Tag: wildlife trade

The InvestEGGator | GPS equipped decoy eggs

The illegal wildlife trade is valued at between eight and 26.5 billion US dollars annually, making it the fourth biggest illegal trade in the world. Many different strategies have been adopted to disrupt supply chains, and one of the most innovative that we’ve seen for a long while is a project by group of scientists who use decoy eggs to tackle the illegal trade of endangered sea turtles in Central America. The research project is a collaboration between scientists at the University of Kent and conservation organisation Paso Pacifico. In Central America turtle eggs are poached from beaches and sold as a delicacy. When thinking how to track where the stolen eggs were being taken, researchers came up with the idea of dummy eggs fitted with transmitters…

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World Animal Protection | Report: UK wildlife imports from known disease hotspots

Millions of live wild animals are being legally imported into the UK from emerging disease hotspots risking another public health crisis, according to a startling new report “Risky Business: Live Non-CITES Wildlife UK Imports and the Potential for Infectious Diseases” from global animal welfare charity World Animal Protection. The study, which used data obtained via a Freedom of Information request to the Animal and Plant Health Agency found that between 2014 to 2018, 2,492,156 amphibians, 578,772 reptiles, 150,638 mammals, and 99,111 birds were imported into the UK for commercial purposes.

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World Animal Protection | #EndWildlifeTrade

Now, we have thought about this long and hard but we can’t find anything positive to say about wildlife trade. It is either theft of wildlife from its natural habitat or the confinement of captive-bred ‘wildlife’ for the rest of its largely unnatural life. It is emptying forests around the world (leaving huge areas silent and devoid of mammals and birds). It is at the root of major pandemics (SARS and Covid-19 appear to be directly traceable back to the wildlife trade). It is exterminating populations of animals many of us won’t have even heard of until relatively recently (the pangolin, Totoaba, Helmeted Hornbill for example). And what we’re doing to Lions is barely comprehensible…World Animal Protection is trying to put an end to wildlife trade and we’re happy to support them…

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Podcast: Checking in with Boyd Leupen, Monitor Conservation Research Society

Here at The War on Wildlife Project we were thinking that as us campaigners, conservationists, and activists can’t get out to meet and see each other now, how about creating something to bring the conservation community together – everyone from individuals to grassroots organisations to larger charities – something that reminds us all that we’re still out there, still working, but that also shows the human side of things during this COVID-19 crisis. We could think of them as ‘check-ins’ – as in ‘checking-in to make sure we’re all okay’.

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Podcast: Checking in with Dominic Dyer, chief-executive Badger Trust

Here at The War on Wildlife Project we were thinking that as us campaigners, conservationists, and activists can’t get out to meet and see each other now, how about creating something to bring the conservation community together – everyone from individuals to grassroots organisations to larger charities – something that reminds us all that we’re still out there, still working, but that also shows the human side of things during this COVID-19 crisis. We could think of them as ‘check-ins’ – as in ‘checking-in to make sure we’re all okay’.

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