Illegal ivory trade continues to thrive in Europe

July 11, 2018 by  
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International rights group Avaaz says the illegal ivory trade is still alive and well in Europe after the group purchased 109 ivory products from 10 countries and found that many of these items were illegaly sourced from wildlife after 1989. The findings further support Avaaz’s mission in calling on Europe to completely end its ivory trade and protect elephants . During its four-month investigation, the non-profit was able to successfully purchase ivory items in 10 European nations, including Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom. The ivory products were then shipped to Oxford University , where researchers used carbon dating to determine their authenticity and age. According to Avaaz, approximately 20 percent of the discovered items were harvested in 1990 or later. Under international regulations, it is illegal to sell any ivory taken from animals after 1990, when sanctions on the organic material went into effect. Related: United Kingdom moves to ban most of its ivory trade The good news is that the majority of items found date back as far as 1947 and later, meaning no new animals were killed or threatened for ivory. While this is a major win for animal conservation , pre-1990 ivory trade is only allowed with official documentation — Avaaz was able to purchase the items illegally. “This proves beyond doubt that illegal ivory is being sold across Europe,” Bert Wander, campaign director for Avaaz, said in a media statement. “Every day the sale of these trinkets continues is a day closer to wiping out majestic elephants forever.” The undercover operation is part of a wider awareness campaign by Avaaz to stop all ivory trading across Europe. In a recent update , the activist organization accused the European Union of being open to future trading opportunities. Furthermore, Avaaz claims the EU does not support a proposed five-point plan to protect all elephants from poaching for their tusks. Avaaz is not the only group calling for the outright end of ivory sales. Tusk , a charity championed by Prince William , is demanding the U.K. end all ivory trading, claiming the nation is the third-largest supplier of illegal products to the U.S. + Avaaz Via The Guardian

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Recently captured critically endangered Sumatran rhino dies

April 6, 2016 by  
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Last month conservationists praised the first contact with a critically endangered Sumatran rhino in 40 years . But hope dissolved when the rhino, who was christened Najaq, passed away this week. She appears to have died from an infection instigated by a poaching attempt before her capture , though the exact cause of death remains unknown. Read the rest of Recently captured critically endangered Sumatran rhino dies

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Report reveals 11 million people and half of World Heritage sites are threatened by industry

April 6, 2016 by  
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The World Wildlife Fund issued a new report that warns nearly half of all World Heritage sites are being threatened by industrial activity. Oil and gas exploration, mining, and logging (legal and otherwise) all endanger some of the world’s most beloved and natural locations, many of which are home to biodiverse animal kingdoms. WWF is calling on world leaders to respond by taking more aggressive action to protect natural sites from commercial development and corporate interests. Read the rest of Report reveals 11 million people and half of World Heritage sites are threatened by industry

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World’s oldest panda celebrates with cake and bamboo. Happy Birthday Jia Jia!

July 28, 2015 by  
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Celebrations took place Tuesday, July 28 at Ocean Park in Hong Kong as Jia Jia took her place the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living panda in captivity. Jia Jia was presented with a colorful cake of ice and fruit juice, as well as a handful of fresh bamboo shoots to mark the occasion, as her caretakers at Ocean Park noted that she is remarkably active and healthy for a panda of her highly advanced years. Read the rest of World’s oldest panda celebrates with cake and bamboo. Happy Birthday Jia Jia!

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SNEAK PEEK: Chrysler’s electric Town & Country minivan spotted on the streets of LA

July 28, 2015 by  
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What do we have here? Yesterday on my way to the office I pulled up next to two heavily camouflaged prototypes of Chrysler’s all-new Town & Country minivan , which is expected to arrive sometime next year as a 2017 model. While this isn’t the first time that spy photographers have caught the new minivan driving around the country, what sparked my interest here was the “EV” sticker on the back – providing a hint of the electrified powertrain under all that camouflage. Read the rest of SNEAK PEEK: Chrysler’s electric Town & Country minivan spotted on the streets of LA

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INFOGRAPHIC: The countries with the most threatened mammals in the world

April 10, 2015 by  
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Many of the world’s most magnificent animals are disappearing at an alarming rate – in some countries more than others. This new infographic reveals which countries have the most threatened animals based on data from The World Bank . Having this information empowers us to put pressure on those countries whose animal protections are falling short. Check out the detailed maps after the jump to find out more. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The countries with the most threatened mammals in the world Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal conservation , animal conservation infographic , animal infographic , animal protection , countries with endangered animals , countries with most threatened animals , countries with threatened animals , endangered animals , infographic , reader submission , The Eco Experts , threatened animals

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U.S. considers allowing hunter to kill nearly extinct black rhino

December 23, 2014 by  
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“Killing it to save it” seems to be the misguided logic a Texas man is using to justify his plans to hunt a Black Rhino in Namibia. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating the hunter’s application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhino back into the U.S. Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 for the right to kill a black rhino from the Dallas Safari Club , according to The Guardian . Knowlton told WFAA “I’m a hunter… I want to experience a black rhino. I want to be intimately involved with a black rhino. If I go over there and shoot it or not shoot it, it’s beyond the point.” Read the rest of U.S. considers allowing hunter to kill nearly extinct black rhino Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal conservation , animal ethics , animal extinction , black rhino , critically endangered animals , endangered animals , extinct animals

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Jane Goodall Warns Elephants Could Go Extinct Because of Illegal Ivory Trade

December 17, 2012 by  
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Jane Goodall has issued a vehement plea for citizens everywhere to stop buying ivory as she fears African elephants will go extinct to fuel the illegal trade. Speaking with The Guardian after authorities seized 24 tons of illegal ivory in Malaysia last week, the world-renowned primatologist said that Tanzania may have lost half of its elephants in the last three years alone to supply China with the ivory used to make ornaments. And the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned in a recent report that rebel groups in Africa are using the funds raised through this illicit business to fund wars. Read the rest of Jane Goodall Warns Elephants Could Go Extinct Because of Illegal Ivory Trade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: African elephant , animal conservation , armed militias shoot elephants , china , david attenborough , environmental news , illegal ivory , Jane Goodall , News , poaching , tanzania , Wildlife conservation

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Giant Humpback Whale Made out of Recycled Materials Pops up in Santa Monica

December 26, 2011 by  
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Samo is a giant humpback whale made out of recycled materials that was recently unveiled by Mattel’s Children’s Hospital UCLA at the Santa Monica Place Mall. The result of a collaboration between Bob Bangham from RipBangSVI and Arthur M. Cappola of Macerich , this awesome 46-foot-long play space teaches children all about environmental issues and the plight of humpback whales. Although Samo’s Clubhouse was designed for children ages 5-8, adults with a penchant for sustainable design will also get a kick out of this very cool project, which is visible from both inside and outside this heavily-trafficked mall. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal conservation , Children , eco design , eco play , green design , green materials , green play , humpback whales , macerich , Mattel’s Children Hospital UCLA , Recycled Materials , RipBangSVI , Samo , Samo the Whale , Samo’s Clubhouse , Santa Monica , Santa Monica Place Mall , sustainable design

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VIDEO: Betty White and National Geographic Cause an Uproar For Big Cats

December 14, 2011 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Lions, tigers and cheetahs (oh my!) are disappearing from the wild in alarming numbers – and they need our help. To call attention to this dire situation, National Geographic has launched a big cat initiative called Cause an Uproar to raise awareness and funds for conservation projects, education and incentive efforts to help these animals. And as if that wasn’t cool enough, the campaign is spearheaded by everyone’s favorite Golden Girl, Betty White!  NatGeo will kick off their Cause an Uproar initiative by airing a week of specials on mountain lions, cougars, cheetahs, jaguars, tigers and leopards this week (it’s also viewable online for those of us without cable), but you can get a sneak peek by checking out their special video featuring White above. To show your support you can donate funds or purchase books, mugs, videos and t-shirts emblazoned with these majestic cats from the National Geographic online store . + Cause an Uproar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal conservation , Betty White , Big Cat week , big cats , Cause an Uproar , lions , National Geographic , National Geographic Channel , panthers , pumas , tigers

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