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The United States has done it. The Philippines and China too. Even Hong Kong has said it will destroy some of its contraband ivory. But ahead of a conservation conference in London next month where world leaders will descend to seek a solution to wildlife crime, the debate about the future of stockpiles is set to heat up.

Five unbelievable habits of elephants

From avenging their dead to mimicking human speech, elephants get up to all sorts of things you'd never expect

Kenyan game rangers with the carcass of an elephant killed by poachers

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It is a familiar cause, but it has never been more urgent. Last year, tens of thousands of Africa's elephants were killed to supply illegal ivory to markets throughout the world. Increasingly, revenue generated from this blood ivory is being used to fuel war and terrorism in Africa.

Elephant Appeal: Tourist cash can save the elephant

Just as money drives the poachers, so visitors’ dollars can give communities a sustainable reason to protect their valuable wildlife. Simon Calder looks at the possibilities for East Africa

Three life-lessons from our best-loved fictional elephants

These elephants' messages are often a bit more complicated than your five-year-old self might have realised at the time!

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Kenyan game rangers with the carcass of an elephant killed by poachers

10 things you need to know about elephant poaching

It is a familiar cause, but it has never been more urgent. Last year, tens of thousands of Africa's elephants were killed to supply illegal ivory to markets throughout the world. Increasingly, revenue generated from this blood ivory is being used to fuel war and terrorism in Africa.

Dove eating, ugly wife suing and a number 39 with rice. What a month for Chinese misrepresentations

These stories in Western media depict Chinese people in an unreasonably negative way

Without action against the renewed scourge of poaching, these giants of nature will vanish

Together we can not only do something to stop the slaughter of these animals, but also help those whose lives are being blighted by this unfolding crisis

Hung, poisoned and mutilated alive: our atrocious abuse of elephants

Elephants are among the most intelligent, gentle creatures on the planet. Yet they have suffered for centuries at the hand of man.

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Morrissey backs Russell Brand's no vote call in tirade against British establishment

The singer began his impassioned rant by condemning hunting in Britain

Melissa Bachman's dead lion photo: So much for education by Twitter

You don’t need to be a card-carrying Peta member to find the photograph grotesque

Bowled over: Raise a glass to the Ashes series with Terry Kirby's pick of Australian wines

The greatest contest in cricket – the Ashes series between England and Australia – starts this week; the perfect excuse to try some exceptional Aussie wines from vineyards near the Test venues…

Melissa Bachman poses with a dead male lion in South Africa

Melissa Bachman blasted over smiling photo with lion she 'stalked and killed'

Ms Bachman said she killed the lion on a hunt in South Africa, where a petition has now been started to have her barred from the country

The Big Six: Nordic retreats

Northern Lights, rustic rooms, viewing bubbles, canvas walls, saunas and luxury domes

'Scout' relaxing at her home......Dogs were domesticated as long as 30,000 ago and came from packs of wolves befriended by hunter gatherers in Europe

Your dog is 10,000 years older than scientists thought

They now reckon domestication from European wolves must have occurred about 20,000 or 30,000 years ago

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