If the demand for ivory products is strong, then the demand to ban ivory trade and protect elephants must be stronger. For every consumer out there who feels compelled to buy rhino horn, there should be twice as many rhino advocates out there dispelling the dangerous myths and raising awareness.
While the poaching and the cruel slaughter of these iconic animals primarily occurs in Africa and Asia, this is our problem as well. The illegal wildlife trade has become the world's top five transnational organized crimes.
A dramatic rise in poaching, fueled by new demand from Asian markets, could bring the rest of the world's rhinos to extinction within a decade if we don't turn the tide.
Forget Trump and Carson and Hillary and Bernie for a few minutes. There's another vote happening right now: Help us name the only known jaguar in the United States.
Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?
I believe two of the litmus tests by which we can judge any society are to investigate both the ways in which societies treat their children, and the ways in which they treat animals. In some countries around the world, we have clear evidence of the poaching of animals for their body parts, such as tusks and as trophies.
Palmer was accompanied by his unpaid adviser, Minneapolis lawyer Joe Friedberg. I too am an attorney, and I have decided to become an unpaid consultant to the late Cecil the Lion. I will be his Dr. Doolittle and give him a voice in this interview.
Taking selfies, quack medical cures and collecting ornaments are all more important than protecting animals. A mounted head or showing off your wealth is apparently more valuable than a species threatened with extinction.
Today, August 12, is World Elephant Day, a day where animal lovers around the world unite to celebrate the majestic creature and call attention to fur...
It is critical that other governments, including those of China and European countries, also close their ivory markets.
We cannot separate our dignity from that of other creatures. It is just as intrinsically linked to that of the starving poachers of Zimbabwe as it is to that of the animals they are poaching. If we really do have intrinsic individual worth, its value ought to be greater than any mantelpiece trophy.
The killing of Cecil the Lion, tragic as it might be to some, has laid bare some key issues that warrant further discussion. Few -- if any -- of these people rallying for ol' Cecil have shown their public concern and care for Zimbabweans.
When King David slept with another man's wife, a prophet came to him and told him about a rich man stealing a poor man's pet lamb who was like a member of the family. David, outraged by the story, said the rich man had no pity and deserved to die. T
No matter the motivation surrounding the hunt we do know this: Cecil the Lion is dead and the internet is freaking out about it. I am particularly interested in the question of why we are spending so much time focusing on one hunt, one animal, one hunter, and one death.
The lion that Walter James Palmer killed was not part of an endangered population. But he was named Cecil. And to those familiar with the park, he was one of a kind -- considered the most famous creature in the park.
The pangolin's numbers are rapidly dwindling. An Endangered Species Act listing is an important and necessary step to end the U.S.'s role in declining pangolin populations and would set an example for the rest of the world. Until then, we remain complicit in this truly unique species' decline.