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Hong Kong Ivory Seizure Smashes Deadly Records for Elephants

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(Brussels, Belgium – 23 October 2012) The seizure of a record-smashing 3,81 tonnes of illegal ivory in Hong Kong on Saturday – the largest ever in China and the largest worldwide in two years - makes the past 24 months among the deadliest for elephants in recent time.

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The dreaded day has arrived – another whale hot spot under threat

Lu, 10/22/2012
A humpback whale swims in the foreground, and a half-sunken oil tanker sits in

A humpback whale swims in the foreground, and a half-sunken ship sits in the background.After nearly 18 months of worry, on Monday 15th October Bight Petroleum Pty Ltd (an Australian subsidiary of Canadian Bight Petroleum Corp), submitted their referral to begin oil and gas exploration off the coast of Kangaroo Island, SA.

Rescue of Ohio owner's last two tigers brings a brief sense of peace

Lu, 10/22/2012
Taz, one of the rescued tigers before loading on the transport to Indiana.

Taz, one of the rescued tigers before loading on the transport to Indiana.The sound of reassuring chuffs swirled in the evening air, mixing with buzz of mosquitos as the sun set in rural Indiana.

Hong Kong Ivory Seizure Smashes Deadly Records for Elephants

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Lu, 10/22/2012
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The seizure of a record-smashing 3,81 tonnes of illegal ivory in Hong Kong on Saturday – the largest ever in China and the largest worldwide in two years - makes the past 24 months among the deadliest for elephants in recent time.

Hong Kong officials announced yesterday they had intercepted almost four tonnes (8,400 lbs) of ivory in containers aboard ships from Tanzania and Kenya. The consignments were marked “plastic scrap” and “rose coco” beans (more familiarly known as borlotti beans).

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Cape Town, South Africa

Finding a home for brave Benny will be easy, letting go will be the hard part

Lu, 10/22/2012
Benny is teaching us all about facing adversity with a positive attitude.

Benny being examined prior to his surgery.Benny arrived on our Canadian Thanksgiving as expected and was at the vet’s office the next day for a diagnosis on his leg. 

His leg seemed to be fine from the shoulder down to the ankle but it was there that his foot buckled under. 

Miss France lends her voice to our CAIR and Amboseli animal welfare efforts

Lu, 10/22/2012
Miss France recently attended the IFAW CAIR event in France.

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