Convergence of wildlife crime with other forms of organised crime

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The Wildlife Justice Commission report (May 2021) restates that “Over the past two decades, wildlife crime has become a form of transnational organised crime, generating billions of dollars annually and affecting almost every country.” The report includes case studies, such as the “The Rathkeale Rovers” (page 28 – 29) prosecuted …

Seaspiracy

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A shocking exposé of the exploitative, destructive, global fishing cartels – corruption, ‘sustainability’ myths, lies, slavery, complicity, plus of course untold damage to our planet and our own species’ chances of survival…..a must watch for everyone I would suggest. “Seaspiracy,” Ali and Lucy Tabrizi (Kip Andersen: Producer), Netflix documentary – …

The Vicious Circle

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It’s not just lions/big cats being cruelly exploited in South Africa’s captive breeding industry, but also vulnerable people: “One of our key findings following multiple interviews with industry stakeholders, was the exploitation, not only of South Africa’s wildlife, but the exploitation of its people too on these farms. By talking …

Still Trading in Extinction – The Dark Side of Hong Kong’s Wildlife Trade

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Petition – “Stop Wildlife Traffickers Using Our City,” Support Hong Kong Environmental Petitions Detailed analysis by ADM Capital Foundation suggests that where there are wildlife trade interceptions and prosecutions in the wildlife trafficking hub of Hong Kong, the penalties are not severe and the Kingpins go untouched –  many of those prosecuted …

Challenging the Captive Lion Industry

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As we await Minister Creecy’s public announcement of South Africa’s High Level Panel recommendations regarding the captive breeding industry (and other ‘sustainable utilisation’ policies), South Africa’s  National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) recent report, “NSPCA Challenges the Captive Lion Industry” (February 2021), makes for a sombre read and reminder of the cruel, …

“Invest in Nature” – Born Free Foundation Proposal

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Born Free Foundation has launched the Global Nature Recovery Investment Initiative (GNRII) – which has resonance in the post COVID-19 world we now inhabit – a global pandemic resulting from the unleashing of a deadly zoonotic disease after man’s exploitation of wildlife. The GNRII focuses attention on bodies, such as …

World Wildlife Crime Report – Trafficking in Protected Species

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has issued a report, “World Wildlife Crime Report – Trafficking in Protected Species” 2020. “Lion, jaguar and leopard body parts are being increasingly sought as substitutes to tiger products by traffickers, a major UN report has found, but demand for ivory …

Money Trails – Identifying financial flows linked to wildlife trafficking

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Fascinating insight into the murky illegal wildlife trade (IWT) by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The global illegal wildlife trade is worth an estimated $7-23 billion a year billion every year, but these huge profits are seldom targeted. “Money Trails – Identifying financial flows linked to wildlife trafficking” looks at …