The Brian Lehrer Show

African Elephants Could Be Extinct In 100 Years

Thursday, August 28, 2014

100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012. If nothing changes, these elephants could be extinct in 100 years.

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U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Priceless Bagpipes

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review its rules about ivory imports after two New Hampshire teenagers' bagpipes were seized at the Canadian border.

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GOP Lawmakers Try to Ease New Curbs on Ivory Sales

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments and others.

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JFK Airport Customs Officials Seize Budapest Orchestra's Violin Bows

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Budapest Festival Orchestra says that U.S. Customs officials at JFK Airport seized seven bows from the orchestra's string section on Saturday. Here's why.

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Conducting Business

Ivory Ban Good for Elephants, a Headache for Musicians

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Federal rules aimed at protecting Africa's endangered elephants are sending shock waves through parts of the music world. Hear why in this podcast.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside the World of Elephant Poaching

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This week the Obama Administration announced new restrictions on animal trafficking, including regulations which seek to completely prohibit the sale African ivory in the United States. Damon Tabor went deep inside the shadowy world of elephant poaching and the international ivory trade. His investigation is called "The Ivory Highway." It appears in the March issue of Men’s Journal Magazine.

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New York at Center of Very Profitable, Very Illegal Ivory Trade

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The penalty for selling illegal ivory in New York is about as punitive as the penalty for being drunk in public — a fine up to $250, or a maximum of 15 days in prison. But the trade is lucrative: a 2012 ivory seizure in New York City was worth $2 million.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Elephant Poaching and the Illegal Ivory Trade

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The elephant population in Africa has been decimated in recent decades due to poaching to supply the illegal ivory trade. In 1989, a worldwide ban on ivory trade brought a dramatic drop in poaching, and black market prices of ivory slumped. But there have been sustained attempts to weaken the ban, and today, elephant poaching is on the rise. John Heminway, Chairman of WildlifeDirect and director/producer/writer of the National Geographic special “Battle for the Elephants,” and Paula Kahumbu, a wildlife conservationist, CEO of WildlifeDirect, and executive director of the Kenya Land Conservation Trust, talk about the demand for ivory and efforts to protect elephants and close down international ivory markets.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Stand-off in Cairo, hanging on in Ivory Coast, and ECB confusion

Thursday, February 10, 2011