Prince Charles and Prince William are calling upon world leaders to place the battle against wildlife trafficking at the top of the global agenda. At a May 21st, 2013, event in London hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and the UK government, Prince Charles said: “As a father and a soon-to-be grandfather, I find it inconceivable that our children and grandchildren could live in a world bereft of these animals.
A comprehensive report commissioned by WWF and TRAFFIC confirms that the illegal wildlife trade — with an estimated value in excess of US $20 billion annually — poses a serious threat to global security. The study, released in December 2012, found that the illegal wildlife trade, including fisheries and timber, comprises the fourth largest global illegal trade after narcotics, humans and counterfeit produ
December 4th marks Wildlife Conservation Day — and the launch of a global outreach campaign in conjunction with United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call for a multilateral coalition against wildlife trafficking. Our embassies will use every tool at their disposal to raise awareness about this issue, from honoring local activists, to spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter. We want
The rise of China as an economic superpower has impacted the entire world — including wildlife. Although economists and investors have been studying — and profiting from — China’s powerful trend, Barron‘s stated in its July 2 cover story (“Falling Star“) that the Chinese economy is slowing and hard times are ahead. Many investors have recently questioned China’s continu
Although indigenous peoples in the Arctic have traditionally hunted narwhals for food, recent information suggests that the focus has shifted to the marine mammal’s tusk — which is actually nothing more than an elongated, uniquely-spiraled tooth. The IUCN notes “substantial uncertainty about numbers and trends in large parts of the range and clear evidence of decline for specific subpopulations”, and expl
A new report released by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has revealed that Yahoo! Inc. is profiting from trade in products derived from endangered and threatened whales and dolphins. The internet giant’s Japanese subsidiary, Yahoo! Japan, allows whale and dolphin product retailers to peddle their wares utilizing fee-based services on Yahoo! stores and auction sites — which translates into pro