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China crushes six tons of ivory in symbolic gesture to help end illegal trade

China crushed a pile of ivory reportedly weighing over six tons on Monday, in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as a global hub for the illegal trade in African elephant tusks. Clouds of dust emerged as masked workers fed tusks into crushing machines in what was described…

Vietnam seizes massive shipment of illegal ivory

Vietnam has seized two tonnes of illegal elephant tusks found stashed in bags of shells being shipped to China, state media reported Wednesday. Customs officials found the tusks in a shipping container that had been transported to the northern port city of Hai Phong from Malaysia, according to the state-run…

Hong Kong seizes 1,000 baby elephant tusks shipped from Togo to China

More than 1,000 ivory tusks, mainly from baby elephants, were seized by Hong Kong customs in their biggest haul in three years, officials said on Friday. The tusks, which weigh over two tonnes and are worth more than US$2 million, were discovered at the city’s main port in a cargo…

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,…

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