Intelligence gleaned by the NWCU during previous cases, indicated that some traders were advertising ivory as either ‘ox-bone’ or ‘cow-bone’ in an attempt to bypass Ebay’s filters.
There are different kinds of date markings, depending on the product.
The most common terms are "best-before" dates, "packaged on" dates, and expiration dates.
Almost all the world’s illegal ivory comes from elephants that have been recently killed, researchers say.
The new study shows that seized ivory isn’t coming from old stockpiles, but from African elephants that have been poached less than three years before the tusks were seized.
A pile of burning rubber spewed gray-black smoke into the sky from behind a wall of old metal containers.