Petition: Urge Facebook to Enforce Policies to End Wildlife Trafficking

Petition: Urge Facebook to Enforce Policies to End Wildlife Trafficking

Despite Facebook’s promises to fight the illegal wildlife trafficking industry, it persists and continues to profit from the imprisonment and neglect of helpless animals. A recent report by Avaaz claims that Facebook remains a popular platform for cruel animal traffickers. The researchers found that Facebook’s algorithms “help criminals grow their business.” It should not be […]

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Many hunters leave hippos’ corpses behind and return home with just 12 teeth as their “trophies.”

Many hunters leave hippos’ corpses behind and return home with just 12 teeth as their “trophies.”

Hippos are one of the most recognizable creatures on the planet, with their barrel form, massive teeth, and jaws that can expand to nearly 180 degrees. Hippos are also a keystone species because their behavior, as “ecosystem engineers,” helps form and preserve landscapes and ecosystems while also promoting biodiversity. Their presence is vital to the […]

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Trade in derivatives of ‘farmed’ tigers  is increasing in China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and South Africa

Trade in derivatives of ‘farmed’ tigers is increasing in China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and South Africa

EIA has released new clandestine film showing Laos’ massive development of captive-breeding facilities for tigers and bears. The number of confined animals has more than doubled, and they are maintained in rows of concrete enclosures. This expansion is in direct violation of an international judgement prohibiting the breeding of tigers for the commerce in their […]

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Uganda fails to enforce laws against wildlife crime by allowing bailed Ivory traffickers to disappear

Uganda fails to enforce laws against wildlife crime by allowing bailed Ivory traffickers to disappear

Authorities in Uganda intercepted a shipment of roughly 4 tons of elephant ivory and pangolin scales from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo on its way to the city, Kampala, in January 2019. What has happened in the three years since then reveals flaws in the country’s enforcement of wildlife-crime legislation. The Uganda Revenue Authority […]

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National Butterfly Center forced to close down after QAnon threats

National Butterfly Center forced to close down after QAnon threats

The National Butterfly Center in Texas, which opposed US President Donald Trump’s border wall, has been forced to close indefinitely due to harassment from right-wing conspiracy theorists. According to HuffPost, the 100-acre nature preserve in Mission, Texas, has been involved in a legal battle with the former Trump administration and the non-profit We Build a […]

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Texas biology professor charged for illegally trafficking 14 protected wildlife species

Texas biology professor charged for illegally trafficking 14 protected wildlife species

AMARILLO, Texas (ABC4) – A Texas biologist has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly importing protected wildlife items into the country without declaring it or obtaining the required permits. Dr. Richard Kazmaier, 54, an associate professor of biology at West Texas A&M University, was charged Thursday with smuggling goods into the United […]

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