Skin and Bones

Unravelling the Illegal and controversial industry that threatens global biodiversity.

What a difference a year makes; pangolin trade is still a threat even with the CITES international ban

It has been 142 days since 182 Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species unanimously voted to ban all international trade in pangolins and their body parts and supposedly save all 8 species. It has been 52 days since the new ban came into effect, and 16 days since the last multi-tonne seizure of pangolin scales in Thailand and just one day since the government of Cameroon took to the streets to publicly burn 3 tonnes of confiscated pangolin scales in a demonstration against illegal trafficking.  

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"I'M GOING TO BUILD A WALL, AND WILDLIFE WILL PAY FOR IT!!"

In a world where President Trump, sends little Eric and Donald Jr off to shoot African wildlife with luxury safari operator and the head of a hidden rhino poaching syndicate; Hugo Ras, let's not kid ourselves, wildlife protection was never going to be high on the political agenda. But now, among all the other hazards species must face, there might be a new obstacle in the way.

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Wildlife crime assessed, UNODC. The breakdown of Key findings.

Earlier this week World Wildlife Crime was assessed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 

With so much information in one report (differences in legal and illegal trade, the issues of organized crime, international and national legislation, wildlife laundering, the World WISE database, policy implications, species specifics, ....oh the list is endless), I cannot address it all in one post (that's what the actual report was written for, go ahead a read it), but luckily some key findings were put together and I am going to take my Friday night off and unravel some of them. 

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Footprints and empty nests.

The Gull Islands off the coast of Poole, UK are supposedly inaccessible. Apparently not, as one local charity 'Birds of Poole Harbor' discovered when surveying the area in early May. Footprints and empty nests are what the researchers found, uncovering a crime where plunderers had stolen not just one or two but hundreds of hundreds of eggs.

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MAP: Where are the tigers?

Estimates are that 7'000 captive tigers reside in facilities across China and South-East Asia, where they are intensively bred for trade and commercial purposes. The interactive map below (created by tiger campaigners at EIA Internationalpinpoints where tigers are kept, facilities implicated in trade and planned facilities. Providing a glimpse into the murky world of tiger farming.  

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'So where do you see yourself in five years?' - The EU Action Plan on tackling wildlife crime.

This week the European commission adopted an EU Action Plan on tackling Wildlife Crime. It comes 7 months after the EU joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in July 2015. 

#EUWildlife #InOurHands #WWD2016

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Happy World Pangolin day! Let's see where this EDGE species is being hunted and smuggled.

Mapping Illegal Trade-  produced by the Environmental Investigation Agency, (and I'm a little bias towards as I personally had a hand in generating it) details pangolin poaching and seizure incidents spanning the last 15 years, since CITES placed a zero export quota on Asian species.  

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