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Seized ivory comes almost exclusively from recent poaching: study

part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory to be set ablaze
A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger stacks elephant tusks, part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory to be set ablaze, on a pyre at Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

90 percent of the ivory in 14 large seizures between 2002 and 2014 came from animals that had died less than three years before the tusks were confiscated

November 7, 2016 — Seized illicit shipments of elephant ivory are almost entirely made up of tusks from recently poached animals rather than siphoned from government stockpiles, scientists using a forensic technique reported on Monday.  Continue reading Seized ivory comes almost exclusively from recent poaching: study

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

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IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted Saturday, September 10, at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.  Continue reading World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Ban on domestic ivory trade passes at international summit

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A Kenyan ranger guards a stack of elephant tusks, intercepted before entering the illegal ivory trade. A new domestic ban was backed by most of the 217 members of the IUCN and may help save elephants that are now rampantly being poached. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Nations and environmental groups have agreed to shut down the domestic ivory trade, despite the resolution nearly being derailed by objections from countries including Japan and South Africa

September 11, 2016 — Following three days of political maneuvering, disagreements and walkouts, delegates at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) congress in Hawaii agreed on a text that calls on countries to close the internal trade of ivory “as a matter of urgency”.  Continue reading Ban on domestic ivory trade passes at international summit

Push for ban on domestic ivory trade spurs feud at international summit

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Delegates from several countries opposed a proposed ban on domestic ivory trading. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

As coalition of countries, including the US, push for resolution to end ivory trade, Japan, Namibia, South Africa and Canada raise concerns at Hawaii meeting

September 10, 2016 — A resolution to end the domestic trade in ivory has descended into acrimony at a major conservation summit, with a handful of countries, including Japan and South Africa, objecting to the proposed ban.  Continue reading Push for ban on domestic ivory trade spurs feud at international summit

The ivory trade isn’t just a disaster for elephants, It threatens our future too

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‘Elephants, because of their size, appetite and migratory habits, disperse more seeds of more species further than any other animal.’ Photograph: Morgan Trimble/AP

Elephants prop up the forest and savannah ecosystems we need to store carbon. To stabilise the climate, we must stop their slaughter by ivory poachers

August 12, 2016 — Today is World Elephant Day, when people with a passion for pachyderms come together to celebrate the wonder of elephants and raise funds to protect them. It seems paradoxical that Continue reading The ivory trade isn’t just a disaster for elephants, It threatens our future too