Spotlight South Pacific Island Nations: Breaking the wildlife crime chain

din, 04/17/2012
Spotlight South Pacific Island Nations: Breaking the wildlife crime chain

Stuffing a deadly snake down your trousers and taking a 12 hour flight may not be in your top ten list of things to do before you die but for some ruthless (and either desperate or ignorant) criminals this dangerous activity can pay off big time.

Wildlife crime is an international industry made up of a chain of criminal acts – poaching is followed by illegal transport, processing, smuggling, sales, money laundering and so on – a deliberate sequence of criminality involving many sets of grubby hands.

Spotlight Asia: Make wildlife criminals pay!

din, 04/17/2012
In August of 2010 Anson was arrested in Malaysia for smuggling snakes in his lug

In August of 2010 Anson was arrested in Malaysia for smuggling snakes in his luggage.We don’t meet or talk to criminals often. But that’s exactly what I did last November in Bangkok.

VIDEO: Slow start to Canadian seal hunt as sealers stay home

vri, 04/13/2012
VIDEO: Slow start to Canadian seal hunt as sealers stay home

There is nothing more frustrating than being prepared to document the commercial seal hunt and being kept down by one thing we have absolutely no control over – weather. 

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The killing spree is over but it’s no time to celebrate

don, 04/12/2012
The killing spree is over but it’s no time to celebrate

The poachers rode into the park on horseback from Chad and Sudan, armed with automatic weapons and a single purpose: Kill as many elephants for their tusks as possible.

Indonesia quake scare shows evolution of response preparedness

don, 04/12/2012
Goats walk amid debris from the devastating tsunami of 2004.

Goats walk amid debris from the devastating tsunami of 2004.On Wednesday, a large 8.6 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia triggered widespread panic as residents feared a repeat of 2004. Nearly 230,000 people and an untold number of animals lost their lives back then after the 9.1 magnitude quake spawned a deadly tsunami.

WATCH: New BBC Panorama documentary examines rising ivory trade

don, 04/12/2012
WATCH: New BBC Panorama documentary examines rising ivory trade

Along with many of you, I have found the recent reports on the continuing plight of elephants in Africa particularly distressing. You may have seen from my colleague’s blogs, in the past few months alone, we were on the ground in Cameroon documenting heart-breaking scenes of massacred elephants.

Northern Gulf seal hunt opens with a fizzle

woe, 04/11/2012
Northern Gulf seal hunt opens with a fizzle

And so it begins…day one of the Canadian commercial seal hunt in the Northern Gulf of St Lawrence

The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s seal team is in Newfoundland, Canada to observe and document the commercial seal hunt.

Northern Gulf seal hunt opens with a fizzle

woe, 04/11/2012
Northern Gulf seal hunt opens with a fizzle

And so it begins…day one of the Canadian commercial seal hunt in the Northern Gulf of St Lawrence

The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s seal team is in Newfoundland, Canada to observe and document the commercial seal hunt.

Northern Gulf seal hunt opens with a fizzle

woe, 04/11/2012
Northern Gulf seal hunt opens with a fizzle

And so it begins…day one of the Canadian commercial seal hunt in the Northern Gulf of St Lawrence

The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s seal team is in Newfoundland, Canada to observe and document the commercial seal hunt.