THE PRICE OF IVORY: From Elephants’ Mouths, an Illicit Trail to China

From The New York Times  By Dan Levin   Published: March 1, 2013 


China’s hunger for ivory carvings is growing despite evidence that many tusks are taken illegally


PUZHAI, China — Chinese investors have anointed it “white gold.” Carvers and collectors prefer the term “organic gemstone.” Smugglers, however, use a gruesomely straightforward name for the recently harvested African elephant tusks that find their way to this remote trading outpost on the Vietnamese border.


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