Crossing the Red Line – Japan’s Exotic Pet Trade

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“Crossing the Red Line – Japan’s Exotic Pet Trade,” TRAFFIC, June 2020 “Japan has historically been identified as one of the biggest consumer countries of exotic pets, where hundreds of threatened species are in demand, including slow lorises, owls and pythons privately kept by individuals. Demand in Japan has been a persistent driving force within …

Breaking Point: Uncovering South Africa’s Shameful Live Wildlife Trade with China

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Image Credit: Karl Ammann on location in China. Karl Ammann is a conservationist and wildlife photographer “Breaking Point: Uncovering South Africa’s Shameful Live Wildlife Trade with China,” EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading report, 17 May 2020 “South Africa has become the largest exporter of live wild animals to Asia, …

Zoonotic Diseases of Mass Destruction (Part II) – Who is regulating who?

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Banner image courtesy of Animals Asia In the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legal trade and illegal wildlife trafficking trade has come under increasing scrutiny (for good reason). A 2019 study concluded that one in every five species is affected by trade of some sort, but that the wildlife trade will expand …

Living with wild animals (Part Two): Eat them like there’s no tomorrow

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Banner Image – “Late last year, 32 wild animals, including lions, giraffes, white and black rhinos, lions and cheetahs, were listed under the Animal Improvement Act, effectively rendering them farm animals subject to manipulation and consumption“ Article by Don Pinnock, “Living with wild animals (Part Two): Eat them like there’s …

Open letter to World Health Organisation

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6th April 2020 Dear Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus [Director General, World Health Organisation] and Dr Zhang Qi [Co-ordinator of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Unit (TCM), World Health Organisation], COVID-19: Health risks and wildlife[1] markets – the need for a permanent global ban on wildlife markets and a highly precautionary approach to …

Zoonotic Diseases of Mass Destruction

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Banner image courtesy of artist Olaf Hajek and The New York Times Sunday Review The ‘true’ cost of wildlife abuse – Coronavirus and the viruses to follow…. “If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back …

China’s ban on wildlife consumption is an overdue death knell for lion bone industry

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by Don Pinnock, Daily Maverick, 24 February 2020 The Chinese government has placed an immediate ban on the illegal trading of wildlife and the consumption of wild animals. This follows a link between pangolin meat and the coronavirus outbreak.  Despite international outrage, South Africa is allowing a quota of at …

Inside The Global Conservation Organization Infiltrated By Trophy Hunters

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In depth investigation by Roberto Jurkschat, “Inside The Global Conservation Organization Infiltrated By Trophy Hunters,” BuzzFeed, 13 February 2020 (see original text for all images and references) GENEVA — Giraffes may well tower over all other animals in the natural world — but in the wild, their numbers are rapidly dwindling, …

Live Wild Animal Markets, Human and Animal Health, and Biodiversity Protection

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Joint open letter (prepared by Mark Jones, Head of Policy, Born Free Foundation) to: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organisation Dr Monique Eloit, Director General, Office International Epizoologies Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme   Live Wild Animal Markets, Human and Animal Health, and Biodiversity …