Our new report, The Shuidong Connection: Exposing the global hub of the illegal ivory trade, is the culmination of almost three years of undercover investigations and exposes organised criminal syndicates operating out of Shuidong, China who have come to dominate the illegal smuggling of poached ivory into China.
An updated trade hotspot map by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and TRAFFIC reinforces the position of China and Indonesia as the world’s most important countries involved in the illegal trade in helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) parts and products
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A coalition of international whale protection organisations today condemned the start of Norway’s 2017 whaling season. The coalition believes the hunt could result in the cruel slaughter of up to 999 minke whales, a self-allocated quota more than 100 higher than that set by the Norwegian Government in 2016
The International Whaling Commission today joined the chorus of international voices calling for urgent action to save the Mexican vaquita porpoise from extinction. The Resolution on the Critically Endangered Vaquita, proposed by the USA and European Union, was adopted by consensus at the IWC’s 66th meeting in Slovenia
Conservation and animal protection organisations confirmed more than 1500 tonnes of products from endangered Icelandic fin whales were shipped to Japan in July 2016 The discovery comes as Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) considers removing key protection for whales
Laos has formally announced at CITES Standing Committee its intention to phase out controversial tiger farm operations, long a source of tiger skins, bones, teeth and claws for a trade which perpetuates the desirability of tiger products and adds intolerable pressure to the world’s remaining wild tiger populations