An investigation of Hawai'i's online ivory trade.

Published online
03 Aug 2016
Published by
International Fund for Animal Welfare
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USA & California & Hawaii & New York


This article discusses the result of a 6-day online investigation involving the advertising and selling of Hawaiian-based on-line trade of elephant ivory and related wildlife products (walrus tusks, whale teeth and bone, mammoth ivory and hippopotamus teeth) which threatens to drive African elephants to extinction. Few of these retailers provide any evidence that their products are legally imported into the state. Hawaii constitutes as the largest remaining ivory market in the USA, with New York and California passing ivory bans in the last two years. Hawaii should do its part to protect African elephants by enacting a ban of its own and protect one of the world's most iconic species from extinction.

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