Namibia is home to almost 2,000 endangered black rhinos, and in order to finance conservation efforts they have been auctioning off permits to hunt one of the animals. They auction off 5 permits a year, and hunting permits have long been a source of income for Namibian conservation efforts. The most recent permit was auctioned […]Read more "Africa: Bounty hunting"
Something I recall having seen on Xinhua (新华网) last year (2014) was a report of tigers being butchered on the street in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, in a town called Leizhou (雷州市). The pictures you can find if you search 雷州市宰杀老虎 (Leizhou City slaughter tigers) are particularly shocking, with the corpses of tigers […]Read more "China: Leizhou, where they butcher tigers"
The Giant Panda is something of a political animal – though not through choice, it must be said – with ‘panda diplomacy,’ the practice of giving pandas to other countries as gifts, having been around since the Tang dynasty, some 1,400 years ago. Where the pandas were once proudly given as gifts to the people […]Read more "China: Panda numbers – not black and white"
China has released a notification via CITES that it intends to suspend the import of ivory carvings from February 26th 2015 to February 26th 2016. This affects the ivory that is legally imported into the country – an apparently negligible amount – and the measure has no bearing on the massive illegal ivory trade that […]Read more "China bans ivory imports … for 1 year"
I have only been to one Chinese wedding, which was in Shanghai a few years ago, though I managed to miss the ceremony and only attended the reception. This was held in a Sichuan restaurant, the name of which I have long since forgotten, though after a big of digging it might have been Xinxianghui […]Read more "China: We need to talk about shark’s fin soup"