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WildAid Mourns Loss of Former Board Chair Tod Bensen

It is with deep sadness that WildAid announces the loss one of our greatest champions, former Board Chair Tod Bensen. 

We remember Tod for his generosity, unfailing support, encouragement and leadership. 

Tod inspired us all with his sage strategic business advice and his enthusiasm for WildAid’s mission and methodology. 

He was a relentless advocate for the organization and unfailingly generous in his support. 

Tod was a big part of WildAid’s success. None of what we have accomplished could have been done without him. 

On World Lion Day 2017, Africa’s Lions Face Crisis

Two years after the illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe put lions into world headlines, Africa’s lions face a continuing crisis.

Over the past two decades, the African lion population has declined by an estimated 43%, with only 20,000 lions remaining across the entire continent. Habitat loss, poaching for bushmeat, and conflict with livestock owners are the primary killers of Africa’s lions today. Compared to trophy hunting, these threats combined are estimated to kill five to ten times as many lions each year. 

Nearly two tons of ivory crushed in New York

Authorities in New York today destroyed nearly two tons of illegal ivory confiscated in the state.

The crush was intended to discourage consumers from buying illicit wildlife products, and to demonstrate to traffickers and sellers that wildlife crime is taken very seriously in the U.S. 

Chinese Stars Promote Diets that Improve Health and Flight Climate Change

Chinese superstars Angelababy, Huang Lei and Huang Xuan encourage the public to eat better to improve their personal health and the health of our planet

Today at a high-profile event in Beijing, Chinese icon Huang Xuan helped launch an effort to improve public health and fight climate change with WildAid's Shu Shi campaign. The campaign includes video public service announcements (PSAs), billboards, social media, and partnerships that encourage the public to eat more fruits and vegetables, and to consume less meat with the slogan: "Be fresh.

Thailand eating too much shark fin, a worrying sign for shark populations worldwide

More than half of Thais have eaten shark fin and plan to consume it again in the future. A large proportion of people remain unaware about the magnitude and cruelty of the shark fin trade, suggesting a concerning potential for increased demand for fins in Thailand, according to a new report released today by WildAid.

In addition, Thailand exports a significant amount of shark fin products, further increasing its impact on shark populations. The report "Shark Fin Demand in Thailand" compiles data on Thailand's role in the shark fin trade and results from a shark fin consumer survey conducted by WildAid and Rapid Asia.

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