Police have finally nabbed one of the most infamous environmental criminals in the world. Chinese national Yang Feng Glan (known as the “Ivory Queen”) was arrested in Tanzania on charges of poaching and smuggling ring. Glan is responsible for countless kills of elephants for their ivory. Glan, 66, would travel between China and the killing fields in open defiance of international and environmental laws. Despite her notoriety and serving an insatiable Chinese market for ivory, Chinese officials never arrested Glan.
However, a special task force from Tanzania’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit was following her in her blood-soaked travels between Beijing, Uganda and Tanzania. She was the link between African poachers and buyers in China for elephant ivory and rhino horns. She is now charged with smuggling ivory worth $3 million between 2000 and 2014.
The arrest of Glan is a huge victory for the environment. Glan has left a gory legacy on the fields of Africa in butchering animals. She has reportedly confessed and faces a maximum sentence of 20 to 30 years imprisonment. Hopefully, she will not ever see another day in freedom.