March 20, 2017

There has been considerable pressure on the UK government to honour two consecutive "total ivory ban" manifesto commitments. Its failure to act doesn't surprise me but it may shock many readers that over the last 30 years the UK's position on the ivor...

September 28, 2016

A few years ago I was stunned to hear scientists had proven dogs experienced emotion such as jealousy, happiness and sadness. I was on my sofa as the TV newsreader educated viewers with the latest research. Vishnu, our German Shepherd cross, lying at my feet, must have...

September 24, 2016

There is an extraordinary truth to the expression “it’s written all over your face.” It was 1994 and I was an observer at the CITES  Conference in Fort Lauderdale, USA. These huge decision-making events take place every two to three years and attract thousands of gover...

September 5, 2016

I spent a great deal of my life in the late 1980s undercover, following the sound of drills carving out ivory name seals for the Japanese market and crude souvenirs for tourists. Hong Kong ivory traders set up small factories in Africa, the Middle East and across Asia....