24 Mar '12, 12pm

Banning ivory sales to China could save elephants Time to strip CITES status?

New reports from inside Cameroon confirm grisly mass killing of elephants (warning: graphic photos) (03/14/2012) The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has recently returned from Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon, where at least 400 elephants have been slaughtered since mid-January. IFAW is the only international organization that has assessed the situation within the park. Sumatran elephant population plunges; WWF calls for moratorium on deforestation (01/24/2012) The Sumatran elephant subspecies (Elephas maximus sumatranus ) was downgraded to critically endangered on IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species on Tuesday, prompting environmental group WWF to call for an immediate moratorium on destruction of its rainforest habitat, which is being rapidly lost to oil palm estates, timber plantations for pulp and paper production, and agricultural use. El...

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