>> Huge stockpiles of ivory have gone up in smoke across Africa in recent years, in a bit to protect animals from poachers. It's all part of a global crackdown on the illegal ivory trade, but environmental group Avars say dealers are breezing past EU laws with trade flourishing between member states.
Trading antique ivory, meaning it was obtained before 1947 is still legal in the EU. Avaaz say this position is allowing traders to cover up the illegal market. It sent more than 100 samples from 10 EU countries for carbon testing. As much as 75% of them turned out to be modern ivory disguised as antiques.
Campaigners say that is fueling the market and incentivizing the killing of elephants and rhinos. The European Parliament admitted last month that illegally poached ivory often makes its way into the legal market. It called for a blanket ban on ivory trading within the block. Such policies already in effect are planned in China, the United States, and the UK.