Sunday, May 6, 2018

"The ivory trade in the U.S. is estimated to be a $23 billion dollar industry"

The new law hasn’t stopped some dealers from trying, however — so the DEC is still conducting undercover operations. During the June mission, which went down at the Ro Gallery in Queens, DEC officers dressed as ivory-loving art connoisseurs. For Lieutenant Jesse Paluch, who headed the mission, that meant wearing a large ivory necklace and bracelet, as well as a linen shirt that he joked was designed to keep “a level of GQ.”


The case against the owner of the art gallery is now pending pre-indictment. We spoke to the owner . . . during an “ivory crush” held in Central Park this past August where the DEC publicly destroyed illegal ivory agents had seized.