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Global Policy Needed to Keep Sharks in Our Oceans

Greg Stone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Greg Stone

There is weak international governance of our oceans. The fragmented nature of ocean governance is a challenge that needs to be overcome in order to protect sharks on the global scale.

Appraising Ivory Is an Antiquated Idea

John F. Calvelli | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Ivory and the trinkets made from it are in high demand globally. So much so that despite restrictions on illegal poaching and trafficking, elephants are still being killed at a tremendous rate of 35,000 per year.

Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.

When Ideologues Take Over the Administrative State: Punishing Ivory Owners Rather Than Saving Elephants

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Poaching has increased over the last decade, putting African elephants at risk. Additional global cooperation is necessary to save them. But America is not the problem.

Elephant Conservation Success Stories To Celebrate and Replicate

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Killed for their tusks to satisfy today's nearly insatiable ivory demand, elephants are disappearing at an alarming rate from countries where they were once abundant.

Why We Should Care That March 3rd Is Now World Wildlife Day

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

World Wildlife Day is an occasion to remember that in spite of protections provided by CITES much of the world's wildlife remains in crisis. The many threats they face include habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation, and unregulated development.

Obama Administration Treats Antique Collectors and Dealers as Criminals: New Ivory Rules Also Put Elephants at Increased Risk

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The mass killing of elephants is tragic. But demand for new ivory, not items legally imported decades or centuries ago, fuels the trade. Governments should penalize poachers and their seller allies -- not responsible collectors and dealers who have followed the rules.

Is Animal Rights the Next Human Rights?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Will the passion of the animal rights movement soon become part of an international debate at the United Nations and related institutions as "Digital Diplomacy" takes another advance from the virtual?

This Shark Week, Let's Stand Up for Unfairly Maligned Shark and Ray Species

John F. Calvelli | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Shark Week is back. The Discovery Channel's annual fear-fest has led millions of Americans -- including some of our own friends and family -- to warily scan their beach waters each August for lurking fins.

SeaWorld's IPO and the Third Question of Conscience

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.19.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Would you buy a conflict diamond, purchase a slave, or bank dividends from Auschwitz? Of course you wouldn't -- those are all questions of conscience...

Mali's Fragile Elephant Population at Risk

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.25.2013 | Green
Stefan Simanowitz

Having survived the harsh conditions of the desert and peacefully and coexisting alongside the local populations for centuries, the current political instability and its consequences is yet another stress to this elephant population, already at the limit of its endurance.

Elephants -- Two Things Worth Watching

Carl Safina | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Carl Safina

Now, shrunk from perhaps 90 percent of their former range by sprawling human populations and suffering relentless killing, elephant numbers are down to well under half a million -- a drop of 98 percent since just 1800.

Exotic Specialty Becomes Endangered Species

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 03.14.2013 | Green

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, took action to reduce global trade in endangered sharks...

As Sharks Approach Fin-ish Line at CITES, China and Japan Hope to Sink Them

Carl Safina | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Carl Safina

If one third of the delegates vote to reopen the debate, the shark proposal could go belly-up. Why might that happen?

U.S. Proposal To Ban Polar Bear Trade Rejected

AP | THANYARAT DOKSONE | Posted 03.07.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

BANGKOK -- A proposal by the United States to ban cross-border trade in polar bears and their parts was defeated Thursday at an international meeting ...

Report Confirms Elephants Are Being Decimated By Ivory Trade

AP | THANYARAT DOKSONE | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green

BANGKOK — Top conservation organizations warned Wednesday that the illegal ivory trade is hastening the decline of Africa's already endangered e...

Is Poaching a 'Threat to International Peace & Security'?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.04.2013 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Poaching has been intermittently addressed by the UN Security Council as part of the conflicts and broad human rights abuses cited. However, is poaching and the illegal trade the motivation rather than just the means?

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.

Why the Trade in Ivory Must Be Banned

Chantal Lyons | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Chantal Lyons

Since the economic ascent of China does not look likely to falter anytime soon, there is only one way to save elephants from extinction by poaching: a complete and permanent global ban on the trade of ivory.

The 11th Hour Strikes: Saving the Blue Fin Tuna From Extinction

Deborah Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deborah Bassett

In an interview, Captain Paul Watson shed light on the the urgency of the situation and the necessity of continued direct action to protect the species from greedy commercial overfishing.

Groups Work to Stop Iceland's Illegal Whaling

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

Given Iceland's escalation in commercial whaling and trade, it is clearly time for more than words. It is time to impose trade sanctions on Iceland's illegal whaling industry.

Japan As the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna's Savior

Seth Korman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Seth Korman

Instead of vilifying Japan, conservationists need to engage with it, and accept that any real attempt to conserve the Atlantic bluefin necessarily involves active Japanese participation.

Orangutan Genocide Continues in Indonesia

Deborah Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deborah Bassett

This highly sophisticated species whose DNA is 97 percent similar to homo sapiens will be the first great ape to become extinct if urgent action is not immediately taken.

The U.N.'s Ocean Death Panel

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

If present trends of industrial overfishing continue, there will be no commercially viable wild fisheries left by mid-century, and CITES failed at its recent meeting to intervene on this looming catastrophe.

America's Leadership in Protecting Endangered Species

Leda Huta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Leda Huta

Historically, America has been a leader in endangered species protections. Our nation has one of the strongest laws in the world to protect endangered species and their habitat.