Apr 27, 2015

Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

Customs officials in Thailand say they’ve seized 3 tons of ivory worth $6 million hidden in tea leaf sacks in what they’re calling the second-biggest bust in the country’s history. Customs Department Director-General Somchai Sujjapongse says the 511 elephant tusks were bound for Laos ...

Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

Mar 4, 2015

Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

Kenya’s president set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day Tuesday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory. Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new demand from emerging markets threatens Africa’s elephants and rhinos, President Uhuru Kenyatta said at ...

China bans ivory imports for year to protect elephants

Feb 27, 2015

China bans ivory imports for year to protect elephants

China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens’ huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants. The State Administration of Forestry declared the ban in a public notice ...

Nov 18, 2014

Uganda hunts for missing ivory worth $1 million

More than a ton of ivory has disappeared from a Ugandan government vault, a police official said Monday as a corruption watchdog agency launched an investigation of Uganda’s wildlife protection agency over the missing tusks. Ugandan detectives recently questioned officials from the Uganda Wildlife ...

Aug 19, 2014

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals, because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found. ...

Rakuten bans whale meat

Apr 3, 2014

Rakuten bans whale meat

Rakuten notifies sellers it will halt all sales of whale and dolphin meat at the end of the month, after a scathing report by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency.

Mar 19, 2014

Rakuten hit over ivory, whale meat marketing

E-commerce giant Rakuten is the world’s largest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products, an environmental campaign group alleges, saying that running the advertisements is akin to arming poachers.