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Everything you need to know about ivory poaching

A ban was imposed in 1989 banning the international trade in ivory to reverse a rapid decline in the population of African elephants. But to no avail. Illegal hunting and killing of elephants remains a sad reality in Africa despite the ban. Here we examine how the beasts continue to be slaughtered to satisfy global demand for ivory.

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 January, 2014, 2:02am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 January, 2014, 5:30pm

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A ban was imposed in 1989 banning the international trade in ivory to reverse a rapid decline in the population of African elephants. But to no avail. Illegal hunting and killing of elephants remains a sad reality in Africa despite the ban. Here we examine how the beasts continue to be slaughtered to satisfy global demand for ivory.

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alexis.kriel
It is not only Chinese Pangolin, it is African Pangolin too.....at an alarming rate.
monique.derfuss
Destroying the stockpile would ensure that the ivory doesn't enter the illegal market. The same way that the sanctioned one-off sales resulted in increased poaching, any ivory in the market will only fuel the insatiable demand and therefore the decimation of this magnificent animal.
DocMartin
Any chance of a Chinese language version of this, too, on a page that's "open" to all so can readily link to it, maybe spread info towards Chinese buyers? [Including to help disillusion people of notions that tusks simply fall off or are harvested from animals that died of natural causes.]
rmackinnon
Please sign this school girl's petition to get the Hong Kong government to destroy this city's 33 tonne stockpile: www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Hong_Kong_Government_Please_Burn_the_Confiscated_Ivory_Stockpile/
More info here: ****www.facebook.com/HK4elephants
And here: ****twitter.com/HK4elephants
shawn.is.god
DESTROY?????????????? No , better to auction it off with proceeds returning to help prevent poaching --- turn the bad into good
david.stamp@sympatico.ca
Ivory is not a legitimate consumer product. It belongs on elephants. Auctioning the ivory confuses poachers in far away lands who think --here is some money to be made. Destroying temptation to sell, shaming the consumption of ivory, the message of the crush.