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Crime & corruption behind Tanzania’s elephant meltdown

Chinese criminal syndicates & corruption behind Tanzania’s elephant meltdown   LONDON: A new report reveals that Chinese-led criminal gangs are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, a trade which has caused half of Tanzania’s elephants to be poached in the past five years – even diplomatic visits by high-level Chinese […]

35 governments call on Iceland to stop whaling

35 governments call on Iceland to stop whaling and end trade in fin & minke whales   LONDON: A formal diplomatic protest, known as a démarche, was today delivered to the Icelandic Government in Reykjavik. The top-level protest registered countries’ “strong opposition” to Iceland’s continued whaling, particularly of endangered fin whales. The démarche also objects […]

Timber smugglers won’t heed China’s voluntary guidelines

LONDON: Massive flows of illegal timber stolen from forests around the world will not be stemmed by voluntary industry guidelines currently being developed by the Chinese Government, environmentalists have warned. In formal comments recently submitted to the Chinese Government and published today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has recommended the guidelines be replaced with a […]

Myanmar rosewood stolen to feed China’s furniture craze

Myanmar in rosewood crisis as precious trees stolen to feed China’s elite furniture craze   LONDON: Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire […]

Iceland’s brutal hunting of endangered whales resumes

Conservation groups condemn resumption of Iceland’s brutal hunt of endangered whales   LONDON: Conservation groups are calling on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and its member governments to condemn Iceland’s commercial whale hunt following confirmation that the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf has killed yet another endangered fin whale. The whale was killed off Iceland’s […]

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 […]

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