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Blog: Illegal Wildlife Trade

A new rhino poaching remedy to trigger alarm bells?

The announcement by South Africa Environment Minister Edna Molewa earlier this week that up to 500 rhino could be relocated from the world famous Kruger National Park to protect them from poachers was undermined by the revelation that the bulk of the animals would go to private game reserves. Investigative journalism site Oxpeckers stated: “SANParks […]

Armoured against predators – except wildlife criminals

Illegal trade in ivory, rhino horn and tiger products receives a relatively high international profile, far more so than that in pangolins for their meat and scales – and yet in just a few short years, this quiet mammal has become the world’s most trafficked creature. Whenever EIA shares updates about the pangolin via social […]

Working to end New Zealand’s role in the blood ivory trade

Far away from Africa where an elephant is killed every 15 minutes, New Zealand’s legal domestic ivory trade is booming and authorities have confiscated more than 700 pieces of illegal ivory since the 1989 global ivory trade ban. Will the New Zealand Government commit to an ivory crush event, a public awareness campaign and a […]

It’s World Environment Day – a time to care, not despair

Today is World Environment Day, the UN’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It’s also as good a reason as any to take the time out to contemplate the endless, amazing richness of this unique planet and its myriad inhabitants – and to consider the dire threats posed to so […]

40 tigers in four years: China’s lethal wildlife trade loophole

This year, two prominent arrests in China of gangs illegally trading in tigers caused an outcry in the country and around the world. Chinese citizens are furious because China has fewer than 50 wild tigers left, yet one group in Leizhou is said to have been killing and supplying tiger products for years. However, what […]

From the archives: the ivory report that changed everything

In response to devastating poaching levels in the 1980s, the international ban on elephant ivory trade went into effect after the 1989 CITES Appendix I listing of African elephants. This landmark decision led to a dramatic reduction in elephant poaching across much of Africa as ivory prices plummeted. A key factor in the CITES decision […]

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