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Elephant ivory and the Japanese hanko stamp

A row of hanko stamps in Japan

Hanko stamps are the Japanese version of a signature, used throughout Japan to sign deals and important documents, and are made out of a variety of materials, including elephant ivory.

The economics of ivory is the economics of extinction

We must stop the “heart of darkness” from beating – permanently. Human greed could never limit itself to ivory from natural elephant deaths, so Japan should join the rest of the world in banning the brutal ivory trade. Because only when the buying stops, the killing can, too.

Tanzania’s task force tightens noose on international traffickers

Tanzania has managed to revolutionise conventional anti-poaching tactics that were clearly failing, demonstrating how the intelligence-led multi-agency approach to endangered species protection offers an efficient and cost-effective solution to the urgent issue of wildlife security.

Are elephants more at risk from poaching or habitat loss?

Ivory poaching is the most immediate, urgent threat to Africa’s elephants. But even if that can be tackled, they will have to fight humans for land, food and water.

Elephants: The victims of Africa’s poaching crisis

Africa is still facing a poaching crisis. The giants of the wide-open savannas and the impenetrable rainforests continue to be killed at alarming rates to fuel an insatiable demand for ivory in the Far East.

China’s ivory ban sparks dramatic drop in prices across Asia

Prices of raw ivory in Vietnam have fallen, which traders are linking to China’s announcement of its domestic ivory ban, according to new research.

Giant elephant Satao 2 poached in Tsavo, 6 super tuskers left

SATAO 2 is dead, and another of the last super tuskers left in Africa has been poached, leaving only 6 of these giants in the Tsavo Conservation Area in southern Kenya.

Wildlife protection: the emergence of intelligence-led policing

Intelligence-led policing (ILP) is increasingly promoted, but is it the most effective method of wildlife protection?

Beyond the China ivory ban

China to ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching.

Wildlife crime: Malawi makes history and sets precedent

Wildlife crime history was set in Malawi today with not one, but two unprecedented court rulings – the first ever conviction of an individual dealing in rhino horn and, in a separate case, the first ever policemen to be convicted for wildlife trafficking.

Zimbabwe wants to sell ivory stockpile to China

A Zimbabwean minister wants to sell her country’s supposed US$10 billion ivory stockpile to China using a possible international legal loophole.

3 people caught with 5 pieces of ivory in Tanzania

An ex-army officer is in court, along with two others, after being found in possession of over US$75,000 worth of ivory.

Video: Shocking evidence emerges of Japan’s dirty ivory trade

The dirty secrets of Japan’s illegal ivory trade revealed in undercover video with Japanese ivory traders.

Ivory trade mechanism rejected in heated debate at CITES conference

Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe’s recommendation for the adoption of a Decision-Making Mechanism for a future trade in ivory is roundly rejected by parties at CITES CoP17.

Meet 3 elephant angels

Three of the world’s leading African elephant conservationists offer hope and inspiration for saving elephants from extinction.

Vietnam’s booming ivory market

Vietnam’s growing illegal ivory trade threatens Africa’s elephants.

Southern Africa holds the rest of Africa to ransom over ivory trade

South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe are pushing instead to establish a process for an international trade in ivory – in opposition to the rest of Africa.

Changes to ivory trade in China and the US

Changes to ivory trade regulations in China and the US

South Africa and Kenya seek consensus on ivory trade

South Africa and Kenya struggle to find common position on ivory trade ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg.

A near total ban on ivory sales in the US

In an effort to stop the decimation of the African elephant population and halt the smuggling of ivory products, the Obama administration has fulfilled its pledge to implement a near total ban on the sale of ivory within the US.

The role of CITES in elephant conservation

In the lead-up to CoP17, the history of elephant trade provides a context to proceedings.

Zimbabwe wants trade ban on ivory lifted

Zimbabwe will lobby for the lifting of an international ban on ivory sales, saying it would allow the government to raise money to combat poaching and for conservation programmes.

Chinese national nabbed with elephant tusks and other contraband

A Chinese national has been caught in South Africa’s Gauteng province in possession of three elephant tusks, worth approximately ZAR3 million.

Kenyan conservationist bears the weight of elephants on her shoulders

As Kenya proceeds with the largest ever ivory burn, Raabia Hawa says goodbye to thousands of elephants that she never managed to protect.

Prominent Namibian businessman nabbed with ivory

Namibian businessman and communal farmer arrested after he was found in possession of ivory.

China expands ban on ivory imports


China has expanded its bans on ivory imports in an effort to protect African elephants.

Chinese jailed 30 years for slaughter of 226 elephants

Two Chinese poachers are handed down one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal ivory trade.

Video: Aim for the future of elephants

A short, graphically minimalistic, conceptual animation that portrays the loss of elephant populations across African countries.

The first ivory crush in Italy

To celebrate World Wildlife Day on 3 March 2016, Elephant Action League is proud to announce the first Italian ivory crush to be held in Rome.

How China’s taste for wildlife feeds a killing frenzy

Africa’s extraordinary and charismatic wildlife is clearly under siege from the wrecking ball that is China.

How CITES is undermining its wildlife regulations

Markets of death and blood permits – how cheating officials at CITES are fuelling the illegal wildlife trade.

Asia’s Golden Triangle – a conduit of death for Africa’s animals

The Asian end of the grisly wildlife trade business and a place that has become China’s illegal wildlife supermarket.

Elephants decline by 97% in less than a century

As WildAid seeks to raise awareness by claiming Chinese New Year to be the Year of The Elephant – we take a look at state of elephant populations.

Hollywood stars show their support for elephants

Leading Hollywood and media personalities will be in Kenya in April to attend a major summit on the illegal trade in wildlife.

Political figures could be involved in Namibian poaching saga

Rumours fly as Namibian officials fingered as “kingpins” involved in rhino and elephant poaching in Etosha National Park.

Chinese leaders against illegal wildlife trade

Is there hope for South Africa’s wildlife now that Chinese business leaders have pledged their support to combat the illegal wildlife trade?

Sharp fall in the prices of elephant ivory in China

The price of ivory plummets in China!

A curious elephant and a bit of faith

A guides recounts the time a bull elephant got too close for comfort just out of curiosity.

Kenya to destroy vast ivory stockpile

137 tonnes of ivory is to be burned in Kenya.

Video: Saving Jetta, Kenya’s teenage elephant

Watch as an elephant is saved from a spear.

Tanzania’s new president called to protect the country’s elephants

Tanzanian citizens unite by sending an open letter addressed to the president that calls for an end to the industrial slaughter of the country’s most prized national treasure.

Top cop fingered in elephant poaching saga

A syndicate comprising police officers, Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers and Asians is behind the latest spate of elephant poaching in Hwange National Park.

Beijing Forest Police smash major wildlife trafficking ring

The Beijing Forest Police have arrested 16 suspects in a major wildlife trafficking case, which led to the confiscation of 804.4kg of ivory, 11.3kg of rhino horn and 35 bear paws.

Four men killed by poachers in Garamba National Park, DRC

Four men have been killed protecting Garamba’s elephants, leaving behind widows and 14 children between them.

Nairobi and Cape Town march for elephant and rhino

The Global March for Elephant and Rhino took place in over 130 cities around the world over the weekend – read what went down in Cape Town and Nairobi.

Join the march for elephants and rhinos

Be part of the global movement to promote local and global awareness about the elephant and rhino crises. Call for governments to take immediate action to end poaching in range nations and demand an end to the ivory and rhino horn trade at all levels!

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