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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Wildlife Conservation News: Laos is 'world's fastest growing' ivory market

Laos is worlds fastest growing ivory market

The fastest growing ivory market in the world is now Laos, according to an investigation by Kenya-based group Save the Elephants.

China is banning all ivory trade by the end of 2017, but business is booming in neighbouring countries.

Investigators visited a Chinese casino resort on the Mekong River.

They described a hub of gambling and prostitution, where ivory sales are booming among Chinese visitors who make up more than 80% of sales.

The researchers found dozens of shops selling thousands of items - carved tusks, ivory bangles, pendants and bracelets - openly for sale.


Full story at http://bbc.in/2fWB8YM


Source: BBC News


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