Illegal ivory trade on rise, conservation group warns

TOKYO: The global illicit trade in ivory, which has been increasing since 2004, moved sharply upward in 2009, Britain-based wildlife trade

monitoring network TRAFFIC warns in a report released recently ahead of an international conservation meeting in March.

To get ivory, the animals must be killed.

Even though adult elephants with big tusks are the target of poachers for their ivory, sometimes it is the babies that are caught in snares.

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