Ivory Trade

Elephant Populations Dwindle as Conservation Advocates Look for Solutions

February 25, 20140 Comments

They’re popular attractions at zoos and well-known characters in animated movies, but our relationship with elephants has turned sour over time. The Bodhi Tree Foundation estimates that 90 percent of the African Elephant population has been slaughtered in the past 50 years. SaveAfricasElephants.com paints a bleak picture. “At this rate, the elephant — a keystone […]

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Reading List: Elephant Ivory Trade

Reading List: Elephant Ivory Trade

December 9, 20130 Comments

Key Articles About the Ivory Trade “Blood Ivory” by Bryan Christy, National Geographic, October 2012. “A Voice for the Elephants” series of blogs and videos, National Geographic “Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits” by Jeffrey Gettleman, The New York Times, September 3, 2012. Many more: See JulietteSpeaks Twitter Feed Key […]

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Four Activists Stopping the Ivory Trade in China

June 19, 20130 Comments

If you’ve read Cedar Attanasio’s Supply/Demand series on China and Africa, you know that the ivory trade is out of control in that country. But there are committed activists doing something about it. In this post, we share just four stories of Chinese citizens speaking up against the ivory trade. Yao Ming: The Athlete China’s […]

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#SayNoToIvory! Let us be their voice, let us be loud and let us crowd source!

#SayNoToIvory! Let us be their voice, let us be loud and let us crowd source!

March 31, 20135 Comments

Let us be their voice, let us be loud and let us crowd source! Recent brutality against elephants A week or so ago in March 2013, 28 elephants were killed in Cameroon. Following this massacre, yet another unfolded near Chad, where 86 elephants were slaughtered, several amongst them pregnant mothers. The brutality marks the gruesome […]

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Supply/Demand: In Kenya, Officials Fight for its 32,000 Elephants

Supply/Demand: In Kenya, Officials Fight for its 32,000 Elephants

March 15, 20130 Comments

In the supply/demand series, we explore countries where ivory is bought and where it is sold. Kenya is a supply country. Poachers kill hundreds of elephants each year, shipping literally tons of Kenyan ivory to foreign markets. While Kenyans can do little to stem the demand—mainly from China and Southeast Asia—they try their best to […]

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Take Action to Stop the Ivory Trade

Take Action to Stop the Ivory Trade

March 10, 20130 Comments

The most important thing you can do to help stop the ivory trade is to spread awareness. There are two sides to the equation – supply and demand – and different actions are needed for each. So how can you personally help stop the ivory trade? Here are a few ways you can get started: […]

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Will The Next Pope Do More to Discourage Ivory Consumption?

Will The Next Pope Do More to Discourage Ivory Consumption?

February 16, 20135 Comments

Pope Benedict the 16th recently announced his retirement, and the search for a new Pope will begin soon. It’s the first retirement of a Pope in 600 years, which has many scratching their heads—along with the usual speculation as to who might be the next Pope. Elephant activists, however, wonder not who will take up […]

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JulietteSpeaks Launches “Global Youth Against the Ivory Trade” Program

JulietteSpeaks Launches “Global Youth Against the Ivory Trade” Program

January 20, 20130 Comments

We are excited to announce that JulietteSpeaks is launching a new program called Global Youth Against the Ivory Trade. As you know, the ivory trade is flourishing and unless something is done to stop it, the African elephant may go extinct within 10-20 years. Juliette West is reaching out to other youth around the world […]

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Illegal Ivory Trade Between Asia and Africa is Big Business

Illegal Ivory Trade Between Asia and Africa is Big Business

December 28, 20122 Comments

The recent ivory trade frenzy, fueled by Asia’s demand for ivory trinkets and Africa’s willingness to supply ivory by slaughtering elephants in record numbers, is threatening the extinction of the African elephant, some say possibly as soon as 2020. Rapid Decline in the African Elephant Population Africa’s elephant population was estimated to be between three […]

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How Having Beautiful Tusks Can Be Dangerous

December 26, 20120 Comments

It is hard to believe, but it is estimated that as many as 25,000 African elephants are being killed every year for their beautiful ivory tusks. For many years, the ivory trade has actually been illegal, but that has sadly made the elephants’ tusks even more valuable on the blackmarket. What is ivory? Those long, […]

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