We were formed in 1984 by environmentalists Dave Currey, Jennifer Lonsdale and Allan Thornton, immediately sparking an international outcry after documenting the slaughter of pilot whale in the Faroe Islands.
From such a strong start, we went from strength to strength as it pioneered a new kind of activism, using undercover investigations with hidden filming, false front companies and detective work to expose environmental crimes and abuses of the natural world.
It’s a ground-breaking tradition still leading the field to this day, with committed investigators working in often dangerous circumstances to bring back the evidence to put before key decision-makers and legal bodies, successfully campaigning for changes in international law and the policy of governments.
Listed below are just a selection of examples in which our work led to tangible outcomes.
- Report names China as world’s largest consumer of stolen timber (2012)
- CITES conference agrees to protect Siamese rosewood (2013)
- Decline in elephant poaching following ivory smuggling expose (2014)
- EU agrees to curb use of HFC super greenhouse gases (2014)
- Exposes trans-Himalayan big cat trafficking routes at CITES (2004)
- Fraudulent HFC carbon credits banned by EU (2011)
- Global agreement to phase-down climate changing HFC gases (2016)
- Helps secure UK plastic microbeads ban (2017)
- Illegal e-waste investigation leads to seizure and arrest (2011)
- Investigation into smuggling CFCs prompts global regulation (1997)
- Investigation prompts enforcement action against ivory smugglers (2017)
- Major illegal wildlife trade hub in resort complex revealed (2015)
- Our first investigation into pilot whale hunting (1984)
- Pivotal role in securing global ivory trade ban at CITES (1989)
- Pressures Amazon to end all whale and dolphin meat sales (2012)
- Pressures Google to ban all ads for whale and ivory products (2013)
- Pressures Government to ban domestic rhino horn trade (1992)
- Pressures Rakuten to end all whale and dolphin meat sales (2014)
- Sparks unprecedented illegal logging clampdown in Indonesia (2005)
- Steep decline in timber smuggling from Myanmar to China (2016)
- Ten-year endeavour leads to adoption of EU Timber Regulation (2013)
- Timber import system strengthened following illegal trade expose (2017)