Brittany: the land of asylum for poached ivory

26 Mar 2015

Sulfurous auctioning in Morlaix, Finistère, Monday, March 30, 2015 at 2:30 p.m., 37 rue de Paris. Wildlife pollution is going to descend over the city at the beginning of the week. The Dupont house and its associates are organizing a garage sale of old taxidermies. All of the pillaged African wildlife will be brought together. The noticeable presence of a pretty monkey’s head with its mouth open – complete with original teeth – and a lion cub measuring 28 centimeters long.

But the center pieces are coming from the Niokolo-Koba National Park in Senegal. The personal collection of André-Roger Dupuy, the correspondent of the Museum of Natural History in Paris, head curator of the park from 1967 to 1974 and director of Senegal’s national parks between 1973 and 1987 – 20 years of a safari the hunting version rather than a photographic one – will finish by being dispersed.

Under the hammer of Master Dupont, three tusks of the last Senegalese elephants which have now disappeared: levied by André-Roger Dupuy “on poached specimens,” these tusks have “a high historic and scientific value because they belong to the last representatives of this population of pachyderms of the great Senegalese park,” explain the auctioneers in full. The profits in Morlaix of the poaching in Senegal will be completely pocketed by the Dupuy family.

In October 2013, a first dispersion of the Dupuy collection took place in Morlaix. Four massacres of African gazelles, which belonged to species that are “vulnerable or endangered,” as highlighted by the catalogue, were subjected to the sale with 40 massacres and trophies of European mammals, 40 African trophies and 40 hunting guns and rifles.

The trophies from the Dupuy collection were placed on auction thanks to certificates of legality delivered by the Regional Direction of the Environment, Development and Housing (DREAL) in Brittany. The pillaging of the Senegalese national parks has been until now laundered by the French government.

Robin des Bois asks that the tusks of the last poached Senegalese elephants are removed from the sale.

« Naturalia » catalogue, sale of March 30, 2015 (pdf 2,58 Mo – cf. lot 109 et 110)
André-Roger Dupuy collection catalogue, sale 2013 (pdf 2,6 Mo)



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