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How corruption is poisoning the global environment

Today (December 9) is the United Nations annual International Anti-Corruption Day. While the calendar is awash with international ‘days’ marking everything under the sun (sorry, you’ve already missed World Smile Day this year), efforts to publicise and curb corruption are worth supporting. From the Environmental Investigation Agency’s perspective, corruption is a key enabling factor in […]

Ivory responses: full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

On November 6, the Environmental Investigation Agency released a major new report detailing rampant elephant poaching and ivory smuggling in Tanzania, with the bulk of the contraband tusks bound for the Chinese market. The report, entitled Vanishing Point, was the result of exhaustive research and a series of undercover investigations carried out by EIA in […]

Hong Kong needs to do better in illegal wildlife trade fight

We are pleased to share today’s guest blog from Wilson Lau, Project Manager of Hong Kong think tank Civic Exchange … . . Hong Kong has a notorious history of trade in wildlife. Back in the heydays of the 1960s-70s, in an ordinary market one would be able to find wild mammals and raptors, stacked […]

Tanzania’s ivory problem more than Chinese diplomatic bags

. A major report revealing details of large-scale ivory smuggling from Tanzania to China was released last week by EIA. The report continues to make headlines, with most stories pegged to an allegation by Tanzanian traders that members of the Chinese president’s delegation had purchased illegal ivory in Tanzania. Let’s be clear here – the main […]

A week for whales – EIA is at the 65th IWC meeting

This year has been a landmark for whales with the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Japan’s ‘Scientific’ Permit Antarctic whaling programme JARPA II, was “not for the purposes of scientific research”. For one season, whales in the southern hemisphere will have a brief respite from Japanese hunts. However, the Japanese Government […]

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 […]

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