Daily Archives: February 1, 2016

A win for activists

Posted by Peter MUIR

seized_ivory_at_the_hong_kong_burn_ceremony_1Following a major anti-ivory campaign by WWF-Hong Kong, the city’s Chief Executive, C Y Leung, announced recently that the government is actively exploring phasing out the domestic ivory trade.  The government is also set to strengthen efforts to tackle the illegal ivory trade.

Every year around 30,000 elephants are killed in Africa for their tusks, primarily to satisfy the demand for ivory products in Asia. Hong Kong is a key part of this trade as a major transit and retail hub, with a study last year revealing that there were more ivory items for sale in Hong Kong than in any other city in the world.

DC UNICEF club looking for members

Posted by Peter MUIR

UniceflogoUNICEF reports that currently around 1 in 9 of the worlds children is living in a conflict zone. The lives of these children and their families are disrupted, upended or nearly destroyed by crises. They are forced to leave home and are exposed to severe food shortages, violence, disease and abuse, and are twice as likely to die of mostly preventable causes before they reached the age of five. They urgently need life-saving aid such as safe water, immunizations, education and child protection- and you can take action to do something about this. The DC UNICEF club is recruiting members – sign up today!