Sara Alfino and Dr. David Roberts from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology within the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent examined 19 different code words and phrases that have been identified as representing ivory products on sale across four of eBay's European websites: the UK, Italy, France and Spain.
They found that despite eBay's ban on ivory sales there were 183 ivory items on sale by 113 sellers during their research window between 18 January and 5 February 2017.
Last month when Maun East MP Kostantinos Markus tabled a motion requesting government to consider lifting the ban on the hunting and shooting of elephants in the areas that are not designated as game reserves and national parks, he put the number of elephants to be “approximately 237,000”.
Markus credited his estimates to Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) surveys.
Samuel Wasser has noticed that the tusks are getting smaller.
Since 2005, he has been helping customs officials analyze the vast quantities of illegally smuggled elephant ivory that circulate around the world. Such shipments are on the rise, and more than 40 tons are seized every year. At the same time, the average size of the confiscated tusks has fallen; having killed off many of the largest elephants, poachers are now turning their attention to younger individuals.