Tagged: ivory smuggling

The Bangle Distraction - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 20, 2015

One of the recent reports on the illegal trade in ivory has implicated Hong Kong as a smuggling node into China.  The claim is that Hong Kong is failing to impact the illegal trade, and this is contributing to the demise of elephant populations in Africa. The level of retail trade is indicated by the number of items available … Read More

Singapore makes second largest seizure of illegal raw ivory - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Mar 09, 2015

Singapore customs has reported a seizure of 1099 tusks and pieces of raw ivory.  This is the second largest seizure they have made since 2002, when six tonnes was intercepted (a reminder that poaching is not technically a recent problem) .  The ivory is reported to have been packed into 65 gunny sacks.  They are being discrete on the … Read More

To Dunedin! On an ivory quest! - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 22, 2014

Well, not exactly.   But on Friday, I will be at Otago University and giving a seminar on ivory black markets.  One topic I’m going to highlight is whether the legal factories in China (all 37 of them) are a significant source of illegal carvings. The production problem is usually glibly ignored or assumed away.  But essentially, if you do … Read More

Ivory- it’s a business - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 02, 2014

The first of the papers I’ve written on the illegal trade in ivory has appeared.  It’s in the journal Ecological Economics. This is some research informed by work in China but also from data outside there.  It’s about some of the macro-drivers of poaching and partly explains why poaching did surge after 2009. One of these drivers is shipping … Read More

No, elephants are not going to become extinct in the next 10-12 years - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 16, 2014

It has becoming remarkably common to see the claim that elephants will become extinct because of poaching in the next 10-12 years.  Our august NZ Herald reports this with: Crush NZ’s seized ivory, petition asks: Campaigners say illegal trade could see African elephant extinct in a decade. I’ve seen the message on social media like twitter also. So, lets … Read More

The deadly ivory trade - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle May 30, 2014

While I guess my lack of blogging of late, has been noticeable, I’ve been able to push ahead with a lot more research write-ups. And this has largely all been about the illegal ivory, especially the Chinese end. The big conservation problem is that elephant numbers in the late 200os started to shrink as poaching became unsustainable.  If we look … Read More

The Raw and the Carved: Tusk throughput in an Ivory Industry - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle May 02, 2014

One of the important areas to understand in the illegal ivory business, is just how long it takes to turn raw-ivory into carvings.  The crucial point alluded to before is that the rise in smuggling is generated by raw-ivory seizures.  Critics of the 2008 CITES decision to allow China and Japan to import raw-ivory argue this is being manifested in … Read More

Ivory News: Some Snippets - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 12, 2014

Some snippets of news on the illegal trade in ivory from around the world. The USA has been contemplating a ban (or moratorium) on the domestic sale of ivory items.  This would mean even antiques and other pre-ban items could no longer be sold.  This now looks almost certain.  I’d expect an announcement soon. From the South China Morning … Read More

The Missing Ivory Puzzle - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 04, 2014

Poaching levels of African elephants have surged to an appalling level.  Since 2007 the illegal traffic in ivory has more than doubled [1].  By 2011 the numbers of elephants killed annually was estimated to be 25,000 animals [1]. The increase in poaching is reflected in the seizure rates of raw ivory.  This seizure metric is supported by evidence from shrinking … Read More