One of the world’s top ivory investigators was found dead, after being stabbed in the neck. According to BBC, 75-year-old Esmond Bradly Martin was found dead in his Nairobi, Kenya home. He was a former UN special envoy, who frequently risked his life to go undercover as a buyer to expose the trade of ivory and rhino horns on the black market.
He was in the middle of writing up his latest findings before he was killed. Police are investigating the incident, but suspect it was a botched robbery. They currently have four suspects in custody.
Thanks to Martin’s previous findings, China finally banned the sale of legal ivory products in January.
“The Chinese economy has slowed down to some extent, so Chinese people are no longer buying some of these luxury items.” Martin had stated at an earlier date. Illegal ivory trading continues to be a problem and endangers plenty of wildlife.