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 Ivory trade 2012
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Posted: Mar 13 2012, 07:42 AM


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AFP copyright article - note the interesting info about the Swiss connection.

Focus on DR Congo:

Bloodhounds track down elephant poachers

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-13/bloo...oachers/3885408



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Space4Eles
Posted: Mar 13 2012, 07:52 AM


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Focus on Zimbabwe:

Three up for elephant poaching

They reportedly killed an elephant worth $20 000, removed its tusks and took away a large chunk of the carcass.

http://www.newsday.co.zw/article/2012-03-1...phant-poaching/


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Space4Eles
Posted: Mar 16 2012, 03:56 AM


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AP copyright article.

Focus on Cameroon:

Marauding horsemen killing off elephant population in Cameroon as demand for ivory grows
Poachers beleived to be invading from Sudan


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/mara...ksEnabled=false


And this article, with 3 very distressing photos - but good that the atrocity has been highlighted in the UK:

Hundreds of elephants slaughtered at African wildlife park as horseback-riding poachers kill HALF the population

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-21...o=feeds-newsxml


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t&tt
Posted: Mar 17 2012, 03:12 AM


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s4e, I found more info re: the connection between the Congohounds and Switzerland (see Mar 13 post). The project leader is a vet from Switzerland and owns the FarmersPlace.

http://congohounds.gorillacd.org/

Great video of Christian & Sabrina:
http://congohounds.gorillacd.org/2011/08/2...an-and-sabrina/

Sounds like an interesting program.


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Space4Eles
Posted: Mar 18 2012, 06:14 AM


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Thank you, t&tt - very interesting and encouraging.
I have credited you, and posted the Congohounds link on The Elephant Commentator Facebook.


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Posted: Mar 20 2012, 08:41 AM


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Funded by IFAW -

Focus on Operation Worthy:

Biggest Crackdown In History On Ivory Traders

Interpol is carrying out the largest anti-elephant ivory poaching operation ever mounted following mass killings in Africa.
Wildlife agents in 14 different African countries have been raiding outlets and hunting down traders to crack down on the multi-million pound industry.


http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16192133

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Patrick Omondi, the assistant senior director of Kenyan Wildlife Service told Sky News: "We are already seeing populations of elephants disappear. And Kenya cannot fight this war on its own.

"We need the whole international community to come together to fight this or I fear the elephant will eventually become extinct in parts of Africa."


From above post:
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16192133


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Banning ivory sales to China could save elephants

According to a new briefing by the Environmental Investigation Agency (IEA), approved legal auctions of ivory by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to Japan and, especially, China has fueled, rather than abated as promised, the illegal trade along with mass deaths of elephants across Africa....

In addition to doing little to stamp out illegal ivory, the Chinese government, alleges the EIA, has profiteered from selling legal ivory at inflated prices....

The EIA is calling on the EU to strip China of its "approved buyer" status for legal ivory, and call for an independent investigation of the ivory trade in China. The briefing says the "[EU] has been particularly weak on the issue."


http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0323-hance_c...l#ixzz1q2IaYQLK


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Posted: Mar 27 2012, 01:25 PM


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Focus on Kenya:

Poachers kill three elephants in Mau Forest

Kisoyan further revealed that poachers had invented a new method of killing elephants by using traps mounted with spears.

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/politics/In...0054892&cid=159


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Posted: Mar 28 2012, 11:10 AM


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Focus on Kenya:

6 suspected poachers shot dead as Kenya takes tough approach to wildlife poaching

Rangers shot and killed three suspected poachers on Tuesday in Tsavo East National Park. Last week rangers shot and killed another three suspected poachers near Mount Kenya.

Udoto said six KWS rangers have died in the line of duty since December, a record high in such a short period. Udoto said the ranger deaths will not be in vain and KWS is determined to make poaching “a high-cost, low-benefit activity.”


http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa...CBgS_story.html


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Focus on Africa:

Interpol demands crackdown on 'serious and organised' eco crime
Ivory poaching and illegal logging requires needs tougher enforcement and intelligence input, says Interpol director


Interpol is now carrying out the largest anti-elephant ivory poaching operation ever mounted. Wildlife agents in 14 African countries have been raiding outlets and pursuing traders, in a crackdown on the multimillion pound industry. Through its Operation Worthy, as it is being called, Interpol aims to stifle the increasing demand in illegal elephant ivory, mostly from Asian countries such as China.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012...g?newsfeed=true


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Re: previous post:

This is a huge crisis. The US military needs to get involved like this petition suggests:
http://z13.invisionfree.com/Elephant_Comme...post&p=22012930

Can someone create a WH petition here: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petitions
If we can get 5000 signatures in 30 days the White House will hear it.

Probably would help heal some war vets' PTSD wounds if they could participate and contribute to a great world cause like saving the species and ecosystem of the planet. Imagine the positive things that could come out of a decision like that.


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Posted: Mar 31 2012, 06:15 AM


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Focus on Cameroon:

Elephant population halved in Cameroon killing spree

"The Cameroonian authorities' follow-up on IFAW's proposals and on those of local stakeholders will reveal the extent of their determination to shut down poaching networks that are undermining the country's national security," said Sissler-Bienvenu.

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/eleph...n-poaching.html


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Focus on Central Africa

Key meeting to address poaching threat in Central Africa

The U.S. embassies of Gabon and the Central African Republic are hosting a workshop April 3-5, 2012, in Libreville, Gabon, in response to the growing threat of poaching and trafficking of protected and endangered species....

The Department of State has been at the forefront of international efforts to develop global partnerships to dismantle transnational networks in the illegal trade of wildlife.

In 2005, the Department launched CAWT [Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking] and, in July 2011, the White House released the President’s National Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and Converging Threats to National Security, which highlighted environmental crimes among the top five most lucrative criminal activities.


http://www.cawtglobal.org/home/2012/3/29/k...ral-africa.html


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Gabon to Burn Entire Ivory Stockpile in Effort to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/654878#ixzz1rCixczF5




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Stop All Ivory Trade, Environmental Investigation Agency

WARNING CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES: A short film showing the impacts of the ivory trade on elephant populations

http://www.eia-international.org.php5-20.d...eos?id=38936660


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Thanks for posting, t&tt.


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From Born Free UK.

MARCH 2012 ILLEGAL IVORY TRADE NEWS ROUND-UP

This month’s seizure figures represent at least 64 dead elephants, bringing the total since this time last year to at least 3,530…

http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/eleph...tt_news%5D=1008



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Via ElephantVoices:

We're glad to see that Gabon is doing the right thing -stockpiled ivory is a temptation difficult to resist. Read some more about the background for this new development, and Cameroon's approach to the recent elephant massacre in their own country, in the linked press release from WWF,

2 African nations move against ivory poaching


http://www.prweb.com/releases/​2012/4/prweb9376163.htm http://www.seattlepi.com/news/​artic...8203;to-2785845


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Focus on Africa:

Thanks to a member of TEC Facebook for alerting us to this article:

SICKENING ELEPHANTS' GRAVEYARD CAUSED BY HATRED AND GREED

The profit on each dead elephant is £40,000 ...

Africa’s chaotic internal politics and China’s booming economy are fuelling what has almost become open warfare. Wealthy middle-class Chinese today see ivory as a healthy investment in troubled economic times.


http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/313260...atred-and-greed


TV programme for UK residents - Thursday 12 April 9:00pm BBC1 Panorama

Ivory Wars: Out of Africa

As demand for ivory rises in the Far East, this Panorama special - made jointly with the BBC's Natural History Unit - goes undercover in central Africa and China to ask whether the African elephant can survive in some parts of the continent. Last year saw the highest number of large seizures of illegal ivory for over two decades - despite a 23 year global ban on its international sale. One area of northern Kenya has lost a quarter of its elephants in the last three years - largely due to poaching. Panorama visits an elephant orphanage to see the impact of the killing on the young and, with access to Interpol's largest ever ivory operation, confronts the dealers in Africa and in China - now the world's biggest buyer of illegal ivory.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01g6gdz


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From Born Free UK:

THE WORST YEAR FOR ELEPHANTS FOR TWO DECADES.

Foolhardy decisions by well-meaning countries such as the UK have undermined the integrity of the ban and meant that legalised sales to China and Japan, far from ‘satisfying’ demand and reducing poaching, have fuelled the demand for ‘white gold’.

http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/eleph...tt_news%5D=1009


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Focus on Kenya:

AFP [copyright] video, published 9 April 2012:

Kenya conservationists launch tag system to discourage poachers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDmFgJ3RONc&feature=share


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The illegal ivory trade threatening Africa's elephants

Securing the future of Africa's elephant will mean not just beating the poachers but also tackling black-market sales on the other side of the world in China.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17675816


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Focus on China - Must-watch

Ivory Wars - Out of Africa, BBC video, 1hr.

"China is the future for elephants. If China can curb its demand, elephants will survive in Africa."
"It's so easy to buy ivory here in Kinshasa."


Includes:
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Cynthia Moss, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), MIKE, ETIS, David Higgins, INTERPOL

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01g6..._Out_of_Africa/
http://watchdocumentary.com/watch/ivory-wa..._147bd4828.html


See also: Conservation Messaging - China
http://z13.invisionfree.com/Elephant_Comme...?showtopic=1564


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Focus on Cameroon:

Haunting new photos reveal secret elephant graveyard discovered in the heart of Africa where illegal ivory trade is booming

Dr. Allard Blom, managing director of WWF's Congo Basin program said the situation in Cameroon was 'the worst poaching massacre that I can recall in the decades we have worked to save elephants in Africa'.

'Poaching is escalating because of a growing demand for ivory from Asia and if we fail to take immediate action in the face of such plunder, then much of Africa's elephants could disappear forever to satisfy human greed', he said.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-21...l#ixzz1ruuYmVSO

WARNING - Very distressing photos.



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Will Travers of Born Free UK comments on Panorama's "Ivory Wars: Out of Africa" programme:

A ban should mean a ban

The burning question is not ‘What’s going on?’

It is “What are we going to do about it?” and quite clearly the British Government, the European Union, the international community should, without delay, revoke China and Japan’s ivory trade nations’ status. There should be no accommodation of any more legal ivory trade – no more stockpile sales, no more ‘one-off sales’ – nada, niente, rien, nichts, nothing.

A ban should mean a ban. Individual countries should amend their legislation to make it illegal to sell ivory in the airport in Cairo, in the markets of Bangkok and on the street-stalls of Kinshasa.

Only then will the message be loud and clear – as it was twenty years ago. That ivory is not desirable, it is destructive. That the ivory trade doesn’t support livelihoods, it steals away life. That ivory, far from being white gold is stained with blood.


http://www.bornfree.org.uk/blog/2012/a-ban...uld-mean-a-ban/


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Another article - keeping the slaughter fresh in people's minds.

Focus on Cameroon:

Of Ivory and Gold

“They bribe local villagers with the elephant meat so they don’t tell the authorities and the result is more and more slaughtering of elephants.

“Journalists were kept away from the slaughter and they did not allow a census of all the dead elephants because of the negative image for Cameroon.”


http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/envir...-gold-1.1275783


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Dying For Ivory, 3 min video [warning graphic]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmtmmeDNchc

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Focus on Kenya:

During the incident, three people, among them a 10-year-old boy, were arrested after they were found ferrying the tusks on a motorcycle.

Mr Naishu said the poachers had changed tack in the illegal trade. They now use residents to kill the elephants, with minors and boda boda operators involved in ferrying the ivory to cartels and their agents.


http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Somalis+among...180/-/n0jqrr/-/


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Ivory demand in Far East could see African elephant wiped out

The main buyers are believed to be newly-wealthy Chinese nationals in prosperous cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/...-wiped-out.html


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