ivory trade

Of Quackery, Rhinos and Tigers

Last week’s Economist noted an almost thirty-fold increase in the poaching of South African rhinos between 2008 and 2011. As with the ongoing surge in elephant poaching, much of the blame has fallen on Chinese demand. Last...

BBC’s Panorama on China’s Appetite for Ivory

BBC current affairs programme Panorama examines China’s central role in the booming illegal ivory trade, which has fuelled elephant poaching on a scale not seen since the 1980s: As demand for ivory rises in the Far East,...

China Fuels Resurgent Ivory Poaching

Ivory poaching in Africa, fuelled in large part by Chinese consumers, is reaching a scale not seen since the 1980s. The amount seized last year, twice as much as in 2010, suggests the killing of at least 2,500 elephants, but...

Agony & Ivory: How China Fuels Elephant Poaching

The appetites of newly wealthy Chinese for ostentatious luxuries are fuelling elephant poaching across Africa. At Vanity Fair, Alex Shoumatoff writes that in the illegal ivory trade, “all roads lead to Guangzhou”: In...

China Gets Permission to Import Ivory From Africa

For background on this story, please see the previous CDT post, UN May Legalize Ivory Sales from Africa to China. From Reuters: China won the right at a U.N. wildlife meeting on Tuesday to import elephant ivory from Africa under...

UN May Legalize Ivory Sales from Africa to China

Most discussions of China’s search for resources in Africa focus on oil, minerals, and timber. Often overlooked is China’s equally huge appetite for ivory. A paper published last year in the online edition of the...

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