Illegal ivory trade continues to thrive in Europe

July 11, 2018 by  
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International rights group Avaaz says the illegal ivory trade is still alive and well in Europe after the group purchased 109 ivory products from 10 countries and found that many of these items were illegaly sourced from wildlife after 1989. The findings further support Avaaz’s mission in calling on Europe to completely end its ivory trade and protect elephants . During its four-month investigation, the non-profit was able to successfully purchase ivory items in 10 European nations, including Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom. The ivory products were then shipped to Oxford University , where researchers used carbon dating to determine their authenticity and age. According to Avaaz, approximately 20 percent of the discovered items were harvested in 1990 or later. Under international regulations, it is illegal to sell any ivory taken from animals after 1990, when sanctions on the organic material went into effect. Related: United Kingdom moves to ban most of its ivory trade The good news is that the majority of items found date back as far as 1947 and later, meaning no new animals were killed or threatened for ivory. While this is a major win for animal conservation , pre-1990 ivory trade is only allowed with official documentation — Avaaz was able to purchase the items illegally. “This proves beyond doubt that illegal ivory is being sold across Europe,” Bert Wander, campaign director for Avaaz, said in a media statement. “Every day the sale of these trinkets continues is a day closer to wiping out majestic elephants forever.” The undercover operation is part of a wider awareness campaign by Avaaz to stop all ivory trading across Europe. In a recent update , the activist organization accused the European Union of being open to future trading opportunities. Furthermore, Avaaz claims the EU does not support a proposed five-point plan to protect all elephants from poaching for their tusks. Avaaz is not the only group calling for the outright end of ivory sales. Tusk , a charity championed by Prince William , is demanding the U.K. end all ivory trading, claiming the nation is the third-largest supplier of illegal products to the U.S. + Avaaz Via The Guardian

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Congo president joins fight against ‘blood ivory’ with 5-ton burn

June 10, 2015 by  
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Congo-Brazzaville, the nation officially known as the Republic of the Congo, has joined the ranks of nations standing ground against illegal ivory poaching, by torching an enormous pile of elephant ivory seized several weeks ago. President Denis Sassou Nguesso set ablaze around 5 metric tons (11,000 pounds) of ivory, mostly tusks, during a summit to create the first pan-African strategy to combat wildlife poaching. African elephant populations have rapidly declined in recent decades, primarily due to illegal poaching. Read the rest of Congo president joins fight against ‘blood ivory’ with 5-ton burn Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: africa leadership , africa wildlife preservation , africa wildlife protection , african anti-poaching , burning ivory , Congo , congo-brazzaville , destroying ivory , elephant ivory , elephants , illegal ivory , illegal poaching , protecting elephants from poaching , republic of the congo , seized ivory

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Hong Kong Officials to Torch Over 61,000 Pounds of Illegal Ivory Seized From Smugglers

May 15, 2014 by  
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Just four months after officials pulverized $10 million worth of ivory from its stockpile, China is once again taking a public stand against poachers and those who smuggle such items. In Hong Kong, officials began the year-long process of burning 28 tonnes (approximately 61,000 pounds) of ivory tusks and other goods seized from smugglers. Destruction of the ivory was approved by a government committee on endangered species which was on the receiving end of intense pressure from conservation groups. Read the rest of Hong Kong Officials to Torch Over 61,000 Pounds of Illegal Ivory Seized From Smugglers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blood ivory , burning illegal ivory , destruction of illegal ivory , elephant conservation , endangered wildlife , illegal ivory in China , illegal ivory in Hong Kong , illegal ivory trade

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Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

February 18, 2014 by  
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Photo from Shutterstock Prince William recently threw his support behind a campaign against elephant poaching , and in a conversation with world renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, he commented that he’d like to see the entire royal ivory collection — all 1,200 pieces — removed from Buckingham Palace and destroyed. These are strong words from a royal concerning a collection that dates back hundreds of years. But the statement is music to the ears of those who’ve fought to protect animals illegally poached for their horns and tusks. Read the rest of Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anti-poaching actions , Buckingham palace , destroy ivory , illegal ivory , illegal ivory trade in China , ivory destruction , ivory poaching , Ivory Trade , Prince William , royal ivory collection        

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France Crushes Over 3 Tons of Illegal Ivory in Stand Against Elephant Poaching

February 7, 2014 by  
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Image via Shutterstock France made history on Thursday when it became the first European country to publicly destroy three tons of seized illegal ivory as part of a global fight against elephant poaching. The hundreds of “blood ivory” tusks, which were estimated at $1.4 million, were pulverized into dust in front of a public crowd at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. France’s move to destroy its ivory stockpile follows similar recent symbolic destructions by countries such as the United States and China . Read the rest of France Crushes Over 3 Tons of Illegal Ivory in Stand Against Elephant Poaching Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: african elephants , black market ivory , blood ivory , Eiffel tower ivory destruction , Elephant Poaching , elephants , France destroys ivory stockpile , illegal ivory , ivory stockpile , Ivory Trade , ivory trafficking , philippe martin        

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Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade

September 26, 2013 by  
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A report by the Environmental Investigation Agency has revealed a link between the terrorist group responsible for the recent attack at Westgate mall in Nairobi and Africa’s illegal ivory trade. Up to 40 percent of the funds used by al-Shabab to orchestrate the terrorist attack could have come from the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn . Even though it is easy to assume poachers are to blame, the use of ivory for ornamental and medicinal purposes also puts significant fault with consumers. Read the rest of Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , al-Shabab , elephants , Environmental Investigation Agency , Ivory Trade , nairobi , poaching , rhinos , terrorism , Terrorist Attack        

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Illegal Ivory Openly On Sale In Chinese Cities

August 17, 2011 by  
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The Ecologist has a solid article on the problem of China’s lax attitude on ivory sales. “Activists question allowing China to participate in ivory trade, with estimates that as much as 90 per cent of retail items in the country are illegal.” Read the full article here. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Illegal Ivory Trade on the Rise as Organized Crime Syndicates in Africa, Asia Grow in Strength

November 12, 2009 by  
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photo: Matt Rudge via flickr. A couple weeks ago we learned that at present poaching rates Africa’s elephants will all be extinct in just fifteen years

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