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World Elephant Day – time for global action beyond words

A message from EIA Executive Director Mary Rice on World Elephant Day:   Today is World Elephant Day and around the globe actions and events are taking place to mark the occasion. While it reassuring that the plight of elephants remains in the public consciousness, the rate of poaching and illegal trade still remains high, […]

Our respects to the fallen on World Ranger Day 2014

. The fight against transnational environmental crime is ceaseless and largely fought with donations, grants, intelligence and tenacity – but few people can claim to put as much on the line as rangers in the field. Today (July 31) is World Ranger Day, an opportunity to pay tribute to the sacrifice of some and the […]

CITES in Geneva – time to tackle surge in wildlife crime

From July 7-11, the 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will meet in Geneva to discuss the current work and implementation of the Convention. The meeting takes place against the backdrop of a troubling surge in wildlife crime, threatening the survival of a host […]

South Africa’s first poached elephant in over a decade

South African National Parks (SANParks) has confirmed the first elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in more than 10 years. The incident occurred in the Pafuri region, in the northern part of the KNP. According to SANParks Rangers Corp Officer Commanding, Major General (Ret) Johan Jooste, on Thursday, forensic evidence suggests the […]

EIA joins the call for Hong Kong to ban all ivory sales

On the eve of Hong Kong’s formal destruction today (Thursday) of about three tonnes of ivory – 10 per cent of its stockpile, the remaining 27 tonnes of which are due to be destroyed in a further dozen incinerations – EIA joined a coalition of 61 organisations to call on the Government of Hong Kong […]

Action alert: Tell Rakuten to end elephant ivory sales

Internet retail giant Rakuten did the right thing last week by banning ads for whales and dolphin products shortly after the release of our report, albeit seeking to save face by claiming the move was due to the unrelated UN court ruling against fraudulent Japanese ‘scientific’ whaling in the Antarctic. But the company is still […]

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