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August 2011 seizures archive

  • Shark fishing ban likely year end - Daily Express
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Shark fishing ban likely year end Daily Express Masidi could not say how much the trade in shark's fin was worth. But a bowl of the soup, which is considered a delicacy in parts of Asia, especially among Chinese diners, can easily cost more than…

    31 Aug 2011

  • Illegal alligator hunting case called "disturbing."
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) State wildlife officials gave WLBT News photographs taken during and after the arrest of four young men Saturday around midnight. All four suspects were released on a two thousand dollar bond after being booked into the Lawrence County jail. ... See all stories on this…

    31 Aug 2011

  • US diplomat posed as Korean tourist in undercover visit to China tiger farm - The Guardian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) MSN Philippines News US diplomat posed as Korean tourist in undercover visit to China tiger farm The Guardian The investigation – more a piece of journalism than spying – was inspired by a flurry of foreign media reports in the spring of 2007 alleging the…

    31 Aug 2011

  • Rhino horn syndicate leader in court - News24
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Times LIVE Rhino horn syndicate leader in court News24 Was R240.95 Now R204.95 Johannesburg - The alleged leader of a rhino horn trafficking syndicate is set to apply for bail in Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, the SA Revenue Service said. "Chumlong Lemtongthai is…

    31 Aug 2011

  • Airport Animal Smugglers Busted in LA and Miami - ABC News (blog)
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) ABC News (blog) Airport Animal Smugglers Busted in LA and Miami ABC News (blog) At least one of the birds was an endangered Golden Parakeet, a species of endangered tropical parrot, according to Richard Thomas, the global communications coordinator for TRAFFIC, an organization that monitors…

    30 Aug 2011

  • Customs *seizes ivory* tusks smuggled in by sea
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Hong Kong (HKSAR) - Customs officers yesterday (August 29) seized 794 pieces of African ivory tusks, weighing 1898 kilogrammes, inside a container shipped to Hong Kong.The tusks were worth about $13 million. Based on intelligence analysis, ... See all stories on this topic »

    30 Aug 2011

  • *Vancouver is No 1 hub for illegal animal parts* | Canada | News *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) More animal part smugglers are busted in Vancouver than any other city in Canada, with illegal shipments to China becoming brazenly bigger over the last ... www.edmontonsun.com/.../vancouver-is-no-1-hub-for-illegal-...

    30 Aug 2011

  • Woman Arrested at LAX With Birds Taped to Her Body
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The unidentified passenger was booked on suspicion of smuggling goods and exporting an endangered species. The species of bird was not immediately reported. ... WSBT-TV

    30 Aug 2011

  • 279 rhinos poached this year so far - Edna Molewa - Politicsweb
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Fox News 279 rhinos poached this year so far - Edna Molewa Politicsweb Rhino poaching is a crime that is undoubtedly fuelled by a thriving black market trade in rhino horn. Since January this year, a total of 279 rhinos have been poached, with 169…

    29 Aug 2011

  • South Africa considers halting rhino hunts - The Associated Press
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The West Australian South Africa considers halting rhino hunts The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An environmental official says South Africa is considering halting rhinoceros trophy hunting as syndicates abuse the system to illegally acquire rhino horn that is prized in Asian medicine. The warning…

    29 Aug 2011

  • Revealing the cruelty inflicted on rhinos - Independent Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Independent Online Revealing the cruelty inflicted on rhinos Independent Online Surely those driving the demand for this bizarre product – who say they take rhino horn to feel good – could not feel good knowing that animals are suffering to this degree at their hands.…

    29 Aug 2011

  • IFAW, Environment Canada and INTERPOL in Botswana at the Front Lines of the *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The dramatic need for the training was underlined earlier in the week when Tanzania, who sent two officers to the training, seized 1041 elephant ivory tusks. Canada is one of the leading countries which supports INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Program ... See all stories on this…

    29 Aug 2011

  • China consumerism latest threat to Africa's elephants - report - Reuters India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Reuters China consumerism latest threat to Africa's elephants - report Reuters India A passion for ivory ornaments such as these is what helped decimate African and Asian elephant populations until a 1989 ban on ivory trade. By Tom Kirkwood NAIROBI (Reuters) - China's fast-growing consumerism…

    29 Aug 2011

  • Sabah wants ban on shark fishing - Free Malaysia Today
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) BigPond News Sabah wants ban on shark fishing Free Malaysia Today Masidi could not say how much the trade in shark's fin was worth. But a bowl of the soup, which is considered a delicacy in parts of Asia, especially among Chinese diners, can easily…

    29 Aug 2011

  • *Poacher shot dead, 7 arrested*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Johannesburg: The elusive metropolis is a pioneering effort to insert South Africa's largest city... Was R240.95 Now R204.95 Johannesburg - A man was shot dead, another wounded, and six others arrested when police foiled two rhino poaching attempts in ... See all stories on this…

    29 Aug 2011

  • One held with leopard skin - IBNLive.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) One held with leopard skin IBNLive.com PTI | 06:08 PM,Aug 28,2011 Dehra Dun, Aug 28 (PTI) A suspected poacher was arrested and a leopard skin recovered from his possession in Uttarkashi town, police said today.Acting on a tip-off, a special police team stopped a vehicle…

    28 Aug 2011

  • Local trophy dealers face Sh33bn refund - IPPmedia
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Local trophy dealers face Sh33bn refund IPPmedia The Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) is at the centre of this latest and probably the most high-profile scandal of live wildlife smuggling to ever rock Tanzania in recent memory. As a consequence, KIA is currently under security organs'…

    28 Aug 2011

  • Leopard skin seized - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Leopard skin seized Himalayan Times This is the second time leopard skin has been seized in the Capital in less than a week. The arrestees are Devraj Lama (28) and Sukman Tamang (28) of Kavre and Ganesh Babu Rai (27) of Solukhumbu. They were on…

    27 Aug 2011

  • South Asia link up with wildlife forensics to combat illegal trade - Sunday Times.lk
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) South Asia link up with wildlife forensics to combat illegal trade Sunday Times.lk Trade Records Analysis of Flora and Fauna in Commerce (TRAFFIC) – the world's largest wildlife trade monitoring network - has been a cornerstone of SAWEN helping to set it up and providing…

    27 Aug 2011

  • Horn of plenty - BBC News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) BBC News Horn of plenty BBC News Richard Thomas, from wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic, says the number of animals being killed has increased dramatically: "Increasingly we're seeing live animals targeted. The number of rhinos being poached in South Africa has risen from a ...…

    27 Aug 2011

  • Rhino horn thieves steal fakes - Telegraph.co.uk
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Kansas City Star Rhino horn thieves steal fakes Telegraph.co.uk Nothing else was taken during the break-in which comes just a week after Britain secured international agreement to clamp down on the illegal rhino horn trade. The horn itself has now become so sought after it…

    27 Aug 2011

  • Poachers still ravaging M'sia's wildlife - The Borneo Post
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Poachers still ravaging M'sia's wildlife The Borneo Post The discovery came less than a month after the release of a documentary which highlighted the severity of poaching and illegal wildlife trade in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, said WWF-Malaysia in a press statement yesterday. ...

    27 Aug 2011

  • PERHILITAN To Cooperate With Tanzanian Authorities On African Ivory Case - Bernama
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) PERHILITAN To Cooperate With Tanzanian Authorities On African Ivory Case Bernama "The department is committed to curbing illegal wildlife activities and, in this case, Malaysia has been identified as only a transit point before reaching the final destination, and not a major hub for illegal…

    26 Aug 2011

  • Poachers Feel the Long Arm of New Law - Inter Press Service
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Poachers Feel the Long Arm of New Law Inter Press Service The civil engineer's sentence - for attempting to smuggle five large ivory tusks, three statuettes, several carved document seals and numerous other ivory items - was unprecedented for a wildlife smuggling case in this…

    26 Aug 2011

  • Shark fin ban clears key California Senate committee - Los Angeles Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Los Angeles Times Shark fin ban clears key California Senate committee Los Angeles Times A bill to outlaw shark fin, the main ingredient in a traditional Chinese soup, cleared a key hurdle Thursday when it passed a state Senate committee. The bill, which would ban…

    26 Aug 2011

  • Malaysia national holiday snared by poachers - WWF International
    WWF International Malaysia national holiday snared by poachers WWF International The discovery came just less than a month after the release of 'On Borrowed Time', a documentary that highlights the severity of the poaching and illegal wildlife trade in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, a wildlife hotspot that is located…

    26 Aug 2011

  • Country exposed as major transit point after seizure of 1000 *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) ... as a significant transit point for the illegal elephant ivory trade. ... Department to document all ivory stockpiles seized and report the matter to the ...

    25 Aug 2011

  • Rhino bloodbath surges on S.Africa's private reserves - Sin Chew Jit Poh
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Rhino bloodbath surges on S.Africa's private reserves Sin Chew Jit Poh I want it to be equal or more than a rhino horn." The attack, on a private reserve two hours from Cape Town, also left another male rhino dead. Rhino horn is used in…

    25 Aug 2011

  • UK leads clampdown on rhino horn trade - The Guardian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Independent Online UK leads clampdown on rhino horn trade The Guardian Britain has secured international agreement to clamp down on the illegal trade of rhino horn, which has become so sought after it is worth more than diamonds, gold, heroin and cocaine. Countries and conservation…

    25 Aug 2011

  • Pangolin shell seizure near Moreh - Times of India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Pangolin shell seizure near Moreh Times of India IMPHAL: Assam Rifles personnel have seized 65 kg pangolin shells from three tribal youths in the Khudengtabi area close to Manipur's Moreh town bordering Myanmar. Acting on a tip-off regarding illegal transportation of wildlife parts, ... and…

    25 Aug 2011

  • *Madagascar may authorize exports of illegally-logged rosewood*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) A meeting scheduled for August 25th between rosewood traders, the Ministry of Forest and Environment, and other government officials may determine the fate of tens of millions of dollars' worth of rosewood illegally logged from Madagascar's rainforests ... See all stories on this topic »…

    24 Aug 2011

  • Tanzania *seizes* over 1000 elephant tusks
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Police and customs officers at the port in Stone Town, the capital of the semi-autonomous island, seized the shipment of ivory late Tuesday. ...

    24 Aug 2011

  • Asia's Forest Rangers Train to Boost Defenses against Poaching and Illegal Logging - Phuketindex.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Phuketindex.com Asia's Forest Rangers Train to Boost Defenses against Poaching and Illegal Logging Phuketindex.com It's time for us to stop illegal wildlife trade at the source; this course represents an important step.” FREELAND Director of Field Operations and course instructor Mark Bowman, also encouraged participants,…

    24 Aug 2011

  • Students held with leopard hide - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Students held with leopard hide Himalayan Times KATHMANDU: In its latest crackdown on traders of body parts of protected animals, Metropolitan Police Crime Division today rounded up three college students with a leopard skin in Gothatar -1, Kathmandu. A squad led by Inspector Resham Bahadur…

    24 Aug 2011

  • State hands over parrots to Mozambique - Independent Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) State hands over parrots to Mozambique Independent Online “We get all high and mighty about the rhino horn and ivory trade, yet we continue to allow the export of thousands of wild-caught animals that have been 'laundered' through breeding facilities,” he added.

    23 Aug 2011

  • *Tiger bones seized from two suspected poachers* - Care2 News Network
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Police believe the animal was killed in the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, an area heavily monitored by forest guards. www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/2916538

    23 Aug 2011

  • Abalone to show impact of tsunami 'for years' - The Daily Yomiuri
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Abalone to show impact of tsunami 'for years' The Daily Yomiuri SENDAI--The population of young abalone growing wild in waters off Miyagi Prefecture was massively reduced by the March 11 tsunami, according to a fisheries research center, and the abalone catch is likely to suffer…

    23 Aug 2011

  • Nigeria's Suspension from CITES Trades Lifted - THISDAY Live
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Nigeria's Suspension from CITES Trades Lifted THISDAY Live Nigeria was suspended by CITES in 2005, following reported breach in illegal wildlife trade and weak legislation and the subsequent developments. CITES is an international agreement that took effect in 1975 to prevent Species from becoming endangered…

    23 Aug 2011

  • Smuggling pangolin organs to China rampant - Republica
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Smuggling pangolin organs to China rampant Republica SINDHUPALCHWOK, Aug 23: The Arniko Highway has been increasingly used to smuggle organs of the pangolin into Tibet in recent times. The route is already notorious for traffic in different endangered wildlife species, officials said. ...

    23 Aug 2011

  • Tough sentence for ivory smuggler may spell way forward in elephant poaching ... - Mongabay.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Tough sentence for ivory smuggler may spell way forward in elephant poaching ... Mongabay.com High demand from China makes the illegally ivory trade increasingly profitable—and criminal. "We are rapidly losing big, spectacular animals to an entirely new type of trade driven by criminalized syndicates. It…

    22 Aug 2011

  • Illegal wildlife trade on increase: govt - Myanmar Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Illegal wildlife trade on increase: govt Myanmar Times By Ei Ei Toe Lwin TRADE in endangered or rare animals is on the increase despite stronger enforcement of Myanmar's anti-trafficking laws in recent years, the Ministry of Forestry's top anti-trafficking official said last week. ...

    22 Aug 2011

  • Rhinos threatened with extinction to meet demand for bogus cancer cure - The Guardian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Guardian Rhinos threatened with extinction to meet demand for bogus cancer cure The Guardian Tom Milliken, director of the wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic's east and southern Africa programme, said: "Heavily armed people are moving into protected areas to kill rhino. Those charged with…

    21 Aug 2011

  • HIT ANIMAL SMUGGLERS HARD
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The one-year ban on export of live animals and the disciplining of wildlife officials to pave the way for a probe into smuggling activities are moves that show government's commitment to ending the vice. In recent years, Tanzania's reputation has ... See all stories on…

    20 Aug 2011

  • New fund to protect African elephants launched at UN-backed forum - UN News Centre
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) UN News Centre New fund to protect African elephants launched at UN-backed forum UN News Centre ... to measures to reduce current levels of poaching of rhinos, tigers and other big cats, illegal trade in mahogany and other timber species, the fate of sturgeon and…

    20 Aug 2011

  • The future of Rosewood in Belize
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Many citizens of Belize are concerned at the current levels of extraction of Rosewood (Dalbergia stevensonii) from the forests of Toledo. ...

    19 Aug 2011

  • Namibia: Good Samaritan Rescues Pangolin - AllAfrica.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Namibia: Good Samaritan Rescues Pangolin AllAfrica.com A pangolin was victim of this past full moon event. Luckily, the injured animal was rescued this week by a good samaritan. We cannot get the full story from the pangolin but, knowing the species and the way that…

    19 Aug 2011

  • Sua tree loggers to go to trial
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Prices of sua (Dalbergia tonkinensis prain), which has medicinal properties, are now $578000 a cubic metre. There are about 1000 sua trees in the capital. ...

    18 Aug 2011

  • PD Act cases on red sanders smugglers - Times of India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) PD Act cases on red sanders smugglers Times of India NELLORE: Ever since the AP Biodiversity Board alleged that the Chinese use Pterosibilin, an extract of the red sanders - locally known as Yerra Chandanam-to make pills similar to Viagra, smuggling of the wood from…

    18 Aug 2011

  • Rare species scales stolen - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Rare species scales stolen Himalayan Times On May 22 last year, Barhabise Area Police Office had seized 46 kg pangolin scales which were being smuggled to Khasa, and handed them over to the forest office. District Forest Officer Murari Prasad Pokharel informed police that someone…

    18 Aug 2011

  • Govt bans animal export, suspends director of wildlife
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The minister told Parliament that two other senior wildlife officials had also been suspended. He did not name them on the grounds that doing so would interfere with investigations. Winding up the debate on his ministry's Sh57.8 billion budget ... See all stories on this…

    18 Aug 2011

  • Polar bear harvest agreement sought
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Beginning of Story Content Hunters and wildlife officials are hoping that a meeting set for Nunavik will resolve issues over the polar bear harvest in southern Hudson Bay. Officials from Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavik are meeting to discuss the polar ... See all stories on…

    18 Aug 2011

  • *589 star tortoises seized at KLIA*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) seized 589 star tortoises at the KL International Airport in Sepang ... www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/11kura2/Article/

    18 Aug 2011

  • Abu Dhabi residents urged to respect laws on endangered species ownership - AME Info
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Abu Dhabi residents urged to respect laws on endangered species ownership AME Info Al Mubarak continues: "What many of us don't realise is that the illegal wildlife trade is one of the main causes of species extinction in the wild. So while people often buy…

    18 Aug 2011

  • *Undercover Operations to Nab Wildlife Crime Offenders*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) MUADZAM SHAH, 16 AUGUST, 2011: An undercover operation by PERHILITAN officers resulted in the. www.malaysiandigest.com/.../29374-undercover-operations-to...

    18 Aug 2011

  • Endangered *animals seized* in Manila | ABSCBN News | Latest *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) MANILA, Philippines – Several endangered animal species were seized from three illegal traders in Manila on Wednesday, a police official said. www.abs-cbnnews.com/.../endangered-animals-seized-manila

    18 Aug 2011

  • An Epidemic of Rhino Poaching - New York Times (blog)
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) New York Times (blog) An Epidemic of Rhino Poaching New York Times (blog) With that in mind, Lixin Huang, president of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, took advantage of a meeting this week of global wildlife trade officials to issue…

    18 Aug 2011

  • Conservation Groups Thrown Out, Readmitted, to Ivory Trade Meeting - Environment News Service
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Environment News Service Conservation Groups Thrown Out, Readmitted, to Ivory Trade Meeting Environment News Service The top issues on the agenda for this week's meeting include new financial mechanisms, elephant conservation, measures to reduce current levels of rhino poaching, tigers and other big cats, mahogany…

    18 Aug 2011

  • Man caught with bear paws in carry-on luggage - Toronto Star
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Man caught with bear paws in carry-on luggage Toronto Star Ernie Cooper, who monitors wildlife trade for the World Wildlife Fund, said offenders face tougher fines than before and awareness is growing. But it has been difficult to stamp out the market for bear parts,…

    17 Aug 2011

  • newCrocodiles seized from Quebec home
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Beginning of Story Content Five crocodiles are now in the custody of the Granby Zoo after they were seized by wildlife officials from a Lévis, Que., home. Provincial officials launched an investigation after neighbours reported suspicious activity at ... See all stories on this topic…

    16 Aug 2011

  • Confiscated pangolin bones‚ scales lost from DFO - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Confiscated pangolin bones‚ scales lost from DFO Himalayan Times CHAUTARA: The bones of pangolin that were held from smugglers on March were lost from District Forest Office, Sindhupalchowk. Around 46 kg bones and scales of the rare animal cost around Rs. 3.6 million and disappeared…

    16 Aug 2011

  • Pacific shark sanctuary faces hurdles: activist - AFP
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) AFP Pacific shark sanctuary faces hurdles: activist AFP The sanctuary would make it illegal to fish for sharks and outlaw the trade in shark fins, which has boomed in recent years to meet growing demand from Asia's burgeoning middle classes for the delicacy shark fin…

    16 Aug 2011

  • Australia's wildlife blackmarket trade - Australian Geographic
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Australian Geographic Australia's wildlife blackmarket trade Australian Geographic According to a report released in February 2011 by the not-for-profit Global Financial Integrity organisation, the illegal wildlife trade is third only to that in drugs and human trafficking in scope and value; numbers in the order…

    16 Aug 2011

  • CITES meeting to address illegal ivory and rhino horn trade - WWF International
    CITES meeting to address illegal ivory and rhino horn trade WWF International A report on elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade being discussed at this week's meeting identifies China and Thailand as the two most important raw ivory consuming countries in the world. WWF calls on China to improve…

    16 Aug 2011

  • Rhino horn trade crackdown sought - Belfast Telegraph
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) BigPond News Rhino horn trade crackdown sought Belfast Telegraph Countries are being urged to take steps to crack down on the trade in rhino horn which "has brought a majestic species to its knees" and put it at risk of extinction. UK officials warned that…

    15 Aug 2011

  • Dole destroying rainforest in national park for bananas - Mongabay.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Mongabay.com Dole destroying rainforest in national park for bananas Mongabay.com This is not a complete list, but it gives you a sense of the diversity of wildlife that will be impacted by Dole's monoculture banana plantation. Important riparian vegetation will also be impacted." The rusty…

    15 Aug 2011

  • Man held with pangolin scales - Republica
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Man held with pangolin scales Republica SINDHUPALCHOWK, Aug 14: Police have arrested a man with 10 kilograms of pangolin scales from Ramche-7 Saturday evening. Kanchha Lama of Gumba-7 was found with the pangolin scales by a patrol team of Area Police Office, Barhabise at around…

    15 Aug 2011

  • *Ivory*-*seized* | Truly Zambian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Task Force Director, Bonaventure Ebai made the call when disclosing the recovery of over 7000 kilogrammes of elephant ivory, seized in. ... www.trulyzambian.com/tag/ivory-seized

    15 Aug 2011

  • Elephant and rhino poaching 'is driven by China's economic boom'
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images Elephant poaching in Africa and Asia is being fuelled by China's economic boom, according to a study of the ivory trade. Authors of the new report found that the number of ivory items on sale in key centres ... See all…

    15 Aug 2011

  • Anti-shark's fin soup activists target Lieu's opposition to ban - Daily Breeze
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 89.3 KPCC Anti-shark's fin soup activists target Lieu's opposition to ban Daily Breeze "Under this bill, California government would ban a restaurant in Alhambra from selling shark's fin soup but legitimize a store in Beverly Hills to sell a $200 sharkskin belt," Lieu said. The…

    15 Aug 2011

  • Man held with animal parts worth crores
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The total value of the seized items that include ivory and a tiger head runs into several crores. Police sources said they had received specific information about Dev Khurana (62), the accused, from NGO People For Animals. On Friday afternoon when they ... See all…

    15 Aug 2011

  • China wildlife scheme endanger Indian tigers - Hindustan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) China wildlife scheme endanger Indian tigers Hindustan Times Environment ministry officials, however, did not rule out this possibility but said poaching in India has reduced because of increased vigilance but still illegal wildlife trade through north-eastern India was rampant. The ministry with NGOs from UK…

    15 Aug 2011

  • Hunt for Irish gang over rhino horn robberies - Herald.ie
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Guardian Hunt for Irish gang over rhino horn robberies Herald.ie Sources told the Herald they were concerned by the rise in rhino horn heists all over the continent and were worried the gang may have started working outside Europe as well, and possibly in…

    15 Aug 2011

  • 3 arrested for taking green sea turtle - Saipan Tribune
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 3 arrested for taking green sea turtle Saipan Tribune The Division of Fish and Wildlife arrested three male individuals for the illegal possession of a live green sea turtle. On Aug. 9, 2011, DFW conservation officer while on regular surveillance of the Tanapag Lagoon, observed…

    12 Aug 2011

  • Is China opening the door to the tiger and leopard skin trade? - The Guardian (blog)
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Guardian (blog) Is China opening the door to the tiger and leopard skin trade? The Guardian (blog) In a press release, the conservation group accused the Chinese government of opening up a loophole in the tiger trade ban by allowing commercial breeding centres to…

    12 Aug 2011

  • Perlemoen worth R1.8m seized - Independent Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Perlemoen worth R1.8m seized Independent Online “The vehicle was forced open, and one of the police dogs reacted positive to the smell of abalone.” Police searched the area and found 44 bags containing 9073 abalone. They also seized the BMW X5, Filander said. and more »

    12 Aug 2011

  • Man from AP Fined for Smuggling Tortoise Shells - IBNLive.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Man from AP Fined for Smuggling Tortoise Shells IBNLive.com CHENNAI: A man from Andhra Pradesh was on Thur sday fined `25000 by Forest department officials for allegedly smuggling tortoise shells weighing 10 kgs. According to officials, S Imam Shah (44) of Anantapur, used to collect…

    12 Aug 2011

  • Sri Lanka begins 1st countrywide elephant census
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) AP MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK, Sri Lanka—Thousands of wildlife officials and volunteers have taken up positions on treetop huts near reservoirs and watering holes for Sri Lanka's first national count of its dwindling wild elephant population. ... See all stories on this topic »

    12 Aug 2011

  • SA abalone farm gets a record harvest - ABC Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) SA abalone farm gets a record harvest ABC Online A South Australian abalone company has broken its tonnage record this harvest, making it the most productive abalone farm in Australia. SAM Abalone in Port Lincoln has almost doubled its previous highest harvest with 90 tonnes…

    12 Aug 2011

  • Man suspected to be smuggling kingpin held - Times of India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Man suspected to be smuggling kingpin held Times of India CHENNAI: The Tiruvallur police on Thursday arrested a 45-year-old man said to be the kingpin of a red sanders smuggling racket, in Red Hills. The arrest of N Ramanathan alias 'rifle' Ramanathan follows the seizure…

    12 Aug 2011

  • CIAA to probe rhino horn, musk, tiger bone cases - Republica
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) CIAA to probe rhino horn, musk, tiger bone cases Republica KATHMANDU, Aug 11: The Office of the Attorney General and the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) have agreed to seriously probe into seven notorious cases involving rhino horn, musk and tiger…

    12 Aug 2011

  • Rhino-horn gang strikes again in Belgium - AFP
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) FRANCE 24 Rhino-horn gang strikes again in Belgium AFP "A rumour propagated across Asia claims powder from crushed rhino horn can cure cancer," Anne Vanden Bloock told Belga. "This has greatly increased the worth of the horns recently." Early last month, thieves nabbed a stuffed…

    12 Aug 2011

  • Minister mum on rhino horn stock - News24
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Minister mum on rhino horn stock News24 Cape Town - Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa cannot reveal the amount of rhino horn being held by conservation agencies in South Africa. In a written reply to a parliamentary question on Thursday, she said an inventory of…

    12 Aug 2011

  • Brazilian police arrest 7, more than 2600 *animals seized* in animal-trafficking *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) By AP, RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police have arrested seven people and seized more than 2600 animals in a crackdown on the illegal trafficking of wild animals. A news release from the federal environmental agency says the suspects operated a website ... See all…

    11 Aug 2011

  • *Warrant of arrest issued against bird smuggler* - Channel News Asia *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Straits TimesWarrant of arrest issued against bird smugglerChannel News AsiaSINGAPORE: A warrant of arrest has been issued against a recalcitrant bird ... sgalternative.com/singapore-news/137559

    11 Aug 2011

  • Multi-million gecko market clings fast to underground trade - Malaya
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Multi-million gecko market clings fast to underground trade Malaya In June, authorities in Cabanatuan City seized a number of geckos destined for the illegal wildlife trade; only 13 geckos survived and were turned over to PAWB for release to their natural habitat. PAWB is asking…

    11 Aug 2011

  • The glass is half-full: conservation has made a difference - Mongabay.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Mongabay.com The glass is half-full: conservation has made a difference Mongabay.com Microscale conservation focuses on a single species or ecosystem; mesoscale means conservation cooperation between a number of countries, such as efforts to curb the illegal wildlife trade or protect wide-ranging species; and finally macroscale…

    11 Aug 2011

  • Three fined Sh30000 for having *zebra meat*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Three Nanyuki villagers caught red-handed with meat from a zebra have been fined Sh30,000 by a Nanyuki court. Joseph Kibui, Charles Lokapel and Veronica ... www.nairobistar.com/.../35599-zebra-meat-three-fined-sh300...

    11 Aug 2011

  • WWF calls for maximum penalty on suspected tiger smuggler - WWF International
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) WWF International WWF calls for maximum penalty on suspected tiger smuggler WWF International The tiger is believed to have been poisoned inside or near a wildlife reserve in Sumatra's Riau Province. “WWF highly appreciates the District Court and District Attorney bringing this case to trial”…

    11 Aug 2011

  • Protected wildlife parts found at TCM shop in Taiwan
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Enforcement agencencies in Taiwan have raided a traditional medicine shop and uncovered evidence of illegal processing of deer antlers and turtle shells, plus parts of protected wildlife including a rhino head (with horn), Tiger bones and bear gall bladders. An unlicenced handgun and ammunition was…

    11 Aug 2011

  • Cameroon, Chad Team Up to Protect Wildlife - Voice of America
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Cameroon, Chad Team Up to Protect Wildlife Voice of America The wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, says most of the ivory is destined for Asia, where demand – and prices – are high. Ivory is used in making piano keys, billiard balls, jewelry, electrical appliances,…

    11 Aug 2011

  • *Rare Philippine parrot seized from boat*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) MANILA — Philippine authorities have seized a specimen of one of the world's rarest parrots after boarding a boat suspected of being involved in illegal wildlife trading, the coastguard said Wednesday. The critically-endangered red-vented cockatoo, ... See all stories on this topic » AFP

    11 Aug 2011

  • Police seize red sanders worth 4cr in Tiruvallur - Times of India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Police seize red sanders worth 4cr in Tiruvallur Times of India CHENNAI: The Tiruvallur police on Wednesday seized 75 tonnes of red sanders worth Rs 4-crore from a private godown near Ponneri. The police suspect that the rare wood was to be smuggled out through…

    11 Aug 2011

  • Orangutan, pig skulls *seized* in Sydney raid
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Around 400 wildlife items including rare orangutan and pig skulls as well as ivory and whalebone engravings were seized. Trade in these items is strictly ...

    11 Aug 2011

  • *Endangered birds seized* in Palawan | ABSCBN News | Latest *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) MANILA, Philippines – More than a hundred endangered birds set to be sold in Manila were seized by authorities, a Palawan official said. www.abs-cbnnews.com/.../endangered-birds-seized-palawan

    11 Aug 2011

  • Shuck off: bottle thrower turns poacher - The Age
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Age Shuck off: bottle thrower turns poacher The Age An Essendon fan once banned for angrily throwing a drink bottle that hit a Brisbane Lions player has resurfaced — in Port Phillip as an abalone poacher. Then AFL football operations manager Andrew Demetriou excluded…

    10 Aug 2011

  • Sri Lankan elephant census faces boycott by conservationists
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Thai elephants are definitely at risk because of ivory smuggling to China. Tens of tons of ivory from Africa was recently seized in Thailand en route to ...

    10 Aug 2011

  • KZN anti-poaching measures paying off
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife officials say security measures put in place to curb rhino poaching in the province are paying off. Jabulani Ngubane briefed media in Durban today on rhino security developments at their game reserves and parks. ... See all stories on this topic »

    10 Aug 2011

  • One held while trying to smuggle 36 tortoises - MSN India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) One held while trying to smuggle 36 tortoises MSN India Kanpur, Aug 10 (PTI) A smuggler was arrested and 36 tortoises, worth several crore rupees in the international market, were recovered from his possession here, police said today. The smuggler, identified as Afzal, was arrested…

    10 Aug 2011

  • Shark fin soup: The taste of extinction - China Daily
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Shark fin soup: The taste of extinction China Daily However, Gold said, in California, which controls an estimated 85 percent of the US trade in the fins, a bill prohibiting the sale, consumption or trade of shark's fin faces obstacles. "In the state Senate, where…

    10 Aug 2011

  • Puno es el segundo productor de fibra de vicuña - Radio Onda Azul
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Diario Correo Puno es el segundo productor de fibra de vicuña Radio Onda Azul El alcalde de la Provincia de San Antonio de Putina, región Puno Uriel Lama Quispe, manifestó que dicha provincia es el segundo productor de fibra de vicuña a nivel nacional y…

    9 Aug 2011

  • Pensioner spared jail over abalone haul - ABC Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Pensioner spared jail over abalone haul ABC Online A disability pensioner caught with nearly 3000 abalone has copped a fine and given a warning he will be jailed if caught stealing the protected species again. Moruya Local Court magistrate Chris Bone expressed his surprise that…

    9 Aug 2011

  • Epidemic of UK rhino horn thefts linked to one criminal gang - The Guardian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Guardian Epidemic of UK rhino horn thefts linked to one criminal gang The Guardian In the past six months there have been 20 rhino-horn thefts from museums across Europe. Photograph: Alamy Rosie the rhinoceros took her last breath somewhere on the Indian subcontinent early…

    8 Aug 2011

  • *China blamed for increase in poaching*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Chinese, political decisions and a growing black market are being blamed for the rise in elephant and rhino poaching. Last week 10 people were arrested for poaching and unlawful possession of elephant tusks and rhino horns that they were suspected ... See all stories…

    8 Aug 2011

  • Two held with leopard skin - MSN India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Two held with leopard skin MSN India Dehradun, Aug 7 (PTI) Two persons were arrested and leopard pelts seized from their possession in Kashipur town in Udhamsingh Nagar district, police said today. Acting on a tip-off, police stopped a car for checking yesterday and recovered…

    7 Aug 2011

  • Dozens of exotic snakes seized near Asheville
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) “Wildlife officials told me that some had no known antivenin.” Walter Clarence Kidd owned the snakes and was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia, SC, after being bitten. He has not been charged, though authorities are still investigating. ... See all stories on this topic…

    7 Aug 2011

  • Boertjie takes on rhino gang - The Witness
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Witness Boertjie takes on rhino gang The Witness JOHNNY Olivier is a hated man: an insider who became an outsider by blowing the whistle on a multi-million rand international rhino horn trafficking syndicate. He is waiting for me, uncomfortably out of place among the…

    7 Aug 2011

  • Lizard on the market - Malaysia Star
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Malaysia Star Lizard on the market Malaysia Star The man, who declined to be named, said he was selling the monitor lizard for RM250 and the tortoise for RM50. Breaking the law: The jobless man trying to sell the monitor lizard and tortoise outside the…

    6 Aug 2011

  • Furious Finning - Outlook
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Furious Finning Outlook Compiling international data, TRAFFIC (a global wildlife trade monitor) and the Pew Environment Group have ranked India second on a list of the top 20 shark-catching nations. With an annual average yield of over 74000 tonnes, India accounts for nine ...

    6 Aug 2011

  • Man involved in smuggling live turtles to be sentenced today - 89.3 KPCC
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 89.3 KPCC Man involved in smuggling live turtles to be sentenced today 89.3 KPCC An officer from Singapore's Immigration and Custom Authority (ICA) holds one of many star tortoise which were found in the hand luggage of an Indian national at Singapore's Changi Airport, 15…

    6 Aug 2011

  • Wildlife trade ring busted
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 5: Chhattisgarh police has arrested a man alleged to be the “kingpin” of an extensive network of illegal trade in animal and plant wildlife that extended to other Asian countries, wildlife officials said today after an 18-month cloak-and-dagger ... See all stories on this topic…

    6 Aug 2011

  • From jungle to suitcase, Southeast Asia's wildlife faces a bleak future - The Australian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) From jungle to suitcase, Southeast Asia's wildlife faces a bleak future The Australian Thai tiger farms have been nabbed illegally selling surplus cubs; tiger-bone glue, made from bones that have been boiled, dried and ground into a powder, is a popular medicine in Vietnam; Chinese…

    5 Aug 2011

  • Mozambique and South Africa combat rhino poaching - Coastweek
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Mozambique and South Africa combat rhino poaching Coastweek According to Europol, the group had used intimidation and violence to obtain and sell the rhino horn, targeting antique dealers, auction houses, art galleries, private connections and zoos. The gang resorted to theft and aggravated burglary to…

    5 Aug 2011

  • Kenya: Unsuspecting Taita Villagers Sold Uninspected Game *Meat*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) A man has been arrested carrying more than 50 kilogrammes of zebra meat at a ranch bordering the Tsavo East national park early this week. ...

    5 Aug 2011

  • Moratorium on professional rhino hunting proposed - The New Age Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Moratorium on professional rhino hunting proposed The New Age Online “The focus to date has justifiably been on curbing rhino poaching and preventing the export of illegally obtained rhino horn. “Now that it has been shown a small number of professional hunters have been exploiting…

    4 Aug 2011

  • Indo-Bhutan team up for conservation - Calcutta Telegraph
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Calcutta Telegraph Indo-Bhutan team up for conservation Calcutta Telegraph A team of experts from the International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India organised a capacity-building programme on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and a workshop on prevention of illegal wildlife trade in Bhutan in the…

    4 Aug 2011

  • *SAfrican court jails Vietnamese men for rhino horns* Latest news *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Two Vietnamese men were sentenced to prison in South Africa after rhino horns were found in their luggage at Johannesburg's airport last year, the wilLatest ... news.malaysia.msn.com/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid...

    4 Aug 2011

  • Pangolin meat smuggling foiled - Asian Correspondent
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Pangolin meat smuggling foiled Asian Correspondent A truck containing hundreds of pangolin meat secured by Belawan Port Police, Medan, Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Through a person's report, the police get information about a truck carrying pangolin meat for ...

    4 Aug 2011

  • Global trade of frogs' legs could lead to extinction - GT: Global Trader
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) GT: Global Trader Global trade of frogs' legs could lead to extinction GT: Global Trader At the other end of the food chain, millions of sharks are killed annually by fishermen - usually having their fins cut off for shark-fin soup, a popular dish in…

    3 Aug 2011

  • 81 dead, 44 killed: Is leopard next tiger? - Daily Bhaskar
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 81 dead, 44 killed: Is leopard next tiger? Daily Bhaskar chief wildlife warden HS Pabla said. Documents collected under RTI by Union for Development, Advocacy and Intervention, an NGO, suggest that 81 leopards died between 2007-2011. Out of these, 44 were poached either for hides,…

    3 Aug 2011

  • Tiger population hits crisis point - AsiaOne
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) AsiaOne Tiger population hits crisis point AsiaOne "It's very important at the moment to halt the illegal international tiger trade and domestic consumption of tigers," Cox said. Keshav Varma, programme director of Global Tiger Initiative (GTI), said the continuous demand for tiger parts and the…

    3 Aug 2011

  • Govt to expand R&D on 12 marine commodities - FIS
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Govt to expand R&D on 12 marine commodities FIS The 12 commodities are abalone, grouper, milkfish, mud crab, oyster, pangasius, rabbitfish, sea cucumber, seaweed, shrimp, tilapia and tuna. Sketched out by the Agriculture department and the Congressional Commission on Agriculture and Fisheries ...

    2 Aug 2011

  • Organized Crime Wiping Out Wildlife - Discovery News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Organized Crime Wiping Out Wildlife Discovery News Tigers, elephants, saiga antelopes, and even a little anteater known as the pangolin are all at dangerously low numbers due to relentless hunting by the criminals. Author Elizabeth Bennett, vice president of species conservation for the Wildlife ...…

    2 Aug 2011

  • 2 arrested with leopard skins at Sainik Farms - Asian Age
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 2 arrested with leopard skins at Sainik Farms Asian Age The south Delhi police has arrested two persons from Sainik Farms for allegedly indulging in smuggling of leopard skin. The accused have been identified as Abdul Sattar and Rahisuddin alias Lallan, 57, both residents of…

    2 Aug 2011

  • South African game ranger arrested in rhino poaching - CTV.ca
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) CTV.ca South African game ranger arrested in rhino poaching CTV.ca This year 227 rhino and 15 alleged poachers have been killed, and 131 suspects have been arrested as the price of rhino horn surpasses gold. Most rhino horn is destined for China and Vietnam for…

    2 Aug 2011

  • *Japanese man pleads guilty to smuggling exotic turtles into LAX* *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) A Japanese national pleaded guilty Monday to smuggling 55 exotic turtles and tortoises to the U.S.. L.A. NOW

    2 Aug 2011

  • Undercover wildlife officers use Facebook, social media to catch poachers
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Florida wildlife officials have gone undercover on Facebook and other social media sites to catch poachers like Spuler showing off pictures of their illegal catch. And it often is the lawbreaker's online friends who get a cash reward for tipping them ... See all stories…

    1 Aug 2011

  • Man sentenced to jail for smuggling whale teeth
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The court also moved to order him to forfeit several pieces of whale ivory that were seized from his home and business. Manghis was convicted in January 2010 of conspiracy, smuggling and making false statements to federal agents. ... See all stories on this topic…

    1 Aug 2011

  • Number of spotted tigers decrease - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Number of spotted tigers decrease Himalayan Times Meanwhile, a team of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Police arrested three persons along with 15 kilograms tiger's bone from Birgunj last night. Shailendra Basnet of Sisaut VDC-2 and Dipendra Chaudhary of Jabdi VDC-4 of Sarlahi district…

    1 Aug 2011

  • Court dismisses Mutsvangwa driver application - NewsDay
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) International Business Times Court dismisses Mutsvangwa driver application NewsDay The two were arrested over the weekend for possessing a pangolin, which is a protected species, and allegedly attempting to sell it in central Harare. They were not asked to plead on Monday and remanded out…

    1 Aug 2011

  • Huancavelica recolectó 340 kilos de fibra de vicuña durante chaccus en ... - Andina
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Huancavelica recolectó 340 kilos de fibra de vicuña durante chaccus en ... Andina Por lo menos 340 kilos de fibra de vicuña recolectó la Coordinadora Regional de Camélidos Sudamericanos de Huancavelica durante los 40 chaccus (esquilas), realizados en diversas comunidades campesinas desde mediados de mayo.…

    1 Aug 2011

  • DA calls for Rhino hunting moratorium - Times LIVE
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Times LIVE DA calls for Rhino hunting moratorium Times LIVE "It has now been revealed that a small number of professional hunters have been exploiting the legal hunting of rhinos as a means to export rhino horn into the illegal trade," DA environmental affairs spokesman…

    1 Aug 2011

  • Poacher shot dead
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Very few people eat zebra meat and snares are very effective at killing zebras, as they are with all animals. The question has to be asked what these ...

    1 Aug 2011

  • India's tigers gain numbers but not ground - People & the Planet
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) India's tigers gain numbers but not ground People & the Planet These results are included in the Indian Government's report - Status of Tigers, co predators and prey in India, 2010, which was released by Sri Jagdish Kishwan, Additional Director General (Wildlife), Ministry of Environment…

    1 Aug 2011

  • Walrus tusks *seized* in Alaska illegal trafficking
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Mary Pemberton, AP AP Enterprise: Enviros, rivals strike odd peace 07.30.11 Eskimo hunters on an island in the Bering Sea were offered not only cash but also firearms, ammunition, marijuana, cigarettes and snow machines for walrus ivory tusks and polar ... See all stories on…

    1 Aug 2011