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Sri Lanka navy rescues two elephants washed out to sea

Two young elephants washed out to sea were saved from drowning Sunday by the Sri Lankan navy in the second such incident off the island in as many weeks. wo young elephants washed out to sea were saved from drowning Sunday by the Sri Lankan navy in the second such incident off the …

Thai police say they made progress in ivory trade crackdown

Deputy Police Commissioner Gen. Chalermkiat Sriworakhan talks to reporters at Royal Thai Police Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 7, 2017. BANGKOK (AP) — Efforts by Thailand’s government to curb sales of ivory have been successful following criticism of widespread trafficking in the country, police and conservationists said. Police announced …

Group finds Asia’s performing elephants are treated harshly

BANGKOK (AP) — An animal protection group wants tourists to know — that elephant you are thinking about riding during your vacation in Thailand is probably a miserable victim of abuse. London-based World Animal Protection looked at almost 3,000 elephants working at entertainment venues in six Asian nations and found …

Hong Kong ivory trade faces uncertain future as bans loom

HONG KONG (AP) — Wong Lai-ngan hunches over a battered workbench, his electric rotary tool whining as he carves two phoenixes facing each other into a smooth white tusk. Decades ago, Wong’s canvas would have been elephant ivory. But since a 1990 ban on international trading, Hong Kong’s dwindling tribe …

Uganda seizes ton of ivory, arrests 2 West African suspects

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities seized a ton of illegal ivory and arrested three West Africans they believe were plotting to ship it abroad, an official said Saturday. The seizure happened late Friday at an “opulent, expansive house” in a suburb of the capital, Kampala, where law enforcement officials …

Seeking cash, Zimbabwe sells 35 elephants to China

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said Thursday it has sold 35 elephants to China to ease overpopulation and raise funds for conservation, amid criticism from animal welfare activists that such sales are unethical. This once-prosperous country’s economy has fallen apart, and Zimbabwe’s government has said it needs to …