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January 2011 seizures archive

  • Taiwan on list of top shark-catching countries - Radio Taiwan International
    Zee News Taiwan on list of top shark-catching countries Radio Taiwan International The list was put out by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC and the US Pew Environment Group on Thursday. Indonesia topped the list as the country ... Global conservation plan fails to protect sharks: groupReuters Shark…

    27 Jan 2011

  • Translocated rhino killed on the Serengeti - Wildlife Extra
    Wildlife Extra Translocated rhino killed on the Serengeti Wildlife Extra Rhino horn is highly sought after for use in traditional medicines in China and Vietnam, despite the fact that rhino horn has been proven to contain no ... and more »

    27 Jan 2011

  • The Citizen Online | Massive busts at OR Tambo - Local News
    Along with the ivory police also confiscated fake passports, ... On Sunday police seized fake Viagara tablets with a street value of R11 million. ... www.citizen.co.za/citizen/content/.../local-news?...

    27 Jan 2011

  • Global conservation plan fails to protect sharks-report - Reuters
    MSN Malaysia News Global conservation plan fails to protect sharks-report Reuters In its report, wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic and the Pew Environment Group urged an FAO fisheries committee meeting next week to review steps ... Shark Populations Dwindle as Top Catchers Delay on Conservation ActionsPR Newswire (press release)…

    26 Jan 2011

  • Planter in custody for killing leopard - Daily Mirror
    Planter in custody for killing leopard Daily Mirror ... A tea planter in Deniyaya was taken into custody for allegedly killing a leopard in the Sinharaja forest reserve and possessing the leopard's skin. ...

    26 Jan 2011

  • 8 killed in attack on Virunga rangers
    Three Congo Rangers and five Congolese soldiers have been killed during a violent attack on their patrol vehicle in Congo's Virunga National Park. ... See all stories on this topic »

    26 Jan 2011

  • Man arrested with Rhino horn - The New Age Online
    Man arrested with Rhino horn The New Age Online A 40-year-old man was arrested in Johannesburg after being found with a rhino horn worth about R1.5 million, Gauteng police said on Wednesday. ... and more »

    26 Jan 2011

  • Over 30 mammals designated as protected animals in Myanmar - Xinhua
    Over 30 mammals designated as protected animals in Myanmar Xinhua Mammals such as tiger, bear, wild boar, wild cat, seraw, leopard, gibbon, pangolin etc. also inhabit in this area.

    26 Jan 2011

  • Red Colobus monkey almost extinct in Ghana - Ghana News Agency
    Red Colobus monkey almost extinct in Ghana Ghana News Agency She said other endangered animals which are completely protected are Diana Monkey, chimpanzee, Bossman's Potto, Long Tail Pangolin, Bush Baby and lion. ... and more »

    25 Jan 2011

  • Carcasses of wild animals seized in J&K - Yahoo! News
    Jammu, Jan 23 (PTI) Three carcasses of wild animals were seized from poachers by forest officials in Kathua district here. State wildlife officials said ... in.news.yahoo.com/carcasses-wild-animals-seized-j-k-201101...

    26 Jan 2011

  • Abalone confiscated from trio - Independent Online
    Abalone confiscated from trio Independent Online Johannesburg - Three men were arrested in East London for possessing and dealing in abalone, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday. “The men were caught with ... and more »

    25 Jan 2011

  • Arizona Restaurant Scraps Lion Tacos from Menu - ABC News
    Arizona Restaurant Scraps Lion Tacos from Menu ABC News "Lions are not endangered," said Crawford Allan, regional director for TRAFFIC, the international wildlife trade monitoring program administered by the ... and more »

    25 Jan 2011

  • 140 parrots recovered in Wakiso district
    By Gerald Tenywa A team of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) officials and the Police have seized 140 African Gray parrots from Wakiso district. ... See all stories on this topic »

    25 Jan 2011

  • Vietnam rescues rare animals set for restaurants
    A man, described as a professional animal trafficker who specialised in selling to restaurants, has been charged with trafficking rare animals and faces a ... See all stories on this topic »

    25 Jan 2011

  • Malaysia: 50,000 mangrove trees felled despite ban
    Stuart Michael and Christina Low The Star 25 Jan 11; MANGROVE trees are still being logged in islands off Port Klang despite a ban by the Selangor government. Selangor Forestry Department assistant director (operations and enforcement) Mohd Yussainy Md Yusop this showed that the thieves were not afraid of the…

    24 Jan 2011

  • Tigers numbers in Asia could nearly triple with global cooperation: Report - International Business Times
    International Business Times Tigers numbers in Asia could nearly triple with global cooperation: Report International Business Times Though the use of tiger bones was removed from the traditional Chinese pharmacopeia in 1993, and a domestic ban on tiger trade was implemented, ... and more »

    25 Jan 2011

  • Two in court over abalone haul - Independent Online
    Independent Online Two in court over abalone haul Independent Online Two men are expected to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court in Cape Town on Wednesday following a car chase that netted abalone with an ... and more »

    25 Jan 2011

  • 7 Rhinos killed by poachers in Zimbabwe - Zim Diaspora
    7 Rhinos killed by poachers in Zimbabwe Zim Diaspora The rhino horn has a ready market in Asia, albeit an illegal one. Although the rhino horn is believed to be an aphrodisiac, there is no scientifically ... Endangered black rhinos slaughtered in ZimbabweMonsters and Critics.com all 2 news articles »

    25 Jan 2011

  • Bail for rhino horn group - Sowetan
    Bail for rhino horn group Sowetan FIVE people arrested for allegedly being in possession of rhino horns were granted bail in the Lichtenburg magistrate's court yesterday, North West police ... and more »

    24 Jan 2011

  • Asian cheetahs racing toward extinction - Scientific American (blog)
    Scientific American (blog) Asian cheetahs racing toward extinction Scientific American (blog) All cheetahs remain threatened by habitat loss and the illegal wildlife trade. Last month, a cheetah escaped from its captors in the United Arab Emirates ... and more »

    24 Jan 2011

  • Chinese arrested in Malawi for ivory smuggling
    A Chinese national working as a foreman with Shanghai Construction Company in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe has been arrested for attempting to smuggle ivory tusks, police have said. The 55-year-old Chinese man was arrested on Friday afternoon at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe as he was about to board…

    23 Jan 2011

  • 5,000 smuggled snakes seized in Myanmar
    Two men have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 5,000 snakes from Myanmar to China. Read the original article...

    22 Jan 2011

  • Fishing boats seized | fishing, island, padre - Local ...
    Daily Chisme · Ivory Tower · County Pulse ... SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The U.S. Coast Guard seized two Mexican boats believed to be illegally fishing in U.S. ... www.brownsvilleherald.com/.../fishing-121753-island-padre.h...

    24 Jan 2011

  • Chinese man sentenced for ivory possession in Kenya - Worldnews.com
    48 elephant tusks seized in Nairobi. 1:45. Police in Nairobi have impounded over 350 kilograms of ivory, raising fears of increased illegal trade in the ... article.wn.com/.../Chinese_man_sentenced_for_ivory_possessi...

    24 Jan 2011

  • Another vet charged with rhino poaching offences - Legalbrief (subscription)
    Another vet charged with rhino poaching offences Legalbrief (subscription) It says André Uys (38) from Thabazimbi appeared in the Musina Magistrate's Court for allegedly removing 15 rhino horn without a permit on a game reserve ...

    23 Jan 2011

  • Man in court following R32m ivory haul
    According to a Cape Argus report, crime unit manager Paul Gildenhuys testified that the ivory seized had a street value of R32m and that it was their ... See all stories on this topic »

    24 Jan 2011

  • Congo arrests Chinese ivory poacher
    On that occasion, officials seized 13 heads and 32 hands of apes, 12 panther hides, a lion hide, five elephant tails and numerous hides of other less ... See all stories on this topic »

    24 Jan 2011

  • Carcasses of wild animals seized in J&K
    Jammu, Jan 23 (PTI) Three carcasses of wild animals were seized from poachers by forest officials in Kathua district here. State wildlife officials said ...

    23 Jan 2011

  • The Vietnamese connection - The Witness
    The Witness The Vietnamese connection The Witness THE link between legal hunting and the illegal trade in rhino horn was highlighted in a November 2009 report by Traffic, the international wildlife trade ...

    21 Jan 2011

  • Rhino died of bullet-wound infection: WWF - VietNamNet Bridge
    Rhino died of bullet-wound infection: WWF VietNamNet Bridge Rhino horns are highly valued in the illegal wildlife trade while the animal's skin and feces are used for medicinal purposes. Vietnam's Javan or lesser ...

    21 Jan 2011

  • Restaurant to Serve Lion Meat Tacos - ABC News
    Restaurant to Serve Lion Meat Tacos ABC News ... for meat," said Crawford Allan, regional director for TRAFFIC - the regional office of the largest international wildlife trade monitoriing program. ... and more »

    21 Jan 2011

  • Oak ridge man arrested for wildlife crimes
    George Jia of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is charged with illegally selling a raw walrus tusk, illegally purchasing and selling a polar bear hide and selling the foot of a black rhinoceros in 2009

    20 Jan 2011

  • Tibetan antelope population hits 200000 in Tibet - China.org.cn
    China.org.cn Tibetan antelope population hits 200000 in Tibet China.org.cn International traffickers hunted the antelopes to make shahtoosh shawls, a luxury item that required three to five pieces of antelope fur to make just one ... and more »

    20 Jan 2011

  • Two pvt airlines being used in wildlife smuggling; official informed Jairam Ramesh - Daily News & Analysis
    Two pvt airlines being used in wildlife smuggling; official informed Jairam Ramesh Daily News & Analysis "Wildlife smuggling is happening all across the border," an official said. It discussed the issue of sensitisation of people living in border areas to check ... and more »

    20 Jan 2011

  • Customs Officials Prevent Bird Smuggling Incident
    Jan/20/11 Follow Israel news briefs on and Customs authorities on Thursday were able to prevent the smuggling of 8 rare birds through Ben Gurion Airport. www.allvoices.com/.../7944997-customs-officials-prevent-bird...

    20 Jan 2011

  • Manual on Wildlife Species in Trade Released - Press Information Bureau (press release)
    Manual on Wildlife Species in Trade Released Press Information Bureau (press release) The flora section includes Red Sanders, medical plants in trade (Schedule VI).It also contain detailed catalogue on wildlife samples, wildlife trade through ...

    20 Jan 2011

  • Kenya arrests three suspected ivory poachers - Yahoo! News
    Kenya arrests three suspected ivory poachers AFP/File – A Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) ranger stands guard over an ivory haul seized in August 2010. ... news.yahoo.com/s/.../kenyawildlifeivory_20110108204409

    20 Jan 2011

  • Gabon seizes large cache of ape parts and leopard skins
    Law enforcement officers in Gabon have arrested five men accused of possessing illegal animal products, including those of endangered species. The raids, conducted by the country’s Water and Forest and Defense Ministries with the assistance of WWF partner AALF, yielded an alarming number of ape, leopard and elephant parts. Among…

    19 Jan 2011

  • Major research find on agar oil
    Jorhat, Jan. 13: In what may be termed as a path-breaking find, a team of researchers from the Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) here, led by Rajib Kumar Borah, claimed to have pinpointed the fungus which causes formation of agarwood, and ultimately, agar oil, used widely in the multi-million dollar…

    19 Jan 2011

  • READ MORE - Lusaka Agreement on Co-operative Enforcement ...
    ANOTHER KING PIN OF ILLEGAL ELEPHANT IVORY TRAFFICKING ARRESTED IN TANZANIA A Chinese National (Li Guibang) was arrested on ... The Ivory seized in Vietnam ... www.lusakaagreement.org/kingpin.html

    19 Jan 2011

  • Hunter fined over rhino poaching - News24
    Hunter fined over rhino poaching News24 On reading the verdict, Magistrate Gerhard Pretorius emphasised that Van Wyk during his trial in a police raid in the Free State was found with rhino horn ... and more »

    18 Jan 2011

  • Authorities making inroads in poaching war - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    Authorities making inroads in poaching war Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News Three people were arrested on Monday for having around R5 million worth of abalone in their possession. The front's Pedro Garcia said this is one in a ...

    18 Jan 2011

  • Rhino poaching trial postponed - Independent Online
    Independent Online Rhino poaching trial postponed Independent Online The trio were arrested in the KNP in 2009 after a rhino horn and a hunting rifle were found in their possession. - and more »

    18 Jan 2011

  • Sri Lanka: Local and International Governing Bodies “Linking-up” to combat ... - Asian Tribune
    Sri Lanka: Local and International Governing Bodies “Linking-up” to combat ... Asian Tribune The two day workshop from the 17 to 18 of January 2011 focus on Illegal Wildlife Trade, consisting of technical and interactive sessions providing a forum ...

    18 Jan 2011

  • Sumatran tigers nearly extinct in Way Kambas - Jakarta Post
    Sumatran tigers nearly extinct in Way Kambas Jakarta Post Besides that, Lampung is known as a source in the illegal wildlife trade among Java, Bali and South Sumatra. Many poachers' traps can still be found in ...

    17 Jan 2011

  • Chinese citizen to face ivory-smuggling charges in Kenya - Monsters and Critics.com
    Chinese citizen to face ivory-smuggling charges in Kenya Monsters and Critics.com The ivory trade has been banned since 1989, but illegal sales have thrived with demand being fuelled largely by the Far East. and more »

    18 Jan 2011

  • Shark finning bill introduced - KUAM.com
    Shark finning bill introduced KUAM.com It would prohibit the storage and use of shark fins, so there'd be no more shark fin soup at the Chinese restaurants." Brent Tibbats from the Department of ... and more »

    16 Jan 2011

  • Facebook photos helped DENR seize illegally cut logs - INQUIRER ...
    Facebook photos helped DENR seize illegally cut logs. Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 20:13:00 01/16/2011. Filed Under: Environmental Issues, Crime ... newsinfo.inquirer.net/.../Facebook-photos-helped-DENR-seize...

    18 Jan 2011

  • Chinese hot money for Vietnam rosewood furniture - People's Daily Online
    Chinese hot money for Vietnam rosewood furniture People's Daily Online One type - red sanders - increased up to 750000 yuan a ton from 150000 yuan and huanghuali rose to 1.2 million a ton from 200000 yuan over the space of just ...

    16 Jan 2011

  • 123 decomisos diarios a mafias de fauna y flora
    En el 2010 los decomisos se incrementaron considerablemente. Tráfico ilegal de animales y plantas mueve 17 mil millones de dólares anualmente en el mundo. En el país nadie tiene cifras definitivas del alcance de este problema, por ser una actividad clandestina, pero los decomisos dan una pista de su…

    17 Jan 2011

  • Two held with leopard skin - Oneindia
    Two held with leopard skin Oneindia ... both residents ofVikas Nagar, recovering a ten-feet-long leopard skin fromtheir possession, Division Forest Officer (DFO) Dhiraj Pandesaid.

    15 Jan 2011

  • 14 years for selling Tiger skins in China
    A court in Sichuan province, China, has sentenced a man to 14 years in jail and fined him CNY50,000 (USD7,600) after he was found guilty of selling two Tiger skins illegally in 2009, reports cwca.org.cn

    17 Jan 2011

  • Mozambique authorities seize elephant tusks - African Press Agency (subscription)
    Mozambique authorities seize elephant tusks African Press Agency (subscription) ... a Mozambican registered company with local and Chinese partners, also contained a rhino horn, elephant dung, some ivory artefacts and pangolin scales. ... and more »

    17 Jan 2011

  • Poaching on the rise in Colombia
    Of the 270660 plants and animals seized by authorities in between 2005 and 2010, most of them were reptiles and birds taken illegally from protected areas. ...

    17 Jan 2011

  • Pangolin smuggling on rise
    The incident of smuggling of pangolin, an endangered mammal, is on the rise in recent months.

    16 Jan 2011

  • Abalone thief suspect nabbed - Channel News Asia
    Abalone thief suspect nabbed Channel News Asia SINGAPORE: A 45-year-old man, believed to be involved in a series of abalone thefts at supermarkets island-wide, has been arrested. Cases of abalone thefts ... Man arrested for alleged involvement in abalone theftsTODAYonline all 3 news articles »

    15 Jan 2011

  • Poaching rocks lobster trade - Times LIVE
    Times LIVE Poaching rocks lobster trade Times LIVE "Illegally harvested abalone and lobster are used to trade for drugs, it's fertile territory in which the Chinese triads and other mafia flourish at the ...

    15 Jan 2011

  • Outrage over dead parrots
    The death of 730 wild-caught African grey parrots on a commercial flight between Jo'burg and Durban last month has blown the lid off a possible wildlife ... See all stories on this topic »

    14 Jan 2011

  • TIGER PELTS, IVORY SEIZED: 1 HELD
    14 (ACP&KK)- A person found in possession of a piece of ivory and four tiger pelts were seized by the Mandi Police in city yesterday. ... See all stories on this topic »

    14 Jan 2011

  • Mozambique: Illegal Ivory Found at Pemba Port
    Maputo — Mozambican authorities who seized the container ship "Kota Mawar" in the northern port of Pemba as it was about to depart with 161 twenty-foot ... See all stories on this topic »

    14 Jan 2011

  • China's presence in Africa blamed for new threat to rhino
    A devastating upswing in rhino poaching by criminal syndicates armed with helicopters, night vision goggles and silenced rifles is threatening to roll back more than three decades of conservation work that brought the species back from the brink of extinction.

    13 Jan 2011

  • UN says Gbagbo-backers loot food convoy in Abidjan
    ABIDJAN, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Security forces loyal to Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo seized food trucks meant for a hotel where his rival Alassane ... See all stories on this topic »

    13 Jan 2011

  • ICE aids in probe leading to arrest of suspected Japanese turtle smugglers - MMD Newswire (press release)
    ICE aids in probe leading to arrest of suspected Japanese turtle smugglers MMD Newswire (press release) The US Fish and Wildlife Service will diligently pursue those individuals who profit from their involvement in the illegal wildlife trade. ... and more »

    12 Jan 2011

  • Imperilled by the timber mafia - chinadialogue
    Imperilled by the timber mafia chinadialogue The illegal wildlife trade is booming. In the street markets of Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan -- which sits directly on the equator -- the trade ...

    12 Jan 2011

  • Two held with leopard skin - Oneindia
    Two held with leopard skin Oneindia Dehradun, Jan 12 (PTI) Two suspected poachers werearrested with a leopard skin at Sangamchatti area ofUttarkashi district, official sources said today. ...

    12 Jan 2011

  • Five rhino poachers killed at Kruger Park - Mail & Guardian Online
    Five rhino poachers killed at Kruger Park Mail & Guardian Online Rhino poaching has been on the rise through some African nations as the demand for rhino horn increases, particularly from the Far East for their ... and more »

    11 Jan 2011

  • Ukrainian national pleads guilty, sentenced for ivory smuggling conspiracy - MMD Newswire (press release)
    Ukrainian national pleads guilty, sentenced for ivory smuggling conspiracy MMD Newswire (press release) "As a federally-protected endangered species, sperm whales are particularly vulnerable to the illegal wildlife trade," said Special Agent in Charge ... and more »

    11 Jan 2011

  • 150 parrots impounded
    By John B. Thawite A total of 150 African grey parrots have been intercepted at the Uganda-Congo border post in Kasese district. ... See all stories on this topic » New Vision

    11 Jan 2011

  • Feds find 55 turtles illegally smuggled into LAX stuffed in snack food boxes - LA Weekly (blog)
    Feds find 55 turtles illegally smuggled into LAX stuffed in snack food boxes LA Weekly (blog) 10 2011 @ 5:45PM On Friday, however, a year-long federal sting concluded, netting a pair of Japanese tortoise smugglers at LAX. So far, this doesn't sound ... and more »

    10 Jan 2011

  • Shark fin bill heads to the governor - Saipan Tribune
    Shark fin bill heads to the governor Saipan Tribune Once Benavente's bill is signed into law, it will also stop the shark fin soup trade in the CNMI. The bill underwent a few revisions until the Senate ... and more »

    10 Jan 2011

  • Lobster thieves feel the pinch after US ruling
    A landmark ruling in a New York court sent out a strong message against the plunder of South Africa's wildlife resources. Read

    7 Jan 2011

  • Gang attacks Costa Rican environmentalist investigating illegal shark-finning ... - Tico Times
    Tico Times Gang attacks Costa Rican environmentalist investigating illegal shark-finning ... Tico Times Investigating Costa Rica's profitable shark-fin trade appears to be an increasingly dangerous undertaking. For the second time in less than a month, ... and more »

    10 Jan 2011