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Oceans: Microbeads report reveals loopholes in pledges by biggest firms
Loopholes in the voluntary pledges by the biggest personal care companies to phase out polluting microbeads have been revealed in a report from Greenpeace, which says a legal ban is needed.
Tiny plastic beads are widely used in toiletries and cosmetics but thousands of tonnes wash into the sea every year, where they harm wildlife and can ultimately be eaten by people, with unknown effects on health. A petition signed by more than 300,000 people asking for a UK ban was delivered to the prime minister in June A US law banning microbeads was passed at the end of 2015.
* More on microbeads and marine plastic pollution at ht.ly/4wU0302qXbS
The Greenpeace report surveyed the world’s top 30 personal care companies and found that even those ranked highest came up short of the standard they deemed acceptable.
One of the leaders, Colgate-Palmolive, said it stopped using of plastic microbeads at the end of 2014, but Greenpeace said the pledge only applied to products used for “exfoliating and cleansing”. Microbeads can be used in moisturisers, makeup, lip balms, shaving foams and other products.
One of the lowest-ranked companies was Estée Lauder, which says it “is currently in the process of removing exfoliating plastic beads in the small number of our products that contain them”. Greenpeace said the company’s commitment is too narrow, applying only to microbeads used for exfoliating, and does not set a deadline.
Read in full at www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/20/microbeads-report-reveals-loopholes-pledges-by-bigges...
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Investigation into China's circus industry reveals yet more illegal tiger trade
Throughout China, circuses, traveling shows and roadside displays force animals - including bears, monkeys, tigers, lions, dogs and others - to perform for the public. A PETA Asia investigator visited 10 different circuses and animal training facilities in the city of Suzhou, which alone encompasses more than 300 circuses, and documented animal abuse and suffering on a massive scale.
The investigator also found that tigers no longer performing consistently have been sent to zoos - or killed, so their body parts can be sold and their bones used to manufacture tiger bone wine.
PETA Asia's report in Chinese is at ht.ly/sJjq302qRtQ
Debbie Banks, Team Leader of EIA's Tiger Campaign, commented: "It’s not just the obvious 'farms' in China but circuses too that are providing tiger parts and products for trade. This was borne out by an incident in 2014 [see below for details].
"Just how many of these unregistered circus tigers are finding their way in to the trade is unknown. The Government simply doesn’t have a handle on what is going on."
The 2014 Wenzhou incident ...
On January 8, 2014 Wenzhou’s special police force discovered the body of a Siberian tiger in the trunk of a Toyota SUV in Zhejiang Province. The buyer, Wang, was arrested next to the vehicle while the seller, Yang, fled the scene.
After several months, a group connected to the illegal tiger carcass trade was caught. It was found that the Wenzhou tiger carcass came from the China circus town of Suzhou, in Anhui province. After detailed investigations, it was determined that the tiger had died from an illness.
A report at the time in the South China Morning Post stated: “A local zookeeper told the press that the tiger was unlikely to have come from the wild or the circus, as circus tigers usually have their canine teeth or “fangs” removed.”
The subsequent police investigation has effectively put paid to that assertion.
In April, Wang was jailed for six years and fined 50,000 yuan but the facts in the case beg the question as to how a dead tiger from an Anhui circus could have travelled thousands miles to end up in the trader’s SUV in Wenzhou.
Following up on information obtained from the buyer and seller, a complete and complex chain of illegal tiger trading has gradually emerged, revealing a multi-tiered criminal network, most members of which have now been jailed and fined.
One of the key questions is why this Siberian tiger had no ID tag – according to China’s State Forestry Administration regulations, all captive tigers in zoos, tiger farms or circuses must be registered and implanted with electronic tags for identification.
Liu Ming, the vice-executive director of Wenzhou Wildlife Protection Association, has speculated that circuses deliberately report inaccurate numbers of new-born tigers to the SFA, hiding some tigers on paper for future potential illegal trading.
The Wenzhou tiger had been transferred five times and potentially could have ended up on someone’s dinner table, its black market price doubling in that time from 150,000 yuan to 300,0000.
* Learn more about EIA's work on captive tigers and trade in 'Where Are The Tigers?' at ht.ly/zUd8302qSrE
#China #tigers #circus #bears
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