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Seeing the Elephant in the Room

As a concerned parent and Academy Award nominee who helped alert the world to the elephant crisis in the landmark “Agony and Ivory” article in Vanity Fair in 2011, written by Alex Shoumatoff, I deplore the recent CITES decision in South Africa to not give maximum protection to elephants.
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Ivory trader’s diary may spill the beans

The personal journal of a suspected ivory trader purportedly contained clues to the identities of a handful of rich wildlife trophy collectors who possessed artefacts carved from the tusks of elephants poached for their ivory in Kerala.

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Sweeping ivory ban passed in California will prohibit sale of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn

In an attempt to limit the slaughter of elephants and rhinos, the state of California has passed a sweeping ivory ban that will prohibit the sale of nearly all products made from ivory and rhinoceros horn.
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Free Trade Can Save the Rhino

Is it possible that Michael Froman can succeed where both Leonardo DiCaprio and David Beckham have not? Maybe — if the job is saving the rhino, whose population has dwindled to about 29,000 as poaching reaches record highs in countries such as South Africa.

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Chelsea Clinton: To protect Africa’s elephants, stop the demand

Over the past several months, the confiscation of several large shipments of ivory has once again shed light on the troubling persistence of both illegal wildlife trafficking and demand for ivory—a collective tragedy that costs the lives of more than 32,000 elephants every year.

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Saving African elephants starts at home

The United States has a problem with elephants. It’s not that we don’t like them, per se – it’s that we like the things made of them (ivory jewelry and carved statues, taxidermied trophies, and the like) far too much. Despite some older laws that restrict commerce in elephant parts, professional traffickers and American tourists have spent decades bringing illegal ivory across our borders, thousands of pieces every year, and, as a result, this country is partly to blame for the ongoing free-fall of African elephant numbers.

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Biotech firm creates fake rhino horn to reduce poaching

A San Francisco biotech startup has managed to 3D print fake rhino horns that carry the same genetic fingerprint as the actual horn. It plans to flood Chinese market with these cheap horns to curb poaching.

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Seneca Park Zoo Shows Visitors ‘Ivory Crush’ in NYC

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Seneca Park Zoo is raising awareness to the ongoing issue of poaching elephants and illegal ivory trade.

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China’s ivory market looks to be cooling amid Beijing’s restrictions

Beijing’s curbs on the sale of elephant tusks appear to be taking effect, with the previously runaway prices of ivory on the mainland levelling off, according to a Nairobi-based academic who studies the illegal wildlife trade.

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‘Lifeless pile of tusks’ crushed in NYC to protest ivory trade

On Friday, illegal elephant ivory was put on display and then destroyed in the center of Times Square in New York City. Elephant poaching is soaring according to conservation groups, as a pound of ivory can fetch $1,500 on the black market. Hari Sreenivasan reports.

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Wildlife Crimes Investigation Unit leads to Zambian ivory trafficker arrest

Mike Labuschagne May 23 2017 Zambia-Malawi Border. read more
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Rescued elephant calf reunited with mother

May 22 2017

An elephant calf struggles to get out of a water tank near a village near the outer edge of Pakke Tiger Reserve in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. read more

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Big Game Hunter Killed by Elephant in Zimbabwe

Theunis Botha, 51, of South Africa, led hunting trips for wealthy tourists. An elephant fell on him after it was shot by another hunter.
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留住大象,哪怕为了这些“功利”的理由

大象的DNA里可能藏着抗击癌症、延年益寿的秘密,哪怕为了人类自身,我们也该好好对待大象。(翻译:子明/chinadialogue)

现在或许正是大象种群最黑暗的时代。中国正在取缔国内象牙贸易,欧盟也将着手对付象牙走私,但偷猎者们还在继续他们的血腥交易。与此同时,森林正遭到破坏,象群的迁徙路线被截断,人类和大象之间围绕土地、食物和水源的竞争愈演愈烈

所以,现在必须让大家明白:保留大象的生存空间对人类自身益处多多。并且人类根本不需要特别做什么,大象自会找到自己的领地。

Related: 《卫报》为何要用中文报道大象的生存危机?

Related: 人口70亿的世界,如何保护野生动植物?

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Namibia: Hundreds Arrested for Poaching

[New Era] Windhoek -The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has revealed that they arrested more than 222 suspects for poaching and illegal possession of either rhino horns or elephant tusks in 2016.
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Why would Theresa May ditch a pledge to ban ivory trading?

The Tories’ manifesto has dropped a promise to outlaw the trade. Protecting wildlife should be a priority, not an option

Strange news: Theresa May has decided to drop a Tory pledge to push for a total ban on ivory trading (only the sale of ivory items produced after 1947 is prohibited). Why would she do that? Doesn’t she need votes? I thought nearly everyone loved elephants – who votes for helping to wipe them out? Apparently, wealthy antiques dealers. Lady (Victoria) Borwick, the Tory candidate for Kensington and the president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is an acquaintance of the PM; perhaps she was whom May had in mind.

This makes me feel horribly sick. Although Borwick and her colleagues are primarily concerned with pieces from the pre-1947 era, the fact these items remain in circulation arguably has a knock-on effect on how hunting is perceived. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, with more being shot for fun by big-game hunters – what is to stop a dishonest dealer passing off new spoils as old?

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Zimbabwe: Ivory Case Hits Snag At Constitutional Court

[The Herald] Two Harare women accused of unlawful possession of 25,9 kilogrammes of raw ivory valued at $6 475 have had their case seeking to compel the prosecution to reveal the informant struck off the Constitutional Court's roll.
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Zimbabwe: Exported Baby Elephants Distraught

[Zimbabwe Standard] Last year, more than 30 baby elephants were taken out of their natural habitats and with the blessings from the government and the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority (ZimParks), were flown to China. They were then dispatched to various zoos throughout the Asian country and their lives were never the same again.
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South Africa: SA Hunter ‘Trampled to Death By Elephants in Zimbabwe’ – Report

[News24Wire] Zimbabwe's national wildlife authority has confirmed the death of a South African hunter killed by elephants near Hwange in the west of the country this weekend, it was reported on Sunday.
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South Africa: Rhino Owners Cry Foul After Poaching Gang Suspects Get Bail

[News24Wire] South Africa's rhino security community has expressed outrage after a Grahamstown High Court judge granted bail to three of the country's most notorious rhino poaching suspects, the Ndlovu Gang, effectively releasing them from police custo...
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Live Q&A: What impact is human development having on the world’s elephant populations?

The conflict between humans and elephants for space and resources is driving the rapid decline of elephant populations. Join us on Wednesday 24 May from 1-2.30pm BST to discuss how elephants and humans can live together

This week an elderly man was killed by a wild elephant in central India as he picked tendu leaves in the Surajpur forest. A few days earlier, a father and his son were injured after two elephants wandered into their house in Tamil Nadu. As human populations grow and communities live in closer proximity to elephants, one of the world’s most unique and beautiful animals can become the most dangerous.

But human development is also contributing to the severe decline in elephant populations. Across Asia and Africa, elephants’ natural habitats are being destroyed by rapid urbanisation and industrial and agricultural expansion.

Related: Can elephants and humans live together?

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Zimbabwe: Safari Players Await U.S. Decision On Ivory Ban

[Zimbabwe Independent] THE Safari Operators' Association of Zimbabwe (Soaz) is awaiting a decision by the United States over an ivory ban which has crippled its operations and severely reduced its revenue base, businessdigest has learnt.
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