Sales of shark fins dropped by 50-70% over the past two years, according to a report by WildAid, with an 82% decline in sales reported by shark fin vendors in Guangzhou (the global centre of shark fin trade), as well as a 47% decrease in retail prices, and a 57% drop in wholesale prices. In […]Read more "WildAid: Fin market bottoming out"
Living on the high, sparse steppe of the Tibetan plateau, the Tibetan antelope – or chiru – has found itself squeezed between the lines of the economic development that brought railways and roads to Tibet, stabbing in from the rest of China. The Beijing-Lhasa railway threatened to split the chiru’s habit in two, creating a […]Read more "China: Shahtoosh, king of wools"
The global illegal wildlife trade is valued in excess of $20 billion a year, according to a study commissioned by the WWF and Traffic, and whilst stopping animal trafficking was for long not a priority for governments, things have started to change. Governments are recognising that the illegal trade in animals is indeed a massive […]Read more "UK: A thin blue line"
With the demand for rhino horn being driven primarily by the Vietnamese and Chinese markets, conservation groups have focused their attention on campaigns directed at combating its use both as a stimulant and as a medicine. The above poster is also available in Vietnamese, as it is in Vietnam that demand for rhino horn is […]Read more "Rhinos: Too little, too late?"
Rhino horn consists of keratin, the same material that makes up hair and nails in humans, and hooves in horses. Rhino horn differs from the horns of most other animals in that respect, as the horns of other animals are usually made from calcium. The exact chemical composition of each rhino will differ slightly, depending […]Read more "Why does Vietnam love Rhino horn so much?"