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Scratching below the surface to expose tiger trade reality

In May 2011, the State Forestry Administration (SFA) of China wrote to the Secretary General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and stated that illegal trade in tiger and other Asian big cat parts in Tibet, Qinghai and Gansu had been “effectively deterred”. This claim was repeated during a meeting of […]

Greed beats logic: why a legal rhino horn trade won’t work

. It’s nearly three full years until the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) takes place in South Africa. Yet a propaganda battle – or charm offensive, if you’re feeling expansive – is already under way in […]

Royal host for key meeting in fight against wildlife crime

EIA senior campaigners will tomorrow (Tuesday, May 21) be joining a key meeting hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The meeting marks the beginning of a process to secure greater commitment from Heads of State to combat wildlife crime. Organised criminal […]

Diary date: Come and meet us at Greens on the Green!

You’re cordially invited to EIA’s Greens on the Green fair, to be held on Islington Green, London N1, on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 11am to 8pm! What is it that sets EIA apart from the rest? There are any number of answers to this question, and if you’ve found yourself reading this you may […]

Environmental crime – putting the blame where it belongs

  Understandably, environmental crime can be an emotive and infuriating issue. The spectacle of magnificent, endangered creatures such as tigers, elephants and rhinos reduced to broken, bleeding carcasses, plundered for illegal trades in home decór, trinkets and fake ‘traditional’ medicines, can be all but impossible to view without provoking distress and fury in equal measure. […]

Mozambique timber probe a test of ability to enforce law

In February of this year, EIA published a report on the illegal smuggling of timber from Mozambique to China entitled First Class Connections: Log Smuggling, Illegal Logging and Corruption in Mozambique, highlighting the role of Chinese traders in facilitating the illegal flow of stolen timber. The report identified that 48 per cent of China’s imports […]

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