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Illegal Wildlife Trade

Japan’s hunt for the Dall’s porpoise due to begin again

  Today (November 1) is the official start of the Dall’s porpoise hunt in Japan. This large-scale hand harpoon hunt – for more than a quarter of a century it was the world’s largest direct cetacean hunt – came to an abrupt end after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit north-eastern Japan in March […]

Tanzania ivory: Elephant facts versus official fictions

Tanzania’s hardly been out of the headlines since quietly slipping in an application earlier this month to reduce international protection for its elephant populations and auction off 101 tonnes of stockpiled ivory. EIA was quick off the mark to condemn the country’s proposals to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna […]

The scourge of tiger farming must be brought to an end

  The scourge of tiger farming and the trade in parts and derivatives of captive-bred tigers continues, despite UN agreements and a commitment by the leaders of tiger range countries to end the tiger trade. Regardless of an international commitment under a UN treaty to phase them out, tiger farms still operate in China, Thailand, […]

As world focuses on tigers, other Asian big cats are killed

LONDON: With the 2nd Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation in Bhutan preparing to discuss the plight of snow leopards today (October 23), the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has warned that it and Asia’s other big cats are in danger of being forgotten. “The tiger is very much a symbol of the rampant demand […]

Briefing on Snow Leopards in Illegal Trade – Asia’s Forgotten Cats

A briefing prepared for the 2nd Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation, in Bhutan, from October 21-24, 2012.    

Lessons in the art of healing without harm to wildlife

I was a bit giddy by the end of last night – and for a change it wasn’t because of jetlag! The Healing Without Harm event at the annual David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation lecture saw me sharing the Royal Geographical Society stage with some of the giants of conservation. The man himself, David Shepherd, introduced […]

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