Ivory trade

Kenyan wanted by US for ivory trade arrested

A Kenyan who is wanted by the US for illegal trade of rhino horn and elephant ivory has been arrested in Mombasa.

Mansur Surur, also known as Mansour, was arrested after landing in Kenya from Yemen. He was among stranded Kenyans repatriated from Yemen.

Kenya's Directorate of Criminal Investigations confirmed the arrest in a tweet:

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Mr Surur was charged in absentia in 2019 with smuggling $7m (£5m) worth of rhino horn and elephant ivory. One of his co-accused was arraigned in a New York court.

Daily Nation newspaper posted a video of Mr Surur's arrival:

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Six elephants killed in poaching 'massacre' in Ethiopia

Ashagre Hailu

BBC News Amharic, Editor

Elephant
Mago National Park

Poachers have killed at least six elephants in just one day at Mago National Park in southern Ethiopia.

The park’s warden described the incident as a "massacre".

The poachers used more than 30 bullets on just one elephant, Ganabu Balmy told the BBC.

All of the elephants were from the same group who were drinking at the Omo river when they were attacked.

They were found with their tusks missing.

Poaching is not normally seen at this scale in the area, according to Henock Seyoum, a travel journalist familiar with the park.

In the whole of last year authorities documented just 10 deaths, the Press Association news agency quotes the director for trafficking and control at the Wildlife Conservation Authority Daniel Pawlos as saying.

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Mago National ParK

Singapore to ban the domestic sale of ivory

Officials look on at the confiscated illegal ivory waiting to be destroyed with a rock-crusher machinery - 2013
AFP
Singapore has crushed confiscated illegally imported ivory in the past

Singapore says it will ban the domestic sale of elephant ivory from September 2021.

The announcement by the country's National Parks Board was made to coincide with World Elephant Day.

"The ban will mean that the sale of elephant ivory and ivory products, and public display of elephant ivory and ivory products for the purpose of sale will be prohibited," the Reuters news agency quotes the statement as saying.

Those who violate the new law could be jailed for up to a year and also be fined, the AFP news agency says.

There is a big demand for elephant ivory in Asia, where it is used to make ornaments and in traditional medicine.

Singapore is already a signatory of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), which bans the international trade in ivory.

It has been legal to sell ivory locally if traders prove it was imported before 1990, but environmentalists say poached ivory can be easily disguised as legitimate, Reuters reports.

Last month, Singapore seized 8.8 tonnes (8,800kg) of elephant ivory valued at $12.9m (£10.4m). It is estimated to have come from nearly 300 elephants from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to Reuters, environmentalists say about 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers.

Woolly mammoth

Kenneth Macdonald & Marc Ellison

BBC Scotland

Researchers at Edinburgh Zoo have found woolly mammoth DNA inside ivory trinkets from the illegal trade.

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