Diamonds are a girl’s best friend; Ivory is her worst enemy

Mon, 07/16/2012
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend; Ivory is her worst enemy

New York City’s Diamond District received a wake-up call on Thursday following the news that two jewelers and their stores pleaded guilty to marketing what prosecutors said was more than $2 million worth of jewelry and other gifts made from Asian and African elephant ivory tusks. The initial arrests—which took place earlier this year—resulted in one of the largest seizures of illicit ivory sold in New York.

Spotlight Mexico: "OSO", a small sized dog with a great heart

Fre, 07/20/2012
Spotlight Mexico: OSO a small sized dog with a great heart

A collage of "Oso" photos collected by the author.Some of my days are so exciting that I wish I could have my thoughts written at the same time things happen to me!

Korea’s change of heart on scientific whaling is welcome

Fre, 07/13/2012
Korea’s change of heart on scientific whaling is welcome

The announcement yesterday (12 July) by Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, that his South Korean counterpart, Mr Kim Sung-hwan, had indicated plans for scientific whaling would not proceed was a welcome development.

Spotlight Canada: amazing Northern Dogs team succeeds, only with community support

Mit, 07/18/2012
A cat at the Northern Dogs clinic chilling on the way south.

Chilling on the way south.The last Northern Dogs Project vet clinic was over quickly. 

Elephant lovers worldwide say “no!” to killing elephants for ivory

Mon, 07/16/2012
Elephant lovers worldwide say “no!” to killing elephants for ivory

Spotlight UK: Going the extra mile for the protection of elephants

Fre, 07/13/2012
IFAW UK Director Robbie Marsland and UK Environment Minister Richard Benyon.

IFAW UK Director Robbie Marsland and UK Environment Minister Richard Benyon.On a rare sunny day in central London Emma the Elephant and I had the chance to hand over more than 50,000 demanding shouts from International Fund for Animal Welfare supporters directed at Her Majesty's Government. 

To be effective, global animal welfare standards need national enforcement

Don, 05/31/2012
To be effective, global animal welfare standards need national enforcement

The expansion of global communications and travel makes us much more aware of the plight of animals around the world.

Global trade increases pressure on animals, whether it is trade in live, wild and domestic animals or trade in wildlife products such as ivory. Illegal wildlife trade causes the suffering and death of untold numbers of animals. This is not the only worrying scenario though; even the legal wildlife trade is virtually ungoverned in terms of animal welfare.

The American bison: both a sad lesson and a living icon

Don, 07/05/2012
The American bison: both a sad lesson and a living icon

Since the Colonial Era, America’s largest land mammal—the American bison— has been a symbol of our nation’s strength, history and culture.  The species was once plentiful in the United States, but was then senselessly exterminated in one of the most short-sighted and wasteful campaigns against nature in our country’s history.  Today however, there are now pockets of free-roaming bison coming back in the West. 

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