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Illegal Wildlife Trade

Bringing Awareness Of Poaching And Trafficking On World Elephant Day

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

It is critical that other governments, including those of China and European countries, also close their ivory markets.

Doubling Down on Shark Conservation as Jaws Turns 40

Caleb McClennen | Posted 07.05.2015 | Green
Caleb McClennen

This Shark Week 2015 -- and on the 40th anniversary of Jaws -- let us reflect upon our growing appreciation for (and willingness to protect) these vulnerable species. Let us then dramatically scale our commitment to reverse the decline of these magnificent species on a global scale.

Endangered Birds Found Shoved Into Plastic Bottles By Smuggler

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green

Indonesian wildlife officers have recovered more than 20 yellow crested cockatoos from a wildlife trafficker who attempted to smuggle the birds by sho...

The Great Vanishing

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Tom Engelhardt

Scientists believe that this round of mass extinction is accelerating, and one way or another, it all traces back to us, whether thanks to the way we are changing the planet's atmosphere or to what Kolbert terms a human-induced, often disastrous "intercontinental reshuffling of species."

The Politics of Extinction

William deBuys | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
William deBuys

Today, no one knows if the clock of extinction for the species stands at two minutes before midnight or two minutes after. In spite of its exotic horns, the animal is unknown in traditional Chinese medicine. Rather, the last living remnants of the species risk being taken as by-catch, like sea turtles in a shrimper's net.

Saving Pangolins From Extinction: Brunei

Robert Hii | Posted 05.10.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

One of the remaining strongholds for pangolins today, is the tiny nation of Brunei which has retained most of its forests, compared to its neighbors that share Borneo island. This is a truly inspiring story of how one person can make a difference.

Could the Golden State Go Grey For Elephants?

John F. Calvelli | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Californians are proud to have a bear adorn their state flag, but by helping stop the illegal trade in ivory through the enactment of this ban, the Golden State would be supporting a global effort to save another symbol of strength and determination.

Africa's Wild: Eco Warriors Don't Count on Hope

Jamie Joseph | Posted 01.17.2015 | Green
Jamie Joseph

The greatest threat to wildlife is the belief that someone else will save it. Right now, in this generation, we can, and we must do more.

AWF: Empowering Africans to Be Guardians of Wildlife

Jamie Joseph | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

We will never win the war on poaching unless we get the Asian demand countries on side through education and legislation; however, that will take patience and a whole lot of political will, and in the meantime Africa's wildlife is haemorrhaging.

The American Girl and Her Rhino Orphans

Jamie Joseph | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

They dropped Hillary off at the animal hospital and she was taken to a room where a scared, little, grey piglet-looking thing was curled up in some blankets.

USDA Works To Stop Import, Sale Of Illegal Giant African Snails

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collec...

Top 5 Ways to Save Our Elephants From Extinction

Jamie Joseph | Posted 10.09.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

World Elephant Day is recognized on August 12, an appeal to all global citizens to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face. A few days after learning of the death of Satao I met up with beloved scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall to discuss the elephant crisis.

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.

This Is Where Illegal Wildlife Items Go To Die Another Death

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green

Don't be fooled by the building's unremarkable exterior; inside this staid warehouse northeast of Denver resides one of the world's largest concentrat...

UN Helen Clark: Rural Poverty Is Fuelling the Poaching Crisis

Jamie Joseph | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

With so many people living in poverty, Helen Clark explains that meeting the balance between conservation and development is perhaps the most complex in the array of responses to the illegal wildlife trade.

Popular Opinion Alert: New Yorkers Want An Ivory Ban

John F. Calvelli | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

As a wave of poaching by organized criminal syndicates has pushed the number of elephants killed in Africa today to a rate of some 35,000 per year, or 96 each day, many in New York and across the United States have been coming to the conclusion that something needs to be done.

Mourning the Loss of a Great Elephant: Torn Ear

Christina M. Russo | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Christina M. Russo

A beloved, venerable African elephant named Torn Ear was killed in Kenya on February 7 by poachers who shot him with poisoned arrows. Richard Bonham discovered Torn Ear's fatal injury while observing him at a watering hole.

Illegal Wildlife Trade Threatens Global Security

Patrick Davies | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Patrick Davies

Almost five hundred years ago, in 1515, the German artist Albrecht Dürer made a woodcut of a rhinoceros that has become famous throughout the world. The exotic image delighted Europe in its own day. Centuries later, it was still being published in biology textbooks.

Taking a Stand to Crush Elephant Poaching

Carter Roberts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Carter Roberts

Why the renewed concern, when elephants have been killed for their ivory for centuries? It's both because elephants are very near to being at the end of their rope and because nowadays, poaching is a far cry from being a poor man's means of feeding his family.

A Crushing Tale

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

There are dozens, even hundreds of species that are being crushed under the heel of the illegal wildlife trade.

Conservation Organizations Laud Obama's Order To Combat Poaching

The Huffington Post | Jessica Leader | Posted 07.03.2013 | Green

Less than a week after making an unprecedented climate change speech at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama took another historic step for t...

Myanmar's Leadership Needed on ASEAN Illegal Wildlife Trade (PHOTOS)

Kala Mulqueeny | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Kala Mulqueeny


Ending the Illegal Pet Trade in Cheetahs

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

Increasingly, those that supply pet cheetahs (usually cubs) to their owners, obtain the animals from sources that operate illegally, taking the cheetahs from the wild, and in some cases killing the mother to gain the cubs.

Alleged Rare Animal Smugglers Arrested In Indonesia

AP | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Four Chinese nationals have been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly attempting to smuggle hornbill's beaks and pangolin scales ...

The Day of the Cheetah

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Dr. Laurie Marker

International Cheetah Day is a celebration of the magnificence of the cheetah. (Really, is there anything more awe-inspiring than watching a cheetah sprint across the grasslands, every muscle of its body a perfect expression of speed and grace?) It is also an opportunity to take action.