© Brent Stirton, Reportage by Getty Images/National Geographic
A National Geographic magazine investigative report by Bryan Christy reveals that representatives of the Catholic Church in the Philippines and Buddhists in Thailand are connected to illegal ivory trading. Demand for religious art is an overlooked piece of the illegal ivory trade, which fueled the slaughter of at least 25,000 elephants last year. The full report appears in the October issue of National Geographic magazine. View the fully gallery of images by photographer Brent Stirton on their website.