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February 2011 seizures archive

  • Indonesia: Man Arrested for Online Sale of Body Parts from Endangered Animals
    Farouk Arnaz Jakarta Globe 28 Feb 11; Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry in conjunction with the National Police have arrested a man for allegedly possessing body parts from protected species, including tigers, for sale. Rafles D. Pandjaitan, director of forest protection and investigation at the ministry, told the Jakarta Globe that…

    28 Feb 2011

  • Crackdown On Rhino Poaching May Not Work
    Wildlife officials in the country have responded by beefing up security in some of their game parks as well as by becoming more aggressive with the illegal hunters—a policy that has resulted in the deaths of at least nine poachers who ... All About Wildlife - http://www.allaboutwildlife.com/

    28 Feb 2011

  • Turtles Now World's Most Endangered Vertebrates - Over Half of Species ... - Treehugger
    Treehugger Turtles Now World's Most Endangered Vertebrates - Over Half of Species ... Treehugger Turtles and tortoises may not get the same sort of attention as the cuddlier and fuzzier animals of the world, but a new report from the Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group of the IUCN…

    28 Feb 2011

  • Hope as rare rhino calves filmed in Indonesia - Sin Chew Jit Poh
    Mongabay.com Hope as rare rhino calves filmed in Indonesia Sin Chew Jit Poh Of five rhino species, three including the Javan are critically endangered, mainly due to the growing demand for rhino horn. The horns are ground into powder and used in traditional Chinese medicine although they have no…

    27 Feb 2011

  • Five poachers of a family in police net - Himalayan Times
    Five poachers of a family in police net Himalayan Times We are yet to figure out their nexus with rhino horn traders in the national and international black market,” he added. DIG Bhandari noted that it was a giant leap forward in curbing poaching. “We hope the operation will…

    27 Feb 2011

  • Seized pangolins to be released into the wild - Malaysia Sun
    Seized pangolins to be released into the wild Malaysia Sun GEORGE TOWN: A court order has been obtained to release into the forest the 135 pangolins that were recently seized by the Penang Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan). The department obtained from a magistrates court in Butterworth the…

    25 Feb 2011

  • Red sanders worth Rs1 crore seized by Customs - Daily News & Analysis
    Red sanders worth Rs1 crore seized by Customs Daily News & Analysis By Sunchika B Pandey | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA The Special Investigation and Intelligence Branch (SIIB) and Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU) of Nhava Sheva seized a container carrying 590kg of red sanders worth Rs1 crore on…

    25 Feb 2011

  • Thai authorities seize a ton of ivory elephants' tusks smuggled from Africa
    BANGKOK — Thai authorities have displayed a ton of illicitly trafficked elephant ivory and rhino horns that was seized at Bangkok airport after a roundabout journey from Africa. The Customs Department says the 118 tusks and 50 additional cut pieces of ... See all stories on this topic »

    25 Feb 2011

  • Malaysian wildlife officers nab pangolin smugglers - Monsters and Critics.com
    Malaysia Star Malaysian wildlife officers nab pangolin smugglers Monsters and Critics.com Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian police have arrested two men for attempting to smuggle 135 live pangolins worth more than 100000 ringgit (31750 dollars) into Thailand, officials said Friday. The two men were detained while loading the pangolins, ...…

    24 Feb 2011

  • 11 and 13 years in jail for pangolin and bear paw buyers
    In separate cases, two men, one convicted of buying 27 pangolins and 8 bear paws, the other of buying 34 pangolins and 10 bear paws, and hiring couriers to transport them to Guangzhou city have been sentenced to 11 years in jail and fined CNY10,000 (USD1,520) and 13 years in…

    24 Feb 2011

  • SF Man Arrested For Abalone Poaching Three Times In Three Weeks - The San Francisco Appeal
    The San Francisco Appeal SF Man Arrested For Abalone Poaching Three Times In Three Weeks The San Francisco Appeal by Bay City News A San Francisco man has been arrested for his third abalone poaching violation in as many weeks, a California Department of Fish and Game spokesman said.…

    24 Feb 2011

  • Asian American leaders, environmentalists clash over live animal imports - California Watch
    California Watch Asian American leaders, environmentalists clash over live animal imports California Watch Yee also has spoken out against a proposed law that would ban the sale of shark fin soup and the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in California. In a statement, Yee said that…

    24 Feb 2011

  • Guam Senate Moves to End Shark Fin Trade - PR Newswire (press release)
    France24 Guam Senate Moves to End Shark Fin Trade PR Newswire (press release) The impact of the shark fin trade on Guam's waters was recently documented by University of Guam Associate Professor of Fisheries Dr. Jenny McIlwain. At a legislative hearing, Professor McIlwain testified that she found four times…

    24 Feb 2011

  • 2 San Francisco men facing charges for allegedly poaching abalone ...
    Two San Francisco men are facing charges after state wildlife officials say they were caught poaching abalone, including one man who was allegedly caught three times. California Department of Fish and Game officials say 31-year-old ... Examiner Local RSS - http://www.sfexaminer.com/feeds/16/rss.xml

    24 Feb 2011

  • Coast men charged over abalone trafficking - The Canberra Times
    Coast men charged over abalone trafficking The Canberra Times An abalone trafficking syndicate unravelled by police is believed to have smuggled millions of dollars worth of produce from the NSW South Coast to black-market dealers. The syndicate may have been trafficking illegal ... and more »

    23 Feb 2011

  • CT police probe abalone poaching syndicate - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    CT police probe abalone poaching syndicate Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News Cape Town police on Wednesday said they were investigating if five foreign nationals arrested in Table View are part of an abalone poaching syndicate. The suspects from Burundi, Congo and China were arrested this week, after police uncovered…

    23 Feb 2011

  • Top 25 Most Endangered Turtles Named - Discovery News
    Top 25 Most Endangered Turtles Named Discovery News “Every tortoise and turtle species in Asia is being impacted in some manner by the international trade in turtles and turtle products. In just one market in Dhaka, Bangladesh, we saw close to 100000 turtles being butchered for consumption during a…

    22 Feb 2011

  • Operation Fusion nets abalone trafficking ring - NSW Police Online (press release)
    Operation Fusion nets abalone trafficking ring NSW Police Online (press release) A syndicate believed responsible for trafficking illegal abalone worth millions of dollars has been smashed by a joint NSW Police Force and Fisheries (Industry & Investment NSW) operation. Operation Fusion has been examining the activities of the ...

    22 Feb 2011

  • Legislation To Ban Sale, Possession of Shark Fins In California - KPBS
    KPBS Legislation To Ban Sale, Possession of Shark Fins In California KPBS ... sale, trade, and distribution of fins. Hawaii has passed a similar ban. Oregon and Washington are also considering bans. Every year people kill up to 73 million sharks for shark fin soup, a practice considered wasteful…

    22 Feb 2011

  • Fishermen affect Indo-Lanka relation
    Tamil Nadu fishermen trespass into Sri Lankan waters to largely poach paraw (blacktip trevally), prawns, sea cucumber and conch shells. Last week, 136 of them became a prized catch themselves. Lankan Tamil fishermen, in a first, intercepted them and ... See all stories on this topic »

    22 Feb 2011

  • Raiders snatch rhino's head worth £50000 from Stansted salesroom - Herts and Essex Observer
    Raiders snatch rhino's head worth £50000 from Stansted salesroom Herts and Essex Observer PC Andy Long, wildlife and environmental crime officer: said, "This seems to be a targeted burglary and the thieves knew that the rhino horn was there. It is a valuable item in its own right but…

    22 Feb 2011

  • Indonesia to release captive orang utans - Radio Australia
    Indonesia to release captive orang utans Radio Australia LAM: So the issue is really more about preserving their habitat and protecting the orangutans from poachers and the illegal wildlife trade, rather than not returning the apes to the wild, because that's the ultimate goal isn't it, to return the…

    21 Feb 2011

  • Five stuffed birds of prey seized in Burnley
    FIVE stuffed birds of prey were seized in a raid on a home in Burnley.

    21 Feb 2011

  • Ban on rhino horn comes into force immediately - antiquestradegazette.com
    Ban on rhino horn comes into force immediately antiquestradegazette.com THE ban on selling rhino horn trophies, scheduled for introduction over the next couple of months, has been brought into force with immediate effect. The announcement was made on Friday, as ATG went to press. A call to Animal Health's…

    21 Feb 2011

  • Bangladesh tiger freed into wilderness near Sundarbans
    The tiger was spotted by a village forest guard who immediately alerted wildlife officials. The tiger also attacked two people who tried to go near the animal. After six hours, an expert team tracked the animal down and tranquilised it. ... See all stories on this topic »

    21 Feb 2011

  • IFAW: Rampant elephant poaching leaves a bloody stain in the Congo Basin - Politics.co.uk
    IFAW: Rampant elephant poaching leaves a bloody stain in the Congo Basin Politics.co.uk "The ivory trade continues to flourish and seizures of illegal ivory are scratching the surface of this multi-million euro business." China for as much as US$1700/kg[i][1]. Assuming a conservative average tusk weight of 10kg per tusk,…

    21 Feb 2011

  • Lobster on its way to extinction: industry experts - FIS
    FIS Lobster on its way to extinction: industry experts FIS This is being exploited by the Chinese and has caused stocks to diminish to a level more scant than that of abalone, the experts told. The ZAR 347 million- (USD 47.96 million) industry now supports more than 4300 jobs.…

    20 Feb 2011

  • Two S African Indians nabbed for illegal rhino horn deal - MSN India
    Two S African Indians nabbed for illegal rhino horn deal MSN India The two men had allegedly approached a ranger in one of the national parks and enquired him where they could buy rhino horn, police said. Police nabbed the duo as they were about to hand over R100,000…

    19 Feb 2011

  • Decomisan en Panamá 20 mil caballitos de mar disecados
    Los sacos que contenían los caballitos de mar fueron decomisados este lunes

    17 Feb 2011

  • Fishing experts put red alert on lobsters - Mail & Guardian Online
    Fishing experts put red alert on lobsters Mail & Guardian Online They are biologically worse off than abalone, which is at 8%," said Shaheen Moolla, the former head of Marine and Coastal Management (MCM). The devastation started in 2007, he said, after former environmental affairs minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk…

    18 Feb 2011

  • Trio's sentencing 'shows abalone war is winnable' - Business Day
    Trio's sentencing 'shows abalone war is winnable' Business Day SA HAS become a target for syndicates wanting to plunder its wild abalone resources due to the collapse of most abalone fisheries in the world, according to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries . Additionally, poachers often worked in…

    17 Feb 2011

  • Weighing the cost of conservation - Phnom Penh Post
    Weighing the cost of conservation Phnom Penh Post Dozens of man-made forest fires were being set every day, while poached elephants, bears and other animals were fuelling a robust illegal wildlife trade. Nine years later, this trade has been brought under control – Gauntlett said just one elephant had…

    17 Feb 2011

  • Progress made in rooting out abalone criminals - BuaNews Online (press release)
    Times LIVE Progress made in rooting out abalone criminals BuaNews Online (press release) Pretoria - The sentencing of three foreign nationals for the illegal possession of abalone is proof of the progress made in curbing such crimes, says the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). The Cape Town…

    17 Feb 2011

  • Indonesia cracks down on illegal online trade of endangered wildlife items - The Canadian Press
    Times LIVE Indonesia cracks down on illegal online trade of endangered wildlife items The Canadian Press But many of its animals — from rhino and orangutans to sharks — are under threat because of the illegal wildlife trade. They are used for food, medicines, skins, biomedical research and souvenirs…

    17 Feb 2011

  • Man held, leopard skin seized - IBNLive.com
    Man held, leopard skin seized IBNLive.com Nadaf had procured the leopard skin from poachers in Kupwara, intending to sell it to buyers outside the state, the spokesman said adding the identity of the poachers is being ascertained. Killing of leopard is banned under Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife ... Leopard…

    9 Feb 2011

  • Two poachers with leopard skin held - Times of India
    Two poachers with leopard skin held Times of India BAHRAICH: Two poachers were arrested in tiger reserve area on Wednesday with a leopard skin, police said. The two were arrested from Sadar area following a joint operation by the district police and the forest department. "The two have been…

    16 Feb 2011

  • Let us eat shark: angry fisherman - Sunshine Coast Daily
    Let us eat shark: angry fisherman Sunshine Coast Daily A Fisheries Queensland spokeswoman said the 1.5m maximum size limit on shark catches was introduced in 2009 to “protect breeding female sharks and large sharks targeted for the shark fin trade”. “Sharks and in particular bull sharks are an important…

    16 Feb 2011

  • First National Elephant Census in Sri Lanka - Care2.com
    Care2.com First National Elephant Census in Sri Lanka Care2.com Also the ivory trade has contributed to the decline of Sri Lankan elephants. Most of the wild elephants there now live in protected areas. Many elephants each drought season are killed for damaging agricultural crops they eat when they can't…

    16 Feb 2011

  • Three held for killing spotted deer in Orissa - Sify
    Three held for killing spotted deer in Orissa Sify Under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, injuring or killing a spotted deer is a criminal offence. Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a number of animals and birds including deer, leopard, chital, common langur, Indian mongoose and pangolin. and more »

    16 Feb 2011

  • Abalone catching in Cape to resume but it 'won't help fishing communities' - The New Age Online
    Abalone catching in Cape to resume but it 'won't help fishing communities' The New Age Online Legal abalone catching by professional divers and permit holders is set to resume this year, on the previously unexploited eastern coast of False Bay, Western Cape – and along the Eastern Cape shoreline.…

    16 Feb 2011

  • Officials hope ad campaign attracts elk hunters « Woods and Waters
    Sales of non-resident elk tags has fallen off dramatically in recent years, so Colorado wildlife officials are doing what any business owner does when sales go south — they're advertising. Ads in Outdoor Life and Game & Fish magazines, ... Woods and Waters - http://blogs.wvgazette.com/johnmccoy/

    16 Feb 2011

  • Powdered Rhino Horn as Pricey as Street Cocaine - Environment News Service
    Environment News Service Powdered Rhino Horn as Pricey as Street Cocaine Environment News Service KINGSFOLD, West Sussex, England, February 15, 2011 (ENS) - Rising demand for powdered rhino horn in Vietnam and China has driven the price as high as US$50000 per kilogram, roughly equal to the street price…

    15 Feb 2011

  • Bobcat sightings up in Ohio in 2010
    ATHENS -- Increased evidence of bobcats living in Ohio's southeastern counties continues with the confirmation of 106 sightings by state wildlife officials ... See all stories on this topic »

    15 Feb 2011

  • FWC: Bear shootings likely not connected
    Officials said whoever shot the bear Friday morning removed a tag attached to the animal's ear by Fish and Wildlife officials that would have identified the ... See all stories on this topic »

    15 Feb 2011

  • Kenyan conservationists worried over rising ivory demand ...
    Kenya Wildlife Services officers have seized 16 tusks of ivory weighing approximately 280kgs and 2 rhino horns, which weigh about 18kgs. ... article.wn.com/.../Kenyan_conservationists_worried_over_risi...

    15 Feb 2011

  • STATE: Proposed shark fin legislation meant to protect sharks - Lake County News
    BigPond News STATE: Proposed shark fin legislation meant to protect sharks Lake County News It would ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in the state, which is meant to close a major enforcement loophole in existing law. ... State Legislators Divided Over Proposed Ban On…

    15 Feb 2011

  • Abalone poachers convicted - Warrnambool Standard
    Abalone poachers convicted Warrnambool Standard TWO suburban Melbourne men have been found guilty of abalone poaching in the south-west and banned for up to 10 years from having any involvement with the seafood delicacy. Hoa Chieu Nguyen, 45, of St Albans, and Mot Dang, 46, of Dalahey, ...

    14 Feb 2011

  • Tompkins: TPWD mulls ways to help turkey numbers
    ... multimillion-dollar effort to re-establish eastern wild turkeys in East Texas, state wildlife officials are looking to make major changes in their ... See all stories on this topic »

    14 Feb 2011

  • Man jailed for illegal abalone haul - ABC Online
    Man jailed for illegal abalone haul ABC Online A Melbourne man will spend a fortnight in jail after an illegal abalone haul at Peterborough in south-west Victoria last year. The 45-year-old and a 46-year-old man, also from Melbourne, took more than double the legal limit for a recreational catch…

    10 Feb 2011

  • FIS - Worldnews - Large quantities of illegally caught paua seized
    ... Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lithuania ... Fishery Officers and Police yesterday seized 708 paua and a motor vehicle in ... said that last week Masterton Fishery Officers seized 145 paua which they ... fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?...day...

    10 Feb 2011

  • Md. officials seize more illegal fish
    By AP Maryland wildlife officials say they have confiscated another 1100 pounds of striped bass -- also known as rockfish -- from illegal gill nets found in ... See all stories on this topic »

    10 Feb 2011

  • Rhino horn more expensive than gold - News24
    Rhino horn more expensive than gold News24 It was recently reported that the price of rhino horn had increased to R400 000 a kilogram, making it more expensive than gold at R300 000 a kilogram. "Staff from the Kruger Park flew into the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park [to] exchange information on…

    2 Feb 2011

  • Poachers held with leopard skin - TopNews
    TopNews Poachers held with leopard skin TopNews Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 10 : Two poachers were arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri district Thursday with a leopard skin, police said. ... and more »

    10 Feb 2011

  • Paul Fong to introduce bill to ban shark fin soup - Capitol Weekly
    Paul Fong to introduce bill to ban shark fin soup Capitol Weekly ... has been reviewed by Legislative Counsel, would make it “unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin. ... Turning the tide to protect sharksMiamiHerald.com all 9 news articles »

    9 Feb 2011

  • Community volunteers take on Nepal's rhino poachers - Sin Chew Jit Poh
    Community volunteers take on Nepal's rhino poachers Sin Chew Jit Poh Rhino horn is prized for its reputed medicinal qualities in China, where a single horn can sell for tens of thousands of dollars on the international black ...

    9 Feb 2011

  • Asean Delegates Agree To Renew Expired Action Plans - Bru Direct
    Asean Delegates Agree To Renew Expired Action Plans Bru Direct The Chairman of the meeting, held in Brunei told The Brunei Times that the plans will be further deliberated again in May at the "back-to-back Asean Wildlife Enforcement Network (Asean-WEN) Meeting" in the Philippines. "RAP needs some revision because…

    9 Feb 2011

  • Feds offering reward in Ala whooping crane death
    (AP) - Wildlife officials are offering a $6000 reward for information about an endangered whooping crane that was apparently shot to death in eastern ... See all stories on this topic »

    10 Feb 2011

  • Arrest over rare tortoise seizure - BBC News
    Arrest over rare tortoise seizure BBC News A man from Manchester has been arrested over an alleged plot to smuggle eight live tortoises into the UK. The animals, worth a total of £2000, were discovered in a parcel flown from Thailand to a sorting office in Coventry. The Indian…

    9 Feb 2011

  • Leopard skin, psychotropic drugs recovered in Srinagar - Sify
    Leopard skin, psychotropic drugs recovered in Srinagar Sify Srinagar, Feb 9 (IANS) A large quantity of psychotropic drugs and a leopard skin were recovered from drug addicts and poachers in Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar Wednesday, police said. 'The skin is of a fully grown leopard which must…

    9 Feb 2011

  • DNA barcoding of Dalbergia spp. from Western Ghats in India ...
    There is taxonomic confusion with respect to several Dalbergia species as these often have more ... Hence, the size of the Dalbergia genus remains disputed. ... oajmap.in/index.php/oajmap/article/viewArticle/172

    9 Feb 2011

  • NGO survey finds Japanese Internet auction sites awash in ivory listings - Mainichi Daily News
    Mainichi Daily News NGO survey finds Japanese Internet auction sites awash in ivory listings Mainichi Daily News Out of the 109 ivory items that had actually been bid on, 11 were listed by sellers willing to ship overseas -- a direct violation of the international ivory trade ban. Furthermore,…

    9 Feb 2011

  • China Ivory Demand Spurs Elephant Slaughter - Sky News
    Sky News China Ivory Demand Spurs Elephant Slaughter Sky News However, Sky News can reveal that China's legal ivory trade serves as a front for the trade in trafficked tusks. Filming secretly at one government ... and more »

    8 Feb 2011

  • Family saves jobless dad from jail for tortoise theft - The Standard
    Family saves jobless dad from jail for tortoise theft The Standard An unemployed man has been ordered to perform 160 hours of community service for stealing a rare tortoise, reportedly worth HK$98000. Lai Yiu-kwan, 43, ...

    8 Feb 2011

  • KZN wildlife officials implicated in poaching - DA
    THE Democratic Alliance has called for answers after a parliamentary reply which reveals that two KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife employees were arrested last year ... See all stories on this topic »

    8 Feb 2011

  • Growing number of seized ivory worries Malawi govt
    APA-Lilongwe (Malawi) The Malawi government on Tuesday expressed concern over the growing number of reported seizures of illegally trafficked ivory from ... www.afriqueavenir.org/.../growing-number-of-seized-ivory-w...

    8 Feb 2011

  • Man skins 2 bobcats, keeps in freezer
    Indiana wildlife officials say 43-year-old Darin Hull, of Reelsville, Ind., illegally trapped and skinned two bobcats. A news release on Monday says they've ... See all stories on this topic » WISH

    7 Feb 2011

  • Another setback for Costa Rica's shark-finning opponents - Tico Times
    Tico Times Another setback for Costa Rica's shark-finning opponents Tico Times ... injunction was on the same day that the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry issued a press release lauding the country's efforts at ending the shark-fin trade. ... and more »

    7 Feb 2011

  • Australians arrested for abalone poaching - Fishnewseu
    Australians arrested for abalone poaching Fishnewseu TWO men from Melbourne, Australia will be charged on summons after allegedly being caught at Altona over the weekend with an illegal haul of abalone in a hidden compartment of a portable icebox. The two men, a 45-year-old from West Footscray and a…

    7 Feb 2011

  • SD mountain lion season nears quota
    ... 7:45 AM ET RAPID CITY, SD (AP) - The number of mountain lions killed by hunters in South Dakota is nearing the quota set by state wildlife officials. ... See all stories on this topic »

    7 Feb 2011