Month: January 2015

Traffic sucks! (this time I don’t mean the rush-hour kind)

Wildlife trafficking is (and almost always has been) a huge problem in the world. Wildlife trade is the legal sale/transfer of wildlife and wildlife products, but trafficking is illegal — it involves endangered species, banned practices, or unsustainable take of

‘Death to Poachers!’ and Why Animal-Lovers Rage

In my previous post, Shoot-to-Kill Policy: Injustice in the Name of Conservation, I argued that militaristic shoot-to-kill (S2K) policies are likely ineffective in curbing poaching in the long term. Worse yet, through the guise of wildlife conservation, regimes use S2K’s

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Namibia’s Community Wildlife Conservancies

Two of the biggest obstacles to effective conservation schemes in Southern Africa are the high rates of rural poverty and the lack of a system of laws providing property rights to vast sections of the population. Since the mid-1990s, the

Internal Conflict and Wildlife Trafficking: Myanmar

Increases in Chinese demand for illegal wildlife products have caused intensified wildlife trafficking around the world.  This trade has, in turn, led to government instability and increased crime in source countries. Unfortunately, many of these countries have governments unable, or unwilling,

Shoot-to-Kill Policy: Injustice in the Name of Conservation

“Is it ever OK to defend a policy that can mean the loss of human life in order to protect wildlife?” Save the Rhino International poses this question in an informational piece on shoot-to-kill (S2K) policies, defined as a ranger’s

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EU Accession to CITES: Unity or Disunity?

Last month the European Union became the first regional entity to accede to CITES.  This means that the EU will have a greater capacity to participate in the regime and assist non-EU states with CITES-related projects.  Additionally, the EU can cast one

A look to a gloomy 2015

2014 was a gloomy year for several iconic species. The Southern White Rhino was particularly hit hard, with 1,100+ killed in South Africa alone. As South Africa is home to 90% of the world’s rhino population (which currently stands less

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Global Focus

Recently, isolationist international policies have gained traction in the US Congress as more Tea Party candidates have been elected. Rand Paul, while stating again and again that he is not an isolationist has voted against international funding. But why does wildlife

Governmental Will: Key to Protecting African Elephants from Chinese Consumption

My last post addressed  ways in which the Chinese government has attempted to protect its domestic elephant population. Most of the efforts have been aimed at enhancing park conditions and patrols, as well as providing support to farmers affected by

Will the USA support public awareness campaigns around the world?

Throughout the fall semester, I researched the effectiveness of public awareness campaigns in reducing demand for illegal wildlife products. I have examined campaigns from China, England and the USA. The purpose of this research was to develop an action plan