Author: Wade Tanner
Wade Tanner is a first-year MPAff student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is a native Texan who graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 2010. For the past four years he has been working with several of the world’s leading immigration law firms assisting Fortune 500 companies and individuals with their wide-ranging immigration needs.

Conspicuous Consumption and Wildlife

Wildlife products are used as a status symbol around the world. Known as conspicuous consumption, the rising cost of certain wildlife products allows users to display wealth and elite status by consuming these products. Such consumption is considered to be

Wildlife and traditional medicine

Wildlife products have been valued for use in various medicines for millennia. The use of wildlife products, which often are derived from threatened or endangered species, is still prevalent in traditional medicine, particularly in Asia. At current rates, species such

Militarizing Conservation

In a move that demonstrates how real the ongoing poaching crisis is, Kenya burned 15 tons of ivory on World Wildlife Day. 20-25,000 elephants are being illegally killed each year across Africa. Increasingly, governments have attempted to stop poaching by

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

New proposed protection for the African Lion

On October 27, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed to list the African lion as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This move comes after a March 2011 proposal to list the African lion as endangered

Zambia ends trophy hunting ban

Zambia recently announced the end of a twenty month ban on trophy hunting. This announcement came from Zambia’s Minister Of Tourism and Arts, Ms. Jean Kapata, who replaced the previous minister Ms. Sylvia Masebo after she was fired for being found guilty