European and American conservation leaders today called on governments worldwide to support requests from African nations to end all trade in elephant ivory to safeguard the future of elephants.
While trading in rhino horn and ivory in South Africa is legal, Australia has just tabled a Parliamentary motion to ban it within its own borders, writes Adam Cruise.
First there was a clampdown on rhino poaching statistics. Now the same is happening with information on elephant ivory poaching.
The shadowy collusion of South Africa with Mozambique, Laos and Vietnam is satiating Asia’s great thirst for illegally trafficked wildlife.
The twenty-eight countries most responsible for the deaths of African elephants have been revealed in a new report but other major offenders avoided censure as they failed to provide information or seize any ivory. Three years ago there were just eight but now the countries most implicated in the illegal ivory trade have grown almost fourfold.
Police seized rhino horns worth more than R6-million, at OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday.
Zimbabwe Minister wants to sell her country’s supposed US$10 billion ivory stockpile to China using a possible international legal loophole. However, experts reply that not only is the minister misinformed that such a loophole exists but her assessment of the size and value of her nation’s stockpile is grossly overestimated.
Japan has ensured the continued existence of its deeply flawed internal ivory market through sly diplomacy at the CITES conference in Johannesburg.
New evidence of Japan’s failure to control illegal ivory trading at a time when Africa’s elephants face extinction is revealed in a damning report just released.
Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwes’ recommendation for the adoption of a Decision-Making Mechanism (DMM) for a future trade in ivory was roundly rejected by parties led by outspoken opponents Burkina Faso, Kenya, Republic of Congo and Chad.