Heroes and Villains

Update below. You know a cause has achieved cult status when it makes it into the comic books. Marvel Comics has come out with a double pack of comic books featuring the popular character of Wolverine and the issue of the illegal trade in endangered animal parts. Written and illustrated by the great Phil Jimenez,…

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Antithesis of Desire

There were two major seizures of illegal elephant tusks Kenya’s Mombasa airport this month. The largest – 3 tonnes worth an estimated $700,000 – was being exported as large bags of peanuts. The other, seized earlier this month, was composed of tusks that had been cut up into smaller pieces and covered in fish remains…

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Magical Thinking

Humans like to imbue animals with special qualities. Dogs are loyal in some cultures, dirty in others, and a source of meat in still others. It seems that the more impressive the animal is to humans – especially top predators, large animals like elephants, sharks and rhinos, or unusual animals like pangolins – the more…

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