Unbearable: The Illegal Trade in Asian Bear Species

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Asian Black bear in river

Asiatic Black Bear rescued from a bear bile farm in Vietnam. Despite the name, bear bile farms in Vietnam do not breed bears but rely on illegal capture from the wild. © Chris R. Shepherd | Monitor

The Green Gazette, 8 September 2019 By Dr. Chris R. Shepherd and Lalita Gomez The illegal trade of wildlife is ravaging our planet of life and diversity. Myriad species are drawing ever closer to extinction as we exploit them for food, medicine, pets, ornaments, leather, fashion, and even good luck charms. Poaching wildlife for trade now rivals habitat destruction as … Read More

Otters at CITES CoP18: Stronger protection from over-exploitation

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Small-clawed Otter (c) Lalita Gomez | Monitor

By Lalita Gomez, Monitor The Small-clawed Otter Aonyx Cinereus and the Smooth-coated Otter Lutragale perspicillata were uplisted from Appendix II to Appendix I during the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention of the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held in Geneva, Switzerland this past week. Hunting for trade … Read More