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Prince William is calling for the destruction of all ivory in the royal collection at Buckingham Palace, the Guardian reports. This comes days after he attended the largest conference ever held on the subject of illegal wildlife trade. Credit: Associated Press Primatologist Jane Goodall told The Independent that when she spoke to Prince William and he said that he would "like to see all the ivory owned by Buckingham Palace destroyed." The royal collection at Buckingham Palace contains about 1,200 pieces dating back hundreds of years. It includes furniture such as an ivory throne that belonged to Queen Victoria. Some art enthusiasts oppose the destruction of these artifacts, but...

PARIS - France fired the latest volley Thursday in the world's uphill battle against African elephant poaching, crushing three tonnes of illegal ivory in a ceremony at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The contraband, with an estimated street value of one million euros ($1.4 million), was fed into a giant crushing machine and ground into tiny fragments to be carted off and incinerated. It was the first major crushing ceremony of ivory in Europe since a global ivory ban was imposed in 1989. "With this destruction today... France is sending an unequivocal message to poachers, traffickers and consumers of illicit wildlife products," said French Environment Minister Philippe Martin who attended...

Tortoise shells are a hot commodity on the black market, selling for tens of thousands of dollars. Now, conservationists are taking a risky step to save endangered tortoises, purposely defacing the shells with carvings and engravings in an effort to save tortoises from poachers, ABC News reports. Credit: Getty Creative "Endangered tortoises and turtles are facing a real threat, and we're hoping that this will be an effective tool to keep them safe," said Eric Goode, the founder and president of the Turtle Conservancy. Laser inscribing, tattoos and engravings are all being used as marks on the tortoises. Having been hunted to near extinction, they remain a target for poachers and...

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Three Chinese nationals have been charged in Tanzania for possessing 706 tusks from poached elephants, court officials said Saturday. Credit: Thinkstock Police and wildlife officers have cracked down on suspected poachers amid a surge of killings of elephant and rhino in the east African nation, operating under what was reported to be a shoot-to-kill policy and making sweeping arrests. The three accused -- Huang Gin, Xu Fujie and Chen Jinzhan -- were arrested a week ago in the port city of Dar es Salaam. They had hidden the tusks, weighing 1.8 tonnes and worth an estimated $3.1 million, in containers. READ MORE: SHOOT-TO-KILL POLICY TARGETS POACHERS IN...

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Tanzania will continue a controversial anti-poaching operation, President Jakaya Kikwete said Thursday, overturning a suspension following reports of rampant human rights abuses including torture and killing of suspects. Police and wildlife officers have cracked down on suspected poachers amid a surge of killings of elephant and rhino in the east African nation, operating under what was reported to be a shoot-to-kill policy and making sweeping arrests. "We are going to rectify such mistakes and take to task culprits, and later continue with the mission to fight poachers and protect elephants from imminent extinction," Kikwete told parliament. The campaign,...

PRETORIA – Poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued Sunday, World Rhino Day. South Africa is home to the world's biggest rhinoceros population but killings have surged in recent years to feed black market demand in Asia for their horns, from just 13 reported incidents in 2007. South Africa's renowned Kruger park, which borders Mozambique, suffered the largest number of killings, with 425 rhinos killed since...