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Illegal Wildlife Trade

Kenya's Ivory Burn Sends Clear, Striking Message

Patrick J. Bergin | Posted 04.29.2016 | Green
Patrick J. Bergin

Financial markets love predictability and hate mixed messages. When messaging is ambiguous, it can send the markets into a tailspin. The same can be said for conservation. To address the threat of the illegal wildlife trade, the message we send must be direct and unwavering.

"E is For Elephant"

Ellen O'Connell | Posted 03.18.2016 | Green
Ellen O'Connell

One of the most ubiquitous elements in English speaking classrooms around the world is the presence of an alphabet chart stating that "E is for Elephant". Imagine the next generation learning their alphabet and "E" standing for elephant is only a concept, not a reality -- the way we learned about the woolly mammoth or dinosaurs

For Pangolins, A Long Hard Road to Freedom

Laurel Neme | Posted 03.18.2016 | Green
Laurel Neme

Pangolins are scaly anteaters about the size of a house cat. They're presumed to be the world's most trafficked mammal, with an estimated 100,000 plucked from the wild every year in Africa and Asia -- that's one pangolin captured every five minutes.

The Stolen 18: Swaziland Elephants Secretly Shipped to U. S. Zoos to Avoid Legal Challenge

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.10.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

An elephant "abduction": Bad news for elephants A few months ago I wrote an essay with Catherine Doyle and Keith Lindsay called "The Conservation C...

This Elusive Bird Isn't Safe From Traffickers

Laurel Neme | Posted 03.03.2016 | Green
Laurel Neme

Male Javan banded pitta by Doug Janson via Wikimedia Pittas are a birdwatcher's prize. Called "jewels of the forest" for their glorious plumage, the...

Shutting Down China's Ivory Trade Won't Be Easy

Laurel Neme | Posted 02.01.2016 | Green
Laurel Neme

A boy examines an ivory carving at a store in Beijing. The Chinese government has announced its intent to shut down its domestic legal ivory market, b...

Gecko Captive Breeding Hides Illegal Trade

Laurel Neme | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
Laurel Neme

For many species threatened by the illegal wildlife trafficking, such as rhinos, elephants, tigers, and bears, debates persist as to whether a legal trade in their parts and products can reduce smuggling.

Take it to the People: Model for Ivory Sales Ban

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Laurel Neme

Voters in Washington state sent a strong message to the world on November 3 when they passed the country's first-ever comprehensive state ban on commerce in endangered animal species.

Unraveling Latin America's Illegal Wildlife Trade

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Laurel Neme

The trafficking of elephants in Africa has gained tremendous media attention. Not so the illegal trade in birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and fish of Central and South America -- a problem of epidemic proportion.

In Latin America, Illegal Wildlife Trade Explodes

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Laurel Neme

Despite this lack of comprehensive data, a survey of media reports on cases in South and Central America and the Caribbean provides insights into, and some measure of, the trade's alarming dimensions.

How Legal Markets Fuel Ivory Smuggling in Hong Kong

Laurel Neme | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green
Laurel Neme

Hong Kong's legal ivory market fuels ivory smuggling and elephant poaching says a new report by WildAid, an international nongovernmental organization that aims to eliminate 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.

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.