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Illegal Wildlife Trade

Marine debris – don’t let out of sight be out of mind

  When I first joined EIA as Campaign Researcher on the cetaceans team six months ago, I must confess that marine debris was not something I’d given a lot of consideration to. I hate to see litter by the roadsides, but the accumulation of debris in our marine environment was out of sight and therefore […]

Scaled-down Dall’s porpoise hunt resumes in Japan

Despite the set-back of last year’s tsunami and the devastating effects it had on local communities, Japan’s annual Dall’s porpoise hunt is back – and with it, the threats to marine conservation and to public health from dangerously contaminated meat products. The largest direct hunt of any whale, dolphin and porpoise in the world – […]

The dizzying and furious political ‘dance of the tigers’

For ages I’ve been talking about doing a Tango for Tigers, raising awareness and funds for tigers via the dance floor. This week, however, the tango has taken place from the floor of a conference hall in Geneva, where Parties to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have been talking tigers. […]

Ivory trade advocate ducks his critics at CITES meeting

  Parties attending the 62nd meeting of Standing Committee to CITES were subjected to an extraordinary floor show during discussions on a document advocating a De Beers-style controlling body for an international trade in ivory – a Central Ivory Selling Organisation. EIA’s comprehensive critique of the document is available to read here. The principle author […]

EIA is at CITES next week – here’s what we’re working for

EIA campaigners will be in Geneva next week for the 62nd meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), from July 23-27. The Standing Committee is an internationally important event in our calendar as its findings and recommendations can go on for discussion at the Conference of the […]

What is CITES?

What is CITES? The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement to which governments voluntarily adhere and which seeks to ensure that the trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The annual international trade in wildlife is estimated to […]

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