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JUL 30, 2014 - Huffington Post

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African Elephants May Be Extinct By 2020 Because People Keep Eating With Ivory Chopsticks

Chopsticks, hair pins, pendants, trinkets: These are why African elephants are dying in droves. In 2013, more than 35,000 elephants across Africa were killed for their ivory, which is often carved and sold as ornaments, jewelry and other gift items. China is a major importer of ivory, where it’s highly prized as a luxury good. Ivory sellers also do a roaring trade in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and other parts of Asia; and troublingly, demand seems to be rising. “Ivory is beautiful,” long-time ranger and conservationist Rory Young admits. “The problem is, we just can’t ... Read More

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