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....

August 12, 2016

Today is World Elephant Day and just a few days ago WWF came out in opposition to a global ivory ban proposed for next month’s important Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting which is supported by 29 African states representing 70% of...