Most people have heard about the destructive capacity of the shark fin market, which results in the killing of 12,000 sharks each year within the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) alone (BBC, 2014). However, sea cucumbers have recently became a lucrative species to catch within this area as well. In an article from the Mongabay Environmental News, Sean Mowbray reports on the shark finning industry and its relationship to the sea cucumber fishery that is experiencing similar exploitation.
This article reveals that the capture of sharks within the GMR is still prevalent despite the illegality of... [+] Read more
Kopi Luwak, a specialty coffee that is created using coffee beans that have passed through the digestive tracks of civet cats, is the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for 30-100 USD in the United States. In an article from The Earth Island Journal, Elizabeth Claire Alberts reports that civet cats are increasingly being caged and force-fed coffee cherries to supply the growing demand for this delicacy.
Kopi Luwak, produced in Indonesia, has traditionally been produced using wild-sourced scat found surrounding coffee plantations. However, since the introduction of this coffee to the... [+] Read more