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African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory at a pace unseen since an international ban on the ivory trade took effect in 1989. But the public outcry that resulted in that ban is absent today, and a University of Washington conservation biologist contends it is because the public seems to be unaware of the giant mammals' plight.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman rejected any criticism of his government's fight against illegal ivory trade. Commenting on an NGO report critical of China's program, Liu Jianchao said it is unfair and twists facts, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
By Michael McCarthy; Colin Brown China was given permission to become a licensed buyer of ivory yesterday, provoking widespread condemnation from environmentalists and politicians, who said the move was a grave threat to the future of wild elephants in Africa and Asia.
Despite strong objections from conservation groups, a United Nations agency has approved the sale of African elephant ivory to China. Meeting in Geneva, the U.N.
Wildlife trade and resulting species decline are the topics at an international convention in Switzerland on endangered species of wildlife and native plants.
Banning the trade in endangered wildlife can actually result in increased trade in the animals and their parts, a report published Thursday said.
If you think the problem of endangered species is all about tigers, elephants and orangutans, ask a violinist where he gets his bow.
By Christopher Thompson LUANDA (Reuters) - Angola's illegal trade in ivory tusks has doubled in the past year, dealing a further blow to efforts to stamp out elephant poaching, according to a new report by wildlife watchdogs TRAFFIC and WWF International.
The United Nations said on Tuesday it would not approve 2006 caviar export quotas for the Caspian Sea basin, where most of the delicacy is produced, until it had more information on stock levels and illegal sales.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.