Hole in Wood

“On average, each of us [in the UK] consumes just under a tonne of timber a year. Anything from 10 to 20% of that could be illegal depending on where it’s coming from, … due to some nonsense loopholes.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/how_you_can_help/campaign_with_us/forest_campaign/)

Which wood is full of holes? For some Friday fun, take WWF’s Loopy Loopholes 5-question quiz – then take action.


“China has committed to close down its domestic ivory market, which conservationists say provides cover for the illegal ivory trade, for which China is also the biggest player.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0529-china-to-end-ivory-trade.html)

Never underestimate the Attenborough Effect (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/20/david-attenborough-calls-on-chinese-president-end-ivory-trade).


“The Royal Thai Police have seized more than a dozen unregistered and illegally registered elephants. … The [registration] system does not require owners’ proof that the animals were born in captivity. The system thus opens the door to the laundering of elephant calves.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=6782)

‘Seizing’ elephants seems a sizeable challenge, especially if they’re lathered up.