acquired prior to the ban by the govt. The national parks in Singapore ban elephant ivory and products with effect from September 1, 2021.