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.

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Atitanborough

“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).

Sullied

“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.