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 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...

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...

I felt a sickening sadness as a breeze wafted the pungent decay of two rotting elephant corpses in my direction. In this beautiful Kenyan savannah there had been a terrible act of violence and somewhere nearby I knew we were going to witness the evidence. The wind play...

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