Skin in the game? Reptile leather trade embroils conservation authority

by Elizabeth Claire Alberts on 19 April 2021 See related film by Karl Ammann: The Medan Connection The reptile skin trade is a controversial issue, with some experts saying that harvesting programs help conserve species and provide livelihood benefits, while others say that the trade is fraught with issues and animal welfare concerns. From aContinue reading “Skin in the game? Reptile leather trade embroils conservation authority”

Two legal challenges expose grave flaws at the heart of global wildlife trading system

February 17, 2021 in The Canary By Tracy Keeling The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is one of the most important international bodies in the world right now. Its actions and choices have immense bearing on what the future holds. CITES determines what trade in at-risk wildlifeContinue reading “Two legal challenges expose grave flaws at the heart of global wildlife trading system”

CITES protection of animals no longer fit for purpose, says wildlife filmmaker

September 21, 2020 By Don Pinnock One of the world’s worst wildlife scams is being permitted by the United Nations organisation formed to protect wild animals from over-exploitation and regulate trade. It all hinges on the letter Z on an export and import permit. Is forcing an elephant to sit on its haunches while twirlingContinue reading “CITES protection of animals no longer fit for purpose, says wildlife filmmaker”

‘The legal and illegal trade are inseparable’: The drain of Africa’s chimpanzees for foreign zoos

September 17, 2020 By Louise Boyle Chimps in South Africa due to be shipped to China under questionable circumstances, conservationists believe. We are working with conservation charity Space for Giants to protect wildlife at risk from poachers due to the conservation funding crisis caused by Covid-19. Help is desperately needed to support wildlife rangers, localContinue reading “‘The legal and illegal trade are inseparable’: The drain of Africa’s chimpanzees for foreign zoos”

How We Can Use the CITES Wildlife Trade Agreement to Help Prevent Pandemics

August 24, 2020 By Bruce J. Weissgold, Peter Knights, Susan Lieberman, Russell Mittermeier At the moment, we can’t—so let’s adapt it In reaction to the global COVID-19 pandemic, attention has focused on the potential role of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to further regulate—or ban—various formContinue reading “How We Can Use the CITES Wildlife Trade Agreement to Help Prevent Pandemics”

How China’s Expanding Fishing Fleet Is Depleting the World’s Oceans

August 17, 2020 By Ian Urbina After exhausting areas close to home, China’s vast fishing fleet has moved into the waters of other nations, depleting fish stocks. More than seafood is at stake, as China looks to assert itself on the seas and further its geo-political ambitions, from East Asia to Latin America. For years, no one knewContinue reading “How China’s Expanding Fishing Fleet Is Depleting the World’s Oceans”

African forest plunder condemns chimpanzees to miserable lives in zoos

August 14, 2020 By Don Pinnock Chimpanzees are our nearest genetic relatives on the tree of life. At this rate, eaten or forced to entertain zoo visitors or wealthy sheikhs, they’re heading for extinction. CITES seems unable to stop the slide and African governments don’t appear to consider it a problem. If a wild animalContinue reading “African forest plunder condemns chimpanzees to miserable lives in zoos”

Nature documentaries increasingly talk about threats to nature, but still don’t show them

September 17, 2019 By BES Press Office Researchers analysing recent BBC and Netflix nature documentaries found that although they increasingly mention threats to nature, visual depictions of these threats remain scarce, potentially misleading audiences on the state of the natural world. The findings are discussed in a Perspective published in the British Ecological Society journal People andContinue reading “Nature documentaries increasingly talk about threats to nature, but still don’t show them”

More tigers now live in cages than in the wild.

May 19, 2019 By Terrence McCoy – Washington Post Special Report The animal has become a commodity: farmed, butchered, sold. We joined one man on his dangerous quest to expose the truth. THA BAK, Laos —He was up there somewhere, at the top of the hill, the man Karl Ammann had come to see. ItContinue reading “More tigers now live in cages than in the wild.”

Calls for CITES to address the corruption fueling the illegal wildlife trade

September 23, 2016 Mike Gaworecki The European Union and Senegal have put forward a resolution at CoP17 proposing measures to tackle corruption in wildlife trafficking. Late last year, Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, joined with John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ofContinue reading “Calls for CITES to address the corruption fueling the illegal wildlife trade”