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The news for pangolins could not be worse as 183 member countries prepare to vote on whether or not this enigmatic species will be granted the strongest international protection provided under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Between 1 January and 20 September 2016, 77 confirmed pangolin trafficking incidents spanning 19 countries1[…]
I spent a great deal of my life in the late 1980s undercover, following the sound of drills carving out ivory name seals for the Japanese market and crude souvenirs for tourists. Hong Kong ivory traders set up small factories in Africa, the Middle East and across Asia. I met many of them, discussed their[…]
Authorities in Malaysia have apprehended 12 traffickers and seized hundreds of wildlife parts including elephant ivory, pangolin scales, tiger skins, big cat bones, tiger claws and teeth, bear gallbladders, a Helmeted hornbill casque, and at least 45 tips of hornbill beaks. Two criminal networks operating in Malaysia – one Vietnamese and one Chinese network –[…]
State of the Pangolin: Tune into Episode 42 of the Behind the Schemes podcast for an exclusive interview with Dr. Chris Shepherd and Lisa Hywood. 2016 has so far been another deadly year for pangolins, but there is hope: Coming up in September, at the 17th meeting of the Parties to the Convention on International[…]
The decline started a long time ago … Earlier this year, the IUCN published their “much awaited” (and about 2 years late) Red List report on the status of Africa’s lions. Well, it was “much awaited” by some – including organizations like CITES, the EU, perhaps the USFWS, etc – but we should have known[…]
Yes, it is maybe time we reflected upon this, isn’t it? In case you’ve just returned from traversing the Empty Quarter on camelback or circumnavigating Polar Regions in a canoe, here is the news. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland elected, on 23 June 2016, to leave the European Union[i]. Just exactly[…]
Today on International Tiger Day we the undersigned 45 non-governmental organisations are urging countries with tiger farms to adopt urgent action to end tiger breeding for commercial purposes and phase out tiger farms. The global wild tiger population is estimated to be less than 4,000. These last remaining wild tigers are each threatened by[…]
Hanoi, July 27, 2016 – Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) today hosted a press conference on the need to fully prohibit farming and trade of endangered species in Vietnam following a lively round-table meeting with representatives from law enforcement agencies, decision makers, scientists and conservation experts. The wildlife trade poses a serious threat to[…]
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[…]
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
Give a Voice to Endangered Species
We are not funded by pro-trade special interest groups
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