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China's ivory ban branded 'a flimsy measure that won't work'The IndependentHowever, while Prince William gave a cautious welcome to the ban, campaigners have criticised the move as more talk than action. They say it will do little to tackle elephant poaching as it remains legal to trade certified ivory products within China ...Touris...
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Will China Ivory Ban Stop Poaching?The StarA week after China announced a one-year ban on imports of carved ivory products from Africa, local conservationists say the largely symbolic move is not enough to stop poaching in countries like Kenya. The Chinese administration said it would not ...Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory in anti-poachi...
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Kenya Burns 15 Tons of Ivory in Effort to Stop Elephant PoachingRYOTThe government of Kenya has burned 15 tons of ivory worth $30 million to deter elephant poachers from pursuing the reprehensible trade. Earlier in the week, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta helped to light the ivory ablaze during a ceremony in which he ...Will China Ivory B...
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Kenya burns trove of ivory in first-step promise to destroy stockpileYahoo NewsWith the ivory burning ceremony, conservationists and activists have expressed hope that this will further boost the war against poaching, as it forces the government to tackle the problem from within. Government stores are often raided and sold on the ......
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Prince William Receives Praise From Chinese For Condemning Elephant ...International Business TimesCalling it a “vicious form of criminality” in a speech after visiting the Elephant Valley sanctuary in the southwestern province of Yunnan, William said that ivory poaching is used to fuel conflicts and...
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Cooperation vital to combating wildlife crime, says UN Assembly PresidentUN News Centre4 March 2015 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly called today for a coordinated international response to the trafficking of wildlife that took aim at the both the supply and demand side of poaching and the illegal trade in...
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Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory in anti-poaching fightDaily SabahHigher demand for ivory is fueling elephant killings by poachers across Africa. Save The Elephants said last year that 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa between 2010 and 2012. On Thursday, China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports amid ...President Kenyatta...
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President Kenyatta Burns 15 Tons Of Elephant Ivory in an Effort to Fight PoachingAtlanta Black StarKenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a boost to the international fight against poaching on Tuesday by setting fire to more than 15 tons of elephant ivory tusks during a ceremony at the Nairobi National Park. The event was hosted by...
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Exposed: Brutal world of Tanzania's illegal ivory poaching industryITV NewsCaught red-handed hours earlier with a .357 hunting rifle, a set of scales and 58kg of ivory, the suspects were seated on the ground as police emptied a battered suitcase, laying out the ivory piece by piece, re-assembling tusks that were cut up with a ...Tanzania...
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Britain's Prince William Calls For End To Ivory Trade On China VisitHuffington PostChina crushed 6.2 metric tonnes (6.83 tons) of confiscated ivory early last year in its first such public destruction of any part of its stockpile. However, the country still ranks as the world's biggest end-market for poached ivory, according to the .....
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Prince William calls on China to combat poaching, ivory tradeMetroNews CanadaBEIJING, China – Prince William fed carrots to an elephant in China's southwest and brought up the plight of its African counterparts being killed for their tusks in a speech Wednesday that called on China to do more to deter poaching. He urged China...
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Prince William urges China to do more to combat poaching on visit to its wild ...Coast ReporterHe urged China, which has come in for criticism that its citizens' demand for ivory has fueled poaching, to be a global leader in combating the illegal wildlife trade. "Ultimately, ending demand for ivory is down to citizens across the...
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Prince William urges China to do more to combat poaching on visit to its wild ...Times ColonistHe urged China, which has come in for criticism that its citizens' demand for ivory has fueled poaching, to be a global leader in combating the illegal wildlife trade. "Ultimately, ending demand for ivory is down to citizens across the...
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Britain's Prince William calls for end to ivory trade on China visitYahoo NewsWilliam has been critical of China over its consumption of ivory, while animal rights groups say the country's growing appetite for the contraband material has fueled a surge in poaching in Africa. China announced last month a one-year ban on the ...Prince...
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The man protecting China's elephantsBBC NewsThe prince does a lot of charity work to highlight elephant poaching and the trade in ivory. At the elephant sanctuary in southwest Yunnan province, he heard about the dangers to China's remaining 250 wild elephants. Ran Ran herself was found in 2005 ...Prince William calls on China to fight...
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Prince William meets elephant on final day of China tourWashington PostThe visit to Yunnan province, a tropical region bordering Myanmar and Laos that has been the focus of government efforts to stop poaching and reduce conflicts between people and elephants that eat their crops, was organized for William to learn how ...Prince William...
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Kenya burns 15 tonnes of ivory in anti-poaching fightYahoo News UKI will today burn 15 tonnes of ivory at this historic site in Nairobi National Park," President Uhuru Kenyatta said during a ceremony at the park. "In order to underline our determination to eradicate poaching, my government shall burn the rest of the ......
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Kenyan president sets fire to 15 tonnes of elephant ivory to protest poachingSouth China Morning Post (subscription)Kenya's president set fire to 15 tonnes of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day yesterday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory. Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new...
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​The most endangered animal you've never heard ofCBS NewsKenya has imposed stricter penalties for poaching and Tuesday burned 15 tons of ivory and promised to destroy all of its stockpile this year, Reuters reports. And China recently imposed a first-ever one-year ban of ivory imports. "Illegal trade in ......
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Kenya burns 15 tonnes of contraband ivory, vows action on poachersGlobal TimesKenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday set ablaze 15 tonnes of contraband ivory and vowed to intensify the ongoing war against wildlife crimes in the country. Kenyatta burnt the ivory stockpile in the presence of dignitaries from government ......
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Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachersThe Japan TimesNAIROBI – Kenya's president set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day Tuesday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory. Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new demand from emerging markets threatens Africa's elephants ...Ke...
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NRA Secretly Backs Group Aiming To Save Elephants Now, Kill Them LaterDeadspinMonths after the mass killings, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service oversaw the pulverizing of a six-ton stockpile of poached ivory. That event served as a sort of kickoff to the Obama Administration's plan to help elephants through the implementation ......
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Illegal elephant ivory tusk vendor convicted with radiocarbon datingCBC.caA study last year found poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest land mammals. The slaughter was blamed on increased demand for ivory in China ...Toronto...
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Illegal elephant tusk vendor convicted with help of radiocarbon datingCBC.caA study last year found poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest land mammals. The slaughter was blamed on increased demand for ivory in...
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Kenya burns 15 tonnes of ivory in anti-poaching fight, to destroy its stockpileToronto SunNAIROBI - Kenya burnt 15 tonnes of ivory on Tuesday and promised to destroy all of its stockpile this year, the latest step in its campaign against elephant poaching. Poaching has surged in the last few years across sub-Saharan Africa, where gangs...
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Toronto auction house charged for selling 'antique' elephant ivory tusksMetroNews CanadaIn February 2014, the Canadian government announced a contribution of $2 million in emergency aid to fight wildlife trafficking in eastern Africa, where the poaching crisis “threatens the survival of African elephant and rhinoceros...
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Toronto auction house charged for selling “antique” elephant ivory tusksToronto StarIn February 2014, the Canadian government announced a contribution of $2 million in emergency aid to fight wildlife trafficking in eastern Africa, where the poaching crisis “threatens the survival of African elephant and rhinoceros...
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Kenya destroy 15 tons of ivory taken from poachersThe Courier-ExpressHigher demand for ivory is fueling the elephant killings by poachers across Africa. Save The Elephants said last year that 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa between 2010 and 2012. On Thursday, China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports amid ......
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Kenya burns 15 tonnes of ivory in anti-poaching fight, to destroy its ...ReutersI will today burn 15 tonnes of ivory at this historic site in Nairobi National Park," President Uhuru Kenyatta said during a ceremony at the park. "In order to underline our determination to eradicate poaching, my government shall burn the rest of the ...Keny...
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Kenya Destroys 15 Tons of Ivory Taken From PoachersABC NewsKenya's president set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day Tuesday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory. Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new demand from emerging markets threatens Africa's elephants and ...Kenya Burns 15 Tons of Ivory to...
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Kenya destroy 15 tons of ivory taken from poachersMontana StandardHigher demand for ivory is fueling the elephant killings by poachers across Africa. Save The Elephants said last year that 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa between 2010 and 2012. On Thursday, China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports amid ......
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Kenyan president torches 15-tonne ivory stockpileYahoo NewsA sharp rise in poaching in Kenya, which is home to an estimated 30,000 elephants and just over a thousand rhinos, has sparked warnings from conservation groups that the government is losing the fight against the slaughter. Ivory is sought out for ......
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Kenyan president torches 15-tonne ivory stockpileThe West AustralianA sharp rise in poaching in Kenya, which is home to an estimated 30,000 elephants and just over a thousand rhinos, has sparked warnings from conservation groups that the government is losing the fight against the slaughter. Ivory is sought out for ......
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Kenya destroy 15 tons of ivory taken from poachersLynchburg News and AdvanceHigher demand for ivory is fueling the elephant killings by poachers across Africa. Save The Elephants said last year that 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa between 2010 and 2012. On Thursday, China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports amid ...and...
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Kenya destroy 15 tons of ivory taken from poachersThe Daily ProgressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day to discourage poaching. Kenyatta said Tuesday that 25 years after the historic banning of the ivory trade, new demand from ......
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Kenya burns 15 tonnes of ivory in anti-poaching fight, to destroy its ...Daily MailI will today burn 15 tonnes of ivory at this historic site in Nairobi National Park," President Uhuru Kenyatta said during a ceremony at the park. "In order to underline our determination to eradicate poaching, my government shall burn the rest of...
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Kenya Burns 15 Tons of Ivory to Curb Poaching of ElephantsBloomberg(Bloomberg) -- Kenya burned 15 metric tons of elephant tusks and rhino horns Tuesday as part of efforts to curb poaching of the mammals in the East African country. President Uhuru Kenyatta set ablaze the 3-meter high pile of tusks and horns at Nairobi ...Kenya...
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China Bans Ivory Carving Imports for a Year, But is It Enough to Save Elephants?Care2.comLast week China announced that, effective immediately, it would be enacting a one-year ban on ivory carving imports in an effort to reduce demand and, at the same time, address the country's poaching crisis, but the move has met with mixed reactions .....
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British royals' ivory stash may dent Prince William's anti-poaching message in ...South China Morning Post (subscription)Mounted animal heads on show at Sandringham Hoping to counter any controversy during the prince's three-day visit, Beijing late last week announced its token ivory carvings ban and...
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Elephant, rhino poaching in Africa worth US$380m: CITESTODAYonlinePoaching of elephants for ivory, which is reducing the population of the animals faster than they can reproduce, is worth US$165 million to US$188 million a year in Asia while the rhino-horn trade last year was worth between US$63 million and US$192 ......
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Kenya will destroy 15 tonnes of ivory to stem elephant poachingCoastweek"We cannot quantify in monetary terms the value of the consignment, because Kenya does not trade in ivory," KWS Corporate Communications Manager Paul Udoto told Xinhua at the site where preparations for the torching of the i...
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Cites Says Elephant, Rhino Poaching in Africa Worth $380 MillionBloombergPoaching of elephants for ivory, which is reducing the population of the animals faster than they can reproduce,is worth $165 million to $188 million a year in Asia while the rhino-horn trade last year was worth between $63 million and $192 million ......
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Forest Department Captures Rare White Elephant in Irrawaddy DivisionThe Irrawaddy News MagazineOnly males carry tusks and are the exclusive victims of poaching for their ivory. The capture of wild elephants for domestic use has become a threat to wild populations. India, Vietnam and Burma have banned capture in order to...
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Wildlife crime denies our children their inheritanceThe NationalBut delegates also called for the criminalisation of poaching and wildlife trafficking and for these criminal offences to be termed “serious crimes”. It was also proposed that money laundering and connected offences be ... The supply chain for these ......
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In Cameroon, Elephant Poachers Die, TooVoice of AmericaMany armed groups in central African states are involved in wildlife crimes, said researcher Thomas Ewing of the Washington-based C4ADS, a nonprofit organization helping African countries uncover illicit networks of elephant poaching and illegal ivory ......
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Kenya to destroy 15 tonnes of ivory to stem elephant poachingGlobalPostNAIROBI, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday set on fire over 15 tonnes of elephant tusks in order to help stem elephant poaching in the country. The occasion will coincide with the World Wildlife Day which will be ...Kenya Wildlife...
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Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert MugabeWABE 90.1 FMIn his report for IUCN about the elephant meat trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Stiles concluded that the illegal slaughter of elephants isn't solely motivated by the desire to sell their ivory tusks. The sale of elephant meat is an incentive ...a...
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Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert MugabeNPR (blog)In his report for IUCN about the elephant meat trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Stiles concluded that the illegal slaughter of elephants isn't solely motivated by the desire to sell their ivory tusks. The sale of elephant meat is an incentive ......
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Kenya Wildlife Service detains 2 suspects arrested with 7 kg of ivoryspyghana.comThe poaching menace has brought renewed attention to a crisis that has persisted for decades – the steady decline of Africa's wildlife due to growing human populations and poverty that has put agricultural communities at odds with wildlife for...
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Burma captures 9th rare white elephantKVUEOnly males carry tusks and are the exclusive victims of poaching for their ivory. The capture of wild elephants for domestic use has become a threat to wild populations. India, Vietnam, and Burma have banned capture in order to conserve their wild ......
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Myanmar captures rare white elephant in western junglesWTOPOnly males carry tusks and are the exclusive victims of poaching for their ivory. The capture of wild elephants for domestic use has become a threat to wild populations. India, Vietnam and Myanmar have banned capture in order to conserve their wild ...and more »...
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Myanmar captures rare white elephant in western junglesAnderson Independent MailOnly males carry tusks and are the exclusive victims of poaching for their ivory. The capture of wild elephants for domestic use has become a threat to wild populations. India, Vietnam and Myanmar have banned capture in order to conserve their...
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Waging War On Poaching: The War On Drugs Revisited? - OpEdEurasia ReviewIvory trafficking is immensely profitable but in terms of quantity it is minimal. For instance the pangolin is considered to be the most widely trafficked species in terms of bulk. Its value may not be as high as ivory but is funding organised criminal ......
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African wildlife agency lauds China's ban on ivory importsWantChinaTimesConservationists say rising demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia has caused a poaching crisis in recent years across Kenya, in particular, and Africa as a whole, with over 1,000 rhinos having been killed in Africa in the last two years. Kenya has ...Kenyan...
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Myanmar captures rare white elephant in western junglesQuincy Herald WhigOnly males carry tusks and are the exclusive victims of poaching for their ivory. The capture of wild elephants for domestic use has become a threat to wild populations. India, Vietnam and Myanmar have banned capture in order to conserve their wild ...and more »...
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African wildlife agency lauds China's ban on ivory importsPhilippine StarThe Administration announced it would not handle any ivory import requests for the next year and further warned Chinese citizens not to bring back ivory from abroad. Conservationists say rising demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia has caused a ......
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China suspends ivory carving imports, domestic trade blamed for poachingColumbia Daily HeraldBEIJING — China has announced a one-year suspension on imports of carved ivory products from Africa, but conservationists said the largely symbolic move would do nothing in itself to stem the illegal ivory trade here that is fueling...
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To be successful, anti-poaching efforts must focus on reducing demandKennebec Journal & Morning SentinelThe effect of demand on poaching is well documented. In 1989, elephants were poached at the rate of 70,000 per year by some estimates. In response to a global outcry, the international ivory trade was...
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KWS optimistic China's ban on ivory imports will stem poachingThe Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and conservationists have welcomed China's one year ivory carving ban imports, saying this will reduce poaching. KWS director William Kiprono said although Kenya expected a total ban,...
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China suspends ivory carving imports, but some blame domestic trade for ...Sydney Morning HeraldBeijing: China has announced a one-year suspension on imports of carved ivory products from Africa, but conservationists said the largely symbolic move would do nothing in itself to stem China's illegal ivory trade that is fuelling...
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China imposes ivory imports ban as poaching threatens elephantsThe NationalBEIJING // China has imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports with immediate effect amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for the resource has fuelled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants. It comes ahead of next week's ...China...
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China Bans Ivory Imports To Prevent PoachingThe InquisitrChina's ivory imports are blamed for depleting the African elephant population at an alarming rate. In response to continued criticism, China's State Forestry Administration issued a temporary ban on some ivory imports. Although the ban is limited to ...China bars ivory imports...
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China suspends ivory carving imports, but move won't stop poachingWashington PostBEIJING – China has announced a one-year suspension on imports of carved ivory products from Africa, but conservationists said the largely symbolic move would do nothing in itself to stem the illegal ivory trade here that is fueling rampant poaching i...
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China bars ivory imports to stop poaching which threatens elephants' existenceDaily MailChina has banned all ivory imports for a year in a bid to protect elephants. The temporary ban comes amid global criticism that the country's huge appetite for ivory is fuelling poaching, threatening the existence of African elephants. China is the ....
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Antique dealers wary of ivory ban billOrlando Sentinel"Banning ivory sales is a key component to an overall strategy to save Africa's elephants from the ravages of poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, and Florida can play a leadership role in this global effort," Jim Cavelli, WCS executive vice ......
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3 Amazing Films That Are Helping to Save the World's ElephantsOne Green PlanetBut here's an even darker truth: for every calf sent to a life in captivity, there is likely a parent elephant in Africa who has been brutally slain for ivory. It's estimated that between 35,000 to 50,000 African elephants are poached each year at a ......
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Don't shoot the hunterSydney Morning HeraldIt also supports schools, health clinics, drought relief and anti-ivory poaching initiatives in the depressed rural provinces in Zimbabwe. If one puts dollar figures to the immediate benefits to the local people from these safaris, US$2550 cash per ...McGrath photos: Can trophy hunting help...
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Demolishing the Ivory TowerPacific StandardPart of the complexity, especially on the federal level, is a result of efforts to strengthen rules against importing and selling ivory. Poaching has been on the rise since 2008, with an estimated 35,000 elephants dying for their tusks in 2012 alone ......
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Viewpoint: McGrath hunting photos and Africa conservationBBC NewsAn incomprehensible demand for ivory and rhino horn in China and Asia continues to encourage poaching and the callous killing of whole herds by guns or poison for money. The demand for hunting big game even gave rise to the questionable practice of ...and...
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Biologist aims to grow rhino horns to save animals from poachersInsideHalton.comA Seattle-based biotechnology startup that hopes to grow cruelty-free rhino horns in a laboratory to save the animal from poachers — and eventually from extinction — says it has already produced multiple batches of rhino horn powder. The first...
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Bomb-sniffing elephants? South Africa tests pachyderms' potentialThe Globe and MailIn the South African bush, elephants are being trained in the art of “bio-detection” to see if they can use their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out explosives, landmines and poachers. Supported by the U.S. Army Research Office, the project looks ......
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Inside China Where Smuggled Ivory Meets Second DeathThe Star"There is, however, a parallel illegal ivory trade continuing in the country, fueled by ivory from elephants, poached mainly from Africa but also from Asia," Martin and Lucy note in the report. Some of it feeds the licensed factories, but most of it ...Chinese money testing...
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Hong Kong Customs seizes illicit 1148 elephant tusks worth $2.25 millionCustoms Today NewspaperTens of thousands of elephants have been killed for their tusks in recent years in Africa, where the revenues from the poached ivory are believed to be fueling conflicts across the continent. The fact that the number of large-scale...
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Nepal's Most Wanted Wildlife Criminal Caught in MalaysiaEnvironment News ServiceRajkumar Praja, the convicted leader of a rhino poaching network in Nepal, was wanted to serve a 15-year sentence for rhino poaching and trading internationally in rhino horns. Nepali authorities requested that Interpol issue an international...
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Biologist aims to grow rhino horns to save animals from poacherswww.insidebelleville.com/A Seattle-based biotechnology startup that hopes to grow cruelty-free rhino horns in a laboratory to save the animal from poachers — and eventually from extinction — says it has already produced multiple batches of rhino horn powder. The first...
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Biologist aims to grow rhino horns to save animals from poachersToronto StarOther countries with significant rhino populations don't regularly publish statistics on poaching. But there are newspaper reports and press releases after major incidents. For instance, Kenya reported in early November that it had lost 39 rhinos to ......
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WCS Praises Florida Senate for Introducing Ivory BanNewswise (press release)Banning ivory sales is a key component to an overall strategy to save Africa's elephants from the ravages of poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, and Florida can play a leadership role in this global effort. Already, New York and New Jersey have ...and more »...
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Help stop slaughter of elephants, David Attenborough tells Xi JinpingTelegraph.co.ukFor Africa's elephants the situation is far bleaker with the UN last year warning that ivory poaching had reached "critically high levels". More than 32,000 elephants were illegally killed in 2012, according to UN figures. Xi Jinping could help slash...
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To be successful, anti-poaching efforts must focus on reducing demandLos Angeles TimesThe effect of demand on poaching is well documented. In 1989, elephants were poached at the rate of 70,000 a year by some estimates. In response to a global outcry, the international ivory trade was banned and many consumers bowed out as publicity ......
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David Attenborough's powerful plea to ChinaCoffs Coast AdvocateLast December, in a speech at the World Bank, Washington DC, he noted that the street price of ivory in China had increased from $5 to $2,100 per kg in 25 years and that the rise had precipitated an increase in poaching. He said: "Those who look...
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David Attenborough calls on Chinese president to end ivory trade and halt ...The IndependentChina has been sensitive to allegations that it is directly responsible for the elephant poaching crisis. China's foreign ministry said it “strongly dissatisfied” with a report that stated ivory prices in Tanzania spiked during a...
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EXCLUSIVE: Obama acts on wildlife after Prince William's pleaExpress.co.ukPressure will also be brought on Asian countries, particularly China, where most of the rhino horns, ivory and other items are exported. A record 1,020 rhinos were killed in South Africa last year. Mr Obama's announcement comes just weeks after his ......
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Conservationists, lawmakers lobby Xi Jinping over ending the ivory tradeSouth China Morning Post (subscription)Hong Kong legislator Elizabeth Quat vistis the scene of an elephant slaughter by ivory poachers in Kenya. Photo: EPA. “Now the world is looking to you, Mr President, and to your great country,...
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Govt encouraged to do more to stop ivory tradeThaiTech AsiaThe move gave global efforts to tackle the surge in elephant poaching a much-needed boost in Thailand – a country identified as one of the largest unregulated markets for ivory items. Dapong said Thailand was keen to solve problems with the illegal ...and more »...
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Training Africa's law enforcers, targeting illegal ivory tradeeTurboNewsUp to 35,000 elephants lose their lives to poaching for their ivory each year. Most illegal ivory is destined for Asia, in particular China, where it has soared in value as an investment vehicle and is coveted as "white gold." Availability of legal ...and...
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Training Africa's Law Enforcers, Targeting Illegal Ivory TradeSYS-CON Media (press release)Availability of legal ivory in China purchased from the stockpile sale in southern Africa in 2008 has, in turn, boosted demand encouraging illegal ivory trade and the poaching of elephants to meet market needs. As part of a worldwide capacity building ...and...
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Training Africa's Law Enforcers, Targeting Illegal Ivory TradePR Newswire (press release)Up to 35,000 elephants lose their lives to poaching for their ivory each year. Most illegal ivory is destined for Asia, in particular China, where it has soared in value as an investment vehicle and is coveted as "white gold." Availability of legal ...and...
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Interview: Rise Against Stand by Their Values, No Matter WhatRadio.com Music and Entertainment News... families affected by Chicago gun crime, as well as foreign conflicts and civil wars, sharing statistics that are often tragic (“1,800 shootings a year in Chicago” “120,000 dead in the Mexican drug war”) and surprising...
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Govt encouraged to do more to stop ivory tradeThe Nation... which helped increase awareness on how demand for ivory is driving elephants to extinction, came at a good time, as Thailand added the African elephant to its list of protected species. The move gave global efforts to tackle the surge in elephant ......
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Can Inspiring Stories Save the Elephant? This Amazing Documentary Aims to ...One Green PlanetDespite our knowledge that these animals are smart, sympathetic and loving, they are in danger of being poached to extinction due to the illegal ivory trade. It is estimated that one elephant is poached every 15 minutes, meaning that if we...
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David Attenborough calls on Chinese president to end ivory tradeThe GuardianConservationists expect him to talk about the wildlife trade, including ivory. In a speech last December he noted the street price of ivory in China had increased from $5 (£3.20) to $2,1000 per kg in 25 years and was being reflected in increases in ......
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Woolly Mammoths Invade Hong KongBloombergElizabeth Quat, a member of the Hong Kong legislature, says the city remains an “illegal trading hub” for elephant ivory sold by poachers. She wants a temporary ban on all sales of African ivory to give the government time to come up with a more ......
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Arrest of notorious Nepalese poacher boosts global fight against wildlife crimeWWF InternationalAs INTERPOL's first global fugitive operation focused on environmental criminals, Infra Terra targeted 139 fugitives wanted by 36 countries for crimes, including wildlife trafficking, illegal fishing and logging, and trading in illicit i...
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A President Plans to Celebrate His Birthday by Eating Elephant and Lion MeatTakePartZimbabwe's elephant population dropped by almost half between 2007 and 2012—from 84,000 to 47,000—a similar decline to that of elephant numbers worldwide. The main reason? Poaching for the animals' ivory tusks, which are mainly sold to China.and...
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EIA: China's Blood Ivory Carving FactoriesHuffington Post (blog)EIA are the original eco-spooks of the wildlife trade, behind groundbreaking investigations that contributed significantly to both ivory and rhino horn bans in the previous poaching crisis of the eighties. It's been 17 years since Japan was authorized ......
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Zimbabwe elephant population dwindles amid threat from poachersChicago TribuneIn July, wildlife officials in Zimbabwe requested the U.S. reverse a ban on ivory imports it implemented a year ago citing concerns about the sustainability of the country's elephant population. Zimbabwe's elephant-hunting industry generates $14 ...and more »...
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Malaysia deports Nepali poacher wanted by InterpolThe Malaysian InsiderInfra Terra targeted 139 fugitives wanted by 36 member countries for various crimes ranging from wildlife trafficking to trading in ivory. Other high-profile targets of Operation Infra Terra who have been arrested include suspected illegal ivory trader ...Nepal's most wanted...
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Riau Police arrest hunters, investigate ivory tradeJakarta PostThe last illegal ivory trading case that was brought to court was in 2005, and other cases of elephant killings had been reported in court, he added. The WWF has recorded 43 cases of Sumatran elephant poaching in Riau in the past three years. However ......
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Will Mobilization of Military Forces Stop Elephant Poaching in Cameroon?National GeographicThe plan called for mobilizing military forces in Chad and Cameroon to support anti-poaching brigades, establishing ways to share and analyze information across borders in real time, and raising the penalties for poaching and illegal ivory...
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A Road Map to Fighting Poaching and Illegal Wildlife TradeAllAfrica.comInvestigative efforts led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service targeted traffickers in rhinoceros horn, elephant ivory, and other wildlife products, concentrating on organized smuggling rings, middlemen, and art and antique dealers. Operation Crash ...Executive branch launches...
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Poaching Reduces but Land Grabbers Now Target ParksThe StarWhile the government was busy fighting poachers, some land grabbers were busy stealing land in marine parks at the Coast. Kenya Wildlife Service, which last week presented latest figures showing poaching for ivory and rhino horn has reduced by almost ......
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Hawaii Steps Up to Protect Elephants and Rhinos With Proposed Ivory BanCare2.comAnimal advocates are applauding lawmakers in Hawaii for moving forward with legislation intended to protect elephants and rhinos from being wiped out by poachers by banning the sale of ivory and rhino horns. Wildlife advocates continue to warn that the ......
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Jared Leto Named WWF Global Ambassador to Highlight Wildlife Poaching CrisisEcoWatchMeanwhile, WWF programs aim to protect existing rhino populations and their habitats through monitoring and breeding programs, to work with local communities and governments to enact policies that discourage poaching, and to reduce demand for rhino ...and...
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US Unveils Anti-Poaching StrategyVoice of AmericaIn the strategy's opening letter, Mr. Obama wrote that “because of the actions of poachers, species, like elephants and rhinos, face the risk of significant decline or even extinction.” He added that “well-armed, well-equipped, and well-organized ...and...
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Hounding down poachers in the DR CongoDeutsche WelleThe opening of the region to mining - coupled with weak governance and widespread poverty - have allowed for the rise of illegal poaching rackets. Elephants are most commonly targeted for their valuable ivory tusks. Primates, including the mountain ...and more »...
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At least 19 Malian elephants killed by poachersIron Mountain Daily NewsIt is believed there are only 350 to 700 elephants left in Mali, and those that remain are under growing threat not only from humans seeking their ivory but also from climate change and reduced rainfall, conservationists say. "We have heard that the ...and more »...
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Elephant deaths in Mali blamed on poaching by extremist groupsThe GuardianConservationists report that the price of ivory in Asia has quadrupled since 2010. Ganamé said traditional superstitions – such as the belief that an elephant herd's arrival heralds rain – had long prevented ivory poachers from eliciting the...
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Poaching is Not the Biggest ProblemAllAfrica.comOver 100, 000 African elephants have been killed by poachers in just three years. But the greatest threat elephants is not parts of the world's appetite for ivory, but something far more dangerous and difficult to stop: Climate change. Each of us can ......
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At least 19 Malian elephants killed by poachersLancasterOnlinePoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory particularly in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report released last year by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 ...and...
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At least 19 Malian elephants killed by poachersYahoo NewsPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory particularly in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report released last year by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 ...and more »...
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At Least 19 Malian Elephants Killed by PoachersABC NewsPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory particularly in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report released last year by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 ...and more »...
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At least 19 Malian elephants killed by poachersWatertown Public OpinionPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory particularly in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report released last year by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 ...and more »...
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At least 19 Malian elephants killed by poachersThe MissoulianPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory particularly in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report released last year by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 ...and more »...
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At least 19 Malian elephants killed by poachersWashington PostPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory particularly in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report released last year by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 ...and more »...
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Elephant patrols seek to protect Indonesia's rainforestsPhys.OrgPoaching of endangered species is also common, with elephants killed for their ivory and tigers for their pelts. The elephant patrol project, run with communities in the Trumon district of Aceh province, on Sumatra island, aims to give a helping hand ...and more »...
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Oklahoma zoo officials push bill to make ivory and rhino horn sales illegal in ...Tulsa World“I'm calling on my colleagues of the Legislature to support this measure and to help us enact a law in an effort to close the market that sustains illegal poaching,” Shelton said. He said similar bills have been passed in several...
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Hugo Guinness Illustrates His Secret Talents, Vices and FearsNew York Times (blog)Illustration by Hugo Guinness; When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A cowboy. Illustration by Hugo Guinness; If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Play sports and exercise. Illustration by...
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Elephant Poacher Killed in KenyaNature World NewsIt's no secret that elephant poaching is running rampant across Africa, the demand for their ivory tusks skyrocketing. African elephants, the continent's most iconic species, have declined from millions to about only 400,000 animals today. At this rate ...Kenya: Poacher shot dead...
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Why Hawaii's new ivory trafficking bill could be a big dealChristian Science Monitor“A commercial ban is a critical element in the President's strategy to stop illegal wildlife trafficking and to shut down criminal markets that encourage poaching,” Ms. Jewell added. New York and New Jersey passed their own anti-...
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Oklahoma bill would ban ivory sales in stateNewsOK.comPieces of carved ivory are on display Tuesday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. A news conference was held by Democratic state Rep. Mike Shelton, who is sponsoring a bill that he says is designed to help curb illegal poaching of wildlife in Africa ...Why Hawaii's...
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Kenya: Poacher Shot Dead After His Gang Killed an ElephantABC NewsPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report last year by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 elephants between 2010 ......
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Kenya: Poacher Shot Dead After His Gang Killed an ElephantNew York TimesPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report last year by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 elephants between 2010 ...Elephan...
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Kenya Wildlife Service: Suspected poacher shot dead after killing elephant ...Fox NewsPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report last year by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 elephants between 2010 ......
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Smart Technology Helps Thwart PoachingVoice of AmericaA report recently launched reveals how smart technology can stop armed groups from slaughtering elephants for ivory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report comes from the Enough Project, the Satellite Sentinel Project, the African Parks and ......
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400 Poachers Snared in a Year: Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit on a RollVoicesAlready, in the first month of 2015, the VFAPU assisted local police and National Parks in arresting two suspected ivory dealers, who have been charged with possession of ivory with the intent to smuggle it out of the country, and are now awaiting ......
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Poachers in the crosshairsBangkok PostThe shameful and unchecked demand from China for tiger parts and ivory is at the root of poaching and wildlife trafficking. A growing number of Chinese hold superstitious beliefs about the supernatural powers of tiger bones, skins and meat. Both the ...and more »...
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China's appetite for ivory fuels slaughter of thousands of African elephantsITV NewsLi Zhong Yuan, a government official and chief of the reserve ITV News visited, said: "China has introduced strict anti-poaching laws, government-funded feeding programmes for elephants, and farmers are being educated about how to live more ...Baby...
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Banning the sale and trade of ivory or rhino horn in HawaiiHawaii News Now... advocating for the passage of a Hawaii state bill (HB837/SB674) which would ban the sale and trade of ivory or rhinoceros horn in the state – the third largest U.S. market for ivory products. An estimated 35,000 to 50,000 elephants are poached...and...
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Watch Wild Elephant Awaken After Being Saved From Poison ArrowNational GeographicSadder still was the coffee pot and the ashes of a fire just out of reach of the elephant's circle of distress. There, the poachers had sat, drinking coffee and watching, waiting until they could plunder his ivory and hack away at his tusks. The...
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Missing US pilot, plane frustrate searchers in AfricaNews & ObserverThe job of the former Peace Corps volunteer would have been to scan the park's many clearings for elephant carcasses from his cockpit and alert rangers who could intercept poachers escaping with ivory tusks. "Everything is in limbo," Fitzpatrick's ...and more »...
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Pack of bills proposed for animal welfareWest Hawaii TodayAnother bone of contention is the proposed ivory sale ban. Despite a nationwide moratorium on importing elephant ivory since 1989, poaching of elephants for ivory and rhinoceroses for their horns have brought the animals to the brink of extinction. New ......
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UNDP Supports Govt Anti-Poaching DriveAllAfrica.com... being poached for their tusks had reduced considerably. The African Elephant Fund, the deputy minister noted, had provided Tanzania with US 33,160 dollars to strengthen enforcement of the law at sea and airports which were often used to sneak out ...and more »...
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Who Is Poaching Our Elephants For Ivory?Uganda Radio NetworkIllegal trade in ivory and other endangered wildlife species has become a lucrative venture for many smugglers who reap billions of shillings from the trade. Over years, Entebbe International Airport and Uganda as a country has become transit route to ......
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Uganda Takes Aim at Wildlife PoachersBig News Network.comKAMPALA, UGANDA - Uganda's wildlife authorities made a grim discovery recently at Entebbe International Airport: Hidden in mismarked crates were more than 700 kilograms or 1,543 pounds of elephant ivory and 2 tons of scales from pangolins, otherwise ...and...
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Documentary Sheds Light On Dwindling Elephant PopulationKEYT"Never buy ivory and tell everyone you know never to buy ivory and look into your state's legislation because we're now going state to state and working on an ivory ban for each state to make sure there are no more loopholes for the black market ...Elephant wounded by poachers s...
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Uganda Takes Aim at Wildlife PoachersVoice of AmericaKAMPALA, UGANDA—. Uganda's wildlife authorities made a grim discovery recently at Entebbe International Airport: Hidden in mismarked crates were more than 700 kilograms or 1,543 pounds of elephant ivory and 2 tons of scales from pangolins, otherwise ......
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This startup wants to bioengineer faux rhino horn, end illegal poaching tradeGeekWireMarkus is the co-founder of Pembient, a new Seattle startup that is fabricating wildlife products like rhino horn, elephant ivory, tiger bone, and pangolin scales and sell them at prices below what's available on the black market. pembient-case-of ......
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Could the Golden State Go Grey for Elephants?Huffington PostCalifornia may be on the verge of joining the effort to find a solution to the elephant poaching crisis. Last month, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and Senator Ricardo Lara introduced the aptly named Assembly Bill 96, which would ban the sale of ivory......
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Elephant wounded by poachers savedThe CitizenIvory poachers shot three elephants on the remote island late last month, killing two of the animals and badly wounding a third in her right shoulder, according to the Bumi Hills Anti Poaching Unit. Locals saw the wounded female and alerted the unit ......
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Q&A: Putting African Communities in Charge of Wildlife ProtectionHuffington PostIan Craig grew up in a family that -- unusual for African ranchers of the time -- valued wildlife on their ranch in northern Kenya. In the 1980s, the Craigs helped establish a black rhinoceros sanctuary on their property after poachers had brought ......
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Brad Pitt May Star in Angelina Jolie's Elephant Poaching Film 'Africa'EcorazziPitt is currently involved in negotiations to portray the famous conservationist and paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted much of his life to fight ivory poachers in Africa and protect the elephants he loved. Leakey was born in Kenya in 1944 ...and...
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Elephant shows off her huge smile as she splashes about at zoo in IndonesiaDaily MailFrom the look on her face, you'd think it was the first time this baby elephant had seen water. Wide-eyed and with a huge smile, she was pictured splashing about at Ragunan National Zoo in Jakarta with her twin. The youngster is named Lestari ......
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German President set to visit tourist attractions in TanzaniaeTurboNewsPoaching is an increasingly serious threat in the Selous Game Reserve, in particular the poaching of elephants for ivory. Controlling this problem is difficult due to a number of factors including the sheer size of the Selous and lack of clear ......
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Prosecuting Pillaging May Be Key To Curbing Natural Resource Driven WarMintpress News (registration) (blog)The Lord's Resistance Army, too, has long been known to fund its operations in the Central African Republic in part through the poaching of elephants and selling that ivory onto the black market. Of course,...
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Pittsburgh zoo defends use of dogs to control elephantsUPI.comThe zoo is known for its elephant herd and is involved in an experimental effort to protect African wild elephants, whose numbers have dropped sharply because of ivory poaching. Project Frozen Dumbo uses sperm taken from wild bull elephants to ...and more »...
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Terrorist groups fuel rise in violent elephant poaching in central AfricaFox News“Ivory has injected new blood into the LRA, which was nearly on its last legs in 2014,” Sasha Lezhnev, Associate Director of Policy at the Enough Project, which recently released a report regarding poaching, told FoxNews.com.“The LRA is one...
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Poaching for Ivory: World Wildlife Fund is Asking for Support for Elephants ...Headlines & Global NewsThe people of Thailand are saying "No more!" to the illegal ivory trade. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Thailand has created a campaign to raise awareness to make people think before buying a product made of ivory - a...
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Digital Globe + Enough Project Join Forces...Become A Game Changer For ...SatNews PublishersThe report, “Poachers without Borders: New Satellite Imaging and Predictive Mapping to Empower Park Rangers and Combat Ivory Traffickers in Garamba National Park” identifies that ivory trafficking in Garamba National Park is funding armed...
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Ivory collectors now eyeing carved hornbill casquesThe Star OnlinePopulations have been in serious decline due to a combination of habitat destruction and poaching, with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species listing the species on Appendix I (no trading allowed) since 1975. Yet despite its ...Red alert!...
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Tiny bits of ivory hamper traveling musiciansThe OlathenewsThe levels of poaching, the levels of illegal trade, are unprecedented," said Craig Hoover, chief of the Wildlife Trade and Conservation branch of the Wildlife Service. In several Asian countries, consumers pay top dollar for ivory, rhino horn and ...and more »...
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Venereal Disease, Taxes, But Not Climate Change: Where Disney Draws The ...ThinkProgressThat's not to say Disney said yes to everything. Hill has heard stories about “the folks who are anti-ivory and anti-elephant poaching who have approached Disney about using Dumbo, and it's like, 'No, we are not getting Dumbo involved.' But...
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Smart Tech, Eyes in the Sky to Stop Armed Groups Profiting in Congo IvoryEnough ProjectThe report, “Poachers without Borders: New Satellite Imaging and Predictive Mapping to Empower Park Rangers and Combat Ivory Traffickers in Garamba National Park” identifies that ivory trafficking in Garamba National Park is funding armed...
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Poachers Without BordersEnough ProjectThe pace of poaching is putting pressure on a continental elephant population that has declined by more than 50 percent in the past 30 years. Ivory prices have reached a record high because of high demand in east and southeast Asia, especially China.and more »...
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Despite New Tactics, Africa Needs More Holistic Approach to PoachingWorld Politics Review... to curb poaching. In February 2014, 46 governments signed the London Declaration indicating unprecedented high-level political commitment. Five African states launched the Elephant Protection Initiative, committing to a 10-year...
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Toronto Zoo, Crime Stoppers partner up on stopping illegal turtle tradeCityNews“Poaching is a serious issue which can have detrimental impacts on the sustainability of turtle populations,” Dr. Andrew Lentini, curator of amphibians and reptiles at the Toronto Zoo, said in a release. “The partnership between Toronto Zoo and...
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Proposals seek to end ivory salesHonolulu Star-AdvertiserA grisly, recent upswing in ivory poaching has left African elephants on the verge of extinction, and in Hawaii, home to one of the largest markets for ivory in the nation, conservationists will try once more this year to pass a law banning ivory sales ......
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Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?Boise State Public RadioIn 2013, more than 20,000 elephants were slaughtered, and last year the repository crushed 6 tons of confiscated ivory. Some poached wildlife is used for fashion or medicine. Schaefer says some of the animals serve as trophies. "This...
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Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?WVXUIn 2013, more than 20,000 elephants were slaughtered, and last year the repository crushed 6 tons of confiscated ivory. Some poached wildlife is used for fashion or medicine. Schaefer says some of the animals serve as trophies. "This is probably the ...and more »...
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Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?NPR (blog)In 2013, more than 20,000 elephants were slaughtered, and last year the repository crushed 6 tons of confiscated ivory. Some poached wildlife is used for fashion or medicine. Schaefer says some of the animals serve as trophies. "This is probably the ...and...
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The fight to save SA's rhinos: What the Minister didn't sayDaily MaverickWhen listening to Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa discuss tackling the scourge of rhino poaching, one hears lots of 'good' news – but sadly there is little of real substance on the key issues when one delves a little deeper. The number ...and...
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This Rare Bird Is Worth More Than Ivory to PoachersTakePartAccording to an undercover operation by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), poachers are increasingly targeting a rare bird called the helmeted hornbill. The beaks of these Southeast Asian birds are then carved into jewelry and trinkets and ...Seeing red – the often...
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UK raises alarm over increase in ivory tradeThe Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)The High Commissioner was, however, quick to praise Kenya for her efforts in dealing with poaching. "We commend the Kenyan government, which recently tracked and arrested a suspect to Tanzania who was involved in smuggling of ivory to...
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African Countries Take More Holistic Approach to Curbing PoachingWorld Politics Review... to curb poaching. In February 2014, 46 governments signed the London Declaration indicating unprecedented high-level political commitment. Five African states launched the Elephant Protection Initiative, committing to a 10-year moratorium...
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Chinese officials allegedly eat endangered animal at banquet - AOL.comAOL NewsConservationists have blamed Chinese demand for rhino horns as one of the leading factors in the 90 percent decline in wild rhino populations over the past 40 years, and Chinese demand for ivory has also driven elephant poaching. Many of these items ...and...
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Ivory in Uganda seizure likely stolen from impound vaultThe Sun DailyPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fuelled by rising demand in Asia for products coveted for traditional medicine or as status symbols. Uganda is a key transit country for the illegal trade in ivory, especially from Congo's huge ...and more »...
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Ivory in Uganda Seizure Likely Stolen from Impound VaultNaharnetPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fueled by rising demand in Asia for products coveted for traditional medicine or as status symbols. Uganda is a key transit country for the illegal trade in ivory, especially from Congo's huge ...and more »...
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How Ebola is Killing the World's Ape Population and What we can Do To Stop itOne Green PlanetPoaching of gorillas and chimps for bushmeat and the exotic animal trade has increased drastically as a result. ... In the past two years, there was a massive Ebola outbreak amongst chimps in the Tai Forest along the Ivory Coast, which borders Liberia.and...
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How Poachers Tried to Smuggle Tons of Elephant Ivory and Pangolin Scales out ...TakePartIn just three years, poachers killed more than 100,000 elephants to capitalize on the high price and demand for ivory tusks. If that trends continue, wild elephants could be extinct within 20 years. Poaching is a newer threat for pangolins, whose ......
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3 Resilient Elephants Who Survived Poaching AttemptsOne Green PlanetDespite our many efforts to raise awareness about the illegal ivory trade and poaching, we are still losing elephants at an astonishing rate. In just three years, 100,000 elephants in Africa were killed by poachers. And at current estimates, one ......
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Uganda seizes massive ivory, pangolin haulNews24Poaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fuelled by rising demand in Asia for products coveted as a traditional medicine and or as status symbols. Uganda is a key transit country for the illegal trade in ivory, especially from Congo's ...Uganda seizes ivory and pangolin haulBDliv...
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The Nature Conservancy Receives $26 Million in Funding—one of the Largest ...The Nature Conservancy... organization, announced today receipt of $26 million in funding through the Peter Hawkins Dobberpuhl Foundation for projects in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia that are designed to conserve wild places and benefit the people who live in them,...
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Uganda seizes ivory and pangolin haulBDliveIn November, Uganda's found that its store of more than a tonne of seized ivory — worth more than $1m — had vanished from government stockrooms. Poaching of rhino and elephant has risen sharply across Africa over the past four years fuelled by rising ...Uganda's massive i...
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Uganda seizes massive ivory and pangolin haulYahoo NewsPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fuelled by rising demand in Asia for products coveted as a traditional medicine and or as status symbols. Uganda is a key transit country for the illegal trade in ivory, especially from Congo's ...Uganda seizes ivory and...
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Uganda's massive ivory, pangolin haulSky News AustraliaMore than 700 kilograms of ivory - worth almost $US1.5 million ($A1.86 million) on the black market - and more than two tonnes of pangolin skins were discovered in boxes at Uganda's main airport Entebbe, which had been due to be exported to Amsterdam ...Uganda seizes ivory and...
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The elephant poaching business in numbersPhys.Org$100: The amount local poachers, often from the impoverished villages that border national parks and reserves, are paid for a kilo of ivory in Kenya, according to AFP sources. $2,100: The amount a kilo of raw ivory sells for at market in China ...Butchered jumbos in the Selous in five years...
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The ivory mafia: How a high-profile trial could lay bare the workings of ...Mail & Guardian Africa“People who get apprehended are mainly the foot soldiers, the poachers or foreign middlemen,” said Mary Rice, executive director of the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency, which recently exposed...
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Ivory mafia: how criminal gangs are killing Africa's elephantsDaily Mail"There had been this concept that ivory poaching was somewhat opportunistic and being done on a small-scale by local people but the level of sophistication is greater than we ever thought," said Adam Roberts, chief executive of Born Free USA, a ...The ivory mafia:...
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Air Shepherd targets poachersAOPA PilotA conservation effort has begun to coalesce around aircraft weighing less than 50 pounds and guided by “big data,” in a high-tech response to an environmental crisis. Illegal poaching, fueled by burgeoning demand for ivory threatens the existence of ......
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Can anything stop the rhino poaching crisis?The Guardian“Japan was once the world's largest illegal ivory consumer but today barely features in illicit ivory trade. In the 1970s Yemen and South Korea were major rhino horn consumers, but again barely feature if at all. It's all about changing what's ...and more »...
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Born Free USA applauds Sen. Adam Ebbin for introducing ban on ivory, rhino ...Augusta Free PressAccording to Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “The elephant poaching epidemic across Africa has reached crisis levels and rhino poaching is escalating exponentially. Unfortunately, the U.S. is the...
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Beyond IvorySouthern Fried ScienceIt also spawns only once per year. It is no surprise then that historically intensive (and over-) fishing has led the IUCN to list it as critically endangered. Like rhinos poached for their horn or elephants for their ivory, totoaba are fished only for ...and more »...
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Two suspected poachers nabbed with six tusks worth Sh6.2millionThe Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)He said the officers posed as potential customers before arresting them with the 62 kilogrammes of ivory. "We intercepted them as they were trying to look for market probably in Nairobi. The third accomplice who is...
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The Bogus Link Between Ivory And TerrorismScience 2.0It is often said that if something is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted as true. This has certainly been the case for the link between terrorism and the poaching of elephants for the ivory trade. A wide range of public figures have repeated ......
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As Africa's elephant population dwindles, project aims to count them allPBS NewsHourThe Great Elephant census, an ambitious two-year initiative funded by an American philanthropist for $8 million, aims to count all of the elephants on the continent of Africa in order to save the species through conservation efforts. But as elephant ...and...
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Ivory rules raise alarm for musicians traveling abroadToledo BladeThe levels of poaching, the levels of illegal trade, are unprecedented,” said Craig Hoover, chief of the Wildlife Trade and Conservation branch of the Wildlife Service. In several Asian countries, consumers pay top dollar for ivory, rhino horn, and ...and...
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How tiny bits of ivory snare symphony musicians crossing bordersPittsburgh Post GazetteThe levels of poaching, the levels of illegal trade, are unprecedented,” said Craig Hoover, chief of the Wildlife Trade and Conservation branch of the Wildlife Service. In several Asian countries, consumers pay top dollar for ivory,...
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Ivory rules raise alarm for musicians travelingToledo BladeThe levels of poaching, the levels of illegal trade, are unprecedented,” said Craig Hoover, chief of the Wildlife Trade and Conservation branch of the Wildlife Service. In several Asian countries, consumers pay top dollar for ivory, rhino horn, and ...and more »...
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Your chance to hunt an elephant for $20000Telegraph.co.uk"It's disingenuous to say it's being done for conservation," he said. "Elephants and rhinos are in the middle of intense poaching." The club's auction catalogue notes that although the top bid would win "the right to hunt a mature bull elephant," it ...Dallas Safari Club To Auction...
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Texas Club Auctions Hunt for African ElephantsABC News"Elephants and rhinos are in the middle of intense poaching." The club's auction catalog notes that although the top bid would ... along with mining, have eaten into that habitat. They also are frequently the targets of illegal hunting for their prized ...Texas club's latest auction: A...
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The Tragedy Of IvoryWGRZ-TVBut the ivory trade degrades them into trinkets or piano keys, and thousands of elephants are slaughtered to obtain them. Joe Hauser is a Rhino Keeper at the Buffalo Zoo." The major threat is poaching, especially in South Africa. There's an average of ......
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Texas club's latest auction: A hunt for African elephantsImperial Valley PressDALLAS (AP) — A Texas hunting club again will auction off Saturday a chance to kill a large animal whose numbers are dwindling, a year after it faced international criticism over doing the same with a permit to shoot an endangered black rhino. The ...and...
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Texas club's latest auction: A hunt for African elephantsChron.com"Elephants and rhinos are in the middle of intense poaching." The club's auction catalog notes that although the top bid would win "the right to hunt a mature bull elephant," it also notes such quarries "are not importable to the U.S.". The African ...and more »...
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Kathryn Bigelow and the bogus link between ivory and terrorismRaw StoryRecently, a joint report by INTERPOL and the UN Environmental Program classified EAL's claims as “highly unreliable” as they would require al-Shabaab to bring nearly all ivory poached from west, central and eastern Africa to a single Somali port ...The...
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The Bogus Link Between Ivory and TerrorismThe Epoch TimesThis has certainly been the case for the link between terrorism and the poaching of elephants for the ivory trade. A wide range of public figures have repeated the claim that ivory plays a major role in bankrolling terrorist organisations in Africa ...and more »...
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Rhinos 'could become extinct in just over 10 years time' if poaching continuesExpress.co.uk... devastating 1,004 rhinos being poached in 2013 and the expected 1,215 last year. Save The Rhino blamed one factor of this increase in rhino deaths on a soaring demand for their horns, particularly in Vietnam where the ivory is used in...
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Orange County nonprofit is preaching against poachingOCRegisterFrom left, members of the board of Generation Awakening Senta Cumiford of Newport Beach, Stephanie Hill of Fountain Valley, Christine Mulholland of Huntington Beach and Erika Carroll of Newport Beach are working to educate their peers about the threats ......
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IFAW Statement on Dallas Safari Club Elephant Hunt AuctionRock Hill Herald16, 2015 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In connection with its annual convention and expo this weekend, the Dallas Safari Club today announced it would auction to the highest bidder the opportunity to hunt an African elephant, a species currently in the ...and...
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IFAW Statement on Dallas Safari Club Elephant Hunt AuctionSYS-CON Media (press release)16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In connection with its annual convention and expo this weekend, the Dallas Safari Club today announced it would auction to the highest bidder the opportunity to hunt an African elephant, a species currently in the ...and...
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Endangered Species Chocolate Tallies Charitable GivingInside Indiana Business (press release)... No to Ivory" videos featuring celebrities like Yao Ming, Prince William, and David Beckham. In China, the largest market for illegal ivory, the videos aired 7,697 times across 22 television channels in 2013 in an effort to promote awareness about ......
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Ian Somerhalder Crowned 'Dogs Best Friend' at World Dog AwardsOne Green PlanetIt is no surprise to Ian Somerhalder fans that the Vampire Diaries star snagged the “Dog's Best Friend” award at the World Dog Awards last night. Somerhalder is a well-known animal rights activist and supporter of all things dog. “Just...
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Kathryn Bigelow and the bogus link between ivory and terrorismThe Conversation UKThis has certainly been the case for the link between terrorism and the poaching of elephants for the ivory trade. A wide range of public figures have repeated the claim that ivory plays a major role in bankrolling terrorist organisations in Africa ....
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Irish couple working to resolve conflict between elephants and farmers in AfricaIrish Times“While elephants in other parts of the world are being killed to supply the ivory trade in China and southeast Asia, the population in Botswana is very healthy. It's estimated there are about 200,000 elephants and the figure is growing because they are...
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15 endangered animals to watch in 2015Mother Nature Network (blog)Combined with the resurgent international scourge of ivory poaching, this has helped shrink the Sumatran elephant's total population to about 2,600 individuals, prompting a 2012 status update on the IUCN Red List from "endangered" to "critically ......
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It's a Calf! Baby Born to Rhino Who Miraculously Survived Poaching AttackYahoo NewsHer story caught the attention of international basketball superstar and wildlife conservationist Yao Ming, who narrated a video to help raise awareness of rhino poaching in China—where 70 percent of illegal ivory is sold. “They cut off her face just ...a...
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Wild Geese: Graham McCulloch on the Ecoexist Project in BotswanaIrish Times“While elephants in other parts of the world are being killed to supply the ivory trade in China and southeast Asia, the population in Botswana is very healthy. It's estimated there are about 200,000 elephants and the figure is growing because they are ......
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The Rhino Who Survived Poachers Had a BabyTakePartHer story caught the attention of international basketball superstar and wildlife conservationist Yao Ming, who narrated a video to help raise awareness or rhino poaching in China—where 70 percent of illegal ivory is sold. “They cut off her face just ...and more »...
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Is Your Local Zoo One of the Worst for Elephants?TakePartFrohoff hopes the list heightens public awareness of elephant welfare in the same way the documentary Blackfish did of the treatment of orcas at SeaWorld. “Between the illegal poaching incidents, illegal trade of ivory, and declining numbers of the ......
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Michelle Monaghan, Kate Mara and Other Celebrities Want You to Protect ...One Green PlanetIn the first PSA, the celebrities discuss the ivory trade and its effect on elephant populations. The U.S. is the world's second largest market for ivory. It is in piano keys, statues, even jewelry. These trivial items are a result of a beautiful ...and...
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Dog squads sniffing out poachers and intercepting illegal wildlife productsBusiness StandardIndia's forests and wildlife department has been fighting a difficult battle against poaching and illegal trade in animal products. In the last couple of years, however, it has had help from unexpected quarters. TRAFFIC, the international...
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Zimbabwe plans to sell baby elephants to global buyersThe GuardianIn 1997, CITES members voted to downgrade the Zimbabwean elephant from Appendix I (a total ban on trade) to Appendix II, in order to facilitate a once-off legal sale of stockpiled ivory. Zimbabwe, as well as Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, argued ......
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Wilfried Bony a dedicated, heavyweight signing for Manchester CityThe Guardian (blog)He has plundered 25 in the Premier League since signing from Vitesse Arnhem for £12m in July 2013 and it says much about his poaching instincts that all but two of those goals have come from inside the penalty area. Bony is a predator, the...
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Washington to consider ivory ban to protect elephantsKING5.comA February 2014 federal ban on the commercial trade of rhinocerous horn and elephant ivory has highlighted the need to protect elephants and rhinocerous populations form poachers, and "the most effective way to discourage illegal trafficking is to ......
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Illegal ivory for sale in California has doubled in 8 years, study saysLos Angeles TimesDespite high-profile public awareness campaigns and increased international enforcement, poaching and illegal ivory-trafficking are rising, with more than 100,000 elephants killed in the last three years, adding to the species' catastrophic decline....
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The plight of Zim's 36 baby elephantsDaily MaverickWhile Zimbabwe defends the move with claims of over-population, conservationists condemn the trade as both unethical and unwise in the face of the poaching crisis. Killed for teeth and banished for money, Zimbabwe's elephants are under siege. ... is ......
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Jamie Joseph: My war on Africa's poaching crisisNew Zealand HeraldBy now his ivory tusks have likely been claimed by rich folk; probably in China, but perhaps also in New Zealand, people ravenous for status symbols. This burgeoning lust is by far the most dangerous weapon in this war on greed. Every 15 minutes ......
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More 'legal' ivory will hasten the demise of speciesBDliveIn 2008-09 the Standing Committee of CITES (the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) approved China and Japan as two official ivory trading partners and sanctioned the one-off sale of more than 100 ... of ......
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Kenyan Poaching Suspect Denied BailAllAfrica.comA Mombasa court on Friday (January 9th) denied bail to the suspected ringleader of a multi-million dollar international ivory trafficking network, AFP reported. Kenyan national Feisal Mohammed Ali, listed among Interpol's nine most wanted suspects for ...Mombasa court denies bail to businessman...
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The Heartwarming Story Behind A Baby Elephant's Birth Caught On TapeCare2.comThe birth of a baby elephant is a rare event to catch on tape. Most elephants give birth under the cover of night, surrounded by the herd for protection. So it was quite a surprise when a once-orphaned elephant made her way back to the David Sheldrick ......
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Mombasa court denies bail to businessman Feisal Mohammed AliCoastweekIn June, authorities in Mombasa allegedly found him in possession of 314 pieces of ivory weighing more than 2.1 tonnes, including 228 complete elephant tusks. According to police, Ali was the mastermind of ivory poaching and he allegedly escaped police ...and...
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The lion princess who's becoming a movie star: Granddaughter of Virginia ...Daily MailOn one anti-poaching patrol we came upon a dead elephant, whose face had been hacked to get the ivory out and the rest of the body was left to rot. 'The smell was horrendous and it was such a waste. It made me understand even more why my father...
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Blood of the TigerNPROn how tiger farming affects wild tigers. The problem with tiger farming is that it stimulates demand for tiger products, which in turn stimulates poaching of wild tigers because tiger products from wild tigers are considered superior, more prestigious ...'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger TradeKCBX...
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Alleged Kenya poaching boss denied bailDaily MailA court in Kenya on Friday denied bail to a suspected ivory trafficking ringleader, after the prosecution argued his release would be a major blow to the fight against rampant poaching. Kenyan national Feisal Mohammed Ali, who figured on an...
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Alleged Poacher Feisal Denied BailCitizen NewsKituku said the prosecution had compelling reasons to indicate that Feisal escaped to Tanzania to avoid criminal proceedings after ivory tusks linked to him were nabbed. Feisal was on an Interpol list of nine most wanted suspects and faces charges...
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Alleged Kenya poaching boss denied bailZee NewsElephant ivory is sought out for jewellery and decorative objects and much of it is smuggled to China, where many increasingly wealthy shoppers are buying ivory trinkets as a sign of financial success. A sharp rise in poaching in Kenya, which is...
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Court to rule on bail for alleged poaching kingpinCapital FM Kenya (press release) (subscription) (blog)MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan 9 – A Mombasa Court was Friday due to rule whether to release suspected ivory kingpin Feisal Mohammed Ali on bail. State counsel Alexandar Muteti has opposed Ali's...
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1000+ rhinos were killed in 2014 in South Africa, home to 90% of the world's ...TreehuggerFinal estimates for elephant poaching across Africa in 2014 will not come out for some time, but conservationists say the number of the animals being slain for ivory — valued for decorative purposes in China — is likely exceeding the...
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Illegal Ivory Sales in California are Contributing to Rise in African Elephant ...One Green PlanetBetween 2010 and 2012, over 100,000 African elephants were poached for their ivory. While this was a notable spike in elephant deaths, it is part of a larger trend that is quickly leading to the extinction of the African elephant population. If we ......
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Kenya charges poaching kingpin with ivory smugglingLegalbrief (subscription)Ali had faced charges in the port city of Mombasa for 'dealing and possession of elephant tusks' weighing more than two tons and equivalent to at least 114 poached elephants, which were found during a raid in June. He is the second of the nine alleged ......
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Online media used to spread wildlife poaching: ActivistJakarta PostThe government must seriously handle this problem," Swasti said, adding that at least 78 cases of wildlife poaching were reported in 2014. The cases involved a Sumatran tiger's head and skin, 28 beaks of hornbill ivory along with six yellow-crested ...and more »...
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New bill would more thoroughly restrict ivory sales in CaliforniaSFGateAssembly Speaker Toni Atkins proposed the bill in an attempt to close loopholes in existing law that have hampered efforts to stop importation of ivory obtained from poaching, particularly in Los Angeles and San Francisco. AB 96 would prohibit the ......
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For Orphaned Elephant Calf, Harrowing Rescue Ends in HopeNational GeographicAfter examining the dead mother more closely, he found a poisoned spear wound in her cheek, indicating a fatal attack by ivory poachers. The mother was still nursing the calf before the lethal, fast-acting poison stopped her heart, and now, as she...
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ESSAY: Infighting Over Whether to Trade in Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn ...National GeographicThey argue that introducing raw ivory and horn from natural wildlife mortality in lieu of poaching, from existing confiscated stockpiles, and from the occasional problem animal would reverse black market trends by meeting demand...
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Key year in fight to save the rhinoIndependent OnlineJohannesburg - South Africa lost a record number of rhinos last year as big animals across Africa were poached relentlessly to meet rising demand for horn and ivory in newly affluent Asian countries, or even to provide meat for fighters in the bush ...Africa's Greatest Animals Are Being Poache...
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Africa's Greatest Animals Are Being Poached in Record NumbersMicNot just rhinos: One of Sub-Saharan Africa's other well-known animals, the African elephant, is also in danger thanks to poaching increases. Despite international pressure on the ivory trade, elephants are being slaughtered for their expensive tusks ...Key year in fight to save the...
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Quora Question: Should Poachers Be Shot on Sight?NewsweekAll too often the poachers themselves are from similar backgrounds and very often motivated by poverty. The great difference though is that in the case of commercial poaching, whether for ivory or meat, there is always someone behind the scenes making ......
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Record year of rhino slayings as Africa's big animals targetedGMA NewsFinal estimates for elephant poaching across Africa in 2014 will not come out for some time, but conservationists say the number of the animals being slain for ivory -- valued for decorative purposes in China -- is likely exceeding the number being born.and more »...
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Another Record Year For Rhino Slayings After More Than 1000 Killed In 2014Huffington PostJOHANNESBURG, Jan 2 (Reuters) - South Africa lost a record number of rhinos in 2014 as big animals across Africa were relentlessly poached to meet rising demand for horn and ivory in newly affluent Asian countries or to provide meat to fighters in...
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Record year of rhino slayings as Africa's big animals targetedDaily MailJOHANNESBURG, Jan 2 (Reuters) - South Africa lost a record number of rhinos in 2014 as big animals across Africa were relentlessly poached to meet rising demand for horn and ivory in newly affluent Asian countries or to provide meat to fighters in the ...Key...

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Three Ivory smugglers arrested in NairobiThe Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)The director however said poaching had declined in the past four months and cited the new anti-poaching laws to have the poachers at bay. The suspects were remanded at the Langata police station awaiting appearance in court to answer to...
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Alleged Kenya poaching boss a 'flight risk', court toldDaily MailDetectives close to the case have described Ali as the leader of a multi-million dollar international poaching network. They also say he has enjoyed protection from top officials in various east African security agencies and governments. Elephant ivory...Alleged poaching bos...
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Wildlife poaching has a huge impact on Africa, but our leaders are silentThe GuardianFor conservationists and those on the frontline against poaching official figures are difficult to confirm because of the lack of transparency in the collection of the data. Furthermore, although ivory seizures are occasionally reported, the disposal .....
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After Ivory Poachers Tore Apart Her Family, We Are Helping Her Build a New OneHuffington Post UKAcross Africa, the populations of elephants have drastically dwindled to just 350,000 individuals; ivory poaching is the most immediate threat, leaving herds vulnerable and many babies orphaned as poachers target younger elephants with...
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War on Poaching: 'Saving the Wild' Quotes of 2014Huffington Post"We must join forces everywhere to stop the slaughter of elephants and rhinos. They feel pain, they know suffering. We must stop people from buying ivory." "We have lost the ancient wisdom that considers each decision on how it will affect future ...Turning...
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One man's fight against Africa's ivory poachersThe Star OnlineBlack ivory: Illegally imported ivory products confiscated by Yunnan police in Kunming, south-west Chinas Yunnan province. Chinese diplomatic and military staff went on buying sprees for illegal ivory while on official visits to East Africa, an ......
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Target the traders in ivory warMail & Guardian OnlineThe evidence in the report provided an insight into the diverse nature of the illegal ivory trade and diluted what has become, in recent years, the dominant story about ivory – that poaching is increasingly being carried out by armed insurgent or rebel ...Boomi...
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Kathryn Bigelow Links Elephant Poaching And Terror Groups In Powerful ...Huffington PostKathryn Bigelow, director of "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Hurt Locker," has set her sights on another war front: the attack on endangered elephants. Bigelow made a PSA to stop ivory poaching, but instead of focusing entirely on the elephant toll, the ...Hol...
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Poaching on an alarming rate in Malawi parks: Elephants killed for ivory tradeNyasa TimesA source from Ministry of Information and Tourism who opted for anonymity told LINA that poachers are encouraged by seemingly lucrative ivory prices both local and internationally hence the massive killing of elephants. “For instance they sell a single .....
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Elephant Slaughter, Corruption, and Illegal Ivory Trade Trigger ...KLFYThe objection by the non-profit EIA is based on a year-long study of Tanzania's poaching epidemic, published last month in a new report, . Tanzania has the highest level of elephant slaughter of any country in Africa and is the largest exporter of ...Environmentalists...
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Elephant Slaughter, Corruption, and Illegal Ivory Trade Trigger ...Providence Eyewitness NewsThe objection by the non-profit EIA is based on a year-long study of Tanzania's poaching epidemic, published last month in a new report, . Tanzania has the highest level of elephant slaughter of any country in Africa and is the largest exporter of ...and...
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Booming Ivory Demand in China Leads to Slaughter of African ElephantsEcorazziAs the demand for ivory goods in China continues to rise unchecked, conservation groups are warning that the resulting slaughter of African elephants by illegal poachers cannot continue for long. According to researchers, roughly 100,000 elephants were ......
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High demand for illegal ivory in China fueling elephant poaching across Africa ...The Denver ChannelNAIROBI, Kenya - Street prices for illegal ivory are soaring in China, where newly wealthy middle and upper class citizens are buying carved ivory and whole tusks as a status symbol of their riches, a report released Tuesday found....
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Elephant poaching up as ivory prices skyrocket in ChinaMetroNews CanadaNAIROBI, Kenya – Street prices for illegal ivory are soaring in China, where newly wealthy middle and upper class citizens are buying carved ivory and whole tusks as a status symbol of their riches, a report released Tuesday found. The group Save...
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Prince William: Wildlife Poachers 'Looting Planet'Voice of AmericaIn a passionate speech at the World Bank in Washington Monday, Britain's Prince William made a plea for the world to do more to tackle wildlife poaching — and linked the problem to terrorism. Illegal poaching for products like rhino horn and ivory has ......
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In China, demand for ivory as status symbol sends prices soaringChristian Science MonitorA local Maasai tribesman places his hand on the tusk of a tranquilized wild elephant during an anti-poaching elephant-collaring operation near Kajiado, in southern Kenya, last December. Street prices for illegal ivory are soaring in...
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Ivory prices soar in China on new demand: reportMacon Telegraph (blog)FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, a local Maasai tribesman places his hand on the tusk of a tranquilized wild elephant during an anti-poaching elephant-collaring operation near Kajiado, in southern Kenya. Street prices for illegal ivory......
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Report: Elephants at Risk as China's Demand for Ivory 'Out of Control'TIME“At the moment we are not winning the conservation battle against the elephant poachers, traffickers and consumers of ivory. Laws are in place but even in China they are not being adequately enforced. The system is presently out of control,” say the ...El...
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Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationistsRaw StoryPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years, fueled by rising demand in Asia for ivory — which finds its way into jewelery and ornaments — and rhino horn, which is coveted as a traditional medicine. Investigators from the campaign groups ......
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Elephant ivory poaching 'out of control'Bangkok PostPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years, fuelled by rising demand in Asia for ivory and rhino horn, coveted as a traditional medicine and a status symbol. The report's authorities visited scores of shops and factories in China -- the ......
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The elephants dying to feed China's ivory addictionExpress.co.ukThe price of ivory keeps rising, fuelling demand for poachers to stay active. In China the price has soared from £3 to £1,346 a kilogram in 25 years. The rise in price has also made ivory attractive to terrorist groups who use poached supplies to fund ......
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Kathryn Bigelow On Elephant Poaching And Terrorism – VideoDeadline.comZero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and Annapurna's Megan Ellison have found a new way to deal with the complicated issue of global terrorism on film. Bigelow has created a PSA to combat the appetite for ivory that comes from elephants slain in ...Ka...
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Prince William: Ivory poaching "a loss to all humanity"BBC NewsPrince William met Barack Obama at the White House before making a speech to the World Bank about the need to tackle the scourge of poaching for ivory and rhino horns. He called it "one of the most insidious forms of criminality in the world today."....
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On US Visit, Prince William Takes Aim at Wildlife TraffickingNational GeographicAnd many countries are burning their ivory stocks during symbolic, highly publicized events in the face of an elephant poaching trend. In his Monday remarks, the prince noted that in "China and Southeast Asia, the wholesale street price of ivory has ....
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6 things to know about the illegal ivory tradeToronto Star... long an opponent of the illegal ivory trade, used his speech Monday at the World Bank conference of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance in Washington, D.C., to announce an international task force to combat all aspects of rampant poaching....
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Prince William attacks China over 'ignorant craving' for ivoryThe IndependentIn August, researchers warned ivory poachers were killing elephants faster than they are being born. A study conducted by Colorado State University academics suggested up to 100,000 elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012. They found that Africa ......
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Watch: Kathryn Bigelow's Short PSA on Awful Elephant PoachingFirst Showing (blog)Bigelow calls this a PSA since it's mostly animated, but it's chock full of shocking information about elephant poaching, ivory trading and despicable circumstances for these creatures. This goes beyond just saving an animal because it's beautiful and ...Watc...
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Yao Ming Fights Elephant Poaching; Calls on China to Ban Ivory TradeChinatopixElephants are killed in Africa every day to harvest their tusks. In fact, poachers killed more than 100,000 elephants within a two-year time span from 2010 to 2012. Reports show that the black market price of ivory has skyrocketed, and because of this ...Stop...
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One man's fight against Africa's ivory poachersThe GuardianHaving spent nearly 40 years trying to protect elephants and other African wildlife from poachers, Richard Bonham says he was shocked to see, for the first time, the Hong Kong stores where most of the world's ivory ends up. The statistics, he says ......
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South African academy trains anti-poaching dogsContra Costa TimesDogs are a small part of an increasingly desperate struggle to curb poaching in Africa, where tens of thousands of elephants have been slaughtered in recent years to meet a surging appetite for ivory in Asia, primarily China. In South Africa, poachers...and more »...
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Former NBA star fights elephant and rhino poachingKHON2China is the world's biggest market for elephant ivory. There are dozens of legal companies in the country that sell licensed ivory, but the demand from China's growing middle class for ivory is also driving the black market, smuggling of illegal ...and more »...
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South Sudan's Elephants in Grave Danger as War Rages, WCS SaysBusinessweekSouth Sudan's wildlife faces a critical few months as drier weather raises the risk of poaching of elephants and other species already threatened by almost a year of civil war, conservationists said. The country's December to March dry season is one of ...and...
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Elephant orphans must grow up without their mothersBBC NewsThey prompted him to investigate the behaviour of elephant orphans. There are plenty of them, thanks in no small part to poachers that kill adult elephants for their ivory. Can these parentless animals find their way, and create new families for ......
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INTERPOL Asks Public to Help Nab Environmental Crime FugitivesNational GeographicIt means we have 139 fugitives wanted for different crimes against the environment—wildlife trafficking, poaching, ivory trafficking, illegal fishing, or others. (Related: "Efforts to Curb Ivory Trafficking Spreading, but Killing Continues.")...
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Tom DeLonge: 'Streaming music is as bad as ivory poaching'Death and TaxesThe barrage of hate continues to be piled on streaming services. While Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke and others have long since had their say, now Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge has entered the fray, stating that sites like Spotify and Pandora are pretty ...and...
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Can we pull elephants back from the brink?CNN InternationalIvory from a single elephant's tusk can be worth more than $30,000. That makes elephants, particularly in Africa, the target of poachers, who look for a quick profit at the expense of a global treasure. In August, we reached a crucial tipping point ......
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Combatting Poachers From the Sky: A Look Into the Work of Kenya's Mobile ...One Green PlanetWhile changes in habitat and climate certainly contribute to the loss of many of these species, poaching remains the most pressing and urgent threat facing the world's endangered animals. Targeted for their ivory tusks, an estimated 35,000...
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SA elephant shot dead, stuffed and shipped off to the richest man in RomaniaNews24Cape Town - There is something extremely disturbing about watching one of Africa's most majestic creatures undergo a metamorphosis from a breathing, eating, walking, trumpeting gargantuan to a lifeless stuffed display piece ready to gather dust in some ...a...

ElephantVoices eNewsletter November 2014

Did you know that elephants don't like wildebeests? Here you see both species, but when the wildebeest migration is in full session the Mara elephants disappear. The kerfuffle and commotion of so many ridiculous rutting mammals is more than dignified elephants can take, and they evacuate to the hills and bushlands beyond the protected National Reserve. This is but one of many reasons why conservationists and wildlife managers need to think big when considering the needs of elephants.

Dear Friend of ElephantVoices,

In November, our work took us to California where we spoke about wild elephants at the PAWS 2014 International Captive Wildlife Conference. We met our colleagues from ElephantVoices Brasil and Global Sanctuary for Elephants with whom we are working to establish an elephant sanctuary in Brazil. As Conservation Partners we visited Tembo Preserve in northern California with Ann and Roger McNamee and Colleen Kinzley who are starting on a long journey toward providing captive elephants with proper space and companions. We thank our many generous hosts in Los Angeles and San Francisco where we had opportunities to present our work.

To continue our elephant Conservation, Advocacy, Research and Education programs in 2015 we are seeking your support. 

  • The protection of key corridors and habitats is vital for the future of the Mara elephants. In the increasingly fragmented Mara ecosystem, Kenya, we are working to secure the routes used by elephants. Using the data we have gathered through citizen science and working closely with the local people and our collaborators, we will advise the spatial planning process initiated by the Narok County Council.
     
  • Understanding the local culture of elephants is a foundation for effective conservation. In Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, we will continue to study the long-term impact of poaching on the social structure, communication and behavior of elephants. We are working to build harmony between elephants and people living around the park as well as those visiting. The future of Gorongosa depends on it.
     
  • Sharing knowledge is at the heart of all we do. Using sound science, collected over many decades, we educate and advocate through the media and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and ElephantVoices.org. One of our core messages: Stop all trade in ivory.

Make ElephantVoices your holiday gift for the future of elephants! You can make a difference for elephants by donating today. Working on the frontline for the best interests of elephants we guarantee that we will use your generous support wisely.

Please join our cause! Do write to us if you have questions, or want to discuss how you would like your donation to be spent.

Trumpets, Joyce & Petter

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Duke of Cambridge to call for 'zero tolerance' on illegal wildlife tradeTelegraph.co.ukThe Duke, who has put wildlife conservation at the centre of his official duties this autumn, will stress that the trade in ivory, rhino horn and other body parts not only fuels the poaching of endangered species but is also inextricably linked to ...Prin...
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Smuggled Giraffes and Illicit Ivory: Interpol's Nine Most Wanted Environmental ...BusinessweekRhino horn poached last year was valued at up to $192 million. The animal has disappeared entirely from several Asian and African countries in recent years. • Feisal Mohamed Ali, 46, the alleged leader of an ivory smuggling group, was...
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How The Illegal Wildlife Trade Exploits Human RightsOne Green PlanetWhile many human activities contribute to species loss, poaching and the wildlife trade play a huge role. Elephants are killed for ivory. Rhinos are killed for their horns. Tigers are slaughtered for their skins. In fact, almost all exotic animals are ......
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Angry Birds hate poachersCharleston Post CourierThe message he hopes to deliver to gamers is to say "no" to poached ivory and rhino horn - and pangolin scales. The tournament began Monday and lasts only a week. It might not have the old-school mystique of chess, but then again, it doesn't involve ...Prince William Teams Up with Angry Birds...
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Chelsea Clinton Turns to the Fashion Industry for Help With the Elephant ...InStyleClinton, along with the Clinton Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, and TOMS shoes, is on a mission to raise awareness about the elephant-poaching crisis in Africa, which—if it doesn't end soon—may mean that elephants would be extinct by...
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Confessions of an Ivory ConsumerThe AtlanticBut it's especially disturbing because China, the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory, has recently been stepping up its pledges to help stop the poaching of wildlife and the smuggling of animal products—a crisis with which Chinese citizens ...and more »...
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Leakey: Can we pull elephants back from brink?WDSU New OrleansIvory from a single elephant's tusk can be worth more than $30,000. That makes elephants, particularly in Africa, the target of poachers, who look for a quick profit at the expense of a global treasure. In August, we reached a crucial tipping point ...and more »...
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Can we pull elephants back from the brink?ErieTVNewsIvory from a single elephant's tusk can be worth more than $30,000. That makes elephants, particularly in Africa, the target of poachers, who look for a quick profit at the expense of a global treasure. In August, we reached a crucial tipping point ...and more »...
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Can we pull elephants back from the brink?CNNIvory from a single elephant's tusk can be worth more than $30,000. That makes elephants, particularly in Africa, the target of poachers, who look for a quick profit at the expense of a global treasure. In August, we reached a crucial tipping point ...and more »...
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Uganda: Inquiry Into Ivory Theft OpensNew York Times... said three of the suspended staff members had kept keys to the vaults where the ivory vanished about two weeks ago. The remaining two were security guards. Seizures of contraband ivory have increased in Uganda in recent years. Poaching is most ......
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Prince William Wants You to Play Angry Birds to Help Stop Wildlife PoachingTakePart“By spreading the message about poaching, I hope you can be part of the movement that says no to poached ivory and rhino horn and many other animal parts.” For the pangolin, the help can't come soon enough. In the past...
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Saving Africa's Giants: Yao Ming Speaks Out Against Illegal Ivory TradeNature World NewsAfrican elephants (Loxodonta africana) used to roam the vast African savannah in the millions in the 1930s and 40s, but with the demand for ivory skyrocketing and poachers rising to the occasion, that number has regrettably dwindled to just...
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Uganda probes theft of ivory stockpile, suspends wildlife agency staffReutersSeizures of contraband ivory have increased in Uganda in recent years as criminals collude with corrupt police to smuggle tusks from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, where poaching is rampant and state authority is weak. Police spokesman Fred ......
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Ex-NBA Star Yao Ming Encourages Chinese To Stop Buying IvoryNPRRetired NBA player Yao Ming has embarked on a mission to stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa. Yao stars in the Animal Planet documentary Saving Africa's Giants With Yao Ming. Share. Facebook; Twitter. Google+. Email. Comment ......
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Prince William records Angry Birds messageSky News AustraliaThe Prince adds: "By spreading the message about poaching, I hope you can be part of a movement that says no to poached ivory and rhino horn, and many other animal parts. "With the help of Angry Birds, we have created an Angry Birds Friends tournament ...W...
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Tonnes of ivory stolen in UgandaAljazeera.comOver a tonne of elephant ivory seized from poachers in Uganda and worth over a million dollars has been stolen from government strongrooms, reports said. President Yoweri Museveni has ordered investigation into the ivory stolen from the Uganda Wildlife ...Ton of ivory stolen in UgandaNe...
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The illegal ivory trade may not fund a major terror group, after allSalonNAIROBI, Kenya — Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has made a 3-minute animated short called “Last Days,” telling the story of ivory poaching and the threat it poses to elephants. The film begins in the markets of Beijing and New York, then rewinds ......
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Yao Ming to Star in Animal Planet Special, 'Saving Africa's Giants With Yao Ming'One Green PlanetElephants and rhinos are facing dwindling numbers so severe that several species within these two groups have already become extinct, all because of the price of their parts. Ivory poaching claimed the lives of 33,000 elephants in...
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Ton of ivory stolen in UgandaNews24Kampala - Over a ton of elephant ivory seized from poachers in Uganda and worth over a million dollars has itself been stolen from government strongrooms, reports said on Monday. President Yoweri Museveni has ordered investigation into the ivory stolen ...Over $1 million in ivory stolen from Uganda...
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Over $1 million in ivory stolen from Uganda government vaultsTimes LIVEPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fuelled by rising demand in Asia for ivory and rhino horn, coveted as a traditional medicine and a status symbol. Some corrupt officials are believed to have taken the ivory claiming to use it to ......
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Interpol launches most-wanted list of environmental fugitivesThe GuardianIf a poacher need guns, for instance, here we have a crossover with arms trafficking.' Routes for trafficking ivory may also be used for trafficking weapons and the more profitable line may then be used to finance other ventures, Interpol say. In the ...Interpol...
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Prince Joins Campaign Against Illegal PoachingSky NewsThe Prince adds: "By spreading the message about poaching, I hope you can be part of a movement that says no to poached ivory and rhino horn, and many other animal parts. "With the help of Angry Birds, we have created an Angry Birds Friends tournament ...Du...
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Standing Tall to Fight PoachingNew York TimesSo are the statistics, about the six northern white rhinos left in the world (the seventh died last month), their horns believed by some cultures to contain medicinal properties, or the more than 20,000 African elephants killed in 2013 for ivory to be ...INTERVIEW: WildAid's Peter Knights...
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Illegal ivory may not be funding African terror groupFirst Coast NewsKenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta linked ivory and the Westgate attack in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The former head of the Kenya Wildlife Service and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime have highlighted Shabaab's role in elephant poaching, while many ...The...
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The claim that illegal ivory is funding a major terror group in Africa may not ...GlobalPostNAIROBI, Kenya — Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has made a 3-minute animated short called "Last Days," telling the story of ivory poaching and the threat it poses to elephants. The film begins in the markets of Beijing and New York, then...
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Diplomatic indignation in ivory rowMail & Guardian OnlineRegarding China's alleged involvement in ivory smuggling, Ally said poaching was an international issue and not only a Tanzania-China issue. “Even America is still struggling to combat drugs but the truth is that many African countries are still ......
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Wildlife charities launch anti-poaching campaign in AfricaShanghai Daily (subscription)The Ivory Free partnership has been launched in conjunction with the premiere of "Saving Africa's Giants with Yao Ming" -- a new program that follows WildAid ambassador and former basketball star Yao Ming on a journey to Africa to see its natural ...and...
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Yao Ming Talks Shaq And His Global Effort To End Ivory PoachingHuffington PostSince retiring from basketball in 2011, Yao Ming, a former No. 1 draft pick and eight-time NBA All-Star with the Houston Rockets, has dedicated his life to animal activism. The 34-year-old Ming visited with Jordan Schultz and HuffPost Live to discuss ...How Yao...
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Punishing the DIA for ivory trade does nothing to stop illegal poaching of ...Detroit Metro Times (blog)Of course, none of this actually does anything to stop the poaching of African elephants. Objects like the casket were created centuries ago (and though ivory trade is permitted if it can be proven that the ivory is...
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I-Team: Boston A Top Destination For Illegal IvoryCBS LocalBOSTON (CBS) – The poaching of elephants for their tusks has become an environmental disaster for Africa. Despite an international ban on the trade of ivory, more than 100,000 African elephants have been killed in just the last few years. One ......
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Lawsons pulls both elephant ivory and rhino horns off the auction list after ...Sydney Morning HeraldHumane Society International, with the support of Greenpeace and International Fund for Animal Welfare, began a social media campaign on Tuesday, demanding Lawsons pull the horns and ivory from auction and change its policies...
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Rhino horns withdrawn from sale at auction houseSydney Morning HeraldBy continuing to sell elephant ivory, we're continuing to create demand and therefore increase poaching [which] the populations can't sustain," Ms Wellbelove said. The world rhino population has dropped from 500,000 at the start of the 20th century to ...and...
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Anti-Poaching Efforts Under Pressure From CorruptionThe HeraldAt different times, Sibanda and Ndhlovu allegedly sold their six pieces of ivory loot for just $520 to one Busani Moyo - believed to be one of the syndicate's ring leaders - and to Stanley Alias SaOga. Not much is known about this SaOga, police said ......
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Q&A: Report Alleges Governments' Complicity in Tanzanian Elephant PoachingNational GeographicThe most startling findings from our investigation are the scale of the poaching and how much ivory is being trafficked. We were aware of the elephant population decline figures, but a trader we spoke with said that less than 10...
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Poachers are killing almost 35000 elephants a year as illegal ivory trade ...Mirror.co.ukEvery broken tusk in this sickening poachers' hoard is another nail in the coffin of one of the world's best-loved animals. But for the dwindling numbers of African elephants this horrifying collection is only the tip of an iceberg. Because the...
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Tanzania's dwindling elephantsThe EconomistEvery third poached elephant in Africa dies on the watch of Tanzania's president, Jakaya Kikwete. His government has made some public efforts to fight poaching over the past year. Among these is a plan to destroy the country's ivory stockpile of 112 ...Tanzania denies ivory smuggled during...
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Report: Africa ivory smuggled on China state visitContra Costa TimesChina is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said. Poaching in Tanzania alone has killed half of the country's elephants in the past ......
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Chinese demand for ivory is devastating Tanzania's elephant populationThe GuardianThe Selous reserve in the country's south has been the hotspot for ivory poaching, with elephant numbers there falling from around 70,000 in 2006 to 13,000 in 2013, according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The...
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Elephant Poaching: Tanzania's Ivory 'Smuggled to China in President Xi ...International Business Times UKAccording to a new report by London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), the poaching crisis in Tanzania is due "to a toxic mix of criminal syndicates, often led by Chinese nationals, and corruption...
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Report: Africa Ivory Smuggled on China State VisitABC NewsChina is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said. Poaching in Tanzania alone has killed half of the country's elephants in the past ......
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China officials with Xi Jinping made 'Tanzania ivory spree'BBC NewsThe amount of ivory purchased by them sent local prices soaring, it added. Conservationists say demand for ivory, where China is seen as the biggest market, is fuelling poaching in Africa. The Chinese use ivory in traditional crafts and carvings are ......
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Report: China Presidential Delegation Smuggled Ivory out of TanzaniaVoice of AmericaChina has not responded to the accusations, but in the past has said it is doing all it can to prevent illegal wildlife poaching. Largest market of smuggled ivory. China is the world's largest market for smuggled ivory. The material is seen as a...
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Chinese Officials 'Went On Illegal Ivory Buying Sprees' That Sent Price SoaringBusiness InsiderTanzania had about 142,000 elephants when Kikwete took office in 2005, the EIA said, adding that by 2015 the population is likely to have plummeted to about 55,000 as a result of poaching. Almost all ivory sales were banned in 1989 by the...
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Tanzania poaching peaks, fuelled by Chinese ivory appetiteTimes LIVETwo years ago Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete received a list of politicians and businessmen with links to the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party, who were allegedly involved in illegal poaching, but most people on the list have not been investigated ...Elephant Poaching...
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Environmental group accuses Chinese diplomats on state visits of smuggling ...Fox NewsChina is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said. Poaching in Tanzania alone has killed half of the country's elephants in the past ......
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Chinese officials 'went on illegal ivory buying sprees'Channel News AsiaTanzania had about 142,000 elephants when Kikwete took office in 2005, the EIA said, adding that by 2015 the population is likely to have plummeted to about 55,000 as a result of poaching. Almost all ivory sales were banned in 1989 by the Convention on ......
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Chinese appetite for ivory blamed for rising poaching of elephantsThe NewsChinese diplomatic and military staff went on buying sprees for illegal ivory while on official visits to Tanzania, sending prices soaring, an environmental activist group said Thursday. Tens of thousands of elephants are estimated to be slaughtered in ......
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Chinese officials allegedly smuggled ivory out of Tanzania on president Xi ...QuartzChinese government officials are huge buyers of ivory in Tanzania, according to a report from a London environmental group, and are partially responsible for the country's decimated elephant population. Officials were so brazen that they allegedly ......
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Chinese President's Delegation Tied to Illegal Ivory Purchases During Africa VisitNew York Times (blog)In fact, two weeks before Mr. Xi arrived, Chinese buyers went on a shopping spree for illegal ivory, purchasing thousands of pounds of poached tusks, which were “later sent to China in diplomatic bags on the...
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Corrupt officials and Chinese gangs destroy Tanzania's elephant populationThe IndependentTanzania has lost half of its elephants in the past five years and two-thirds since 2006, mostly to poaching. This has left the country with an elephant population of just 50,500, making it by far the world's biggest victim in the ivory trade....
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Report links Chinese to elephant poaching in TanzaniaToronto StarTanzania is the largest source of poached ivory in the world and China is its largest importer, according to the EIA. The East African nation's famous Selous reserve has seen its elephant population plummet by 67 per cent between 2009 and 2013 — from ...Tanzania...
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Tanzania poaching peaks, fuelled by Chinese ivory appetiteThomson Reuters FoundationLONDON, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzania has emerged as the world's largest exporter in the illegal ivory trade, largely fuelled by growing appetite for elephant tusks in China, said a report published on Thursday. The scale of the trade ......
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Technologists and conservationists are teaming up to stop Africa's elephant crisisTechRepublicIllegal poaching of elephants has skyrocketed in recent years largely due to ivory demand in East Asia. Some 100,000 elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National...
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Suspected poachers escape Mozambique police postSFGate... poaching suspects "makes a mockery" of Mozambique's new law, and makes perpetrators "feel that they're kind of untouchable." Poachers have annually killed tens of thousands of elephants across Africa as demand for ivory surges in Asia, primarily China.and more »...
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Suspected poachers escape Mozambique police postNews & Observer... poaching suspects "makes a mockery" of Mozambique's new law, and makes perpetrators "feel that they're kind of untouchable." Poachers have annually killed tens of thousands of elephants across Africa as demand for ivory surges in Asia, primarily China.and more »...
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Photojournalism Daily: Nov. 5, 2014TIMEToday's daily Photojournalism Links collection highlights Dai Kurokawa's work on poaching in Kenya, where elephants and rhinoceroses are targeted for their tusks and horns. The ivory is then used in souvenirs and jewelry, as well as medicine ......
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2 suspected poachers in Mozambique escape from police station while awaiting ...Minneapolis Star Tribune... poaching suspects "makes a mockery" of Mozambique's new law, and makes perpetrators "feel that they're kind of untouchable." Poachers have annually killed tens of thousands of elephants across Africa as demand for ivory surges in Asia,...
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This week on Full Frame: Why wildlife species are on the verge of extinctionCCTV-AmericaFor example, in 2013, more than 36,000 elephants were killed for their tusks – which translates to one elephant dying every 15 minutes at the hands of relentless poachers. If it's not put to an end, ivory poaching could force elephants into...
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Putting a price on wildlifeAl Jazeera AmericaBy the early 1990s, poaching had leveled off and through 2007, only an average of 13 rhinos were killed a year. But something went ... Or on cellos that are made of endangered wood, or piano keys made out of endangered ivory. These are people who are ......
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Extremism, elephant poaching linked, says studyTimes of IndiaBehera says it is 'probable' that organized poaching in the state enjoys the patronage of Red rebels because illegal ivory trade routes to destinations like Nepal (which has a strong Maoist influence) are through Maoist-affected districts of Odisha and ......
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Saving the rhinoMorning Star OnlineOrganisers there revealed a list of objectives, which included the demand for a global ban on the trade in ivory and rhino horns, stricter penalties for poachers who are caught, and better, more co-ordinated international co-operation in stopping what ...Natural Dorset: Help save the...
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Ebola's Deathblow to Africa's WildlifeDaily Beast“'Pot poaching' is when locals hunt to feed themselves in desperate times, and 'pro poaching' is when hunters go after ivory.” Belpietro is among dozens of camp managers across Africa who grasps the tenuous relationship between poachers and the ......
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World Compliments Dar Anti-Poaching DriveAllAfrica.comThe reserve has suffered such a heavy elephant poaching for ivory, that in the last four years alone, the Selous has lost 67 per cent of its elephants. It's one of Tanzania's, if not Africa's, most brutal killing fields. Currently, the population of ...and more »...
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Seized animal items burntTimes of IndiaNEW DELHI: In a symbolic statement against poaching and wildlife trade, several seized articles made of animal parts were incinerated on Sunday at the National Zoological Park. The products included tiger skins and ivory. The whole exercise was ...India burn illegal animal parts to stamp out tradeS...
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MoEF officials destroy seized illegal wildlife productsThe HinduMaintaining that it would not tolerate illegal trade of wildlife products, officials of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on Sunday destroyed a large number of seized illegal wildlife articles, including tiger pelts and ivory. The illegal ...Govt destroys seized...
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World compliments Dar anti-poaching driveDaily NewsThe reserve has suffered such a heavy elephant poaching for ivory, that in the last four years alone, the Selous has lost 67 per cent of its elephants. It's one of Tanzania's, if not Africa's, most brutal killing fields. Currently, the population of ...and more »...
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Namibia: elephant encounters in the ZambeziTelegraph.co.uk“He's probably only a week old.” Hiding under mum's tummy and struggling to control a floppy, wayward trunk, this little character was as cute as they come. But he's been born into an increasingly perilous world as ivory poaching reaches ever higher ......
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Safari industry crippled by Ebola geography confusionUSA TODAYThe Wildlife Conservation Society estimates 96 elephants a day are killed by poachers, who sell their ivory tusks for $1,000 per pound. "If we are not careful, we are talking about accelerating the extinction of elephants and rhinos," Sanghrajka said ...and more »...
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AWF: Empowering Africans to Be Guardians of WildlifeHuffington PostWe will never win the war on poaching unless we get the Asian demand countries on side through education and legislation; however, that will take patience and a whole lot of political will, and in the meantime Africa's wildlife is haemorrhaging. An ......
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Congolese conservationist says Japan can help reduce deforestation, poachingThe Japan Times“We have seen rising demand for timber and ivory in Asia in particular,” Mokoko, 64, said in an interview in Tokyo where he was attending a conference. “As long as there is a market, neither deforestation nor poaching ends.&rd...
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Rare rhino death as poaching worsensPeople's WorldOrganizers there debuted a list of objectives, which included the demand for a global ban on the trade in ivory and rhino horns, stricter penalties for poachers who are caught, and better, more coordinated international cooperation in stopping what has ...Op-Ed: Are rhinos...
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Jahari wins Louisville's hippo-naming contestThe Courier-JournalPygmy hippos range from Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Guinea in Africa. They can weigh between 400 and 600 pounds. Due to habitat fragmentation and illegal poaching, the pygmy hippopotamus is considered vulnerable and in decline. As long as ......
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What You Can Do About Elephant & Rhino PoachingHuffington PostThis means that education and advocacy to reduce demand for ivory and rhino horn is an essential part of the anti-poaching battle. Organizations like WildAid are working to reduce demand in consuming countries like China with Chinese celebrities ...Tanzania: 10000...
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Tanzania: 10000 Elephants Killed Annually By PoachersAllAfrica.comTanzania last week reiterated its call to the international community to ban trade on ivory and rhino products in order to counter the escalating poaching of the critically endangered animals. The leading markets of the animal trophies, notably China ...and more »...
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Antiques Roadshow crackdown on ivory as illicit trade kills 30000 elephants ...Daily MailThe BBC's Antiques Roadshow is cracking down on ivory appearing in the popular series due to public support for the campaign led by Prince Charles and his son William to stamp out elephant poaching. The Mail on Sunday can also disclose that a...
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This US gunfire location system is being used to combat poaching in Kruger ...BizNews (blog)South Africa is the epicentre of the poaching surge because it has the vast majority of the world's rhinos. Elsewhere in Africa, elephants are being poached relentlessly for the ivory in their tusks. The latest census from Kruger shows it has...
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Legalizing Ivory Trade: Taking to New Heights a Dangerous Policy ProposalNational GeographicThe traditional storyline of pro-trade advocates for ivory has been that consumer prices will be pushed downward by a cheaper supply of legal raw ivory and that these low prices will depress profits, thereby eliminating the incentive for p...
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The Price Of PoachingWUNCBut the market for ivory and the poaching of wildlife puts all of that at risk. Poaching doesn't just kill endangered animals, it also threatens the livelihood and lives of the people who live where elephants and rhinos range. It fuels corruption and ...6 Northern White Rhinos Are Left On The Planet, And Their Days Are...
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Elephant poached for ivory in XishuangbannaGoKunming (blog)Chinese law strictly forbids the killing of elephants and many other endangered species and dozens of countries have banned the ivory trade since the 1980s. In accordance with anti-poaching laws, police in Xishuangbanna are conducting a manhunt for the ...and more »...
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Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in SaudiPhys.OrgPoaching of African rhinos is increasing to meet demand from Asia, where the horn has long been used in traditional medicines for a variety of ailments, including fever and rheumatism. Thousands of elephants are also killed across Africa very year for ...and more »...
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588 pieces of ivory intercepted at Riyadh airport hidden in luggage of ...i24newsA 1989 ban on the ivory trade has not stopped criminal gangs seeking to exploit a continued demand for tusks in Asia. Poaching of African rhinos is increasing to meet demand from Asia, where the horn has long been used in traditional medicines for a ...Half-tonn...
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Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in SaudiGlobalPostA 1989 ban on the ivory trade has not stopped criminal gangs seeking to exploit a continued demand for tusks in Asia. Poaching of African rhinos is increasing to meet demand from Asia, where the horn has long been used in traditional medicines for a ...and more »...
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Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in Saudi: MediaZee NewsA 1989 ban on the ivory trade has not stopped criminal gangs seeking to exploit a continued demand for tusks in Asia. Poaching of African rhinos is increasing to meet demand from Asia, where the horn has long been used in traditional medicines for a ...Saudi Arabia foils...
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Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in SaudiChannel News AsiaPoaching of African rhinos is increasing to meet demand from Asia, where the horn has long been used in traditional medicines for a variety of ailments, including fever and rheumatism. Thousands of elephants are also killed across Africa very year for ...Saudi Arabia...
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Saudi authorities bust half-ton of poached ivoryThe Times of IsraelAuthorities in Saudi Arabia say they have seized half a ton of ivory being smuggled from Africa to east Asia. Customs agents at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh intercepted the shipment, which was in transit, the official SPA news agency ...and...
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Smuggled ivory siezed in Saudi Arabia9news.com.auA 1989 ban on the ivory trade has not stopped criminal gangs seeking to exploit a continued demand for tusks in Asia. Poaching of African rhinos is increasing to meet demand from Asia, where the horn has long been used in traditional medicines for a ...and more »...
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Overwhelmed US port inspectors unable to keep up with illegal wildlife tradeWashington PostIt was a tomb for African elephants, with about 425 pieces of tusks carved to resemble tribesmen and totems, “one of the largest known caches of illegal elephant ivory in the United States,” court records said, worth about $1 million. Gordon was...
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Fighting the elephant ivory poachers of KenyaTelegraph.co.ukOver the past three years, more than 100,000 elephants across the continent were killed for their ivory. South Africa, which has 80 per cent of Africa's rhinos, is losing about three a day to poachers. Elsewhere lion, leopard and cheetah numbers are ......
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Report Estimates Enormous Economic Value of Living ElephantsNatGeo News Watch (blog)When a young elephant dies at the hands of an ivory poacher, according to a recent report, the commercial loss to the tourism industry is more than $1.6 million––the amount the animal would have contributed to the economy had it...
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Interpol joins hunt for Kenyan poaching suspectNews24They say Feizal Ali Mohammed, who hails from Kenya's Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa, is behind an international poaching syndicate involving elephant tusks and was linked to a 3 ton haul of ivory seized in Mombasa in June. Poaching has surged in the ......
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Hong Kong needs tougher controls on local ivory tradeSouth China Morning Post (subscription)The streets have been occupied in more than 136 cities recently, but for very different reasons than those of the Hong Kong movement. Marches across six continents were held on October 4 in a global show of force against the poaching of elephants...
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Interpol joins hunt for Kenyan poaching suspectGMA NewsMOMBASA, Kenya - Kenya's police have asked Interpol to issue a wanted persons alert for a businessman accused of illegal trafficking in ivory and other game trophies in east Africa. They say Feizal Ali Mohammed, who hails from Kenya's Indian ocean port ...Interpol issues...
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Tanzania calls for int'l ban on ivory, rhino tradewww.worldbulletin.netTanzania is calling for an international ban on trading in ivory products in hopes of protecting its endangered species – including rhinos and elephants – from poachers. "Without putting an end to international trade in these products, the war...
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'War on ivory' will failBangkok PostIt is legal to carve and trade ivory from Thai elephants that have died naturally. The DNP proposes to make it completely illegal to use ivory from other elephants. That means that even if smugglers succeed in trafficking ivory from poached elephants ......
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Tanzania offers unlimited amnesty for poacherseTurboNewsThe cabinet minister, however, made a passionate call to the international community to ban trade on ivory and rhino products in order to stop the heightening poaching of the threatened wildlife. He also urged the Asian population to stop purchasing ......
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Namibia: Rhino Dehorning Approved to Thwart PoachingInternational Business Times UKThe Namibian government has decided to dehorn rhinos in national parks in a bid to curb poaching in the country. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism justified the decision by saying the country is witnessing a surge in killing of...
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KWS plans Sh100 million DNA lab to catch poachersThe StarThe report says once ivory has been hacked off an elephant, there is an abrupt transfer from the poachers to more professional trafficking networks capable of nesting their illicit activities within the legal international trade and transportation systems.and more »...
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The Case for a Legal Ivory Trade:Yale Environment 360Although most conservationists oppose it, a proposal to allow a partial lifting of the ban on ivory trading would benefit Africa's elephants. With proper controls and enforcement, a legal trade would choke off demand for illicit ivory and discourage ......
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KWS Plans Sh100 Million DNA Lab to Catch PoachersAllAfrica.comThe report says once ivory has been hacked off an elephant, there is an abrupt transfer from the poachers to more professional trafficking networks capable of nesting their illicit activities within the legal international trade and transportation systems....
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Artist's Animal Work Isn't Warm and Fuzzy—It Aims to Stop Wildlife SlaughterNational Geographic"Stop poaching.” “I wanted to visualize the scale and brutality of the crisis and use art to tell the blood ivory story,” she says. “Each year, 35,000 elephants are slaughtered; that's one every 15...
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Conservationists Sound Alarm on Mozambique Elephant PoachingVoice of AmericaThe United Nations estimates poaching and ivory trafficking are at a 25-year high, with 170 tons of ivory traded in the past five years. Ivory demand has skyrocketed in Asia, along with the price. World Wildlife Fund African Elephant coordinator Lamine ......
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Elephants are Worth 76 Times More Alive Than Dead: ReportScientific American (blog)Ivory from a poached elephant sells on the black market for about $21,000. A living elephant, on the other hand, is worth more than $1.6 million in ecotourism opportunities. That's the conclusion of a new report from the The David Sheldrick...

The use of the bullhook physically harms elephants

The bullhook is traditionally used on sensitive areas of the body. For example, a bullhook may be used behind the ears where the skin is paper thin, around the eyes where the skin is also very thin, and on the feet, trunk and around the mouth which are highly enervated. These areas are all extremely sensitive to the touch.

The use of the bullhook psychologically and emotionally harms elephants

BullhookPeople who use bullhooks often claim that these instruments are only a “guide”. In the wild dominance between elephants is based on age-dependent body size thus older, larger animals rank above smaller younger animals. The only way a human being (approx. 1/60 the weight of an elephant) can rank above an adult elephant is either through fear, learned helplessness, or in rare cases through respect based on companionship and trust. By maintaining a fear of the consequences, bullhooks and other “guides” ensure that an elephant will engage in activities it would rather not engage in (such as stand still in a line; defecate on command; stand on two legs, etc).

Instruments such as bullhooks are successful in “correcting” or “guiding” an elephant only because the animals have learned to be fearful of the consequences of not following instructions. The fearfulness is based on the experience of pain being inflicted. The fear of being jabbed, however lightly, ensures that an elephant obeys commands or follows a guide, if you will. In this process, however, the independent will, choice, autonomy and purpose so important to the life of an elephant are destroyed.

The use of bullhooks constitutes harassment of elephants

In the wild elephants may occasionally be tusked, poked or jabbed by another elephant, but these interactions are relatively infrequent and are carried out in contexts very different from those observed in circuses. In my many years of experience, elephants do not harass or continually pick on another elephant in the manner that can be observed in circuses. In addition, if an elephant is tusked or poked by another elephant she or he receives support from close associates. Elephants in the wild receive physical and vocal solidarity, thus softening any physical and psychological blows received from other elephants. In the circus elephants are not only repetitively prodded and jabbed but have no recourse, no means of escape and no ability to receive support from companions.

The use of bullhooks, whips or other instruments on elephants can constitute handling in a manner that could cause emotional stress and trauma

BullhookMost circus elephants exhibit stereotypical behavior - the frequent, almost mechanical, repetition of the same posture or behavior as in the rhythmical rocking, swaying or bouncing of captive elephants. This unnatural behavior of elephants, seen regularly in zoos and circuses, is never observed in the wild and is pathological. Animals subjected to prolonged experimentally induced neurosis, or those who have experienced trauma, such as beatings or continual prodding, may show extreme signs of stress and their behavior may become pathologically abnormal including great anxiety and stereotyped behavior.

The use of a bullhook on one individual has negative consequences for other elephants

Elephants are keen social learners. In other words, much of elephant behavior is not instinctive but learned from watching or listening to others. Such learning is seen in many aspects of an elephant’s daily life and is a vital component of learning. Elephants, too, are capable of empathizing with others and have even been observed to wince when a companion reaches its trunk out toward an electric wire. Consequently, when an elephant is jabbed or poked with a bullhook this action has negative psychological consequences not only for the individual elephant receiving the prod, but also for those around it. The routine use of the bullhook causes psychological harm to the elephants whether they are being hit or not.

The use of bullhooks on elephants is inhumane

Elephants are capable of strong and complex emotions including joy, grief, compassion and empathy. Elephants are also capable of suffering from physical and emotional pain. Therefore, to treat elephants in a manner which inflicts both physical suffering and psychological suffering is inhumane.

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7 Alleged Ivory Poachers Arrested in Irrawaddy DivisionThe Irrawaddy News MagazinePolice said that a special task force led by the Ngaputaw Township Police has been formed to identify and apprehend any other suspects in the alleged poaching ring. “We will find out who their accomplices are; those who carry,...
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Elephant shot with poachers' poison arrow saved by vets after dramatic ...Mirror.co.ukMr Brandford warned the animals could be wiped out “in our lifetime” in Africa, at the hands of ivory poachers looking to make cash. He said: “In Africa, poaching is an extremely worrying problem that is threatening wild populations,...
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Dying elephant shot with poisoned ARROW recovers thanks to vets in KenyaDaily MailPoachers usually come from criminal gangs or terror groups such as Al-Shabab, the Somalia-based wing of al Qaida, which raises $600,000 a month from poaching to fund its activities. The ivory is so valuable because all across Asia — particularly in ......
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Global Protest Demands End to Rhino and Elephant PoachingteleSUR EnglishThousands of people have taken to the streets of cities across the world to call for an end to the killing of rhinos and elephants. At least 136 cities across the world have seen marches protesting against the rhino horn and ivory trades. Thousands of ......
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Elephants thrive in Botswana, a rare bright spot on a continent hit hard by ...Vancouver SunSuch joking wouldn't be possible in many other parts of Africa, where recent years have yielded dire news about ivory poaching. Poachers killed more than 20,000 elephants in 2013 amid rising demand for their tusks in Asia, particularly China,...
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Elephants and Rhinos Could Go Bye-Bye, Forever. Blame Ivory Poaching.PolitixThe fate of the Earth's elephants and rhinos is in a bad way, England's Independent reports. And now business mogul Richard Branson, along with celebs Ricky Gervais, Stephen Fry and Blur's Damon Albarn, are all included in a mass warning that the ......
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Thousands March Worldwide Calling for End of Rhino and Elephant Ivory...International Business Times UKThousands of people around the world have marched calling for more action to stop the poaching industry, following fears the ivory trade could make elephants and rhinos extinct within the next 20 years. The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos...
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Thousands march worldwide for rhino, elephant protectionCapital FM KenyaThe Kenyan Port of Mombasa “is the number one exporter of ivory in the world — second is Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — and there's no reason for it,” he said. “Obviously, the government says they're against poaching here, but it's one...
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Elephant and rhino poaching extinction threatBBC NewsCampaigners say elephants and rhinos could become extinct within 20 years at current rates of poaching. Campaigners say poachers kill 35,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos every year, despite strict limits on hunting. The ivory and horns often end up being ......
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Elephant poaching: thousands march worldwide for wildlife protectionThe GuardianThe Kenyan Port of Mombasa “is the number one exporter of ivory in the world – second is Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – and there's no reason for it,” he said. “Obviously, the government says they're against poaching here, but it's...
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Protesting poaching of elephantsThe Seattle TimesHundreds marched in Seattle's Chinatown/International District on Saturday to protest the poaching of elephants and rhinos for their ivory. They say one elephant is killed every 15 minutes simply to take its ivory, and global demand for ivory is ......
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Worldwide anti-poaching protest draws 200 in ManhattanNewsdayLast year, a United Nations report said illegal poaching and illicit ivory trade in Africa had tripled in a decade and an estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in 2011. The report said criminal networks were increasingly involved in the ......
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Marchers Protest Against Poaching of Elephants, RhinosABC News"There's a lot of talk, but we need to see more action," said Simon Jones, founder of Helping Rhinos, a UK-based non-profit that advocates against rhino poaching. "We need more rangers on the ground and we need more campaigns in countries where ivory ......
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Kenya, South Africa march for rhinos and elephantsDeseret News"These are Kenyans from all walks of life, the judiciary, the police, universities, students from high schools, all the NGOs to say no more poaching, no more trafficking of ivory," said Paula Kahumbu, the chief executive of the animal group Wildlife ...Thousands march...
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Elephants and rhinos 'could be extinct within two decades' because of ivory...The IndependentWildlife campaigners say an estimated 35,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos are killed each year as demand for ivory and rhino horn drives increasing poaching rates. This demand means both species could potentially be wiped out within the next...
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Vandals deface iconic Mombasa ivory tusks with anti-poaching messageThe Star"While everyone is complaining about this, someone actually made an effort as an individual to stop poaching or to fight for the rights of animals. Fantastic idea and kudos to the team and the creative thought that may have sparked it. Time to put your ......
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China's Demand for IvoryWorld Policy Institute (blog)As part of the efforts to stop this crime, the Chinese government crushed six tons of confiscated ivory in January 2014 and donated $20,000 worth of anti-poaching equipment last month to be used by wildlife patrols in four conservancies in Kenya.Opinion: Irrelevant,...
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Joint force uses Google Earth to find elephant poaching camps in Mozambique ...Mongabay.comOn Monday, September 22, two ivory poachers were arrested in Mozambique during a late-night raid near Niassa National Reserve. The arrest followed on the heels of nearly two-dozen reported kills in the reserve in just the first two weeks of the...
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Kathryn Bigelow's 'Last Days' PSA Tackles Ivory Poachingmxdwn.comOn Saturday feature film director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker) showed off her new three-minute PSA entitled Last Days at the New York Film Festival. Followed by a panel on ivory poaching, the short film details the bloody path ...Kathryn BigelowIndie...
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Two Ivory Poachers Arrested Near Elephant Stronghold in MozambiqueNewswise (press release)Newswise — Two known ivory poachers were arrested and five illegal firearms seized on Monday, September 22nd near Niassa National Reserve by a joint force including Niassa Reserve scouts from WCS and the Ministry of Tourism, supported by the...
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Poisoned by poachers: Gentle giants suffer agonising death after elephant ...Daily MailBecause the price of 'blood ivory' - illegally poached tusks – is spiralling, poaching gangs are developing fresh techniques to slaughter animals in huge numbers, such as food poisoning. The demand for ivory, also referred to as white-gold, is at...
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Kathryn BigelowIndie WireThe PSA deals with the urgent issue of elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade, which is predominantly funding many terrorist organizations in Africa. The PSA, made in collaboration with Scott Burns and Megan Ellison, is an aesthetic achievement ...The African Elephant's "Last Days"Huffington PostKathryn...
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Angelina Jolie Tackling Ivory Poaching Drama AFRICAMovies.ie“I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man's footprint and a ......
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The African Elephant's "Last Days"Huffington PostThe African elephant is a magnificent creature, but its time on earth is rapidly coming to an end. The African elephant population has decreased by more than 60 percent over the past decade. Just in the past three years, ivory-seeking poachers have ...Kathryn Bigelow decries 'Last Days'...
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Angelina Jolie to direct new film about ivory poachingWildlife ExtraLeakey is the former head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, and is renowned for being an instrumental force in stemming the illegal ivory trade. He took extreme measures to tackle poachers, including sending helicopter gunships into Kenya's national parks ...and more »...
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Elephant killings in Mozambique happening on 'industrialised' scaleThe GuardianElephant poaching is happening on an unprecedented and “industrialised” scale in Mozambique, environmentalists have warned, after 22 of the animals were killed for their tusks in the first two weeks of September. The Wildlife Conservation Society...
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Angelina Jolie Latest News: Actress To Direct Ivory Poaching Movie 'Africa ...KDramaStarsEven while filming her latest team-up with husband Brad Pitt, an intimate drama called By The Sea, which she also directs, Angelina Jolie has signed on for another directing project. Working on an ivory poaching movie is what we found out in...
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Jolie to direct ivory poaching filmBelfast TelegraphAngelina continued: "I was taken by Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man's footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him.".Angelina Jolie to direct ivor...
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Angelina Jolie to direct ivory poaching filmIrish ExaminerThe Oscar-winning actress will take the reins on Africa, which will focus on the former head of the Kenya Wildlife Service and his measures to stem the illegal ivory trade, said The Hollywood Reporter. “I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its ...Angelina Jolie to...
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Angelina Jolie to direct Richard Leakey biopic about ivory poachingThe IndependentAfrica will focus on Leakey's fight against ivory poachers in the 1980s when he was the head of the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS). During his time as the Chairman of the KWS he ordered rangers to shoot any poachers they found and controversially burned...
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Angelina Jolie to direct movie about ivory poaching 'Africa'Express.co.ukThe mother-of-six has signed up to a film entitled 'Africa', which tells the story of conservationist Richard Leakey's battles with ivory poachers. Leakey is the former head of the Kenya Wildlife Service and was crucial to stemming the trade in illegal ......
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Angelina Jolie to direct ivory poaching movieDigitalJournal.comLos Angeles - Angelina Jolie is to direct "Africa," a movie about celebrated conservationist Richard Leakey's battles with ivory poachers. The feature will be Jolie's fourth directorial effort. Richard Erskine Frere Leakey is a Kenyan politician and ......
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Angelina Jolie to direct ivory poaching tale 'Africa'BBC NewsAngelina Jolie has signed up to direct Africa, a film about celebrated conservationist Richard Leakey's battles with ivory poachers. The screenplay has been written by Eric Roth - who won an Oscar for Forrest Gump. Leakey is former head of the Kenya ...Jolie to direct sweeping...
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Angelina Jolie continues directing streak with elephant poaching drama 'Africa'HitFixAccording to Deadline, Jolie has signed on to helm "Africa," a drama based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey's fight against ivory poachers in Kenya. Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button")...
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Angelina Jolie To Direct Elephant Poaching Tale 'Africa' For SkydanceDeadline.comThe actress and now busy helmer has signed on to for Africa, an epic tale for David Ellison's Skydance Productions. Written by Oscar winner Eric Roth, the pic is based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey's late-'80s battle with ivory poachers in ...Angelina...
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Central Africa: Ivory, Insurgency and Crime in Central Africa - the Sudans ...AllAfrica.comAt the beginning of August, the minutes of a meeting of intelligence chiefs from African states were released, revealing the extent to which poaching and the smuggling of ivory and rhino horn were being used to fund insurgent groups in South Sudan, ......
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OPINION: Can Elephants Survive a Continued Ivory Trade Ban?National GeographicThey were probably also the biggest buyers of poached tusks. As calls for more controls on ivory trade escalated in the 1980s, and CITES imposed a quota system on raw ivory exports, elephant poaching increased. With increased poaching, calls began for ....

Save The Elephants  have an excellent news service run by Melissa Groo that you may subscribe to through this page. This service provide downloadable news about wild elephants from media around the world, in addition to available papers. A new technical platform for this service was introduced in June 2014. Due to this the start date of the continuesly updated archives linked below is 12 June 2014.

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To combat terror, Pentagon should help fight Africa poaching, ex-general saysChristian Science MonitorThe Pentagon should join the battle against the illegal wildlife trade amid evidence that terror groups are profiting from poaching, the former head of US Africa Command said at a Captol Hill briefing.and more »...

ElephantVoices Year End eNewletter 2013

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Dear Friends of ElephantVoices,

Petter Granli and Joyce PooleThis has been another busy and exciting year for ElephantVoices - below you'll find some highlights taking you from Kenya to Mozambique and Brazil! To start, take a look at our redesigned ElephantVoices.org where you will also see our new logo.

Interacting and sharing ideas and data with people, via social media, citizen science or mentoring is fundamental to what we do - for conservation efforts to succeed we must ensure that those who live with elephants are actively engaged.

In December last year we wrote that poaching was spiraling out of control. Sadly, the killings of elephants has continued unabated, though momentum for action and change is increasing by the day. The demand must be reduced and, preferably eliminated. The EU has just called on all Member States to introduce moratoria on all imports, exports and domestic sales and purchase of ivory. We urge anyone with influence to add their voice for the closure of all ivory markets, with China top of our list.

Our work is dependent on your generous support - please include ElephantVoices in your annual giving. Please visit this page for other ways to donate, or click on this link for a more mobile-friendly donation-option. Naming an elephant supports scholarships and outreach in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, and makes a perfect gift! Every contribution counts!

A warm THANK YOU to all supporters and collaborators - foundations, organisations, media and individuals.

Best wishes and Happy Holiday Season,

Joyce and Petter

Link to ElephantVoices donation page on Network for Good

ElephantVoices' Mara initiative - Elephant Partners

In early November we prepared our new equipment (read new "Bush Internet") for our second long Mara field season of the year, and created version 2.0 of the Mara EleApp to permit the collection of elephant signs as well as sightings and mortalities. In the Mara we spent time with several of our "citizen scientists" who are collecting data for Elephant Partners. Maasai Mara elephants. Photo: ElephantVoices.We met David Kimutai, a Kenya Wildlife Service Research Scientist who is doing his Masters project with us; Alfred Kiprotich Bett, a ranger working in Mara Conservancy; Saitoti Silantoi, a warden working on Olare Orok/Motorogi Conservancy. And we extended our outreach to include new people on Motorogi, Siana and Olarro Conservancies. The latter two are key areas for elephants moving from the Maasai Mara toward the Naimena Enkiyio Forest. We also participated in EcoStorm Maasai Mara with fellow stakeholders to brainstorm on the topic, "Creating Space and Generating Benefits."

We have now made our Mara Quarterly Reports available for download, if you want to read about our findings. Our results are based on the 1070 adult elephants we have registered in the Mara Elephants Who’s Who and the 2259 elephant group sightings uploaded by over 250 participants to the Mara Elephant Whereabouts.

One of our many citizen scientists is a young Maasai student, Alfred Mepukori, who interned with us this summer as part of his diploma in tourism and wildlife management at Maasai Mara University. We encouraged him to write an article for Izilwane: Voices for Biodiversity about his experiences growing up by the Naimina Enkiyio Forest (literally, the Forest of the Lost Child) and his recent work monitoring elephants in the forest for our project. He wrote a beautiful piece which has just been published in two parts. If you enjoy reading about Maasai culture you will love his story, part 1 and part 2.

Our 2013 field season in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

Gorongosa elephants. Photo: ElephantVoices.We spent October studying the elephants of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. The research combines building up baseline data on the population that was ravaged by the 20-year civil conflict and studying their aggressive behavior. Protecting the biodiversity of Gorongosa is dependent on revenue from tourism and, therefore, ensuring that elephants are habituated to approach by vehicles is of fundamental importance. Our work aims to combine the study of elephant behavior with practical input for conservation management and local capacity building.

This year a film team from PBS/National Geographic International followed our work as part of a six episode series on Gorongosa, which will air in 2015. So, in addition to our own data collection and still photographs, we had the benefit of three cameramen (well, one was a woman) to help us document the complex signals between elephants - and we had two vehicles to negotiate "Ambush Alley" and to navigate "Gauntlet Gully". There were some adrenaline pumping moments, but we do feel that the elephants we observe regularly are becoming calmer.

Joyce Poole before lecture in Beijing organised by IFAW.

The ivory trade, the poaching, the way forward

Poaching and the ivory trade has loomed larger than ever this year. To counter it ElephantVoices initiated Every Tusk Costs a Life Campaign and Joyce travelled to China to lecture and speak to the authorities about the poaching of elephants. You can read her reflections in this ElephantVoices blog post.

Joyce's visit to Hong Kong spurred the formation of an anti ivory trade group that spearheaded an October 4th March for Elephants (part of the global campaign and march initiated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust) and an AVAAZ petition aimed at the Hong Kong Government asking for the destruction of the confiscated ivory stockpiles held in HK and the closing of its domestic ivory market.

Nellie Shute (11) in Hong Kong making and selling postcards to help elephants. Joyce's Hong Kong visit caught the attention of 11 year old Nellie Shute who, encouraged by the response to our post on ElephantVoices Facebook page about her interest in making a difference, has started her own campaign, Nellie for Ellies. Nellie made the press again recently by taking a strong stand in favor of the destruction of Hong Kong's huge pile of seized ivory.

Nellie is one of the increasing number of young people speaking out loud for elephants. We are happy to promote her and others like her.

While educational outreach is key to reducing the demand, domestic trade bans in China, Thailand, the United States and other key countries are necessary to stop the ongoing slaughter of elephants.

Sceenshot from National Geographic's A Voice for Elephants, April 2013. Photo: ElephantVoices.

Outreach and science through National Geographic media

We worked with National Geographic to publish five articles on our elephant work. The topics ranged from our efforts to stop the ivory trade, elephant gestural communication, how to identify elephants as part of our citizen science project in the Maasai Mara, Kenya and research on the anthropogenic impacts on elephants.

You can read these stories via the following links:
Harmonizing Elephant Deaths,
Little Fellow Knew Nothing About CITES,
Elephants Communicate in Sophisticated Sign Language, Researchers Say,
Name that Elephant and
Orphan Elephants Lack Social Knowledge Key for Survival.

The latter was based on the recent scientific publication, Effects of social disruption in elephants persist decades after culling, on which Joyce is a co-author. The results of our research should act as another argument against the trade in elephants and their body parts.

Joyce was featured in the National Geographic Earth Explorers Exhibit, which is being held at the Science Center of Iowa through early 2014. Her Explorers Journal includes photos of her early childhood and her pen and ink drawings of elephants.

A brighter future for captive elephants

In October Global Sanctuary for Elephants and Elephant Sanctuary Brasil were launched, inspired by ElephantVoices continuing efforts to improve the well being of elephants held captive.

Developing an elephant sanctuary in Brazil/South America is made possible by ElephantVoices' team of enthusiastic and well connected volunteers in Brazil. Here is the page on ElephantVoices that presents these exciting new initiatives.

You may also enjoy reading what we wrote about the arrival of Toronto Zoo elephant, Toka, at Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in San Andreas, California. What we saw was a demonstration of the intense social nature of elephants. You'll find the related video clips via the PAWS site.

Despite the tragedy unfolding for free-ranging elephants, our attention and compassion will also continue to be with those suffering in captivity.

Sceenshot from ElephantVoices on Facebook.

Follow ElephantVoices through social media

ElephantVoices Facebook page is nearing 25,000 followers and we use it daily to educate and spread the word - with our goal being to encourage our followers to spread our messages even further. If you are on Facebook and like elephants please "like" us! You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and via ElephantVoices Brasil on Facebook if you prefer Portuguese.

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Six arrested in ivory poaching ringBayoubuzzMaputo (AFP) - Wildlife campaigners in Mozambique say police have cracked an ivory poaching ring believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 39 elephants. The Wildlife Conservation Society said six suspects were arrested in Niassa National ...Beauty and BloodHuffington Posta...
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Oscar de la Renta and Hillary Clinton Raise Awareness for Ivory PoachingWomen's Wear DailyTHE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: Committed as Hillary Clinton is to trying to protect elephants from ivory poaching, she wasn't the one who sprang for the toy tuskers that were given to guests at Oscar de la Renta's show Tuesday. Each attendee went home ...and...
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Moz cracks ivory poaching ringIndependent OnlineMaputo - Wildlife campaigners in Mozambique say police have cracked an ivory poaching ring believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 39 elephants. The Wildlife Conservation Society said six suspects were arrested in Niassa National Reserve ...Beauty and BloodHuffington...
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Mozambique cracks ivory poaching ringPhys.OrgThe park is "on the front line of the crisis in ivory," Samper said. The remote park is twice the size of South Africa's Kruger National Park and poachers have to hike for days to reach it. Poaching in Mozambique had for a long time gone unpunished ...Beauty and BloodHuffington Postall 3 news...
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Chinese complicit in ivory poaching and elephant deaths. So are Americans.Christian Science MonitorFor the first time more elephants are dying than being born each year due to poaching, with elephant herd leaders being a special target. China may be the No. 1 ivory market, but America is No. 2....
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Mozambique cracks ivory poaching ringYahoo NewsThe park is "on the front line of the crisis in ivory," Samper said. The remote park is twice the size of South Africa's Kruger National Park and poachers have to hike for days to reach it. Poaching in Mozambique had for a long time gone unpunished ...Beauty and BloodHuffington Postall 6...
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Mozambique cracks ivory poaching ringYahoo News UKWildlife campaigners in Mozambique say police have cracked an ivory poaching ring believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 39 elephants. The Wildlife Conservation Society said six suspects were arrested in Niassa National Reserve at the ......
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Four suspected poachers arrested, Sh15 million ivory recovered in Tharaka NithiThe StarThe ivory worth Sh15 Million, suspected to have been poached from national parks around the country, was recovered in a semi-permanent house belonging to a man named David Njeru in Marimanti market, Tharaka constituency. Confirming the incident ...and...
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Major Ivory Poaching Arrest in MozambiqueNewswise (press release)Newswise — Marrupa, Mozambique, Sept. 8, 2014 – A significant arrest of six suspected poachers took place here on Sept. 7 in a joint operation conducted by the Mecula District police, Luwire scouts and Niassa National Reserve WCS scouts. The arrests ......
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Man gets 10 years for ivory possessionIndependent OnlinePaul Gildenhuys, head of the biodiversity crime unit at CapeNature, told the court ivory poaching and smuggling were carried out by international crime syndicates. Although only three elephants had been poached in South Africa in the past 10 years ...and more »...
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Hefty jail term for ivory smugglerIndependent OnlineIOL pic jun5 KENYA-POACHING-_0605_11 Reuters A policeman arranges seized elephant tusks to be inspected at Makupa police station in Mombasa, Kenya. Picture: Joseph Okanga. Cape Town - The highest penalty ever imposed in South Africa for the ...and more »...
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Yao Ming Works to Save Africa's Elephants and Rhinos from PoachingMashable"That's what we're here for: film this, bring it back home ... and show everybody the reality [of poaching]." Ivory, which comes from the elephant tusks, is considered a valuable status symbol in China. As the country's middle class grows, the demand ...and more »...
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South Africa tries gunfire location system to catch rhino poachersReuters UKSouth Africa is the epicenter of the poaching surge because it has the vast majority of the world's rhinos. Elsewhere in Africa, elephants are being poached relentlessly for the ivory in their tusks. The latest census from Kruger shows it has between 8 ...South...
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How the Ivory Trade Could be Ended by Shutting Down Transit RoutesOne Green PlanetBorn Free estimates that 103,821 elephants have been poached since January 2012. Elephant poaching is at a crisis level not seen since before the 1989 commercial ban on elephant ivory trade was instituted by the Convention on International Trade in ......
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Kenya poaching crisis a 'national disaster'Yahoo NewsIn a rare common call, top newspapers said more action had to be taken and they accused the KWS of sleeping on the job and trying to cover up the real extent of the poaching problem. "Poaching is a national disaster," The Standard newspaper said in its ...Poaching crisis a 'national...
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South Africa tries gunfire location system to catch rhino poachersThe GuardianRhino poachers in South Africa now risk giving themselves away when they shoot thanks to a high-tech, gunfire-detection system being piloted in the country's flagship Kruger National Park. The stakes are high, for rhinos are being slain in escalating ...S.Afri...
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S.Africa tries gunfire location system to catch rhino poachersReutersElsewhere in Africa, elephants are being poached relentlessly for the ivory in their tusks. The latest census from Kruger shows it has between 8,400 and 9,600 white rhinos and there are plans afoot to move 500 of them out of the park and hopefully out ...Gun-fire...
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Yao Ming aims to save Africa's elephants by persuading China to give up ivoryWashington PostAlthough China allows a small, legal trade in ivory from old stockpiles, this provides the cover for a vast, illegal trade that has fueled a new wave of poaching in Africa, experts say. Such are the financial incentives that hundreds of poachers and ...Retir...
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Retired NBA star aims to stop poachingPress HeraldIn the past three years alone, about 100,000 elephants have been poached for their tusks, according to a new study – a mass slaughter propelled by an ever-rising Chinese demand for ivory from an ever-richer nation. Yet the player once nicknamed the ...and more »...
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To Protect African Elephants, Kill Demand for IvoryAllAfrica.comThe real tragedy is that this poaching epidemic is not driven by a need for basic human requirements -- food, water, shelter. Instead, African elephants are being massacred in the name of greed and vanity -- the desire to have an ivory trinket, no ...and more »...
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God's Ivory: The Role of Religion in the Elephant Poaching CrisisHuffington PostMost ivory objects are religious objects, with extraordinary sculptures fetching six figure price tags -- but clearly there is a disconnect between the craft and where the ivory comes from. Every day nearly 100 elephants are brutally killed in Africa ......
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States are eyeing stiffer ivory laws amid a surge in elephant poachingLos Angeles TimesIn an effort to stop a recent surge in elephant poaching, states are moving to impose stricter bans on the sale of ivory, building on federal administrative actions taken this year. New York and New Jersey have already taken steps recently to tighten ...OPINION:...
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Cameroon Seizes 200 Elephant Tusks Bound for AsiaBig News Network.comTheir tusks are highly valued for jewelery and other ivory products in Asian markets because of the quality of their tusks. Issola Dipanda said if the current wave of poaching continues, the extinction of the forest elephant may become a reality. He ...and more »...
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Cameroon Seizes 200 Elephant Tusks Bound for AsiaVoice of AmericaYAOUNDE—. Some 200 tusks from elephants slain in Cameroon and Gabon have been intercepted at the Yaounde-Nsimalen International Airport. They were bound for Asia - where a high demand for ivory has sparked the illegal slaughter of elephants in ...and more »...
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OPINION: New Jersey leads the way on ivory banMyCentralJersey.comIn June, the state Legislature — at the urging of the Humane Society and other animal conservation groups — passed a bill to prohibit ivory and rhino horn trade. Gov. Christie signed it into law on Aug. 5. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a similar ...and...
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'Go after poaching kingpins'Independent OnlineUsing the example of the legal trade of ivory first discussed in 1998, she said it took the government five years to finalise legislation on the matter and during this time ivory poaching soared as the international community was told it was legal, but ...and more »...
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Target Shipping to Beat Illegal Ivory Trade, Report SaysNewsweekIn China, ivory wholesales at $2,100 per kilogram. Tanzania was described as the “epicentre” of the current poaching crisis and as being tied to high-level corruption, whereas poaching in Kenya was linked to domestic corruption, organized crime and ......
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Photographs give insight adorable family of elephants saved from poachers by ...Daily Mail'Sadly Africa's elephants are under threat from poachers for their ivory. Each of the 101 elephants rescued and in the care of the DSWT has been orphaned, but they have been afforded a new herd in the form of our unusual human-elephant...
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British charity has taken the young elephants into care at its special ...Daily Mail'Sadly Africa's elephants are under threat from poachers for their ivory. Each of the 101 elephants rescued and in the care of the DSWT has been orphaned, but they have been afforded a new herd in the form of our unusual human-elephant family.' ...and...
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Can Elephants Survive a Legal Ivory Trade? Debate Is Shifting Against ItNational GeographicTo some conservationists, these sales were disastrous, spurring the current poaching frenzy by keeping the markets active, confusing consumers as to what was legal versus illegal ivory, and offering a loophole for laundering illegal ivory i...
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Byers: New Jersey first to ban ivory tradeHunterdon County DemocratIn June, the state Legislature – at the urging of the Humane Society and other animal conservation groups – passed a bill to prohibit ivory and rhino horn trade. Gov. Christie signed it into law on Aug. 5. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a similar ......
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Kenya Wildlife Services officers possibly involved in ivory poachingExaminer.comWhile working to uncover the corrupt work of government officials, Muslims for Human Rights discovered Wildlife Services officers are possibly murdering poachers to cover up working with them on the illegal ivory trade. According to a report from ......
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Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers - reportNews24Poaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report last week by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100 000 elephants between 2010 ...Leakey's Last Stand: The Final Battle...
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Kenyan rangers reportedly murder ivory poachers to cover up their collusionThe Japan TimesRangers committed the murders to cover up their involvement with the poachers in killing elephants for their ivory, according to the report, which interviewed Kenya Wildlife Service rangers whose identities were not revealed. Muslims for Human Rights ....
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Report: Kenya rangers murder ivory poachersAiken StandardPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report last week by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 elephants between 2010 ......
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Kenya wildlife rangers murder elephant poachers to cover their own tracks: reportCP24 Toronto's Breaking NewsRangers committed the murders to cover up their involvement with the poachers in killing elephants for their ivory, according to the report which interviewed Kenya Wildlife Service rangers whose identities were...
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Corrupt Kenyan Rangers Murdered Poachers To Cover Up Ivory Trafficking ...Huffington PostPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report last week by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 elephants between 2010 ......
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Kenya Rangers Murder Ivory Poachers: ReportABC NewsPoaching deaths of elephants to meet demand for ivory in China is an escalating crisis across Africa. A report last week by Africa's leading elephant experts, including Save the Elephants, estimated that poachers killed 100,000 elephants between 2010 ...and more »...
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Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: reportYahoo NewsRangers committed the murders to cover up their involvement with the poachers in killing elephants for their ivory, according to the report which interviewed Kenya Wildlife Service rangers whose identities were not revealed. Muslims for Human Rights is ...Kenya Wildlife Services...
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Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: reportWCBDNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges. The disappearances of 18 suspected poachers were documented ......
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Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: reportWJTVNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges. The disappearances of 18 suspected poachers were documented ...and more »...
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Yao Ming challenges illegal ivory tradeNBA.com (blog)The former Rockets All-Star center is promoting a documentary film designed to convince people to stop buying ivory and end the slaughter of elephants and rhinos as poaching reaches its highest levels ever. Estimates say 33,000 elephants are killed ......
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Africa: Groundbreaking Report Commissioned By Born Free USA Uncovers Ivory...AllAfrica.comThis information comes four months after the groups' shocking report, Ivory's Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa, which detailed the poaching crisis and its links to violent militias, organized crime, and government ......
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WildLeaks: a whistlebower platform for poaching and wildlife crimesDeutsche WelleWe've received leaks about the poaching of tigers in northern Sumatra; the smuggling of apes, in particular chimps, in Central Africa; elephant poaching and ivory trafficking; illeg al logging in central Mexico, Malawi, Russia; illegal fishing off the ...Whis...
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Q&A: Landmark Report Reveals Crucial Links in the Illegal Ivory TradeNatGeo News Watch (blog)While there are effectively unlimited numbers of poachers and consumers fueling the lucrative illegal ivory market, a new report suggests that nearly all the ivory shuttled from Africa to Asia—the biggest market—is confined...
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Ivory Atrocity: Asian, African Crime Groups Speed Elephant SlaughterNBCNews.com“Poaching and trafficking in ivory is at the highest level in 25 years,” driven by skyrocketing prices for elephant tusks, said the report, published Wednesday by the wildlife conservation group Born Free and the data analysis nonprofit C4ADS. In...
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Q&A: Landmark Report Reveals Crucial Links in the Illegal Ivory TradeNational GeographicWhile there are effectively unlimited numbers of poachers and consumers fueling the lucrative illegal ivory market, a new report suggests that nearly all the ivory shuttled from Africa to Asia—the biggest market—is confined to...

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Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets poaching eliteTimes LIVEPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years, fuelled by rising demand in Asia for ivory and rhino horn, coveted as a traditional medicine and as a status symbol. Crosta is fervent in his belief that the online platform can be part of the ......
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WildLeaks Whistleblower Website Fights Poaching in AfricaHeadlines & Global NewsSince its launch in February, WildLeaks has received close to 45 tips, 28 of which have been useful in combating poaching. Tips sent to the website covered elephant poaching in Africa, illegal ivory trading in Hong Kong, illegal logging and imports...
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Anonymous Tips Sent to WildLeaks Fuel Fight against PoachingRIA NovostiWildLeaks was launched on February 7, and has received about 45 tips since then, 28 considered useful to the war on poaching. According to The Guardian, tips sent in to WildLeaks include information regarding elephant poaching in Africa, illicit ivory ...Wildlife...
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Wildlife 'Wikileaks' targets Africa poaching eliteTimes LIVEPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fuelled by rising demand in Asia for ivory and rhino horn, coveted as a traditional medicine and a status symbol. Interviewed in the lobby of an upmarket hotel in Tanzania's main city Dar es ...and more »...
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Wildlife 'tip-offs' targets Africa's poaching eliteeNCA"We got, for example, a very interesting leak on a very powerful individual in Kenya, linked to the government, who is behind the ivory trade," said founder Andrea Costa, a former security consultant and long-time conservationist. This kind of person ...Africa's Poaching Elite The...
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Elephant poaching at genocidal levelsNews24Wittemyer and his colleagues use rather sobering language, explaining that “overharvesting” and current levels of “ivory consumption” are “not sustainable”. The bottom line is clear: if elephant poaching continues at current rates, the chances of long ...Our...
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Africa's Poaching Elite The Target Of WildLeaksmalaysiandigest.comPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fuelled by rising demand in Asia for ivory and rhino horn, coveted as a traditional medicine and a status symbol. Interviewed in the lobby of an upmarket hotel in Tanzania's main city Dar es ...and more »...
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Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets poaching in AfricaBusiness InsiderPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fuelled by rising demand in Asia for ivory and rhino horn, coveted as a traditional medicine and a status symbol. Interviewed in the lobby of an upmarket hotel in Tanzania's main city Dar es ...Anonymous Tips Sent...
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Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets poaching in AfricaYahoo NewsPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fuelled by rising demand in Asia for ivory and rhino horn, coveted as a traditional medicine and a status symbol. Interviewed in the lobby of an upmarket hotel in Tanzania's main city Dar es ...and more »...
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Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets poaching in AfricaYahoo News UKPoaching has risen sharply across Africa in recent years fuelled by rising demand in Asia for ivory and rhino horn, coveted as a traditional medicine and a status symbol. Interviewed in the lobby of an upmarket hotel in Tanzania's main city Dar es ...and more »...
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The Elephant Whisperer: Meet the Nairobi man single-handedly protecting 21 ...Daily MailHis job is to raise the young elephants that have been orphaned or abandoned, often due to ivory poaching. Morning: Mbulu will feed his elephants before taking them to Nairobi National Park. Protection: The calves are kept warm and protected by a ...an...
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“This is a war”: A conflict photographer takes on the rapidly escalating ...SalonUnfortunately, there has typically been a great deal of corruption in a number of African countries helping to facilitate the trafficking of ivory and rhino horn. You've had very lax penalties for poachers and people who are in possession of ivory and...
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Elephant crisis: Ivory poachers are killing animals faster than they are being ...The IndependentSatao, Kenya's largest elephant, died in June 2014 after being shot by poachers. This surge, which appears to have started in 2008, correlated with a rise in ivory prices in 2009 as well as a rise in seized trafficked ivory shipments...
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Where Have All The Elephants Gone?FiveThirtyEight (blog)In 2008 and 2009, though, that shifted, and the majority of the ivory started flowing to China. That's when we saw this exponential growth in the illegal killing rate and an exponential growth in the local poachers' price for ivory and this disaster ...Poachers in Africa Killed 100000...
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Poachers in Africa Killed 100000 Elephants in Just Three YearsTakePartAccording to the Animal Welfare Institute, a poacher can earn $36 per pound of ivory, or $800 for a typical elephant that carries 22 pounds of ivory. (In Kenya, the average monthly wage is $76.) It then makes its way to China, where people will pay $1 ...Unsustainable...
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Unsustainable Elephant Poaching Killed 100K In 3 Years by Sebastian MartinezNewsyWildAid is one of a handful of organizations aiming to combat poaching by addressing the consumption of poached goods, such as ivory in China. It's employed Chinese stars Jackie Chan and Vincent Zhao as well as Ming. WILDAID: "You don't have to...
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Study: Illegal poaching could drive African elephants to extinctionVoxThe illegal poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks has soared dramatically in recent years, with some 100,000 African elephants killed between 2010 and 2012, according to new estimates published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of ......
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Poaching could drive elephants to extinction in decadesSalonTwo or more dead elephants in one place means one thing: poaching by professional killers. Another tip-off is the lack of a face, as poachers hack off the tusks to be sold for ivory. That ivory is then made into valuable trinkets in Asia or even parts ......
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Ivory trade: Why elephant poaching is still rampantCBC.caIn some countries, the idea of cherishing anything made of ivory has become repugnant, especially given that an elephant had to die — usually at the hands of poachers — before any elaborate carving of its tusks could be done. In areas such as China ...100000...
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How illegal poaching could exterminate the African elephant 'in 100 years'Washington PostIn 2011 alone, when 40,000 elephants were poached, the species likely shrank by 3 percent, researchers said. “These results provide the most comprehensive assessment of illegal ivory harvest to date and confirm that current ivory consumption is...
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Poachers kill 100000 African elephants in 3 years 3:12CBC.caPoachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest land mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study ......
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Why elephant poaching is still rampantCBC.caIn some countries, the idea of cherishing anything made of ivory has become repugnant, especially given that an elephant had to die — usually at the hands of poachers — before any elaborate carving of its tusks could be done. In areas such as China ......
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Africa Faces Unsustainable Levels of Ivory PoachingEnvironmental News NetworkWhen it comes to illegal wildlife trade, one thing has always puzzled me ... Why is the demand for ivory so high? While I may not come across the black-market demands or understand the cultural or historical needs for these rare animal teeth, one thing ......
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CSU study links poachers to 100K elephant deathsThe ColoradoanPoachers hunting for ivory illegally killed more than 100,000 elephants in Africa in a three-year period, a new CSU study says. Scientists say it's the first time they've ever been able to provide such a specific number of illegal elephant killings ......
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Demand for ivory fuels dramatic surge in elephant poachingNET Website100,000 elephant have been illegally poached in the past three years, a rate that could lead to extinction, says a new study published Monday. Photo by flickr user Matt Biddulph. As global demand for black-market ivory soars, the number of elephants ......
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Poachers Killed More Than 100000 Elephants in 3 YearsMyArkLaMiss(FOX) -- The insatiable demand for ivory is causing a dramatic decline in the number of African elephants. Poachers are hunting the animal faster than it can reproduce, with deaths affecting more than half of elephant families in the Samburu National ......
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Poachers killed more than 100000 elephants in 3 yearsFox NewsThe insatiable demand for ivory is causing a dramatic decline in the number of African elephants. Poachers are hunting the animal faster than it can reproduce, with deaths affecting more than half of elephant families in the Samburu National Reserve in ......
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Elephant Poaching Results in 100000 Deaths Over Three YearsGuardian Liberty VoiceAccording to a new study over the span of three years, poachers have killed 100,000 elephants in their search for Ivory. In 2011, it is believed that per every twelve African elephants one was killed by a poacher. The most popular place for poache...
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Elephants may soon face extinction, thanks to rise in illegal poachingTech TimesElephants, as a species, have survived similar poaching trends, both in the 1970s and 1980s. However, the current situation depends on the demand for ivory going down, more poachers being caught and prosecuted, and China cracking down on the illegal ......
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Poachers Exhausting Elephant PopulationU.S. News & World ReportIncreasing demand for ivory, especially in China, is speculated to be at the heart of the elephant poaching epidemic. Wittemyer said rising black market ivory prices are leading poachers from Africa and abroad “to take the criminal risk on and kill ......
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Illegal poaching may wipe elephants out THIS CENTURYMirror.co.ukEvery year up to 40,000 elephants in Africa are killed by poachers for their ivory. At that rate the entire species will be extinct within 100 years. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences estimates that poachers are killing as ......
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Poachers Killed More than 100000 Elephants in 3 YearsYahoo! VoicesThe insatiable demand for ivory is causing a dramatic decline in the number of African elephants. Poachers are hunting the animal faster than it can reproduce, with deaths affecting more than half of elephant families in the Samburu National Reserve in ......
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Poachers kill 100000 African elephants in 3 years, study saysCBC.caPoachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest land mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study ......
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100000 African Elephants Poached Since 2010, Study FindsNational GeographicIvory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years, according to a new study that provides the first reliable continent-wide estimates of illegal kills. During 2011 alone, roughly one of every twelve African elephants was ......
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Ivory poachers killing elephants faster than they are being bornAl Jazeera AmericaAfrican elephants are being pushed over the tipping point, a new study said, with more being killed by poachers for their ivory than are born each year. “We are shredding the fabric of elephant society and exterminating populations across the continent ......
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Elephant poaching out of controlYahoo News UKIf we weren't aware already, a new study has hammered it home: elephant poaching is getting wildly out of control. Tens of thousands of these beautiful creatures - Earth's biggest land mammals - are killed every year for their ivory. And if we don't ......
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Poaching leads to '63% fall' in central African elephant numbersIrish TimesOver that period alone an estimated 6.8 per cent of the continent's elephant population was wiped out by the illegal ivory trade, say scientists. In central Africa, the worst affected region, poaching led to a 63.7 per cent fall in elephant numbers ......
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Poaching threatens future of African elephantRTE.ieOver that period alone an estimated 6.8% of the continent's elephant population was wiped out by the illegal ivory trade, scientists say. In central Africa, the worst affected region, poaching led to a 63.7% fall in elephant numbers between 2002 and 2012....
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Ivory poaching puts existence of African elephant under threatHerald ScotlandThe team led by Dr George Wittemyer, from Colorado State University, conducted a survey of elephant carcasses in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve and found poaching rates were strongly associated with local market prices for ivory and a rise in of ......
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More evidence that Chinese demand for ivory is destroying African elephant herdsQuartzPoaching across Africa is killing off elephants at an unsustainable rate, as Chinese demand for ivory rises, according to the the most comprehensive analysis of contemporary poaching rates to date. It's difficult to account for how many elephants die ......
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Poachers blamed for widespread elephant killingsUSA TODAYPoachers hunting for ivory illegally killed more than 100,000 elephants in Africa in a three-year period, a new study says. Scientists say it's the first time they've ever been able to provide such a specific number of illegal elephant killings, and ......
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100000 elephants killed by poachers in Africa, study findsFox NewsNAIROBI, Kenya – Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, ......
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Poaching Could Drive Elephants Extinct in DecadesScientific American (blog)Two or more dead elephants in one place means one thing: poaching by professional killers. Another tip-off is the lack of a face, as poachers hack off the tusks to be sold for ivory. That ivory is then made into valuable trinkets in Asia or even...
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Demand for ivory fuels elephant poachingStuff.co.nzPoachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study has ...Chinese ivory trade blamed as p...
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Elephants Gets Poached More After Illegal Ivory Is Seized By PoliceBusiness Insider AustraliaAnd there was more poaching when the price of ivory increased following confiscation by police of hauls of illegal ivory. The covert nature of illegal elephant killings makes it difficult to quantify the contribution of poaching to elephant population ......
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Elephants Could Go Extinct If Ivory Trade Isn't Stopped, Experts SayLiveScience.comThe insatiable demand for ivory is causing a dramatic decline in the number of African elephants. Poachers are hunting the animal faster than it can reproduce, with deaths affecting more than half of elephant families in the Samburu National Reserve in ......
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100000 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Just Three Years, Landmark Analysis ...National GeographicIvory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years, according to a new study that provides the first reliable continent-wide estimates of illegal kills. During 2011 alone, roughly one of every twelve...
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Chinese ivory trade blamed as poachers drive down elephant population by 2 ...The IndependentThe researchers were able to show a link between the rate of killing by poachers and the black market price of ivory, which is used in Chinese traditional medicine as well as for the trade in ornamental carvings based in East Asia. The...
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Surprise! Science Shows That Elephant Poaching Is UnsustainableSmithsonian (blog)It's no secret that illegal wildlife hunting threatens the existence of many species, including the iconic African elephant. Shockingly, however, the magnitude of the threat has remained elusive, in large part because of the covert nature of poaching....
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Antique Shops Threaten to Flee New York Over Ivory BanBusinessweek12, is intended to halt the trade in illegal ivory that encourages poaching endangered species. It prohibits the sale of ivory that's less than 100 years old and also bans the sale of antiques in which ivory makes up more than 20 percent of the total ......
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Chelsea Clinton Wants You to Help End Elephant PoachingGotham MagazinePoachers took down Satao, who weighed an estimated seven tons, with a single poisoned arrow to his flank. His signature ivory tusks, which weighed more than 100 pounds each, had been hacked off. The Tsavo Trust, a conservation group that monitors the ......
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Chelsea Clinton Wants You to Help End Elephant PoachingLos Angeles ConfidentialPoachers took down Satao, who weighed an estimated seven tons, with a single poisoned arrow to his flank. His signature ivory tusks, which weighed more than 100 pounds each, had been hacked off. The Tsavo Trust, a conservation group that monitors the ......
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Poisons and Poaching: A Deadly Mix Requiring Urgent ActionNational GeographicElephant and rhino poaching is at record levels due to the insatiable demand for ivory and rhino horn from the Far East. It is set to get a whole lot worse now that poachers have turned to poisons. The time is now for African governments to enforce ......
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Legal ivory sale will create grey marketIndependent OnlineAlso, mounting concern about ivory poaching has been fuelled by confirmation by SA National Parks in May that the first elephant poached for its tusks “in well over 10 years” had been killed in the Kruger National Park, followed by a second last month ...NRA...
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SA's legal ivory sale will create grey marketIndependent OnlineAlso, mounting concern about ivory poaching has been fuelled by confirmation by SA National Parks in May that the first elephant poached for its tusks “in well over 10 years” had been killed in the Kruger National Park, followed by a second last month ...NR...
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NRA Pushing Bill to Legalize Ivory Trade, Protect Right to Hunt Endangered ...Ring of FirePoaching elephants for the illegal collection and sale of ivory continues to be a huge problem globally. Last year, the US. Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed nearly six tons of illegal ivory it ha obtained through custom seizures and criminal ......
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Ending the Sale of All Ivory May Be the Only Way to Save Africa's ElephantsPacific StandardAs demand for ivory continues to skyrocket, poaching and illegal trafficking follow. The ivory trade has more than doubled since 2007, and the Wildlife Conservation Society now believes an estimated 96 African elephants die daily as poachers fuel ...Researche...
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Focus: Poachinggulfnews.comIt could be that it's an Irish thing or dare I say maybe even a 'Western' thing but I was more or less completely unaware that ivory poaching has become a growing trend. I would have thought, in this day and age, that awareness of species going extent ......
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Former Rocket Yao joins push against ivory salesChron.comFormer Houston Rockets star Yao Ming stars in a film designed to persuade people to stop buying ivory and end the slaughter of elephants, as poaching reaches its highest levels since the initial ivory ban in 1989. The value of the scarce material has ...and more »...
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Former Rocket Yao joins push against ivory salesHouston ChronicleFormer Houston Rockets star Yao Ming stars in a film designed to persuade people to stop buying ivory and end the slaughter of elephants, as poaching reaches its highest levels since the initial ivory ban in 1989. The value of the scarce material has ...Houston an...
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Houston an epicenter in fight against global elephant slaughterChron.comFormer Houston Rockets star Yao Ming is starring in a film designed to persuade people to stop buying ivory and end the slaughter of elephants as poaching for ivory reaches its highest levels since the initial ivory ban in 1989. In recent years, the ......
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Mock ivory burn sends clear signal to South AfricaeTurboNewsAll over the world yesterday people who care were paying homage to the greatest of earth's animals, the elephant. The ivory poaching crisis is sweeping through Africa and slaughtering thousands of elephants in its wake. At least 20,000 elephants were ......
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OPINION: My Offer to Help Kenyan Authorities Catch an Ivory Kingpin Is SpurnedNational GeographicI had to stop him mid-sentence to tell him we weren't there to talk about the poaching but to talk about Feizal Ali Mohamed, a notorious suspected ivory trafficker. I reminded him that Kenya holds the dubious position of being number one in the world .....
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New York enacts law banning elephant ivory tradeTech TimesAccording to data from the Wildlife Conservation Society published online, wildlife trafficking and illegal poaching is the fourth biggest transnational crime, with the trade of ivory, also called as “the white gold of jihad,” funding military ......
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Despite severe poaching, hopeful signs on World Elephant DayAnchorage Daily NewsThe animals are dying at a rate of 35,000 a year due to the lucrative growing market for ivory-coated trinkets, which are made from the elephants' majestic tusks and teeth. Criminal cartels export the luxury good – worth more than $1,000 a pound –...
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Illegal Ivory Trade: US Authorities Target American Auction HousesInternational Business TimesPoachers are killing a record number of elephants every year to obtain the ivory from their tusks, in high demand around the world for its use in everything from medicine to fine jewelry. The United States is the second-largest...
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For World Elephant Day, zoo draws attention to poaching crisisFOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT-TV“Ninety-six elephants are poached per day. So we're just trying to make people aware of the legislation that's going on in Florida about the ban of ivory. So we just want to get people out here, have some fun with our elephants in the back and educate ......
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12 Shocking Numbers That Reveal Grim, Gruesome Truth Behind Elephant ...Huffington PostFor a person in the U.S., Europe or elsewhere, the poaching crisis may seem like a problem reserved for Africa or Asia, where ivory is coveted as a luxury good; but illegal ivory is found all over the planet. (Did you know that the U.S. is one of the .....
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Cuomo signs bill cracking down on illegal ivory tradeAlbany Times Union (blog)“The law now acknowledges the significant impact our state can have on clamping down on illegal ivory sales a continent away in order to save elephants from the ruthless poaching operations run by terrorists and organized crime which threaten their ......
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South Africa to combat poaching by moving 500 rhinosBDliveIts street value is estimated by some conservationists at $65,000 a kilogramme, making it more valuable than platinum or gold. Elsewhere in Africa, elephants are being poached at an alarming rate for the ivory in their tusks, while another species, the ...South Africa To...
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Kenyan elephant activist wants an ivory arrestThe MercuryA member of the veterinary team from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) shouts to others to clear the area as they prepare to revive a tranquilized wild elephant during an anti-poaching elephant-collaring operation near Kajiado, in southern Kenya. A ......
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Stable Botswana stands up for elephantsWashington PostSuch joking wouldn't be possible in many other parts of Africa, where ivory poaching — illegally killing elephants for their ivory tusks — is on the rise. Poachers killed more than 20,000 elephants in 2013, conservationists say. The tusks are usually ......
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South Africa to combat poaching by moving Kruger rhinosYahoo NewsPRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa plans to move up to 500 rhinos from its flagship Kruger National Park to counter a wave of poaching of the animals for their horns, highly prized in newly affluent Asian countries as a sign of wealth. Officials said on ...Hundreds of Kruger...
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South Africa To Combat Poaching By Moving Kruger RhinosBusiness InsiderPRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa plans to move up to 500 rhinos from its flagship Kruger National Park to counter a wave of poaching of the animals for their horns, highly prized in newly affluent Asian countries as a sign of wealth. Officials said on ...South...
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World Elephant Day 2014: Conservationists Try to Capitalize to Bring Awareness ...University HeraldElephant Tusks (Photo : Reuters) One of elephant conservationists' main objectives is to put poachers out of a job by reducing the demand for ivory. On World Elephant Day, many activists are making the effort to bring attention to...
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State Warns PoachersAllAfrica.comMr Evans said the Government was concerned that illegal wildlife crimes such as poaching and illegal trade in ivory were posing serious threats to biodiversity, nature tourism and foreign investment. He was speaking in Livingstone on Sunday afternoon ...and more »...
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More needs to be done to combat poachingStarPhoenixLast week's indictment of a Canadian man in New York City, in connection with the poaching and smuggling of ivory and other wildlife products, serves as a reminder of how poaching is becoming a major industry in the criminal world - with Canada and ......
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A Plea to Shun the Ivory Trade From Yao MingNew York Times (blog)More recently, he has taken up the cause of elephants and rhinos, which are hunted for their ivory and horns. In August 2012, he traveled to the African savanna for the first time to witness the destruction wrought by poaching, and returned last year ...and more »...
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Pittsburgh Zoo at forefront of effort to bolster elephant populationPittsburgh Post GazetteIn the last decade in Africa, ivory poachers have eliminated some 70 percent of the wild elephant population. In zoos around the world, natural reproduction and artificial insemination are difficult. But at zoos in Austria and England,...
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Ivory link to rhino killersTimes LIVESince the day's launch in 2012, the world's elephant populations have come under ever more pressure from ivory poaching, especially in Africa. Quirimbas National Park is not alone. The Selous National Park, which holds 40% of Tanzania's elephant ...Hundreds of Kruger National Park rhinos to be...
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Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save ThemCare2.comThe DSWT also sponsors the iWorry campaign, which works to raise awareness of the illegal ivory trade. iWorry urges world governments to focus more resources and energy on this problem, getting its message out by sharing evidence of poaching via...
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NC Zoo plan to destroy ivory, rhino horn postponedNews & ObserverA plan by the North Carolina Zoo to incinerate about 200 pounds of elephant ivory and rhino horn as a statement against animal poaching has been delayed while lawyers study the rules on the destruction of state property. The zoo had planned to burn the ......
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10 adorable photos (and a video) celebrating World Elephant DayTampabay.comAccording to the zoo's press release, although international ivory trade has been banned since 1989, poaching elephants throughout Africa is at unprecedented levels and most large herds are trending toward extinction by 2020. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has ......
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NRA warns ivory ban will make gun owners 'criminals overnight'The HillBut critics say the rule unfairly limits the sale of antique items, such as guns and musical instruments, that were made with ivory long before elephant poaching was outlawed in 1976. They argue that trading the antiques does not contribute to the ...and more »...
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Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings: CITESThe NationThailand faces an international wildlife trade ban unless it reins in its ivory sector, which is a magnet for traffickers, global regulator CITES said on Friday. "There have been years without any real action on the ground when it comes to controlling ...Thailand faces trade...
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PRESS RELEASE 2 JUNE 2014

EUROPE - AN OPEN MARKET FOR THE IVORY TRADE?

Conservationists urge the EU - the biggest exporter of so-called “old” ivory – to ban all ivory trade

Brussels/2 June 2014. On the eve of inter-governmental meetings in Brussels and Geneva in June and July to debate the fate of elephants, a group of conservation organisations requests all EU governments to urgently halt all commerce in ivory and to destroy all remaining stockpiles. New data shows escalating exports of ivory from the European Union to China and worldwide. The organisations warn that any legal loophole in ivory trade creates the opportunity to launder poached ivory into “legal” trade and thus fuels the killing of elephants.

"Weak European laws on ivory trading are a clear and present danger to Africa’s elephants, and a gift to poachers and smugglers who feed almost limitless demand for ivory in East Asia", says Daniela Freyer of Pro Wildlife.

Mary Rice, of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), added: "We are calling on EU countries to halt all ivory trade within, to and from the EU and strengthen enforcement. This includes measures to destroy their stockpiled ivory – both carvings and raw tusks - irrespective of its source and alleged age. We will only be able to end the elephant poaching crisis when the trade fuelling it is banned and demand curbed.”

Increased Exports of Ivory from Europe

Although the EU prides itself on supporting elephant conservation, recent figures show that the ivory trade is alive - and expanding. In 2012, ivory was second among smuggled wildlife goods in the EU and accounted for 14 per cent of all wildlife seizures. But there is also a burgeoning export of allegedly legal ivory, supplied with EU documents certifying it as ivory acquired before trade rules of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) applied - so-called “pre-Convention ivory”.

New figures prepared by Pro Wildlife from CITES data reveal the EU as the biggest exporter of such ivory, which is feeding the escalating demand. More than 20,000 carvings and 564 tusks were exported with official EU documents during the period 2003 and 2012, with the UK being the major exporter of carvings and France the major exporter of tusks, followed by Italy, Austria and Germany; 56 per cent of the tusks and almost 25 per cent of the carvings were exported to China and Hong Kong, the main markets for legal as well as illegal ivory. A comparison of import and export figures found import figures from China are much lower and do not match the EU export figures, casting grave doubt on the country's controls over the ivory trade.

Why all ivory trade has to stop

Sally Case, of the UK-based David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, says "Clearly, the legal and illegal ivory trade go hand in hand. Fresh ivory carvings are virtually indistinguishable from “antique” ones, thus making it easy to launder poached ivory into the “legal” trade with the help of legal loopholes. We are shocked that the UK turns out to be the biggest exporter of ivory carvings from Europe. This trade has to stop".

It is unclear how EU authorities can ensure the veracity of the documents they issue for "old" ivory. Moreover, traders in importing countries could re-use such documents to launder freshly poached ivory into trade.

 "The US, as a major exporter and importer of ivory traded under the "pre-convention" loophole, has announced new rules to halt this trade and destroyed its seized ivory. It is high time for the EU to show similar leadership,” say DJ Schubert (Animal Welfare Institute)

All markets with high ivory flows need to be closed down to end the killing of tens of thousands of elephants each year - -and the EU should lead by example,” adds Andrea Crosta (Elephant Action League).

Ivory auctioned for record prices in France

"Despite being one of the three countries in Europe which have destroyed seized ivory stockpiles in recent months, France is a hub of trade in tusks", states Charlotte Nithart of Robin des Bois. The French CITES authorities have provided certificates for the sale of 1.4 tonnes of "pre-Convention" ivory at two large auctions in March and May 2014. The ivory achieved record prices of up to €1000 per kilo. Buyers included Chinese citizens, which directly conflicts with assurances given to the EU that China did not accept imports of raw pre-Convention ivory. At the same time, evidence accepted by the EU’s own regulatory wildlife trade committee shows that forgeries of French CITES certificates were confirmed to be in circulation. 

European Ivory Trade Companies

Other EU countries are also seeing a revival of the ivory trade. European companies based in Germany and The Netherlands openly advertise services to buy and sell so-called pre-Convention ivory “with legal permits”, with China a major importer. A Danish auctioning company was fined for having illegally put elephant tusks up for sale in January 2014. 

In addition, there is an extensive individual trade in ivory in the EU via the internet. During a survey period of two weeks in 2013, a joint INTERPOL/International Fund for Animal Welfare investigation found 660 advertisements for ivory on 61 auction sites, accounting for 4,500kg (4.5 tonnes) of ivory valued at about €1.45 million. Most of the ivory was destined for East Asia. The report noted that only one EU country - the Czech Republic - has implemented national legislation on e-commerce for CITES protected species. Conservationists are demanding that the other EU countries agree to take similar measures when their wildlife trade officials meet in Brussels on 11 June.

Upcoming EU and international Meetings

On June 3, the EU Commission has invited stakeholders from conservation and trade organisations to a meeting in Brussels in preparation of the EU position for the CITES Standing Committee meeting. On June 11, representatives from CITES authorities of EU Member States will meet to discuss “Intra-EU trade and re-exports of ivory” and the EU position on elephants at the annual meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, convened by the UN in Geneva from July 7-11.

Chad, an African elephant range state, has submitted proposals, supported by The Philippines, calling on CITES to address the conservation crisis for elephants by taking tough new measures to destroy all ivory stockpiles and close existing loopholes such as exemptions for trade in ivory traded as pre-Convention or "personal effects", which fuel trade and may allow poached ivory to be laundered with CITES certificates.

 

Contacts:

Paul Newman, Environmental Investigation Agency, 44 (0)20 7354 7960
Charlotte Nithart, Robin des Bois, 33 1 48 04 09 36

 

Issued by: Amboseli Trust for Elephants, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Ateneo de Manila University School of Government, Conservation Justice, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), EAGLE (Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement), Elephant Action League, ElephantVoices, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Franz Weber Foundation, Hong Kong for Elephants, Pro Wildlife, Rettet die Elefanten Afrikas, Robin des Bois, Wild Africa

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The international trade in ivory was banned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in 1989. However, since then CITES has permitted two "one-off" sales from legal government stockpiles in Southern Africa in 1999 and 2008. While the first sale went to Japan only, in 2008 China was for the first time permitted by CITES to import 68 tonnes of ivory, arguing that this would actually deter illegal trade and protect elephants in the wild.

However, recent data on ivory trade and elephant poaching show that the opposite has happened: African elephants are now being slaughtered for ivory on a scale that hasn’t been seen since the 1980s. More than 44 tonnes of ivory was seized by enforcement authorities worldwide in 2013 - the highest figure for 25 years. Up to 50,000 elephants are killed by poachers each year and populations in several regions are collapsing. Local and even global extinction of African elephants is facing us now, as a consequence of human demand for ivory. China is today the world’s biggest consumer of legal as well as illegal ivory.

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Elephant Conservation Success Stories to Celebrate and ReplicateHuffington PostEffective park management, wildlife protection, community education, and development on the ground are complemented by support to the government to prevent ivory trafficking and to prosecute poachers and traffickers through the Project for the ...and more »...
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Poaching to top agenda at first UN environment meetCapital FM Kenya“We need to address the consumer end because there will be no point to poaching if there is no market for the trophies. And with China being one of the biggest consumers of ivory we're already holding exhibitions there, in train stations and elsewhere, ......
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Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of IvoryAmmoLand.com (press release)The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade. On the contrary, this ban will only ......
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Poaching antiques dealer sentencedTribune-ReviewNEWARK — An antiques dealer from China has been sentenced to nearly six years in a federal prison for admitting that he was the mastermind of an international smuggling ring that specialized in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory. Speaking through an ...US jails Chinese...
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Elephant poached — is this the thin edge of the wedge?BDliveBut conservation experts, both locally and internationally, have refuted the notion that flooding the market with ivory or rhino horn will drive down the market price and decrease the magnitude of poaching. Despite the fact that this most recent ...and more »...
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End the U.S. Ivory Trade to Stop Elephant PoachingU.S. News & World ReportIt's been said that insanity is doing the same action over and over and expecting a different outcome. We have been mindful of that idea as we've followed the reactions from supporters of commercial ivory sales to restrictions recently imposed by ...and more »...
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Premier Commits To Carry On Fight Against Poaching And Ivory TradeChinatopixChina is serious in its commitment to protect wildlife and will do everything within its power and capability to fight poaching and ivory smuggling, according to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday. The premier voiced China's commitment to support ......
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S.Africa park sees first ivory poaching in over decadePhys.Org"It is the first case of ivory poaching in the Kruger in over ten years," said spokesman Ike Phaahla, adding that the animal might have been killed at the beginning of the month. Ivory poaching is rife on the African continent but South Africa had yet ......
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Elephant poaching reported at Kruger national park in South AfricaThe GuardianIvory poaching is rife on the African continent but South Africa had yet to be affected. Neighbouring Zimbabwe and Mozambique have reported an increase in the number of cases, including some where some animals were killed by cyanide poisoning.South Africa...
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Hong Kong Begins to Destroy Ivory StockpileVoice of AmericaSpeaking at the facility where the 35 barrels of chopped ivory were destroyed, the head of the Endangered Species Advisory Committee, Paul Shin, told reporters that Hong Kong was intent on helping end elephant poaching. “Today is not a celebration, but ......
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Opinion: Blood Ivory and More Dead ElephantsNational GeographicNothing embodies the power and majesty of wild Africa like the iconic elephant. Tragically, across the continent you can see the devastating impact poaching has had on this keystone species. “Blood ivory” poachers ply their trade from the killing ......
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Ivory poaching funds most war and terrorism in AfricaNew ScientistAn unsustainable four elephants are killed in Africa every hour for the ivory in their tusks. But while impoverished locals are enlisted to pull the triggers, it is highly organised transnational crime syndicates and militias that run the poaching and ...Hong Kong...
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