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  • One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers

    03/24/2017 4:16:35 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 7, 2017 | Sarah Gibbens
    One of Kenya's last great tusker elephants was reportedly shot and killed by poachers. During a routine flyover on January 4 by the conservation group Tsavo Trust in southern Kenya, the body of a famous, roughly 50-year-old African elephant known as Satao II was discovered, though news of his death was only announced Monday. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, conservationists believe he was killed by a poisoned arrow while feeding in the eastern region of the park. The area is known as a "poaching hot spot." African elephants are traditionally referred to as "tuskers" when their...
  • Ex-Mountie Accused of Smuggling Narwhal Tusks Pleads Guilty

    10/06/2016 10:27:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 28, 2016
    A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks across the border pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 10 money-laundering counts. Gregory Logan, 59, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled 250 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle, prosecutors said. Narwhals are medium-sized whales known for spiral tusks that can grow longer than 8 feet. They are protected by the U.S. and Canada.
  • Full text of "Unusual uses of Ivory soap"

    08/23/2016 5:21:22 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 62 replies
    Archive.org ^ | Multiple | Multiple
    Ivory Soap It Floats Cornell University Library The original of this book is in the Cornell University Library. There are no known copyright restrictions in the United States on the use of the text. http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924089502037 ^^OME time ago we conducted a prize contest to k-' which users of Ivory Soap contributed about 50,000 recipes. These recipes tell bow to use Ivory Soap, either by itself or with other materials, for things rarely attempted with soap. From these recipes we have selected more than one hundred which are exceptionally helpful and, in many cases, most unusual. We have tested each one...
  • When You Ban the Sale of Ivory, You Ban Elephants

    04/30/2016 11:18:12 AM PDT · by OddLane · 30 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | January 21, 2013 | Doug Bandow
    Elephant poaching is rampant throughout Africa. Unfortunately, Western nations have exacerbated the problem by banning the sale of ivory. Elephants are dying as a result. The West should reopen the ivory trade. Artists and artisans have used ivory for thousands of years. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to get tusks off a live elephant. So in 1989 the international sale of new ivory products was prohibited. Concluded analyst Peter Fitzmaurice, “with most nations adhering closely to the ban, the legal ivory trade has been decimated and value of this natural resource for range countries has been vastly diminished.” Nevertheless, the...
  • Hawaii lawmakers look to ban ivory

    03/27/2016 9:09:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2016 5:09 PM EDT | Marina Starleaf Riker
    Cheryl Konrad has spent the last 35 years educating visitors to her Lahaina, Hawaii, store about the centuries-old history of scrimshaw. Konrad fills the shelves in Lahaina Scrimshaw with the etchings of local artists on fossilized walrus and mammoth ivory. But if a bill to ban the sale of ivory becomes law this year, she worries that she will be forced to close her store. “I feel like I’ve been a part of history. It’s just so hard to fathom that it could be criminal eventually,” Konrad said. Similar legislation in previous years has failed largely because of pushback from...
  • Kenya Torching $270M Worth Of Ivory: Elton John, George Soros To Attend Anti-Poaching Fire

    01/30/2016 6:35:44 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 32 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | 01/29/2016 | Michael Kaplan
    Hollywood celebrities, global activists and heads of state are set to gather for an anti-poaching summit in Kenya later this year, Kenyan officials announced this week. More than 120 tons of ivory are to be torched during the April event in a display intended to express the East African country’s opposition to the illegal ivory trade, a spokesman for the president told local reporters. Among those expected to attend are actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman, musician Elton John, financier George Soros, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Chinese former basketball player Yao Ming, Agence France-Presse reported. Several...
  • 2200 year old walrus bones suggest the most famous medieval chess set might be Icelandic in origin

    09/30/2015 1:06:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Icelandmag ^ | September 28, 2015 | staff
    Carbon dating of walrus bones found in Snæfellsnes peninsula indicates that the bones are at least 2000 years old. A large number of walrus skulls and walrus tusks have been found around Garðafjara beach on the south coast Snæfellsnes. The first skull was discovered 1884. All in all the bones of 50 walruses have been found, most in the past 50 years. Biologists argue this indicates Snæfellsnes was the home of a sizable walrus colony prior to the settlement of Iceland. Large pre-settlement colonies of walruses in Iceland A previous theory, explaining the concentration of bone discoveries, speculated they came...
  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide • Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Chinese President’s Delegation Tied to Illegal Ivory Purchases During Africa Visit

    11/06/2014 10:50:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | November 5, 2014 | Dan Levin
    Chinese President’s Delegation Tied to Illegal Ivory Purchases During Africa Visit By Dan Levin November 5, 2014 7:02 pm BEIJING — When President Xi Jinping of China and his entourage of government officials and business leaders arrived in Tanzania in March 2013, it was to officially promote economic ties between the two countries. But according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency, a nongovernmental organization based in London, members of the Chinese delegation used Mr. Xi’s visit as an opportunity to procure so much illegal ivory that local prices doubled to about $318 a pound. Two weeks before Mr....
  • Billy Joel Wants People to Stop Killing Elephants and Rhinos for Pianos

    06/19/2014 11:36:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    Time ^ | June 18, 2014 | Laura Stampler
    The Piano Man has had enough “Piano Man” Billy Joel has seen an ivory key or two in his day, but the musician has a message to piano aficionados: Stop killing elephants and rhinos to make instruments. In support of a New York bill that aims to ban illegal ivory trade, Joel posted this message on his website: To whom it may concern: I wholeheartedly support the ivory sales ban bill pending in New York State. I am a piano player. And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists.
  • Federal effort could outlaw old ivory

    06/07/2014 8:44:33 AM PDT · by Bratch · 69 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | May 29, 2014 | Terry Kovel/King Feature Syndicate
    An heirloom bronze elephant with ivory tusks, great-grandmother's piano with ivory keys, a vintage ivory chess set or an antique silver teapot with a small ivory inset in the handle to keep it cool may be "endangered" by proposed laws that could be in place sometime in June. Buying, selling or importing ivory from recently killed African elephants already is illegal and has been for about 25 years. But an executive order issued by President Barack Obama would extend the ban to include all antique ivory harvested from elephants that died before 1914. There would be a law forbidding sales,...
  • Obama Criminalizes Antique Dealers and Endangers Wild Elephants

    03/19/2014 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | March 19, 2014 | Dave Jolly
    From the mid-1800s on, hundreds of thousands of African elephants were slaughtered for their ivory. Their valuable ivory tusks, some weighing as much as 200 pounds each, were collected and the rest of the elephant was left to rot in the sun or for scavengers to feast on. The ivory was used for many things such as piano keys, to ladies combs to various ornate pieces of carved artwork. In some areas of Africa, elephants were hunted to extinction prompting many countries to pass laws on the import and sale of ivory from elephants. In 1975, the Convention on the...
  • The laws of Ivory: The Truth of Buying and Owning It

    02/16/2014 12:17:28 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 34 replies
    Ebay ^ | May 4, 2010 | scrimshander2
    The biggest misconception that we hear or read about is that "all ivory is ILLEGAL to own, buy or sell". If you believe this statement then I will be selling a beautiful bridge, located in New York, on EBAY next week... no reserve! In the next few paragraphs I have put together a simple summary of the INTERNATIONAL and U.S.FISH & WILDLIFE laws which regulate the commerce of ivory, which in turn is regulated by C.I.T.E.S. (Convention on the International Trade in endangered Species) and the 'Marine Mammal Protection Act'. C.I.T.E.S. is an organization that was formed in 1973 as...
  • Anti-hunting extremists are boneheads

    11/24/2013 2:54:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 21 November, 2013 | Jeff Knox
    On Thursday, Nov. 14, the U.S. government crushed nearly 11,000 pounds of raw and carved ivory that had been seized over the last 25 years from smugglers and illegal dealers. The value of the huge pile if ivory is inestimable, as the carved pieces are considered works of art, but it can be pretty safely assumed that this collection of ivory was worth well over $10 million, as small ivory figurines routinely sell for around $500 a piece, and prices have been escalating due to stricter regulation and enforcement of legal trade in ivory. Ivory is a tricky, and touchy,...
  • U.S. Crushes 6 Tons of Ivory to "Send Message" to Poachers

    11/17/2013 5:53:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Here's an interesting video of the US taking 6 tons of confiscated ivory to Africa to crush it. The purpose was to "send a message" to poachers. The entire worldwide elephant population is 500,000. They are vanishing at a rate of 50,000 per year, just for their ivory. A couple of people sent me this video, Reader Michael was first. Link if video does not play: U.S. crushes 6 tons of confiscated ivory to send message to poachers Africa's elephants are being slaughtered at a record pace by poachers who hope to get rich by selling their ivory tusks. The...
  • Environmental crime wave costs world billions (poaching now “environmental crime”?)

    11/06/2013 9:51:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2013 12:36 PM EST | Jason Straziuso
    The illegal cutting of timber and the poaching of elephants and rhinos are part of a “rapidly escalating environmental crime wave” that international governments must combat by increasing cooperation, police and environmental officials said Wednesday. Interpol and the United Nations Environmental Program are working together to stop environmental crimes that cost tens of billions of dollars a year, said Achim Steiner, the U.N. Environmental Program's Executive Director. … The demand for elephant ivory by China’s rising middle class is fueling the deaths of thousands of elephants across Africa, say wildlife experts. An estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in Africa...
  • World’s Earliest Figurative Sculpture - Ice Age Lion Man (40,000 Year-Old Mammoth Ivory Statue)

    02/08/2013 8:19:54 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Art Newspaper ^ | Saturday 9 Feb 2013 | The Art Newspaper
    Ice Age Lion Man is world’s earliest figurative sculpture • Work carved from mammoth ivory has been redated and 1,000 new fragments discovered—but it won’t make it to British Museum show The star exhibit initially promised for the British Museum’s “Ice Age Art” show will not be coming—but for a good reason. New pieces of Ulm’s Lion Man sculpture have been discovered and it has been found to be much older than originally thought, at around 40,000 years. This makes it the world’s earliest figurative sculpture. At the London exhibition, which opens on 7 February, a replica from the Ulm...
  • Oldest ivory workshop in the world discovered in Saxony-Anhalt

    10/06/2012 5:58:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | September 2012 | from MARCMEHB
    In an international co-operation project, archaeologists from the Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for the Evolution of Hominin Behaviour, part of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, (RGZM) and the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and Archäologie in Saxony-Anhalt are excavating the 35,000 year old site of Breitenbach, close to Zeitz in Saxony-Anhalt... During this year's campaign, site directors Dr. Olaf Jöris and Tim Matthies and their team found the oldest evidence for clearly distinct working areas which are interpreted as standardized workshops for working mammoth ivory. It was possible to identify a zone where pieces of ivory were split into lamella, as well...
  • Filipino priest profiled in 'National Geographic' ivory trade exposé drops from public view

    09/25/2012 11:31:12 AM PDT · by DFG · 5 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 09/25/12 | Brooks Egerton
    An internationally prominent Catholic priest has dropped out of sight in the Philippines, years after admitting to me that he had sex with altar boys in the U.S. and supplied them with drugs. Monsignor Cristobal Garcia’s sudden low profile coincides with a new National Geographic article on the ivory trade. It calls Garcia “one of the best known ivory collectors in the Philippines” and quotes him as giving advice on how to smuggle ivory into the U.S., in defiance of a 1989 global trade ban. The magazine refers to my 2005 investigative piece on the priest, who had fled the...
  • What To Do Against Belgium

    02/13/2003 1:22:24 PM PST · by anotherview · 32 replies · 563+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 13 February 2003
    What To Do Against Belgium MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union) recommends that Israel try Belgian leaders for their participation in war crimes committed by Belgium during its conquest of the Congo up til 1960. "This will enable the world to see the Belgians' chutzpah and hypocrisy," Hendel said. It is estimated that between 1880 and 1920, ten million Africans in the Belgian Congo were the victims of murder, starvation, exhaustion induced by over-work, and disease. Well-documented claims allege that women were systematically raped and that the local populace endured kidnapping, looting and village burnings. An article in the London-based Guardian...