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ELEPHANTS IN THE NEWS   |   Important News Surrounding the Ivory Trade and Elephant Poaching Crisis

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BREAKING NEWS Feb 17, 2014 – Tanzania To Destroy $50m Ivory Stockpile (East African Business Week): Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete said burning the tusks would send a signal to poachers that the country was now serious over the slaughtering of its elephants. Read more here.

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News Feb 6, 2014 – France Destroys Illegal Ivory Stocks (The Guardian): France became the first European country to destroy its stocks of illegal ivory on Thursday in a dramatic warning to those involved in the lucrative wildlife trade that is endangering elephants and other species. Read more about this historic event here.

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Breaking News Jan 23, 2014 – Hong Kong to Destroy 28 Tonnes of Seized Ivory (South China Morning Post): Hong Kong has boosted the fight against the illegal ivory trade by deciding to follow international examples and destroy most of its stockpile of confiscated tusks. Read the news here.

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Breaking News Jan 6, 2014 – China Destroys Ivory Stockpile in ‘Significant Symbolic Step Towards Saving Africa’s Elephants’ (The Telegraph): More than six metric tons of tusks, ivory ornaments and carvings were fed into crushing machines by forestry and customs officials in southern Guangdong province, where much of China’s ivory trade is focused.  Read more here.

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News Dec 4, 2013 – Urgent Deal Reached For African Elephants (Associated Press): Key states where the illegal ivory trade flourishes have pledged to take urgent measures to try to halt the illicit trade and secure elephant populations across Africa, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, said Wednesday. Read the article here.

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Breaking News Sept 9, 2013 – U.S. Will Destroy Ivory Stockpile To Fight Wildlife Trafficking (Reuters): The U.S. will destroy its six-ton stockpile of elephant ivory as a way to combat wildlife trafficking, an international fight that often has law enforcement outgunned by well-financed crime syndicates, White House panelists said on Monday. Read more.

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Breaking News June 9, 2013 – Philippines To Destroy Ivory Stockpile (Sun Star): Approximately five tons of confiscated elephant tusks worth $10 million or roughly P420 million will be destroyed by the government of the Philippines to show its zero tolerance for illegal wildlife trade. This is the first burning of an ivory stockpile in Asia. Read the story here.

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Eight Countries Submit Action Plans To Combat Illegal Trade In Elephant Ivory – United Nations: 8 countries identified as being most affected by the illegal trade in elephant ivory have submitted national action plans to the United Nations-backed treaty for the conservation of endangered species containing measures to combat the scourge. Read more.

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Blood Ivory – National Geographic: Ivory Worship – Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped? Although the world has found substitutes for every one of ivory’s practical uses – billiard balls, piano keys, brush handles – its religious use is frozen in amber, and its role as a political symbol persists. Read the full story here.

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Blood Ivory Photo Gallery – National Geographic: Photographer Brent Stirton takes a look inside the illegal ivory trade and its tragic impact on elephant populations. View the photo gallery here.  [Warning: contains graphic images]

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China’s Ivory Craze Is Killing Africa’s Elephants – CNN News Article & Video:  The U.S. government describes a new sort of ivory organized crime that spurs on these massacres by heavily armed militias. In many parts of the African continent, murder rates now exceed population growth, meaning that the African elephant could simply disappear. Read more.  (Warning: Video contains graphic images)

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Blood Ivory – New York Times Article by Carl Safina:  Surging demand for ivory in China has been well publicized. But the publicity has overlooked the cause: The same international body that enacted a 1990 global ivory ban allowed China in 2008 to import ivory. This catastrophic reversal can be counted in carcasses — elephant and human. Read the article here.

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Stop Ivory Poaching Or Face Sanctions, Nations Warned At CITES – The Guardian Article:  The “gang of eight” nations at the heart of an unprecedented surge in African elephant killing must be hit with heavy trade sanctions, according to the world’s top illegal ivory official. The countries, including Kenya, Thailand and China, could be banned from all wildlife trade. Read the article here.

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Buddhist Teachers Deliver Powerful Message Against Illegal Ivory Trade – WWF:  Thailand is the world’s largest unregulated ivory market and a major destination for ivory poached from Africa. Much of Thailand’s ivory is bought by foreign tourists, but there is a significant demand among devout Buddhists for ivory carved into images of the Buddha, amulets, and other objects of worship. Read more.

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