Tagged: ivory trade

No, the Ivory Trade in Australia and NZ is not “thriving” - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 02, 2016

One can always tell when the parties to the CITES convention are meeting, or just about to meet.  Numerous NGOs start promoting their views and solutions to the problem to the media. It came as no great surprise to read this in today’s Stuff webpage “A first-ever comprehensive investigation into the sale of ivory and rhino horn in Australian … Read More

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

Where is the poached ivory going? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 03, 2014

One of the enduring questions we have with respect to the black-market in ivory, is where the raw ivory is going.  The somewhat glib answer is that it is being churned into carvings to be sold to East Asian (i.e. mostly Chinese) buyers.  This is regarded as glib as to date, evidence of this eruption in carvings for sale has … 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

Excellent elephant conservation blog by Daniel Stiles - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 16, 2014

Long-time elephant conservationist Daniel Stiles has an excellent blog at National Geographic on elephant conservation and the ivory trade.  I think everybody who is concerned with conservation policy and elephants should read it. On the 80’s poaching crisis- Tragically, the rising calls for an ivory trade ban increased poaching because East Asian dealers and factories decided to stockpile … Read More

The next project: Tracking tusk throughput - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 07, 2014

While I think the evidence points to the volumes of poached ivory being sent to Asia is being stockpiled, others are convinced otherwise.  There is a theory that this poached ivory is being made into carvings to be sold to unscrupulous consumers.  One potential pathway for this is the legal factories.  The legal factories (36 of these) could be using … Read More

Inside a Chinese Ivory Carving Factory - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 04, 2014

As part of the ongoing investigations of the ivory markets in China we have been visiting carving factories.  We’re slowly getting through them.  Of late we have also been interviewing every carver about their output, experience and when they started their employment.  To date, that is about forty carvers we’ve interviewed.  This gathers valuable information about the throughput of ivory … Read More

Ivory Connections: Poaching and civil wars - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Aug 08, 2014

As has been widely noted, elephant poaching in Africa has risen to very high levels- and once again is, threatening many populations of elephants.  The debate over the causes has not been entirely settled.  Some have advocated that this increase is a result of surging demand in East Asia (chiefly China).  As an explanation it doesn’t match a lot of … Read More

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