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China’s furniture craze drives Siam rosewood to extinction

China’s luxury furniture craze steeped in blood & driving Siam rosewood to extinction   BANGKOK: Precious Siamese rosewood has been illegally logged to the brink of extinction in the Mekong region to feed a voracious demand for luxury furniture in China which leaves a bloody trail of death, violence and corruption in its wake. Released […]

Indonesian cop jailed for eight years for timber smuggling

Indonesian cop is jailed for eight years for major timber smuggling racket   LONDON: Timber-smuggling Indonesian police officer Labora Sitorus has been jailed for eight years after a legal appeal overturned the shockingly lenient verdict handed down earlier this year by a court in West Papua. Low-ranking Sitorus was originally charged with illegal logging, fuel smuggling […]

Warning to seafood expo: don’t support whale slaughter

European campaign warns seafood expo: ‘don’t support whale slaughter’   LONDON: An alliance of 13 leading conservation groups is this week urging major buyers at Europe’s biggest seafood trade show not to do business with Icelandic seafood company HB Grandi because of its strong links to whaling. HB Grandi is controlled by the whaling and […]

Internet giant Rakuten pulls the plug on whale meat sales

Internet giant Rakuten pulls the plug on whale meat but elephant ivory sales continue   LONDON: Internet retail giant Rakuten has announced it is terminating sales of whale products through its Japanese marketplace Rakuten Ichiba and has given merchants 30 days to remove them. The move came after the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in conjunction […]

UN court rules Japan’s scientific whaling must end

International Court Of Justice Rules Japan’s Scientific Whaling Must End LONDON: The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today welcomed the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling against Japan’s whaling in the Antarctic. Australia took Japan to the ICJ in 2010, alleging it was intentionally taking advantage of a loophole in the 1986 commercial whaling ban […]

Rakuten’s profits from sales of elephant ivory & whale meat

Rakuten – the world’s biggest online retailer of elephant ivory and whale meat LONDON: Japanese retail giant Rakuten is today exposed as the world’s biggest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products. The new report “Blood e-Commerce: Rakuten’s profits from the slaughter of elephants and whales” – released by the Environmental Investigation Agency […]

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