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2011 a ‘horrible year for elephants’

The past 12 months have seen a record number of large ivory seizures across the world, a leading wildlife watchdog said Thursday, saying it had been a “horrible year for elephants”. TRAFFIC, which runs the ETIS database of illegal ivory trades, said there had been at least 13 large-scale seizures…

Malaysia seizes nearly 700 elephant tusks

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian authorities have seized nearly 700 elephant tusks bound for China, an official said, the latest in a series of hauls indicating Malaysia had become a key ivory transit hub. Inspectors discovered the 695 African elephant tusks, worth three million ringgit ($1 million), on Friday in Klang,…