Rhino and lion numbers are either crashing or declining. No one today really thinks it's a good idea to slaughter animals, do they?
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.
We do not need to rely on another unenforceable trade deal that may, in fact, pose threats to their habitats. Other more effective tools exist to reduce illegal wildlife trade -- ones that are free of the TPP's threats to the environment.
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.
I grew up in a family of hunters. My grandfather on my dad's side owned a sporting goods store and amassed a large gun collection that included several Walker-model Colt revolvers, the weapon the Texas Rangers used to tame the west before the Civil War, and a pistol with a provenance that included the outlaw Jesse James.
It is rare to hear good news about the rhino: poaching has returned and a creature that has been with us since the days of the dinosaurs seems in mortal peril. But the rhino is still among us, and Kenya remains one of the best places on the planet to see both the black and white rhino.
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.
In Wild Kingdom, Campbell shows that as individuals, our dependency on technology blinds us to precipices and predators, to each other. We are living vicariously when we look at a diorama; we live vicariously -- and allow others to live vicariously -- through social media.
Please. No more GOP complaints about President Obama making Constitutional power grabs. RHINOs (Republicans in Name Only) led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just gave the President.
A LEAP OF LEOPARDS! ...
The illegal wildlife trade is emerging as one of the world's most lucrative criminal activities. Well-organized syndicates operating as transnational criminal networks linked to poaching often participate in other illegal activities, including trafficking of narcotics and weapons--some with ties to terrorist networks.
Today, global citizens marked the second annual World Wildlife Day as the United Nations announced that the organized crime threat to wildlife species is on the rise. The work to combat these crimes is more important than ever as human impacts drive an unprecedented decline in our planet's wild species. We must address this global crisis from all angles.
In celebration of World Wildlife Day, let us remember that wild animals have made us who we are. They are essential to our foundation, to our very existence. Wild animals keep our world alive. Without them, there is no us.
Need the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Welcome to the club. Truth be told, shopping for your significant other can be a daunting task for even the most capable of gift givers.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, I spent a lot of December exploring Zimbabwe. I knew I was interested in the country and was pretty sure I would like it but I have to say I was absolutely blown away, I LOVED it.
Recognizing that his family's efforts would only succeed in the long term if local communities embraced wildlife protection, in 2004 Ian Craig co-founded the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), which equips and empowers community conservancies to improve their own lands and livelihoods.