Last Days of Ivory

By ASPIREist | Found On…: Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s animated film about how the ivory trade funds terrorism. CALL TO ACTION: Go to lastdaysofivory.com to take action.

Episode 2, Segment 3: Last Days Of Ivory

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Tracking the Illegal Tusk Trade

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The African Elephant's 'Last Days'

The African elephant is a magnificent creature, but its time on earth is rapidly coming to an end. The African elephant population has decreased by more than 60 percent over the past decade. Just in the past three years, ivory-seeking poachers have killed more than 100,000 elephants. If the …

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How Killing Elephants Finances Terror in Africa

Armed groups help fund operations by smuggling elephant ivory. Can fake tusks with hidden GPS trackers thwart them?<p>By <b>Bryan Christy</b><br>Photographs by <b>Brent Stirton</b><br>Published August 12, 2015<p>When the American Museum of Natural History wanted to update the hall of North American mammals, taxidermist George …

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100 elephants killed EVERY DAY for illegal ivory trade

PAThe Ethiopian government burns seized ivory to discourage poaching<p>Prince William, President Barack Obama and China’s Xi Jinping are three of the …

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GPS Trackers In Fake Elephant Tusks Reveal Ivory Smuggling Route

Some 30,000 African elephants die each year as a result of poaching, and many of their ivory tusks wind up hundreds or thousands of miles away. Investigative journalist Bryan Christy wanted to track the route of the poached tusks, so he commissioned a taxidermist to create two fake ivory tusks, …

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Premiere: Watch Kathryn Bigelow's Short Film About Elephant Poaching, Last Days

Director Kathryn Bigelow has won countless awards for her films about the War on Terror — but in her new short film <i>Last Days</i>, premiering today on …

Kathryn Bigelow Decries ‘Last Days’ of the African Elephant

“When you buy something made of ivory, where does the money go?” asks an onscreen question at the start of Kathryn Bigelow’s “Last Days,” a …

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A brief history of the ivory trade

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Illegal ivory trade driven by China demand

Conservationists say China's love of ivory - considered a symbol of status and wealth - is helping fuel an illicit global trade worth billions of dollars.<p>Poachers are killing an estimated 30,000 wild elephants a year, with most of the tusks being shipped from Africa through a complex web of traders …

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Obama Announces Major Restrictions on Ivory Trade

President Obama announced sweeping new measures to stem the ivory trade on Saturday, including a ban on the interstate sale of most ivory in the U.S. …

Elephants Win as Hong Kong’s Leader Says It Will Ban Ivory Trade

Shutting down the world’s largest legal ivory market would be a conservation milestone.<p>Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying, announced plans to ban the domestic ivory trade during his 2016 Policy Address. The annual speech lays out the year’s policy agenda.<p>In the middle of the two-hour …

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Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

The illegal trade in ivory from African elephants has tripled in the past 15 years, to the extent that biologists fear for the creatures' future existence.<p>Most of the ivory is sold in China and Vietnam, and these days the U.S. government and international conservation groups urge those countries to …

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Hong Kong Open to Closing Ivory Trade Markets

In a major policy shift, Hong Kong--the world's largest retail market for elephant ivory--says it may now consider banning its ivory trade.<p><i>Retail ivory shop in Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of Alex Hofford.</i><p>"The Government is open-minded on the ban on domestic trade" was how a spokesperson for Hong …

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End Ivory-Funded Terrorism

This is terrorism you can actually do something about.<p>Either we come together now to make these the last days of ivory-funded terrorism or we witness …

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Terrorists slaughter African elephants, use ivory to finance operations

A growing number of terrorist groups in Africa are turning to the illegal trade of elephant tusks to finance their operations, cashing in on a …

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Poaching a surprising source of terror funds (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Congressman Ted Poe, R-Texas, is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation and Trade, and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The views expressed are his own</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- Half a million dollars. That's how much it cost Osama bin Laden and his band of …

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Case proven: ivory trafficking funds terrorism

A sensational and shocking film provides the first direct evidence linking ivory trafficking to terrorism<p><i>Warlords of Ivory</i> shows the results of a year-long investigation by National Geographic reporter Bryan Christy. It documents atrocities committed against people and wildlife, on an almost …

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