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Blog: Illegal Wildlife Trade

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 […]

‘It was the environment that got me into European politics’

Our guest blogger today is Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East. First elected in 2009, Catherine says she is driven by her concerns for wildlife and the environment. She works to make environmental protection core to European policy, not just an ‘add on’. Having spent time studying wild animals and conservation issues, […]

Thanks for an incredible week for whales and dolphins!

What an incredible week for the world’s whales and dolphins it’s been. Last Monday morning we listened live to the judgement from the UN International Court of Justice which essentially ruled that Japan’s scientific whaling in the Antarctic does not comply with the terms of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) that […]

Hitting the pain barrier to help fight ivory trade agony

It’s just a few days until I run Brighton Marathon and the nerves are building. It’s not the first time I’ve run the distance of 26.2 miles (42km) but that doesn’t make it any easier – I know what’s coming and its hard not to think about the pain to come. This will be the […]

Why does EIA believe in zero trade & stockpile destruction?

International wildlife crime, particularly elephant poaching and the ivory trade, has been high on the agenda of much of the world’s media in recent weeks. With EIA’s position of opposing all trade in the products of threatened wildlife because it drives and facilitates demand, we’ve been challenged on several occasions to explain or justify our […]

The commercial truth behind Taiji’s fig leaf lie of ‘tradition’

. You may have seen some of the extensive media coverage in recent weeks of Japan’s infamous drive hunts in Taiji after some 250 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the infamous cove to be captured for aquaria or slaughtered for food, with the remnants of the fractured pod later driven back out to sea. In […]

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