“Using newly developed powders, fingerprint experts were able to lift some useable prints up to 28 days after they were deposited on rhino ivory, hippo teeth and sperm whale teeth.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2015/11/new-fingerprint-techniques-could-foil-whale-tooth-poaching)
“China has committed to close down its domestic ivory market, which conservationists say provides cover for the illegal ivory trade, for which China is also the biggest player.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0529-china-to-end-ivory-trade.html)
Never underestimate the Attenborough Effect (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/20/david-attenborough-calls-on-chinese-president-end-ivory-trade).
“Two weeks ago the largest seizure of ivory and rhino horn in Mozambique’s history was made from the house of a Chinese national in Maputo. The 1.3 tonnes were poached from 65 rhinoceros and 170 elephants. … Thieves have [subsequently] raided a police storeroom holding Mozambique’s largest ever haul of confiscated rhino horn and ivory, making off with 12 horns valued at around £700,000.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/27/thieves-steal-ivory-rhino-horn-mozambique-police)
This week’s special: double-poached horn, helping to keep illegal animal products out of the waste stream.
“Zimbabwe has recently reaffirmed its pledge to export more young elephants to foreign buyers, and added that ‘culling’– mass slaughter — is another option under consideration.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0417-montoro-zimbabwe-elephants.html)
That being preferable to being sold as parts on ebay. (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/21/illegal-trade-in-endangered-wildlife-thriving-on-ebay-despite-controls)
Thankfully those Dickensian days when we used to sell organs for cash or whole people into slavery and send children away to school are long gone. Er…
“Elephants are worth 76 times more when they’re alive than dead, according to a new analysis … conducted through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s iworry campaign.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1006-morgan-elephant-worth.html)
Iworry: a campun you can put your weight behind.
“The Janjaweed, the Lord’s Resistance Army, Al-Shabab and Boko Haram … [the authors claim] have all been involved in poaching ivory and rhino horn to fund terrorist attacks.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28463036)
This is what happens when 70s prog rock bands go bad.
There is “rising demand in China for mammoth ivory, which is removed from fossil carcasses in Siberia.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/13/elephant-poaching-levels-ivory-demand)
Extinction apparently isn’t a deterrent.