Ivory trade http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23685/all en Poachers kill 11 elephants in worst Kenyan attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/poachers-kill-11-elephants-worst-kenyan-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Asian demand surging for ivory ornaments</p> <p>* Patrols hunting for 10-strong gang</p> <p>NAIROBI, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Poachers killed a family of 11<br /> elephants in the biggest single mass shooting of the animals on<br /> record in Kenya, wildlife officials said on Monday.</p> <p>A gang of about 10 attackers hacked off the elephants' tusks<br /> in Tsavo East National Park on Saturday, officials said - the<br /> latest sign of a resurgence of mostly Asian demand for ivory<br /> jewellery and ornaments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/poachers-kill-11-elephants-worst-kenyan-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephant Elephant hunting in Kenya Elephants Ivory Ivory trade Person Career Poaching Quotation Tsavo East National Park Tsavo National Park Tsavo River Tusk Zoology Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:47:12 +0000 5731424 at http://www.globalpost.com Poachers massacre 89 elephants in Chad: WWF http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/poachers-massacre-89-elephants-chad-wwf <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A group of poachers last week massacred 89 elephants in one night near the town of Ganba in southern Chad, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a statement Tuesday.</p> <p>Some 50 Arabic-speaking poachers on horseback carried out the mass killing of the elephants, including 33 pregnant females and 15 calves last Thursday night, the WWF said, citing local officials.</p> <p>According to the organisation the Chadian army was sent to stop the poachers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/poachers-massacre-89-elephants-chad-wwf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Ivory Ivory trade War AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:47:00 +0000 5787929 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenya fines ivory smuggler less than a dollar a piece http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/kenya-fines-ivory-smuggler-less-dollar-piece <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Chinese smuggler caught in Kenya with a haul of ivory was fined less than a dollar (euro) a piece, wildlife officials said Tuesday.</p> <p>Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto said that Chinese smuggler Tian Yi was arrested on Sunday while in transit in Nairobi carrying 439 pieces of worked ivory.</p> <p>The ivory, cut into finger-length sections and painted brown, was "hidden in a suitcase and mixed with tree bark to disguise it as traditional medicine," Udoto said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/kenya-fines-ivory-smuggler-less-dollar-piece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ivory Ivory trade Zoology AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:16:10 +0000 5794304 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong seizes 113 smuggled ivory tusks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130501/hong-kong-seizes-113-smuggled-ivory-tusks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hong Kong customs officers have seized 113 ivory tusks worth nearly $400,000 on the Chinese ivory market, officials said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The smuggled ivory was seized at the airport on Tuesday in a container marked "spare parts" from Burundi which was bound for Singapore, said an official statement.</p> <p>The total seizure, weighing 300 kilograms (660 pounds), was worth an estimated HK$3 million ($390,000).</p> <p>"Upon X-ray image analysis, the consignment was detected to contain ivory tusks instead of spare parts," the statement said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130501/hong-kong-seizes-113-smuggled-ivory-tusks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ivory Ivory trade Zoology AFP Wed, 01 May 2013 05:30:42 +0000 5829049 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama in $10 million effort to cut wildlife trafficking http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130701/obama-10-million-effort-cut-wildlife-trafficking <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order launching a 10-million-dollar bid to cut wildlife trafficking in Africa, which threatens to decimate rhinoceros and elephant populations.</p> <p>US officials said that Obama, who is in Tanzania, would set up a task force to develop a strategy against the illicit wildlife trade that is estimated to be worth between seven and 10 billion dollars a year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130701/obama-10-million-effort-cut-wildlife-trafficking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ivory trade Wildlife trade Zoology AFP Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:32:42 +0000 5872525 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong seizes ivory, rhino horns and leopard skins http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130807/hong-kong-seizes-ivory-rhino-horns-and-leopard-skins <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hong Kong customs seized an illegal shipment of ivory tusks, rhino horns and leopard skins worth more than $5 million, officials said Wednesday. </p> <p>The haul -- which included more than 1,000 elephant tusks -- was the second seizure of endangered species parts in a month in the Asian financial hub, home to one of the busiest ports in the world. </p> <p>Acting on a tip off from mainland authorities on Tuesday, customs officials discovered the illicit goods hidden in a cargo container at the city's Kwai Chung terminal port. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130807/hong-kong-seizes-ivory-rhino-horns-and-leopard-skins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Ivory Ivory trade AFP Wed, 07 Aug 2013 11:24:35 +0000 5904502 at http://www.globalpost.com Tonnes of ivory being shipped through Togo port http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130809/tonnes-ivory-being-shipped-through-togo-port <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Togolese authorities said Friday they were seeking to dismantle a trafficking ring and stop tonnes of ivory from being shipped through the country's main port after an unprecedented seizure this week.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the man arrested after police seized 700.5 kilogrammes of ivory from his shop in Togo on Tuesday said most of the stock came from Chad.</p> <p>The operation, the first such large-scale seizure by the west African nation's authorities, led to the arrest of Emile N'Bouke, whose shop housed the illicit stock.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130809/tonnes-ivory-being-shipped-through-togo-port" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ivory Ivory trade Politics AFP Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:35:25 +0000 5906491 at http://www.globalpost.com Undercover sting by police, activists nets Togo ivory kingpin http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130809/undercover-sting-police-activists-nets-togo-ivory-kingpin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By John Zodzi</p> <p>LOME (Reuters) - A major international ivory trafficker believed to have dealt in the tusks of thousands of elephants over a four-decade career has been arrested in Togo following an undercover investigation by wildlife campaigners.</p> <p>Togolese shopkeeper Emile N'bouke, 58, and a Guinean associate were arrested in two raids on Tuesday and Wednesday in Lome, in the latest in a series of joint operations between activists and police that have netted around 900 traffickers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130809/undercover-sting-police-activists-nets-togo-ivory-kingpin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ivory Ivory trade Law Social Issues Zoology Thomson Reuters Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:02:42 +0000 5906536 at http://www.globalpost.com 81 elephants die of poisoning in Zimbabwe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130924/81-elephants-die-poisoning-zimbabwe More than 25,000 elephants were poached last year, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130924/81-elephants-die-poisoning-zimbabwe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Hwange Ivory trade Wildlife News Zimbabwe AFP Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:47:00 +0000 5943535 at http://www.globalpost.com Over 300 elephants poisoned in Zimbabwe park: wildlife group http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131021/over-300-elephants-poisoned-zimbabwe-park-wildlife-group <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>More than 300 elephants and other animals have died of cyanide poisoning by poachers in Zimbabwe's largest game park, a wildlife conservation group said Monday.</p> <p>"In July, around 300 elephants had died from cyanide poisoning in Hwange and were discovered by a group of hunters who flew over the area," Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force told AFP.</p> <p>He said other animals that have also been killed include lions, vultures, painted dogs and hyenas. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131021/over-300-elephants-poisoned-zimbabwe-park-wildlife-group" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ivory Ivory trade Trade AFP Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:53:29 +0000 5966491 at http://www.globalpost.com African and Asian states reach deal on illegal ivory trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131203/african-and-asian-states-reach-deal-illegal-ivory-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>African and Asian states, including China, reached a deal on Tuesday to tackle the illegal ivory trade, during international talks in Botswana on protecting elephants.</p> <p>The "urgent measures to halt the illegal trade and secure elephant populations across Africa" were agreed upon by states such as Gabon, Kenya and Zambia that are home to the animals and destination countries like China and Thailand, summit hosts the IUCN and Botswanan government said in a statement.</p> <p>jg/lc</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Ivory Ivory trade Trade AFP Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:18:45 +0000 6007722 at http://www.globalpost.com China launches new ivory smuggling crackdown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140616/china-launches-new-ivory-smuggling-crackdown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, June 16 (Xinhua) -- China's General Administration of Customs (GAC) has launched a new campaign to crack down on smuggling of ivory and endangered species in the country, it announced on Monday.</p> <p>The campaign will last six months until the end of this year, a GAC spokesman said.</p> <p>Overseas customs authorities will offer legal assistance for the campaign, according to the administration.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140616/china-launches-new-ivory-smuggling-crackdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Ivory Ivory trade Politics Xinhua News Agency Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:08:20 +0000 6177896 at http://www.globalpost.com WWF raises alarm over Mozambique elephant killings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140619/wwf-raises-alarm-over-mozambique-elephant-killings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The WWF on Thursday raised the alarm over plummeting elephant populations in Mozambique after an aerial survey showed ivory poaching is decimating herds in the country.</p> <p>Between 480 and 900 elephants died in the northern Querimbas reserve between 2011 and 2013 according to a recent aerial study commissioned by the WWF. </p> <p>"The landscape survey of the Quirimbas National Park conducted in late 2013 found that almost half the elephants sighted from the air were carcasses," it said in a statement.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140619/wwf-raises-alarm-over-mozambique-elephant-killings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Ivory Ivory trade Mozambique AFP Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:40:19 +0000 6181741 at http://www.globalpost.com China, U.S. renew fight against illegal wildlife trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140709/china-us-renew-fight-against-illegal-wildlife-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Authorities from China and the United States on Wednesday reaffirmed efforts to fight the illegal wildlife trade together.</p> <p>Efforts by China and the U.S. to save wildlife and combat illegal trading in endangered species have been more effective since a consultation mechanism came online last year, according to Zhao Shucong, head of China's State Forestry Bureau.</p> <p>Zhao stressed the two sides should remain tough in the crackdown on wildlife crimes and support cooperation.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140709/china-us-renew-fight-against-illegal-wildlife-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ivory trade Liu Yandong Wildlife trade Xinhua News Agency Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:46:11 +0000 6200449 at http://www.globalpost.com Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140711/thailand-faces-trade-ban-over-ivory-failings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thailand faces an international wildlife trade ban unless it reins in its illegal ivory sector, which is a magnet for traffickers, global regulator CITES said on Friday.</p> <p>"There have been years without any real action on the ground when it comes to controlling the illegal ivory market, be it illegal imports or trade within Thailand," said Oeystein Stoerkersen, chairman of CITES' governing body.</p> <p>The Geneva-based Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has set Thailand an August 2015 deadline to fall into line.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140711/thailand-faces-trade-ban-over-ivory-failings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ivory Ivory trade Wildlife smuggling AFP Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:30:56 +0000 6202556 at http://www.globalpost.com