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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[…]
A Facebook group calling itself Peminat Haiwan Exotic Malaysia is facilitating illegal activities by allowing members to post advertisements of nationally protected species for sale. UPDATE: FACEBOOK HAS REMOVED THIS GROUP. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO REPORTED THESE CRIMINALS! In a section of the group called “Sale Posts“, there are Leopard Cats (Prionailurus bengalensis), Dusky[…]
A new study has uncovered a large trade in Southeast Asia’s little-known newts, taken from the wild for the international pet trade. The researchers found over 7,500 individual newts were imported live into the US alone between 2005 and 2014, and another 718 imported into the EU from 2011 to 2013. Hong Kong appeared to[…]
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that four freshwater turtle species – the common snapping turtle, Florida softshell turtle, smooth softshell turtle, and spiny softshell turtle – will be listed in CITES Appendix III. Unlike CITES Appendix I and II listings, the inclusion of a species on Appendix III is not subject to[…]
The United States and India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate joint efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and promote other wildlife conservation measures in India. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli and Indian Ambassador to the United States Arun K. Singh signed the MOU for[…]
In a significant move to protect one of the world’s most cherished species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today completed a rulemaking process under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to institute a near-total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory. The rule, which fulfills restrictions outlined under President Obama’s 2013[…]
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published the first ever global assessment of wildlife crime. The World Wildlife Crime Report validates years of warnings issued by NGOs and wildlife law enforcement officials by showing the extensive involvement of transnational organized criminal groups and the pervasive impact of corruption. (Download the full[…]
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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