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Kenya burns 15 tonnes of ivory

15 tonnes of elephant tusks burn in Nairobi National Park in Kenya on a day that was at once tragic and full of hope.

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China announces one-year ivory ban

China has announced a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings amid mounting criticism over the country’s role in the annual slaughter of thousands of African elephants.

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China, Tanzania and the blood ivory blacklist

An update on the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) report that showed Tanzania as a key player in the illegal ivory trade.

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Zimbabwe government defends baby elephant sale

Zimbabwe defends decision to sell baby elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates and France.

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Richard Branson says we can stop the killing

Richard Branson speaks out about rhino poaching in Africa.

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When the buying stops, the killing can too

A look into the illegal wildlife trade and how to reduce the demand that is fuelling the illegal poachers who take the lives of thousands of rhinos and elephants every year.

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China’s internet companies join wildlife trade battle

Chinese internet companies will begin to stop the online trading of wildlife and wildlife products from Friday.

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The war on poaching: shoot to kill alternatives

Michael Schwartz gives us two examples of shoot to kill alternatives when it comes to the war on rhino poaching in Africa.

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Chinese students cycle for elephants

In light of the escalating elephant poaching crisis, and to commemorate World Animal Day on 4 October, a student cycling team in China is raising public awareness about elephant poaching.

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A world without elephants? Blame China.

Who is to blame for the continued trade in ivory? China? America? Thailand? Japan? Vietnam? Africa?

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China’s history of exotic meat and deadly diseases

A look into how the exotic meat trade in China is affecting the world.

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The story of a young Chinese conservationist

The story of a Chinese conservationist who is working to determine China’s role in the elephant poaching problem and coming up with solutions that can be implemented across China and Africa.

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Rhino horn trade conference “tells it like it is”

The controversial OSCAP conference, entitled ‘Risk Assessment of Rhino Horn Trade’ ended yesterday on a positive note. The participants agreed to work together to ensure that all South Africans were made aware of the risks associated with legalising rhino horn trade.

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The ‘inconvenient’ luxury of endangered wildlife in Asia

We examine the use of rhino horn in Asia in terms of it being a luxury goods product. With a record 1004 rhinos killed in South Africa in 2013, rhino horn sells for as much as US$80 000/kg on the black market, double the price of gold.

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9 common myths from pro-rhino horn trade advocates

Let’s take a look at the nine most common myths perpetuated by rhino horn trade advocates.

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Beware of the bureaucratic failings of legalised trade

Martina Polley interviews Mary Rice, the Executive Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency, about elephants and the ivory trade.

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Four African nations spurn ivory sales

The leaders of four African nations have pledged to honour a 10-year moratorium on sales of ivory.

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With a New Year in China comes a new campaign

The Chinese New Year saw the launch of a widespread public awareness campaign, urging people not to buy ivory as gifts and return peace to elephants.

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Hong Kong to consider destroying ivory stockpiles

Hong Kong is to reconsider proposals to destroy its 33 tonne ivory stockpile, following a symbolic decision by Beijing to crush its confiscated ivory for the first time.

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China to destroy ivory

The Chinese government plans to destroy several tons of confiscated ivory and other wildlife products demonstrating the Chinese government’s commitment in combatting the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade.

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Anti-elephant poaching story goes viral in China

A newspaper story about the impact of the ivory trade has gone viral in China, raising awareness among millions of Chinese, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Only 6 signatures – how successful was the Botswana Elephant Conference?

In the wake of the Elephant Summit held in Botswana in early December where urgent measures to halt the rampant illegal ivory trade were adopted one is left asking if it is enough?

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Call for China to close ivory factories

One killed every 15 minutes – an estimated 36 000 elephants were killed in the past year – for ivory carvings and trinkets. This is the reality of the African elephant. See how you can get involved in calling for a ban on ivory.

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Elephants face extinction if Beijing does not ban ivory trade

Original source: Daily Mail China needs to act now on the country’s illegal ivory trade to stop elephants becoming extinct, according to one conservationist. Joyce Poole, co-director of Elephant Voices, said the creatures had experienced their worst year in history,

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Victory for Animal Welfare: Zimbabwe Releases Captured Baby Elephants

Post courtesy Simon Bloch – Sunday Argus – January 20th 2013 A day after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force announced its intention to bring a high court application against the country’s wildlife authority for selling baby elephants to zoos in

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Elephant Ivory – the deadly new currency in China

The demand for elephant ivory in China is growing as wealthy Chinese citizens begin to see the ‘white gold’ as a private and business investment option. This coincides with a rise in poaching that is, arguably, as high as those

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Ian Michler’s diary: the rhino crisis

The rhino crisis : Legalising horn trade is not a solution Almost 950 rhinos have been killed illegally in South Africa since January 2010. It’s an alarming statistic, and it points to a major crisis. At the World Economic Forum

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Sanya Rhino Farm in China

The images above, likely to be some of the very first ever taken, show rhino being kept under harsh conditions at the Sanya rhino facility in China. And most, if not all of these animals are thought to have come

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More lion statistics

The CITES stats I referred to in a previous blog are a comprehensive set of numbers covering everything from trophies to the export of claws and other body parts for 2008/9. They make for astounding reading and give a clear

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