ivory

Japan’s Lax Regulations Threaten Chinese Ivory Ban

Japan’s Lax Regulations Threaten Chinese Ivory Ban

Japan’s failure to prevent illegal ivory exports could weaken China’s coming ban on domestic ivory trade, conservationists said Wednesday. The warning—made by Traffic, a wildlife trade monitoring group—comes just more than a week before the Chinese government will ban ivory retail sales and follows the closure of ivory factories in the country last March. “Our […]

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    Trump Budget Undercuts U.S. Commitment to Global Wildlife Conservation

    Trump Budget Undercuts U.S. Commitment to Global Wildlife Conservation

    By William H. Funk Proposed funding cuts to environmental programs in President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget have drawn anxious attention from around the world. But while the biggest numbers deal with rolling back the Obama administration’s climate change initiatives, more subtle withdrawals of federal support from lesser known international programs threaten the continued existence of […]

    UK Takes Significant Step Towards Ivory Ban

    UK Takes Significant Step Towards Ivory Ban

    By Elly Pepper The last few years have seen a number of countries close their ivory markets as a way to help curb the current poaching crisis, which is driving elephants towards extinction. Indeed, the U.S. placed a near-total ban on its ivory market between 2014 and 2016 and China will close its market—the biggest […]

    Nearly 2 Tons of Ivory Crushed Today in New York City’s Central Park

    Nearly 2 Tons of Ivory Crushed Today in New York City’s Central Park

    Nearly two tons of ivory was destroyed by a rock crusher in New York City’s Central Park on Thursday, marking the state’s efforts to stop the illegal ivory trade. The statues, trinkets and jewelry represented the tusks of at least 100 slaughtered elephants and held a reported market value of more than $8 million dollars. […]

    Hong Kong Ivory Seizure Largest in 30 Years

    Hong Kong Ivory Seizure Largest in 30 Years

    World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) is calling for an urgent clamp down on international organized ivory trade syndicates, as customs officers in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong report their seizure of approximately 7.2 tonnes of ivory in a shipping container inbound from Malaysia, earlier this week. Forensic investigations are currently underway to determine the exact […]

    Rhino Shot Dead by Poachers at French Zoo

    Rhino Shot Dead by Poachers at French Zoo

    A young white rhino was killed after being shot in the head three times by poachers who broke into the Thoiry Zoo in Paris Monday night. Poachers de-horned the 4-year-old rhino, named Vince, and left alive two other white rhinos, 37-year-old Gracie and 5-year-old Bruno. They left part of Vince’s second horn, leading local police […]

    Here’s What Elephant Extinction Sounds Like

    Here’s What Elephant Extinction Sounds Like

    By Clara Chaisson Elephants are extinct. If that sentence became fact, how would you feel? Artist Jenny Kendler’s Music for Elephants: A Eulogy for the Future attempts to evoke the grief of such a loss through a seamless combination of piano music, data and symbolism. The 10-minute song is a translation of projected elephant population […]