When the Ivory Act 2018 passed into UK law on 20 December 2018 it was a success for all those who had pushed for the new law for many years – conservation NGOs, African governments, wildlife rangers on the front line of the fight against poaching (sometimes paying the ultimate price), influential politicians in all parties and, crucially, the public..
The annual UN International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December) provides an opportunity to reflect on whether the global community is making progress in curbing this persistent and pernicious crime – and in terms of the prevalence of corruption as a key enabler of environmental crime, the overall prognosis is not good.
In the struggle against the extermination of species at the hands of illegal trade and human exploitation, no potential weapon or tactic should be beneath initial consideration. As well as coherent and effective transnational law enforcement, it’s also vital to change the attitudes of potential poachers and consumers
The vaquita, with fewer than 30 of the tiny porpoises left alive – plummeting from 600 in less than two decades – is the most endangered animal on the planet. Found only in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California, the vaquita’s survival depends on the urgent removal of all illegal gillnets from their marine habitat