Demand for elephant ivory and other illegal products derived from endangered animals has grown in Asia in recent years, opening a fresh battleground in the struggle against illegal ivory.
Bans usually allow the sale of ivory that was legally acquired prior to 1976, including heirloom or antique pieces.
Nearly all of the analysed ivory had a lag time of around two to three years, suggesting the shipments did not come from stockpiles or from old sources but rather that large shipments of ivory are likely to be composed of recently poached pieces.
We get to know the enthusiastic wildlife conservationists working in Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and get to know their motivation for fighting poachers and the whole illegal network.We get to know the man behind Wildleaks - an organization that leak the information about that network and we go undercover with them to meetings with dealers in China.Like there will be no elephants on the planet in few decades to come and more and more wild life territories will be sacrificed, so we will only know about the diversity of life from the history books.What kind of psychological effect will that have on future generation we can only speculate.I think this is a symbol of our addiction to power.
We want to prove ourselves that we are the Gods and rulers of this planet and due to that addiction we are about to see some nasty results of that urge.Nicknamed the "Iron Lady", the 66-year-old had already been sentenced to 20 years in jail last year for "attacking state authority" for her role in violence that followed elections in 2010 which her husband Laurent Gbagbo lost.Despite ICC requests to hand her over to stand trial alongside her husband, President Alassane Ouattara in February declined to send "any more Ivorians" to the ICC, insisting his country's judicial system was capable of dispensing justice.More than 90% of ivory in large seized shipments came from elephants that died less than three years before, according to a new study led by the University of Utah and involving the University of Oxford.Combining radiocarbon ivory dating with genetic analysis provides a picture of when and where poachers are killing elephants – useful tools in the ongoing battle against illegal animal product trade. Lesley Chesson, study co-author and CEO of the isotope analysis company Iso Forensics, said: 'This work provides for the first time actionable intelligence on how long it's taking illegal ivory to reach the marketplace.It's a sign of expansion of human destructive relationship to our natural environment.