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If you think whales have been saved, guess again.
Despite the international moratorium on commercial whaling, agreed by the International Whaling Commission in 1986, Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to exploit loopholes to kill whales and trade whale products internationally.
This has to stop now and we need your help.
By making a donation to EIA through the Big Give Christmas Challenge at 12pm (GMT) on December 4 and 5 your DONATION COULD BE DOUBLED at no extra cost to you!
This means that your support could go doubly as far to help with our projects in 2016 to put an end to North Atlantic whaling.
For more information and to sign up to our email reminder list, please visit eia-international.org/events/big-give-christmas-challenge-2015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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10 hours ago ·
A word of thanks and admiration for all those EIA campaigners and supporters who braved the brief flurries of rain and, later, stiff winds in London to make some noise for the climate ahead of #Paris2015.
Our respects also to all those many hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens around the world who took part in climate marches this weekend.
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1 day ago ·
Targeting wildlife crime bosses – it’s all about the money
... Last week, the Environmental Investigation Agency participated in an annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering, in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meeting marked the first time wildlife crime has been included on the agenda of the group, with more than 100 delegates from governments and the private sector spending three days discussing “Wildlife Crime Financial Flows”.
At the meeting, EIA gave a presentation analysing illegal wildlife trade networks, including a case study of ivory trafficking from Tanzania to China derived from the Vanishing Point report released last year. EIA’s research reveals that between 2009-14, approximately 40 tonnes of ivory originating from Tanzania was intercepted outside the country en route to the consumer market, with 22 tonnes seized inside the country. Based on a conservative figure of $2,100 per kilo for raw ivory tusks in China, the main destination, the 62 tonnes seized has an end market value of $130.2 million.
It is inconceivable that such large amounts can be moved around in cash rather than through the banking system, but to date EIA is unaware of any anti-money laundering investigations occurring in relation to these seizures.
One case in particular illustrates how opportunities to track the money flows associated with ivory seizures – and so to target the bosses of smuggling syndicates – are being squandered. In November 2013, Tanzanian police raided a house in the upmarket Mikocheni area of Dar es Salaam, following a surveillance operation. At the location, three Chinese nationals were discovered packing 706 elephant tusks in preparation for export. Documents found at the scene indicated a similar shipment had already been despatched to the port of Zanzibar for export; inspection of a shipping container at the port uncovered a stash of 1,023 tusks.
This was clearly the work of a major crime syndicate ...
Read today's Blog Extra from EIA Campaigns Director Julian Newman at eia-international.org/targeting-wildlife-crime-bosses-its-all-about-the-money
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3 days ago ·