Protecting the environment with intelligence

About EIA & our Successes

CETACEANS: Faroe IslandsEIA was formed in 1984 by environmentalists Dave Currey, Jennifer Lonsdale and Allan Thornton, immediately sparking an international outcry after documenting the slaughter of pilot whale in the Faroe Islands.

From such a strong start, EIA went from strength to strength as it pioneered a new kind of activism, using undercover investigations with hidden filming, false front companies and detective work to expose environmental crimes and abuses of the natural world.

It’s a ground-breaking tradition still leading the field to this day, with committed investigators working in often dangerous circumstances to bring back the evidence to put before key decision-makers and legal bodies, successfully campaigning for changes in international law and the policy of governments.

Among EIA’s major successes are:

  • Playing a pivotal role in securing the worldwide ban on the trade in ivory in 1989;
  • Reducing the international trade in wild caught birds;
  • Uncovering the largest  rhino horn poaching operation in the world;
  • Reducing the demand for whale and dolphin meat in Japan;
  • Raising more than £80,000 for Kaziranga National Park in India and providing equipment for the Kenyan Wildlife Service;
  • Turning global attention to the re-emerging illegal trade in big cat skins and exposing the trans-Himalayan trafficking routes for big cat body parts;
  • Contributing to the closure of 53 illegal mines which were destroying prime tiger habitat in India;
  • Exposing rife elephant poaching in Tanzania and Zambia in 2010 and so directly defeating their bids to sell stockpiled ivory;
  • Playing key roles in achieving the amendment of the US Lacey Act, 2010’s European Union timber regulation and 2011’s historic Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the EU and Indonesia to help safeguard Indonesia’s forests.