The illegal trade in totoaba fish maws is rapidly driving the vaquita marina to extinction. This small rare porpoise endemic to Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California is collateral damage in the pursuit of huge profits by organised criminal networks that sell totoaba swim bladders in Asian markets, primarily China.
The US Lacey Act and The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). In this briefing, we explore the previously unrealised fact that both laws can work together, with the Lacey Act prohibiting timber sold in violation of the EUTR, as a ’foreign law‘
The vaquita porpoise is the world’s most endangered marine mammal and its existence hangs by the slenderest of threads, with fewer than 30 individuals believed to remain. Its survival depends on the immediate and permanent elimination of all gillnets from its range in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico
A report exposing Japanese retail giant Rakuten as the world’s biggest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products. Blood e-Commerce reveals the company’s Japanese website carries more than 28,000 ads for elephant ivory products and some 1,200 whale meat products ads
A briefing about how Japan is falling behind other major consuming markets in its efforts to halt trade in illegally sourced wood. Of five consumer countries studied, Japan had the highest proportion of imports of probable illegal source and the highest per-capita consumption of illegal wood
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The US is cementing economic partnerships which could further speed the destruction of South-East Asian and Latin American forests. The list of looming US Free Trade Agreements reads like a who’s who of states involved in the global illegal logging epidemic. We urge the US to ban of the import of illegal timber
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