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Kenya: Ivory Investigator - Hero for Elephants And Rhinos - Murdered


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Fiona
- 13 days ago - bbc.com
Esmond Bradley Martin, 75, One of the world's leading investigators of the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn has been murdered in Kenya. Martin was a special UN envoy for rhino conservation.



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Fiona O (591)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 5:39 pm
Martin was stabbed in the neck in his home. Bradley Martin was in the process of writing up his findings when he died, reports the BBC's Alastair Leithead from Nairobi.

His wife found him in their house in Langata. Police are investigating the circumstances but suspect it was a botched robbery.

Our correspondent says Bradley Martin had spent decades risking his life to secretly photograph and document illegal sales of ivory and rhino horn, travelling to China, Vietnam, and Laos to pose as a buyer and establish the details of black market prices.

He first went to Kenya from the US in the 1970s when there was a surge in the number of elephants being killed for their ivory.
 

Fiona O (591)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 5:40 pm
Always sharply dressed with a colourful handkerchief falling from his top pocket, Esmond Bradley Martin would immediately cut to the chase, honing in on the latest issue that was consuming him.

He was a well-known and highly respected character in the conservation community - passionate and unwavering in his efforts to crack down on illegal wildlife crime.

In a major report last year from Laos, he and his colleague Lucy Vigne established that the country had the world's fastest growing ivory trade.

They risked their own safety staying at a Chinese casino inhabited by gangsters and traffickers in order to visit the illegal markets and find out the latest prices by posing as dealers.

His life's work was combating the illegal trade of wildlife and he produced a huge body of highly respected research and investigative reports.
 

Fiona O (591)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 5:41 pm
Always sharply dressed with a colourful handkerchief falling from his top pocket, Esmond Bradley Martin would immediately cut to the chase, honing in on the latest issue that was consuming him.

He was a well-known and highly respected character in the conservation community - passionate and unwavering in his efforts to crack down on illegal wildlife crime.

In a major report last year from Laos, he and his colleague Lucy Vigne established that the country had the world's fastest growing ivory trade.

They risked their own safety staying at a Chinese casino inhabited by gangsters and traffickers in order to visit the illegal markets and find out the latest prices by posing as dealers.

His life's work was combating the illegal trade of wildlife and he produced a huge body of highly respected research and investigative reports.
 

Fiona O (591)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 5:42 pm
Photos on site as well as a form for your comments.

Please note, comment, and forward.
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 12:51 am
Thank You, Mr. Esmond Bradley Martin
sadly noted
Thank you, Fiona.
 

Angelflowers D (85)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 3:13 am
Noted...
 

Peggy B (40)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 6:08 am
He needs justice.
 

Kalliope M (36)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 11:05 am
I posted a petition about this a few days ago:
http://www.care2.com/news/member/840862522/4089333
 

John B (185)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 1:06 pm
Thanks Fiona for sharing the link to the article. Mr. Martin was a true hero!
Post noted.
 

Lisa N (206)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 1:31 pm
Sadly noted & signed the petition.
 

Fiona O (591)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 2:14 pm
I thank everyone who has noted. I thank everyone who has commented.

Kalliope, I signed your petition and thank you for posting it.
 

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 7:10 pm
dear Fiona, when i saw this news story i was shocked and saddened... rushed to post it on C2NN.
then when i looked to see the other news stories there was yours about Esmond Bradley Martin who was murdered in his home!
Thank you for the format you used to share this amazing, courageous man who risked his own life, ultimately paying the price by being murdered, for the sake of exposing the illegal wildlife trade in not only Africa but, and i quote " Esmond was at the forefront of exposing the scale of ivory markets in USA, Congo, Nigeria, Angola, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos and recently Myanmar." Dr. Paula Kahumbu
 

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 7:12 pm
Pardon the crossover with my news on Esmond Bradley Martin's death
http://www.care2.com/news/member/213931729/4090073
 

Fiona O (591)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 7:46 pm
I understand completely, Rosemary, you and I were both appalled at this brutal murder. Kalliope wrote a petition even earlier than I learned about it. You can find the link to the petition above.
 

Winn A (178)
Monday February 12, 2018, 6:42 am
May he rest in peace. He was a great man. Petition Signed
 

KimJ M (5)
Monday February 12, 2018, 8:35 am
Shocked by the murder of Esmond Bradley Martin . RIP
 

Ian Crory (29)
Monday February 12, 2018, 9:47 am
:())
 

Anne K (139)
Monday February 12, 2018, 4:14 pm
Thanks, Fiona and thanks for the petition, Kalliope.
 

Marija M (31)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 6:43 am
RIP Mr. E.B. Martin, tks Kalliope.
 

Harry Knapp (0)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 7:14 pm
terrible news.
 
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