Myanmar, 9th October 2010 – Authorities in Myanmar have seized a menagerie of wildlife parts and products from a shop in Mandalay including two Clouded Leopard skins prominently displayed outside the premises.
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Bangkok, Thailand, 3rd October 2010 - A previous arrest for smuggling star tortoises into Thailand wasn’t enough for one Pakistani who tried again, and was caught for the second time at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Tuesday.
The Royal Thai Customs Investigation and Suppression Bureau and CITES Management Authority of Thailand stopped the 44-year-old who was attempting to smuggle in 1,140 live Indian Star Tortoises and a Gavial crocodile packed into four suitcases.
Toliara, Madagascar, 30 September—Ten or more zebu carts filled with around 100 terrestrial tortoises each are leaving the Mahafaly Plateau in south Madagascar every week, according to a survey conducted by WWF staff.
Bangkok, Thailand, 27th September 2010—In yet another important ivory seizure at Suvarnabhumi International Airport this year, Customs officers have apprehended 90 kilogrammes of ivory from a passenger attempting to smuggle it into the country packed inside four large pieces of luggage.
Jakarta, Indonesia, 21st September 2010—two Wildlife Trade Regulation Courses are taking place this week in Indonesia for staff at airports and seaports to enhance their capacity to stop illegal wildlife trafficking.
Thousands of passengers and tonnes of cargo pass through Southeast Asia’s seaports and airports every day. While most of this movement of goods is legal, wildlife traffickers and organized criminal syndicates increasingly use the region’s ports for illegal wildlife trade.
Update: On 20th September, South Africa police arrested 9 people, including 2 veterinarians, for their alleged role in a rhino poaching syndicate. Those arrested are due to appear in court on Wednesday.
Update: On 5th October 2010, a UK resident was jailed for 12 months following his attempt to smuggle rhino horn through Manchester Airport. The jailed man was en route to China, when the horn was discovered hidden in the false base of a sculpture. The horns had originated from a deceased animal that lived in Chester zoo.
20th September 2010—the unprecedented surge in rhino poaching in southern Africa is leading to a variety of responses to the crisis worldwide.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, September 2010—On 15th September, Hanoi Environmental Police, in conjunction with relevant authorities, uncovered a wildlife bone trade network operated by a couple at their home in Ha Noi’s Hoang Mai district.
In total, authorities confiscated nearly 900 kg of animal bones from four different locations.