Animals as Commerce

An Integrated Curriculum For The Washington Post Newspaper In Education Program February 14, 2020 ©2020 THE WASHINGTON POST INTRODUCTION: Meeting a Demand for the Wild There are those who believe in the magical powers of parts of animals and there are those who have made a business of meeting the demand for animals in theContinue reading “Animals as Commerce”

Tracking The Tiger Butcher

Large numbers of tigers are being farmed, killed and trafficked in Laos. Terrence McCoy – Published in Reader’s Digest on Jul 29, 2020 12:16:13 IST He was up there somewhere, at the top of the hill, the man Karl Ammann had come to see. It would soon be night. The forest was all shadows andContinue reading “Tracking The Tiger Butcher”

The African Ranger Awards and the Demand Side of the Coin

When researching the illegal wildlife trade, very often some tentacles lead back to South Africa. Not only when it comes to rhino horn, abalone and lion bone but in this case to one of South Africa’s biggest company: Naspers, a major shareholder in Tencent, who in turn owns WeChat, a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social mediaContinue reading “The African Ranger Awards and the Demand Side of the Coin”

Of Tiger and Lion Bones, and the Legalizing of the Rhino Horn Trade

At the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP16) in Bangkok earlier this year, I attended a press conference where the South African Minister for the Environment announced that South Africa had tried a wide range of measures to curtail rhino poaching, but she confirmed that so far they had failed and it was now time toContinue reading “Of Tiger and Lion Bones, and the Legalizing of the Rhino Horn Trade”

China, Ivory and Wishful thinking…

In early December 2015, a press release by Sam Smith (Wild Aid campaigns push price of Ivory into the ‘free-fall’ zone) documenting the decline in price of illegal raw ivory in China, was picked up by a wide range of media outlets. The Secretary General of CITES, John Scanlon, commented that the bottom had droppedContinue reading “China, Ivory and Wishful thinking…”

Tiger Farming: an ‘industry’ with a range of profit centers

During a recent documentary film shoot with a team from Spiegel TV in Germany we investigated aspects of tiger farming in Thailand and Laos before I then traveled on to China and Myanmar. There I looked into not just aspects of tiger bone consumption and the trade in tiger derivatives but also live animals. IContinue reading “Tiger Farming: an ‘industry’ with a range of profit centers”