Japanese giant Internet retailer, Rakuten, on July 6, 2017, announced that it was banning the sale of ivory on its site with trading to be phased out over the next month.
The move, which came following mounting international criticism of the trade and sweeping public support for a policy change — whereby over 36,500 individuals sent letters to Rakuten’s president urging the closure of the platform’s ivory sales as part of an AWF demand reduction campaign.
Hong Kong Customs seized about 7.2 tons of ivory tusks from a container from Malaysia with an estimated street value of HK$72 million (US$9M). This is the biggest ivory bust in 30 years.
The African Wildlife Foundation will miss an exemplary leader and an incredible friend. Africa will miss an inspirational Democrat and a peacemaker. Former President of the Republic of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire's loss will also be felt in places most people will not immediately think of – in Africa’s wilds.
Following ‘April the Giraffe’ Sponsorship, Toy and Baby Products Retailer Teams Up with African Conservation Organization to Educate Schools in Tanzania, Uganda
New research by INTERPOL has found limited, but clear evidence of criminals using the Darknet to sell illicit wildlife products from critically endangered species such as rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger parts and products. According to INTERPOL, some wildlife traders are trying to use the Darknet as a medium for conducting their business.