How Japanese media have failed endangered species

| Dec 3, 2016

How Japanese media have failed endangered species

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In October, a new documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio premiered on Netflix. “The Ivory Game” is a dramatic study of the illegal trade in elephant tusks that includes conservationists battling poachers, investigative journalists following the money trail and black market merchants in China. Experts ...

Jan 27, 2016

Yahoo Japan defends online ivory sales as criticism grows

Yahoo Japan said Wednesday it is strengthening policing of illegal ivory on its online commerce site as criticism grows it is supporting a trade that fuels the slaughter of wild elephants. A spokeswoman for the company said it prohibits sales of raw ivory and ...

DNA analysis of tusks, dung pinpoints Africa poaching hot spots

Jun 19, 2015

DNA analysis of tusks, dung pinpoints Africa poaching hot spots

A DNA analysis of elephant tusks seized from poachers has revealed two main hotspots for the crime in Africa, a finding that could point law enforcement in the direction of the top criminal networks, a study showed. The examination involved taking genetic samples from ...

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 ...