Care for the Wild
Why should the government be spending so much time and money on such a 'trivial' issue given the other awful things that happen day in, day out, around the world? Quite simply... because it matters. It matters to all of us, whether we're in Africa, Asia or just sat at home watching EastEnders. Wildlife crime is a big problem, and it's big news right now.
People of Spain: Say no to these embarrassingly un-macho and old-fashioned barbaric practices. We'll do all we can at this end to support you and bring the focus back to all the magical and positive parts of your endearing culture.
Fresh from the horse meat scandal, DEFRA has found itself in a new controversy, having again failed the British consumer in food traceability and labelling. The public now knows that over 20,000 cattle infected with bovine TB enter the food chain in the UK each year, and the government doesn't know where they go, where they are sold, and who is eating them.
After a two year voluntary ban, Iceland has resumed commercial whaling - against international opinion and against the mandates of the International Whaling Commission, which Iceland doesn't recognise.
Today the illegal wildlife trade is worth in excess of $10 billion annually and the surging demand for ivory from the rapidly growing economies of China, Vietnam and Thailand resulted in over 40,000 elephants being killed in Africa in 2012, or one every 15 minutes.