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Ivory Trade

Take it to the People: Model for Ivory Sales Ban

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Laurel Neme

Voters in Washington state sent a strong message to the world on November 3 when they passed the country's first-ever comprehensive state ban on commerce in endangered animal species.

Hong Kong Open to Closing Ivory Trade Markets

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.06.2015 | Green
Laurel Neme

In a major policy shift, Hong Kong--the world's largest retail market for elephant ivory--says it may now consider banning its ivory trade. A decision by Hong Kong to shut down its domestic trade would be significant.

How Legal Markets Fuel Ivory Smuggling in Hong Kong

Laurel Neme | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green
Laurel Neme

Hong Kong's legal ivory market fuels ivory smuggling and elephant poaching says a new report by WildAid, an international nongovernmental organization that aims to eliminate illegal wildlife trade.

Tanzania Arrests The Notorious 'Queen Of Ivory'

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.10.2015 | World

Tanzania took an important step this week to combat the ivory trade and save the African elephant. The country's National an...

California Bans Ivory And Rhino Horn Trade

David Thomson | Posted 10.09.2015 | Green
David Thomson

If the demand for ivory products is strong, then the demand to ban ivory trade and protect elephants must be stronger. For every consumer out there who feels compelled to buy rhino horn, there should be twice as many rhino advocates out there dispelling the dangerous myths and raising awareness.

Artificial Elephant Tusks Are Being Used To Help Track The Illegal Ivory Trade

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.08.2015 | Media

National Geographic: How Killing Elephants Finances Terror in Africa Each year, tens of thousands of African elephants are killed for...

Why We Crushed Ivory For Elephants In Times Square

John F. Calvelli | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Today was a great day for elephants -- and a really bad day for ivory traffickers. Today more than one ton of confiscated ivory was crushed in New York City's Times Square, the "crossroads of the world."

'Crushing' Photos Of Crackdown On Illegal Ivory

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green

One ton of confiscated ivory trinkets were crushed to bits in New York's Times Square on Friday morning as part of the government's attempt to sta...

Illicit Ivory: A Film Worth Watching

Carl Safina | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Carl Safina

It's an upsetting film. The good news? There is a groundswell of effort that is beginning to work to slow the ivory trade. It can be done; we can save the elephants. The more we understand, the faster each of us can help it happen.

China Pledges To Wipe Out Its Ivory Industry

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green

For the first time, China is promising to knock out its booming trade in ivory products In a move applauded by wildlife conservationists, Chinese ...

Undercover Photos Show The Plight Of Zimbabwe's Captured Baby Elephants

Christina M. Russo | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Christina M. Russo

Zimbabwe's plan to send the young elephants overseas has drawn criticism from many wildlife conservationists. They see the government's plan as a cynical and cruel move against an animal that is being slaughtered at alarming rates for its ivory, especially to satisfy demand in China.

The Politics of Extinction

William deBuys | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
William deBuys

Today, no one knows if the clock of extinction for the species stands at two minutes before midnight or two minutes after. In spite of its exotic horns, the animal is unknown in traditional Chinese medicine. Rather, the last living remnants of the species risk being taken as by-catch, like sea turtles in a shrimper's net.

Britain's Prince William Calls For End To Ivory Trade

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green

BEIJING, March 4 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William urged an end to the ivory trade on Wednesday, visiting a Chinese elephant sanctuary in the sou...

Ban Ivory Sales -- All of Them

Viveca Morris | Posted 04.01.2015 | Green
Viveca Morris

If the United States and other nations do not fully ban the sale of ivory, African elephants could be extinct -- poof -- in as few as five years.

Lydia O'Connor

California Considers Strict Ivory Ban To Protect Elephants | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.09.2015 | Green

A bill introduced in the California legislature would enforce a strict ban on ivory sales in the state amid conservationists’ urge to protect vanish...

A Quarter Of Ivory Sold In Beijing And Shanghai Stores Is Illegal

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2015 | Green

NAIROBI, Dec 9 (Reuters) - About a quarter of elephant ivory sold in retail outlets in China's capital Beijing and its most populous city Shanghai i...

Jordan Schultz

Yao Ming Talks Shaq And His Global Effort To End Ivory Poaching | Jordan Schultz | Posted 11.13.2014 | Sports

Since retiring from basketball in 2011, Yao Ming, a former No. 1 draft pick and eight-time NBA All-Star with the Houston Rockets, has dedicated his li...

Food, Bikes and Elephants: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in a social change leader, every single day of the year? Since January 1, 2013, through the Pollinatio...

God's Ivory: The Role of Religion in the Elephant Poaching Crisis

Jamie Joseph | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

I was raised Catholic, but have followed Buddhism most of my adult life. People buying ivory have a right to know that their purchase is causing incredible trauma.

Running 26.2 Miles for 96 Elephants

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Jason Saltmarsh

My wife, Tina, is halfway through her marathon training plan, and each weekend she's running farther than ever before. Last weekend she pushed hersel...

12 Reasons Why You And Everyone You Know Should Care About Elephant Poaching

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green

Elephants are extraordinary animals. They're super smart and emotional, and their relationships are complex. They've been known to show compassion, em...

Teens' Bagpipes Seized At U.S. Border Crossing For Ivory

AP | By RIK STEVENS | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The skirl of their pipes had barely receded before two New Hampshire teenagers learned a hard lesson in cross-border musical di...

WildAid: The Race for New Chinese Thinking

Jamie Joseph | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

Calls to shut down the factories and distribution channels are routinely ignored in contradiction to the ongoing confiscated ivory stockpile burns. But the future is unwritten.

Dominique Mosbergen

The Disgusting Reason African Elephants May Be Extinct By 2020 | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green

Chopsticks, hair pins, pendants, trinkets: These are why African elephants are dying in droves. In 2013, more than 35,000 elephants across Africa ...

African Wildlife Is in Trouble, and Only Africans Can Save It

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

If the animals can be induced to stay where they belong, and the people can be convinced that they are no longer a threat, then peace can break out. I saw this happen in Tanzania, where the Living Wall project builds unbreachable fences that keep lions away from livestock.