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Charging China demand drives deadly ivory trade


Surrounded by sculptures carved from the white tusks of African elephants — which are being slaughtered in their tens of thousands — Beijing saleswoman Chen Yu says the ivory trade is thriving.

Posted: February 28th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Gov’t probe covers all ivory collectors, not just priest

ELEPHANT tusks from Tanzania were found inside two container in this photo taken in Manila on May 20, 2009. INQUIRER FILEPHOTO

Collectors and traders of newly acquired ivory pieces watch out.

Posted: September 28th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

NBI launches manhunt for ex-park official tagged in stealing elephant tusks

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center  INQUIRER PHOTO

The National Bureau of Investigation has launched a manhunt for a former superintendent of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center suspected of stealing close to 200 elephant tusks that the Bureau of Customs seized in 2009 and turned over to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB).

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ivory smuggling hard to stop, says Biazon

Ruffy Biazon, Customs, Fake Chinese Beer

Elephant tusks can be smuggled into the country by boat through Mindanao, that’s why it’s better for authorities to go straight to the buyers to catch the illegal traders, Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon said Wednesday.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Archbishop Palma: NatGeo article biased

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IVORY CHILD One of the prized pieces in the Belen collection of Msgr. Cris Garcia at the Collegium Societatis Angeli Pacis Immaculate Heart of Mary Refuge in Cansojong, Talisay City. Photo taken on Dec. 20, 2008. LITO TECSON/CEBU DAILY NEWS

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has ordered an inventory of all ivory pieces owned by Msgr. Cristobal Garcia, whom National Geographic linked to the illegal ivory trade, to determine if these were acquired before 1981, the year the Philippines became a signatory to an international ban on ivory trade.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »