Thousands of elephants killed for ivory in 2013

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More than 20,000 African elephants were killed for their ivory in 2013, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species said.

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US crushes 6 tons of illegal ivory to send message to poachers, traffickers

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A massive stockpile of elephant ivory was crushed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday as part of an escalating push to stamp out illegal wildlife trafficking around the world.

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Poison suspected in deaths of 10 endangered pygmy elephants in Borneo

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Ten endangered pygmy elephants have been found dead in suspicious circumstances in Malaysia, according to reports.

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ASPCA to pay $9.3 million to Ringling Bros. circus over claims about elephants

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NEW YORK - A major animal welfare group has agreed to pay $9.3 million to the owners of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to settle a lawsuit brought in response to now-dismissed legal claims of mistreated elephants.

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Baby elephant orphaned in slaughter finds a foster mom

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A three-week-old elephant orphaned when his mother and two dozen other elephants were slaughtered in Chad last month appears to have been adopted by a foster mom, a nonprofit in the Central African country told NBC News.

Nicknamed Toto, the male was being cared for by village officials when he ran away and later reached a nearby herd, said SOS Elephants founder Stephanie Vergniault. 

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Activist group performs for the rights of elephants in Barcelona

An activist from the animal-rights group AnimaNaturalis takes part in a performance to mark the “International Day for the Rights of the Elephants” in front of Barcelona’s Zoo, on June 20, in Barcelona.