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Hong Kong begins destroying huge ivory haul

Hong Kong on Thursday began destroying nearly 30 tonnes of ivory seized from smugglers in the world's largest such operation, a major step in the fight against the illegal trade in elephant tusks.

May 15, 2014
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Poachers slay six elephants in Kenya

Poachers have slain six elephants including four calves in a private reserve in Kenya, wildlife officials said Saturday, as the country battles an upsurge in the illegal slaughter of elephants and rhinos.

Apr 26, 2014
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Kenya insists fight against poachers not lost

Kenya insisted Tuesday that it has not lost the battle against poaching, resisting calls from wildlife activists for the ongoing slaughter of elephants and rhinos to be declared a national disaster.

Mar 25, 2014
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Counting the cost of East Africa's poaching economy

Organised crime gangs in East Africa are generating staggering profits smuggling ivory and rhino horn with impunity, experts say, threatening both an irreplaceable wildlife heritage and key tourism industries.

Mar 23, 2014
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Kenya rhino-poaching doubled last year

Armed poachers slaughtered double the number of Kenyan rhinos in 2013 compared to the year before amid a surge in wildlife killings, government officials said Thursday.

Feb 27, 2014
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US bans commercial ivory trade

The United States banned the commercial trade of elephant ivory on Tuesday as part of a new drive to help African countries stem the rising threat to wildlife from poachers.

Feb 11, 2014
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Hong Kong to destroy almost 30 tonnes of ivory

Hong Kong said Thursday it would incinerate almost 30 tonnes of ivory seized from smugglers, in the world's largest such operation, following intense pressure from conservation groups.

Jan 23, 2014
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