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Probe into timber-smuggling cop’s US$1m ‘gifts’ to police

LONDON: The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today welcomed a legal probe by Indonesia’s national anti-corruption agency into million-dollar payments by a rogue cop-turned-timber smuggler to local, regional and national police officials. The announcement follows revelations that mid-ranking Papua police officer Labora Sitorus transferred about US$1 million (10 billion Indonesian rupiah) in multiple payments to […]

Whales in the Faroes – new opportunities

A statement by a coalition of organisations including EIA has been published in the Faroese media. It notes the shocking slaughter of about 1,100 whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands in the last month. Whilst the statement also recognises the historical importance of the pilot whale to the Islanders, it calls on them to […]

Corruption, bloodshed and death – the curse of rosewood

“We cannot live without forests. People will have to be in symbiotic relationship with the forests. When people preserve the forests, the forests will give back to people. The relationship between people and forests are interdependent.” Queen Sirikit of Thailand – May 26, 2000  . . This summer I’ve had the opportunity to visit some […]

Faroe Islands whale killings: now dolphins join slaughter

. Following our news alerts last week concerning the brutal killing of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands, we are shocked to learn through Faroese media today (August 13, 2013) that a further 136 pilot whales have been killed in Husavik, Sandoy Island. And we understand that another group of pilot whales being targeted by […]

SoftBank won’t end Yahoo! Japan ivory & whale sales

Campaigners call on Softbank CEO to help end slaughter of elephants and whales   LONDON UK / WASHINGTON DC: Wildlife advocates expressed bitter disappointment today at the refusal of international conglomerate SoftBank Corp to ban advertisements for elephant ivory and whale & dolphin products on Yahoo! Japan, the dominant company in SoftBank’s internet division with […]

Conservation from the heart aboard the Frozen Ark

 . The Ark is film I directed, and which was shot by my talented brother Joel Redman and produced by the excellent Tim Lewis. In the face of rising extinction rates in animal species, The Frozen Ark Project aims to collect and save tissue containing DNA from creatures facing extinction and to store these valuable […]

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