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Holding Internet Giants Accountable for Appalling Sale of Whale and Ivory Products

EIA and Humane Society International researchers were shocked to discover ads promoting the sale of elephant ivory and whale products on internet giant Google and Amazon.com websites. Both Google, the world’s largest search engine, and Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, have laudable policies against the sale of products from these endangered and threatened species, […]

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Reflecting on CITES CoP16: Elephants and Rhinos

Poaching and trafficking of iconic species such as elephants and rhinos are recognized to be at crisis levels, devastating populations worldwide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is an international agreement between governments that aims to ensure that trade in species doesn’t threaten their survival. The 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP16) […]

<p>Hong Kong Customs displays 82.5kg of rhino horns from South Africa and destined for Malaysia. Photo: ISD</p>
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Call for Trade Sanctions to Halt Vietnam’s Vast Illegal Rhino Horn Trade

BANGKOK – Environmentalists are today calling for trade sanctions against Vietnam for its failure to take action against its massive illegal trade in rhino horn. The 177 nations currently Party to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Bangkok are discussing measures to counter the intensive poaching of rhinos around the […]

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History repeating: The illegal trade in rhino horn

Rhino populations are being hammered by poachers, steeping Africa in blood and pushing the species ever-closer to extinction to satisfy the demand for rhino horn in Vietnam and other countries – a demand largely based on the myth of the non-existent medicinal properties of rhino horn. For the record, rhino horn is entirely composed of […]

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Lacey Act has teeth: US gets serious about illegal logging

Gibson Guitars has finally faced the music. After nearly a year of crying foul, running to the Tea Party for political backing, seeking audience with every possible media outlet and hiring a DC lobbying firm to change the law under which it was being investigated, Gibson Guitars has acknowledged that it did, in fact, import […]

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Musicians and environmentalists unite in opposition to music industry’s lobbying offensive

ANAHEIM – As tens of thousands of people gather for the opening of the NAMM Show, the National Association of Music Merchants’ biggest annual event, musicians and environmental groups called on the industry to change the tune it’s singing in Washington by ending its support for illegal logging. Standing outside NAMM’s conference, renowned musicians joined […]