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Courtesy of Save the Elephants Vietnam is now one of the world’s biggest illegal ivory markets. The number of items seen for sale has increased by over six times from 2008 to 2015, according to a survey report released by Save the Elephants. No other country is known to be as active in both illegal[…]
If you are interested in the field of combating wildlife crime, and you haven’t read it already, you need to take a look at one of the recent Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime’s researcher’s reports.[i] It addresses the subject of why some local communities (or persons within them) may engage in poaching. I realize[…]
Just one day following the release of our infographic showing the shocking volume of pangolin scales seized during the first 193 days of 2016, we received the dreadful news that an additional 7,300 kg of pangolin scales were seized today in Hong Kong. Now, the year’s total of pangolin scales seized stands at a staggering[…]
The exploitative breeding of lions for cub petting and trophy hunting has reared its abominable head in Limpopo Province, South Africa, with shocking photos of malnourished lions circulating on social media. A series of disturbing photos depict a shameful sight on one of the properties reportedly owned by Walter Slippers, proprietor of Ingogo Safaris (“From[…]
A new TRAFFIC report has found 6,000 otters seized in Asia over the past 35 years and warns that the figure is only a fraction of the actual little-documented illegal trade. The vast majority of the 167 enforcement cases from 15 Asian countries studied involved seizures of otter skins in China and India. The new[…]
In Episode 40 of the Behind the Schemes podcast, we are talking to Dr. Pieter Kat and Christine Macsween about one of the most recognizable – but least protected – species on the Planet: the African lion. The African lion has been listed on CITES Appendix II since 1977, which means that for nearly four[…]
In April of this year, yet another wildlife seizure was made in Hong Kong[i]. It involves a man allegedly smuggling ivory from (very appropriately) Ivory Coast, via the United Arab Emirates. The media report does not indicate the person’s nationality or whether Hong Kong was to be the final destination. The article includes two photographs.[…]
Justice for wildlife: Notorious Vietnamese wildlife trafficker Phan Huynh Anh Khoa, a.k.a. the “Bastard of the Internet”, was sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Tan Binh People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City. Khoa’s sentence is the result of a two-year investigation by Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV). He was finally caught red-handed with a[…]
Despite the claims of trophy hunting advocates, there is scant evidence to show that the practice has benefited African wildlife conservation, according to new analysis published by the House Natural Resources Committee Democratic staff. The comprehensive report, Missing The Mark: African trophy hunting fails to show consistent conservation benefits, revealed that the trophy hunting industry’s[…]
Great news: Peminat Haiwan Exotic Malaysia – a Facebook group illegally selling protected Malaysian wildlife – has been removed. Yesterday, we called attention to Peminat Haiwan Exotic Malaysia and urged our Facebook and Twitter communities to report this group for “selling regulated goods” because it was promoting the sale of protected Malaysian species. Members of[…]
What We Do
We are working to stop the economic exploitation of endangered species.
We fight against illegal wildlife trade by advocating for enforcement of wildlife crime laws, educating the public about the wildlife trafficking crisis, and scrutinizing wildlife trade issues.
Counter Pro-Trade Spin
Highlight inaccurate use of information by pro-trade lobbyists
Scrutinize Wildlife Trade Issues
Identify and rebut pro-trade falsehoods
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