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ivory: Latest News
Global Risk Insights, 12:51 pm
Wildlife tourism represents 80% of total annual travel sales to Africa. Environmental crime deprives countries of future revenue. After China announced last week that it plans to end all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017, illegal poaching is back in the spotlight. Corruption remains the key enabler of wildlife trafficking. High-level members of poaching syndicates, sometimes government officials, are rarely convicted. The fight against environmental crime has to be addressed as a political issue. It’s the world’s fourth largest crime sector after drug smuggling, counterfeiting and human trafficking.
Staff, 12:03 am
The tusks from 8,000 elephants would be worth $105 million on the black market. The rhino horn from 343 animals would be worth $67 million. “From a Kenyan perspective, we’re not watching any money go up in smoke,” Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Kitili Mbathi said. “The only value of the ivory is tusks on a live elephant.” Critics of the burn said the destruction of this stockpile will increase the price of ivory in the black market and encourage more poaching.
Staff and Global Risk Insights, 12:12 am
The secretary general of Tanzania’s China-Africa Business Council has been charged with smuggling ivory. She owns a popular Chinese restaurant in Dar es Salaam. “It’s the news that we all have been waiting for for years,” said a U.S.-based conservation group. “Finally, a high-profile Chinese trafficker is in jail. Hopefully she can lead us to other major traffickers and corrupt government officials.”
Dana Sanchez, 1:23 pm
A dramatic shift in Chinese public opinion about animal welfare and global wildlife conservation appears to be underway. On Chinese social media, evolving public opinion is reflected in the emerging consensus among young people that eating sharks from Mozambique or consuming ivory from Kenya is no longer “cool,” HuffingtonPost reports. That change is not only taking place online but also on the ground.
Dana Sanchez, 11:49 am
Award-winning actor and World Wildlife Fund ambassador Jared Leto is using his star power to call for a U.S. ivory import ban, pressuring the U.S. to end its commercial ivory trade. “The U.S., surprisingly, has an ivory problem,” Leto wrote in a letter to Time. “After China, the U.S. may be the second-largest market for wildlife products in the world.”
Staff, 3:09 pm
There is a new concern that China will address its domestic industrial pollution by relocating some of its highest polluting facilities such as steel, cement, and tanneries to places like Africa. There is growing evidence that China is now encouraging its companies as they invest in Africa and elsewhere to follow better environmental practices. But if companies choose to ignore the guidelines, there is no penalty.
Staff, 4:35 am
Ethiopia burnt 6.1 tonnes of ivory on Friday, tusks and trinkets seized from poachers and traders over twenty years in a country that has lost 90 percent of its elephants in just three decades. Police and park officers poured petrol on the stockpile at a ceremony on a hill in the middle of the capital’s Gulele Botanic Garden. It was lit by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen.
Alexis Borochoff, 2:12 pm AFKI Original
Because of the violent confrontations that take place between authorities and well-equipped poachers, anti-poaching rangers in Africa are often armed with AK-101 assault rifles, night vision goggles and helicopters. Take out your credit card if you want to help, or check out these organizations that accept volunteers to fight poaching. Here are 14 things you need to know about being an anti-poaching ranger in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 3:27 pm
Yao Ming, 33, is better known for dunking baskets than for wildlife advocacy, but he is passionate about saving Africa’s elephants, and is spreading awareness of the cruelty of poaching in a new documentary. Despite a ban on exported ivory products and controls on domestic trade, China is still the largest market for illegal ivory, and prices for ivory have tripled since 2010, NatureWorldNews reported.
Dana Sanchez, 5:19 pm
An environmental group says Chinese officials smuggled Tanzanian ivory out of the country while on a state trip, conspiring with corrupt officials and gangs, CanadianPress reports. China is the world’s largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said.
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