Elisha Thompson from the group DONET, in Dodoma, received training and equipment in early 2009. He went on to investigate street children and their fight for survival at the bottom of the social chain amid drug and sexual abuse.. The result was a moving film called ‘Dream’. EIA connected Elisha Thompson with Haki Elimu and he was subsequently funded by the organisation to produce two TV spots urging the Government to inject TZS 60 billion into improving education and build 22,000 new homes for teachers. These were shown on TV daily, helping to build public support.Elisha received funds from EIA to document forest destruction by charcoal manufacturers, and has produced several TV spots campaigning on maternal health.Several of his films screened at the Uninhibited Muse Festival in the USA, and he is now mentoring new project participants in field investigations.
PINGOS Forum, in Arusha, received training and equipment from EIA in early 2009 and went on to produce a film highlighteing the government eviction of Maasai tribesmen to protect the operations of an influential Emirati hunting company, the OBC. The film features testimony of the associated brutalities and the burning of homes, revealing how the government is failing its people in favour of lucrative deals.A screeing at the Swedish Embassy prompted the Ambassador to launch a fact-finding mission into the evictions. The film was also shared among delegates at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in Gambia, garnering international support. Maasai communities have in turn been empowered to demonstrate and give testimony in court.In addition, PINGOS received a small grant from EIA to investigate and document the impacts of raw effluence from an oil distillery on local communities. Following a media campaign, the company was pressured to construct a treatment plant. PINGOs is now helping to open a legal case against the distillery.
Maajabu conducted a field investigation in an area in Loliondo, which the central government wanted to gazette as a National Forest Reserve. The government planned to expel Maasai communities in the area, accusing them of illegally logging and destroying the forest. Maajabu’s investigation showed outsiders were responsible for the destruction.In April 2010, Maajabu showed their film ‘Our Beloved Forests’ to the Tanzanian Director of Forests,. He agreed to accompany Maajabu to Loliondo and subsequently declared the area a ‘Village Forest Reserve’ to be managed by the Maasai communities.
TGNP, a gender-based organisation, used visuals and the media to lobby for a female Speaker in Parliament. In 2011, for the first time ever, the ruling party nominated a woman as Parliamentary Speaker.
The project has also led to the creation of a strong national network. Individuals trained by EIA have begun working cooperatively; for example, in response to the proposed construction of the Serengeti Highway, NGOs have come together to produce a campaign film calling for an alternative route less disruptive to wildlife migration. The government recently announced it would support this option instead of the original route.
The sharp reality of combating organised wildlife crime networks was brought into focus today, at an event hosted by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in the side-lines of the…
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Singapore is world’s second largest shark-fin trader
Singapore has emerged as the world’s second largest trader of shark fins by value after Hong Kong, according to a new report by the wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC.
Shark fins, used in traditional medicine and also considered a delicacy in Asia, are one of the most expensive seafood products. Fishermen typically cut off sharks’ fins while the animals are still alive and then thrown them back to the ocean. Unable to swim without their fins, the sharks drown or are eaten by other predators. Scientists estimate that about 100 million sharks are killed every year, mostly for their fins.
TRAFFIC analyzed Singapore’s shark trading data from 2005 to 2007, and also 2012 to 2014, and found that Singapore imported 14,114 metric tons and exported 12,402 metric tons of shark fins over these six years.
According to trade records in 2012-2013, Singapore’s shark fin exports were worth $40 million, closely following Hong Kong’s $45 million. More than 72 percent of Singapore’s shark fin exports went to Hong Kong, mainland China and Japan during this time period.
The recorded value of Singapore’s import trade in 2012-2013 was $51.4 million, while Hong Kong’s was $170 million. Spain, Namibia and Uruguay were the top three sources of shark fins during this period, accounting for more than 66 percent of Singapore’s imports.
Cayman Islands: Turtle tourist centre also raises endangered turtles for meat
At the Cayman Turtle Centre tourists can kiss, hug, and pass around young sea turtles. They can even take a swim with bigger ones if they want. It’s billed as a rare opportunity to come into contact with endangered green sea turtles, a migratory species whose numbers are on the decline because of egg poaching, habitat degradation, and entanglement with fishing nets.
What many visitors don’t realize is that it’s also a sea turtle farm, where the rare turtles are bred in captivity to be killed for their meat, a traditional dish in the Caymans.
But the meat business is only part of the reason this government-owned facility is facing criticism from animal protection organizations. It’s also the way the animals are treated, says Neil D’Cruze, a researcher with the London-based nonprofit World Animal Protection, which wants to end sea turtle farming.