With the news coverage and the political attention that the current elephant poaching crisis has attracted in recent months, it is easy to overlook that working together can yield positive results for elephants.
Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa reveals similarity between the illicit networks that enable terrorism, weapons, human trafficking, and ivory commercialization.
Between late January and late February this year, ivory, elephant tooth and leopard skin dealers were arrested in Cameroon thanks to the intervention of a small but renowned organisation - the Last Great Ape Organisation.
Born Free Foundation would like to send a big 'thank you' to everyone who has donated to the current Bloody Ivory fundrasing project: the elephants of Babile Elephant Sanctuary in Ethiopia, around 100 of which have been poached in the past 4 years.
In response to escalating levels of elephant poaching and illegal trade in ivory, destruction is being increasingly accepted as the only viable long term solution to the problem of the ever increasing government-owned ivory stockpiles. Why?
France has today crushed and incinerated 3.5 tonnes of ivory in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower, ahead of the UK-hosted Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade taking place in London on the 13th February.
A Chinese ivory smuggler, who pleaded guilty to trafficking ivory in Kenya, was yesterday fined 20 million Kenya Shillings (equivalent to US$232,000 or £138,000). He will serve seven years in prison if he is unable to pay the fine.