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|Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:24 pm Post subject: Chinese Diplomats use Planes for Ivory Battle of Elephants
|Watch 'Battle for the Elephants' originally premiered on PBS Feb. 27th/2013. It's the best I've ever seen. In the intro below they show a building full of Ivory in Tunisia worth an estimated 50 million. In China it would go for...? Let me put it to you this way since I'm no mathematician- A certain amount of Kilos are sold for 8 thousand in Africa but goes for 40 thousand in China.
I saw it on EZTV
Full video but not in S. Korea(?). A Chinese ivory seller says the elephants smile when they die because they know the ivory is for Buddha.
'National Geographic uncovers the criminal network behind ivory’s supply and demand'
March 3, 2013
'Thailand Plans to Put a Stop to Trading in Ivory'
Dec. 2012(BEST article)
'Ivory sales must stop or Africa's elephants could soon be extinct, says Jane Goodall'
The conservationist accuses China of fueling poaching, as tusks are smuggled out in diplomatic bags
"She accused China of being ultimately responsible, because most of the ivory is sent there to be made into ornaments. "The main market is China and the east. The ivory appears to be smuggled out in the Chinese diplomatic pouches or in unmarked planes, or it is smuggled over the border to DR Congo. Armed gangs and rangers are joining in the smuggling or are getting killed. I fear we are losing the battle in some countries. It's shocking," she said.
China's growing presence in Africa has been blamed for an unprecedented surge in poaching. The discovery last week by Malaysian customs of 1,500 tusks hidden in secret chambers in 10 containers supposedly carrying wooden floor tiles was the largest illegal ivory haul ever, roughly equivalent to all the illegal ivory seized last year."
The PBS/National Geographic recent video report(Feb./2013) reported that Selous is still where the worst Killings Fields are, though it has been since 2009.
Selous: The killing fields (Tanzania)
Don't forget the Rhino's