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  • Weak enforcement allows tiger trade to flourish - Thanh Nien Daily
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Thanh Nien Daily Weak enforcement allows tiger trade to flourish Thanh Nien Daily Pauline Verheij, tiger trade program manager for the wildlife trade monitor network TRAFFIC, said organized crime networks in Vietnam and beyond are facilitating the cross-border smuggling of tiger parts. She hailed Vietnam's…

    30 Jul 2011

  • How to fight organized wildlife crime in East Asia - Mongabay.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Mongabay.com How to fight organized wildlife crime in East Asia Mongabay.com However, the trade has also hit lesser-known species, such as pangolins, saiga, slow lorises, sun bears, and any number of bird and reptile species. The consequences of this trade are massive: tigers are down…

    30 Jul 2011

  • Malagasy authorities arrest smugglers, seize 196 endangered tortoises - WWF International
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Malagasy authorities arrest smugglers, seize 196 endangered tortoises WWF International July 29, 2011 – Two men are on trial in Antananarivo for trying to smuggle nearly 200 of some of the world's rarest tortoises out of the country. Malagasy authorities arrested a local man and…

    30 Jul 2011

  • Illegal wildlife trade is far more terrifying than just snakes on a plane - The Guardian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Guardian Illegal wildlife trade is far more terrifying than just snakes on a plane The Guardian Traffic, the global wildlife trade monitoring network, explains that Thailand now hosts the world's largest unregulated domestic ivory market, and argues that "Thailand needs to close [this] domestic…

    30 Jul 2011

  • Vietnam makes great efforts in tiger conservation - VOVNews.vn
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) VOVNews.vn Vietnam makes great efforts in tiger conservation VOVNews.vn The celebration is held annually by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vietnam, Biodiversity Conservation Agency, and the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, TRAFFIC. Over the years, Vietnam has exerted significant efforts in tiger conservation by banning ...…

    30 Jul 2011

  • Laos Shuts Down Bear Farm - Radio Free Asia
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Laos Shuts Down Bear Farm Radio Free Asia According to TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, the trade of parts and derivatives from second-generation captive-bred bears is permitted in Laos under the Wildlife and Aquatic Law with proper approval. This law defines products as ...…

    30 Jul 2011

  • Africa: *Ivory* Dealer Gets US$1 Million Bail in United States
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Gordon pleaded not guilty in the US federal court in Brooklyn to charges of conspiracy, smuggling and violating the Lacey Act, an anti-trafficking law aimed at curbing illegal shipments of protected wildlife, including ivory. Federal officials seized ... See all stories on this topic »

    29 Jul 2011

  • Army in new border war - News24
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 3News NZ Army in new border war News24 Now international crime syndicates are arming poachers with night-vision goggles and AK-47 assault rifles as the price for rhino horn surpasses gold. When the crackle of gunfire signals the death of yet another rhino, radios squawk to…

    29 Jul 2011

  • Heat on sea poachers - The New Age Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Heat on sea poachers The New Age Online HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER: The abalone worth R2.3m which was seized at a house in Hermanus. More and more people are being arrested for illegally poaching the delicacy abalone from South African waters. This comes after renewed efforts…

    29 Jul 2011

  • *Laos Shuts Down Bear Farm*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Some of the bears held in cages at the farm outside Vientiane that was shut down. Authorities in Laos have shut down a farm in the outskirts of the capital where bears had been held captive for extraction of bile, a hotly traded commodity. ...…

    29 Jul 2011

  • Rhino go to poaching suspect - Times LIVE
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Times LIVE Rhino go to poaching suspect Times LIVE At least 50 white rhino sold by SA National Parks in the past four years have ended up in the hands of alleged rhino horn smuggling kingpin Dawie Groenewald. The animals were part of a group…

    28 Jul 2011

  • Bengal Tigers in danger - The Daily Star
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Bengal Tigers in danger The Daily Star Tiger bone is ground into powder before being made into pills, plasters and decoctions containing herbs. Tiger skin is also valuable in the international market for its ornamental value. Tiger is treated as one of the most critically…

    28 Jul 2011

  • Uganda frees smuggled parrots back into the wild
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) KAMPALA — Ugandan wildlife officials on Thursday released hundreds of rare African parrots back into the wild six months after they were rescued from animal smugglers. Authorities reintroduced the 200 grey parrots to their natural habitat in the ... See all stories on this topic…

    28 Jul 2011

  • India's tigers gain numbers but not ground - WWF International
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) WWF International India's tigers gain numbers but not ground WWF International These results are the highlights of 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…

    28 Jul 2011

  • Rhino carcass found - IBNLive.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Rhino carcass found IBNLive.com Fearing that poachers might steal the rhino's horn weighing about one kg, the people cut it off and handed it to the forest department today, he said.The incident occurred hours after another rhino, a female one, died after being electrocuted at…

    28 Jul 2011

  • Rhino's horn stolen from museum - BBC News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) East Anglian Daily Times Rhino's horn stolen from museum BBC News Earlier this week the Metropolitan Police warned that gangs were visiting museums on reconnaissance with a view to carrying out thefts of rhino horn. Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk Police. In…

    28 Jul 2011

  • *Bile Trade Rife Despite Ban*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Laos is an emerging market in the trade of bear bile, prized for its purported medicinal value. Passengers look for their baggage at Vientiane Airport next to a poster warning travelers about wildlife trafficking, particularly in bear products, ... See all stories on this topic…

    28 Jul 2011

  • Forest office eyes more arms to tackle smugglers - IBNLive.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Forest office eyes more arms to tackle smugglers IBNLive.com HYDERABAD: After M Srinivasulu, an assistant forest beat officer, was killed by red-sanders’ smugglers in Chittoor two weeks ago, the state government is bracing up to check red-sanders smuggling. It is contemplating arming the forest personnel…

    28 Jul 2011

  • Illegal wildlife trade is far more terrifying than just snakes on a plane - The Guardian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Guardian Illegal wildlife trade is far more terrifying than just snakes on a plane The Guardian Thailand has also become a major importer in the illegal ivory trade, mostly from Africa. Ivory from domestic Thai elephants can be sold legally – so illegal ivory…

    28 Jul 2011

  • Venomous cat snake found in courier parcel - Deccan Chronicle
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Venomous cat snake found in courier parcel Deccan Chronicle July 27: Employees of a courier service firm on Wednesday were shocked to find a live venomous cat snake in a parcel addressed to a person in Okres Nitra in Slovakia. According to wildlife sources, one…

    27 Jul 2011

  • Ranger arrested in rhino poaching at SAfrican park - San Francisco Chronicle
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Ranger arrested in rhino poaching at SAfrican park San Francisco Chronicle 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…

    27 Jul 2011

  • New shark rules take big bite out of anglers' wallets - The News Journal
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) New shark rules take big bite out of anglers' wallets The News Journal State fish and wildlife enforcement officials already have started cracking down. Just last week, angler Kevin Schultze caught a big sand tiger shark off the beach at Cape Henlopen. Although Schultze released…

    27 Jul 2011

  • PHL draws up steps vs trafficking of endangered species - GMANews.TV
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) PHL draws up steps vs trafficking of endangered species GMANews.TV Lacanlale pointed out that ARREST — a program funded by the United States Agency for International Development — will “complement the work of ASEAN-WEN in combating illegal cross-border trade in endangered flora and fauna. ...…

    27 Jul 2011

  • Alleged abalone kingpin in China - The Mercury.co.za (subscription)
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Alleged abalone kingpin in China The Mercury.co.za (subscription) THE Chinese citizen who allegedly ran and funded a national poaching syndicate and who is yet to be arrested, was previously released on R1 million bail on perlemoen charges. Twenty-one syndicate suspects were arrested in the province…

    27 Jul 2011

  • Swedish museum hit by rhino horn heist - The Local.se
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Swedish museum hit by rhino horn heist The Local.se The rhino horn's reputed potency powers are believed to be the motive for the recent theft at a Gothenburg museum which left the museum's stuffed rhinoceros a shadow of its former self. The theft at Gothenburg's…

    27 Jul 2011

  • Pangolin seized; three arrested - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Pangolin seized; three arrested Himalayan Times KATHMANDU: Metropolitan Police Crime Division on Tuesday arrested three persons from Dhapasi and seized a pangolin from their possession. The arrestees are Jaman Singh Lama (46) of Makwanpur and Raju Lama (35) and Kanchha Lama of Nuwakot. ...

    27 Jul 2011

  • Feds: Pa. shop-owner smuggled ton of banned ivory - Houston Chronicle
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) New York Times (blog) Feds: Pa. shop-owner smuggled ton of banned ivory Houston Chronicle Victor Gordon is accused of getting his ivory from west and central Africa, where conservationists consider the ivory trade a major threat to the dwindling African elephant population. He paid an…

    26 Jul 2011

  • Poachers kill elephant outside Mara - The Standard
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Poachers kill elephant outside Mara The Standard “The two suspected poachers who were arrested last weekend with 24kg of elephant tusks were dealers in ivory trade. The real poachers are still at large,” he said. KWS ranger arrested the suspected poachers at Entasekera area, a…

    26 Jul 2011

  • IT officials continue raid on Mohanlal
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The IT sleuths had seized a pair of elephant tusks from Mohanlal's home at Cochin earlier. As per the law, only those who have the necessary licence can keep ivory tusks. The Forest and Wild Life Department controlled by fellow actor KB Ganesh Kumar ...…

    26 Jul 2011

  • Cops nabbed in abalone ring bust - The Mercury.co.za (subscription)
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Mercury.co.za (subscription) Cops nabbed in abalone ring bust The Mercury.co.za (subscription) “This case represents the culmination of investigations which were done over three to four years to track down the masterminds behind organised abalone-related crimes. “The effect of this case will almost certainly scare…

    26 Jul 2011

  • Feds: One ton of elephant *ivory seized* in Philly
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) PHILADELPHIA - July 26, 2011 (WPVI) -- The owner of a Philadelphia African art store has been arrested and charge d with smuggling elephant ivory. Victor Gordon, 68, was arrested on Tuesday. The US Attorney's Office in New York says agents seized one ... See…

    26 Jul 2011

  • Myanmar's abuse of environment destroys livelihoods, fuels conflict – report - Reuters AlertNet
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Independent Online Myanmar's abuse of environment destroys livelihoods, fuels conflict – report Reuters AlertNet ... the natural environment in Myanmar is facing threats from irresponsible construction of large dams, oil and gas extraction, unregulated mining, rampant deforestation, massive agricultural concessions, and the destructive illegal wildlife…

    26 Jul 2011

  • Parrot breeders, keepers urged to follow new certification policy
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) ... breeders and keepers in Taiwan on Tuesday to follow a new bird certification policy of "one bird, one ring, one certificate," to curb bird smuggling. ...

    26 Jul 2011

  • Inside a R2bn perlemoen smuggle ring - Independent Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Independent Online Inside a R2bn perlemoen smuggle ring Independent Online In 2001, charges were withdrawn against him after cops found 37 shucked abalone in his garage. Two years later, Barends again got off scot-free when one of his co-accused pleaded guilty to being in possession…

    26 Jul 2011

  • Powdered Rhino Horn Isn't So Pretty: Model Apologizes For 'Not Knowing' Rhino ... - Global Animal
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Global Animal Powdered Rhino Horn Isn't So Pretty: Model Apologizes For 'Not Knowing' Rhino ... Global Animal (RHINO) Elle Macpherson says powdered rhino horn “works for her,” then says she never knew she was using it. — Global Animal Witter: You're said to be a…

    26 Jul 2011

  • CNP sends Rhino horn smugglers to Capital - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) CNP sends Rhino horn smugglers to Capital Himalayan Times "The CNP sent the alleged smugglers to the Capital city for the first time in the history. Earlier‚ the investigation process was being carried out from the CNP office." CHITWAN: The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has…

    26 Jul 2011

  • Endangered species found in workshop freezer - Hemel Gazette
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Hemel Gazette Endangered species found in workshop freezer Hemel Gazette The bear, orangutan, a mandrill, a mandrill skeleton, a leopard skin, a peregrine falcon, black kite, Asian arowana, 11 rooks, two red-legged partridges, a black-headed gull and a chaffinch were discovered hidden inside a freezer…

    25 Jul 2011

  • London's museums warned of rhino horn theft risk - BBC News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) BBC News London's museums warned of rhino horn theft risk BBC News The thefts have been sparked by an increase in the value of rhino horn which is used in the traditional medicines of many Asian countries. Police said they were aware of two break-ins…

    25 Jul 2011

  • Laws fail to deter poachers - Capital FM Kenya
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) BBC News Laws fail to deter poachers Capital FM Kenya The Lusaka Agreement Taskforce which is charged with helping African law enforcement agencies tackle wildlife smuggling said on Monday that illegal ivory trade remained a major challenge for the taskforce. Speaking during the inauguration of…

    25 Jul 2011

  • 357 dead sharks found on illegal fishing ship in Galapagos Park - ZME Science
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) ZME Science 357 dead sharks found on illegal fishing ship in Galapagos Park ZME Science Shark poaching is a blooming trade, especially in Ecuador which ships a good chunk of the demand for shark fin soup in Asia. In the Galapagos, illegal shark fishing and…

    25 Jul 2011

  • Man arrested for possessing *ivory*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) PTI | 05:07 PM,Jul 25,2011 Dehradun, Jul 25 (PTI) A man has been arrested for possessing ivory at Kalagarh range of Corbett Tiger Reserve , official sources said today.Rustam, a resident of Kalagarh area, was arrested yesterday when ivory was seized ... See all stories…

    25 Jul 2011

  • China Joins Regional Network to Fight Animal Trafficking - Voice of America
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) China Joins Regional Network to Fight Animal Trafficking Voice of America Anti-trafficking groups say China's decision to join the South East Asian Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN WEN) boosts regional cooperation against the illegal animal trade. China is a major destination for illegal wildlife used in…

    24 Jul 2011

  • Animal trainer who supplied stuffed tiger for Alexander McQueen fashion shoot ... - Daily Mail
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Daily Mail Animal trainer who supplied stuffed tiger for Alexander McQueen fashion shoot ... Daily Mail They include a Himalayan black bear, an orangutan, a peregrine falcon, an Asian arowana fish, the skeleton of a mandrill monkey and a leopard skin. Mr Wilson with a…

    24 Jul 2011

  • Ex-cop implicated in abalone syndicate - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Ex-cop implicated in abalone syndicate Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News The Hawks on Friday said they are still looking for two suspects involved in a notorious abalone syndicate. On Thursday, 20 of the 21 suspects appeared in the Hermanus Magistrate's Court and where granted bail.…

    23 Jul 2011

  • SAfrican troops fight poachers slaughtering rhino - San Jose Mercury News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Reuters SAfrican troops fight poachers slaughtering rhino San Jose Mercury News Now international crime syndicates are arming poachers with night-vision goggles and AK-47 assault rifles as the price for rhino horn surpasses gold. When the crackle of gunfire signals the death of yet another rhino,…

    22 Jul 2011

  • No Hawk comment on rhino syndicate - Independent Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Independent Online No Hawk comment on rhino syndicate Independent Online The Hawks have declined comment on a report in Beeld newspaper on Friday of an international rhino horn trafficking syndicate which uses Thai prostitutes to pose as rhino hunters before selling the trophies “legally”. “Beeld…

    22 Jul 2011

  • Zim police arrest 10 'rhino horn dealers' - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Zim police arrest 10 'rhino horn dealers' Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News Zimbabwean Police have arrested 10 men for dealing in poached rhino horn and ivory worth tens of thousands of US dollars. Detectives arrested the men in Harare in two separate operations. They were…

    21 Jul 2011

  • Hertfordshire taxidermist accused over exotic animals - BBC News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Irish Independent Hertfordshire taxidermist accused over exotic animals BBC News It is alleged he also kept a mandrill, a leopard skin and a peregrine falcon in a freezer at his workshop Bovingdon. Mr Wilson, of Rickmansworth, is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates'…

    21 Jul 2011

  • Bloody rhino poaching trail leads to SA safari operator
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) In July 2009 the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and customs officers seized 260kg of elephant ivory and 18kg of rhino horn at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The shipment was registered to Xaysavang and was destined for Laos. ... See all stories on this topic »

    21 Jul 2011

  • Abalone syndicate suspects granted bail - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Abalone syndicate suspects granted bail Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News All except one of the 21 suspects arrested in connection with an abalone smuggling syndicate were granted bail on Thursday. The men, including three police officers, appeared in the Hermanus Magistrate's Court. They are believed…

    21 Jul 2011

  • Man charged over animals in freezer - Belfast Telegraph
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Man charged over animals in freezer Belfast Telegraph He is also accused of illegally keeping a mandrill, a leopard skin, a peregrine falcon and an array of birds in the freezer at his workshop in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. The 49-year-old has been charged with seven offences…

    21 Jul 2011

  • Population of Elephants Rising [opinion] - Middle East North Africa Financial Network
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Population of Elephants Rising [opinion] Middle East North Africa Financial Network The black market for ivory is still vibrant despite the ban on ivory trade. According to CITES (Convection on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna) , elephants are listed as…

    21 Jul 2011

  • Hunters turn protectors in Manas reserve - Daily News & Analysis
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Hunters turn protectors in Manas reserve Daily News & Analysis Apart from tigers and elephants, leopards, clouded leopards, golden cats, leopard cats, pangolins, rhinoceros, water buffalos, gaurs, swamp deer and pygmy hogs call this place home. In 1985, the UNESCO listed it as a World…

    17 Jul 2011

  • Probe into Rhino horn smugglers starts - Republica
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Probe into Rhino horn smugglers starts Republica A case related to wildlife smuggling was prepared to file against Dinesh Adhikari known to be Chari of Dhading, Combatant Section Deputy Commander of Maoists Third Division in Chitwan, Deepak Bahadur Hamal and Bhim Bahadur BK of Dhading.…

    17 Jul 2011

  • Threatened species on the menu worldwide - The National
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The National Threatened species on the menu worldwide The National Some Chinese customers - who also eat the meat and blood - prefer pangolins shipped live, but the animals' low stress tolerance means many die from stomach ulcers en route. Such is the pressure on…

    17 Jul 2011

  • BBC News *Alaskans smuggled walrus tusks and polar bear hides*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Two people plead guilty to illegally trading the ivory tusks of about 100 walruses with Eskimo hunters in Alaska. www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14172224

    16 Jul 2011

  • 21 organisations submit memo on rhino horn smuggling - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 21 organisations submit memo on rhino horn smuggling Himalayan Times CHITWAN: Various 21 organisations of Chitwan submitted a memorandum to Chitwan National Park, demanding stern action against those arrested on the charge of involving in rhino horn smuggling. They submitted the memorandum to the main…

    16 Jul 2011

  • *Going gaga over Tokays*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Going gaga over Tokays. By KHARLEEZ ZUBIN kharleezzubinthestarcommy. NO REPTILE has become more hunted than the Tokay gecko since Bujang Senang the ... thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/7/15/central/...

    16 Jul 2011

  • Trophy cell phone pictures lead to arrests of *tiger poachers*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Two poachers were arrested in Thailand after a cell phone they left behind in ... Camera traps capture tiger bonanza in Sumatra forest slated for logging ... news.mongabay.com/.../0714-wcs_tiger_poaching_camera.ht...

    16 Jul 2011

  • 4000kg of *Ivory seized* in Singapore in 2002 to be burnt next week
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Tonnes of ivory seized in Singapore in 2002 will be burnt in Manyani next week on Wednesday. The move comes after years of protest by different wildlife ... www.nairobistar.com/.../31802-4000kg-of-ivory-to-be-burnt-...

    16 Jul 2011

  • Join Forces In Fighting Poaching
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The climax of the celebrations will be the burning of about five tonnes of contraband ivory at Manyani Field Training School in Tsavo West National Park . The bulk of the contraband ivory seized in Singapore in 2002 was found to have originated mainly ...…

    15 Jul 2011

  • *Going gaga over Tokays*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) By KHARLEEZ ZUBIN NO REPTILE has become more hunted than the Tokay gecko since Bujang Senang the crocodile. A large number of Malaysians, Japanese and Chinese buy these animals because it is believed to cure cancer and asthma, among other diseases. ... See all stories…

    15 Jul 2011

  • *Seized* treasures rotting in CID godown
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Amid trophies of mounted animal heads is an ageing and rickety table on which stands an intricately carved, 22kg ivory idol of Lord Ganesha. His abode is a cardboard box in a godown on CID premises. Artistic value apart, monetarily the idol is worth ...…

    15 Jul 2011

  • Angler Welcomes Ban, Eyes Recovery - Laguna Beach Independent
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Angler Welcomes Ban, Eyes Recovery Laguna Beach Independent Local recreational diver Norm Cole gave up fishing local waters decades ago, when the state imposed a moratorium on hunting abalone. “That was the end of my game taking in Laguna,” said Cole, who still fishes occasionally…

    15 Jul 2011

  • Shark conservation - Fiji Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Shark conservation Fiji Times "We have always stood for a full ban and those familiar with marine issues will tell you that if the current rate of shark fin and meat trade continues, it could have a drastic effect on our marine ecosystems and eventually…

    15 Jul 2011

  • Realizarán "chacu" con 600 vicuñas en Marcapomacocha - Diario Correo
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Diario Correo Realizarán "chacu" con 600 vicuñas en Marcapomacocha Diario Correo Ante el aumento de cazadores furtivos en las alturas de la provincia de Yauli La Oroya, mañana se realizará el tradicional chacu de vicuñas de más de 600 ejemplares de la comunidad campesina de…

    15 Jul 2011

  • Tiger poachers caught on camera — their own - msnbc.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) msnbc.com Tiger poachers caught on camera — their own msnbc.com A phone with the images was seized after a gun battle between Thai park rangers and suspected poachers in a protected area, the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement. "The rangers also found other…

    14 Jul 2011

  • Kenya to burn *ivory* stockpile
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Kenya will next week burn nearly five tonnes of ivory poached in eastern and southern ... The 4.967 tonnes (10950 pounds) of elephant tusks were seized in ...

    14 Jul 2011

  • Police raid Thai zoo in tiger smuggling probe - Times of India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Police raid Thai zoo in tiger smuggling probe Times of India BANGKOK: Thai wildlife police said they had discovered unregistered big cat cubs in a raid on a private zoo, raising suspicions that it was part of a smuggling ring. Eight animals were discovered in…

    14 Jul 2011

  • Agency to List Largetooth Sawfish as Endangered - Courthouse News Service
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Southern Fried Science Agency to List Largetooth Sawfish as Endangered Courthouse News Service In some cultures it is believed that tea made from the saws is a cure for asthma, and the meat has been sold in the Asian "shark fin" trade. The saws also…

    14 Jul 2011

  • *Tuko: No verified therapeutic value*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) By Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) Updated July 13, 2011 12:00 AM 0 MANILA, Philippines - Collectors and traders of geckos risk imprisonment and hefty fines without the guarantee that the reptiles have proven medicinal properties, ... See all stories on this topic »

    14 Jul 2011

  • Abalone output record - The Islander
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Abalone output record The Islander Kangaroo Island Abalone (KIAB) has achieved a record output of abalone for the 2010/2011 financial year. Director of the abalone farm at Smith Bay, Shane McLinden, has praised the efforts of the management and staff in setting the new benchmark.…

    14 Jul 2011

  • Extremely Rare Leopards Caught on Film in Russia - Treehugger
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Treehugger Extremely Rare Leopards Caught on Film in Russia Treehugger With fewer than 50 of the big cats thought to be in existence in the wild, the appearance of 12 individuals in the latest video survey has wildlife experts feeling a bit more optimistic about…

    14 Jul 2011

  • Leopard mother's skin at Minister Duminda Dissanayake's residence *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) You are here: Home»News»Local News»Leopard mother's skin at Minister Duminda Dissanayake's residence – Massive racket of exporting flora exposed ... www.lankatruth.com/.../9316-leopard-mothers-skin-at-ministe...

    14 Jul 2011

  • Snow leopard population discovered in Afghanistan - EurekAlert (press release)
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Snow leopard population discovered in Afghanistan EurekAlert (press release) NEW YORK (July 13, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society has discovered a surprisingly healthy population of rare snow leopards living in the mountainous reaches of northeastern Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor, according to a new study. ...…

    13 Jul 2011

  • Sri Lanka to count its elephants for first time
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Wildlife officials estimate Sri Lanka's elephant population at between 5000 to 6000. Previous head counts by the Wildlife Department were confined only to certain regions and in 1993, one such census found 1967 elephants but it excluded the island's ... See all stories on this…

    13 Jul 2011

  • *Live ornamental turtles seized from passenger at Cochin airport*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Officials of the Air Customs Intelligence Unit at the Cochin International Airport on Tuesday seized about 6000 live ornamental turtles from a passenger who arrived from Singapore. The passenger, identified as Abdul Rahim Naina Muhammad (44) of Chennai ... See all stories on this topic…

    13 Jul 2011

  • *Leopard skin seized, 4 held*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) In the fifth incident in the district this year, the Chandrapur police seized leopard skin from four men near Kothari, 200km from Nagpur on Sunday. The arrests of the four men have led to the busting of a major wildlife-poaching racket. ... See all stories…

    13 Jul 2011

  • *Jail warning to save Philippine geckos*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) MANILA — Geckos in the Philippines are under increasing threat as demand intensifies from the Asia-wide alternative medicine trade that ravaged lizard numbers in neighbouring Malaysia, the government said Wednesday. Trapping, selling or exporting ... See all stories on this topic » AFP

    13 Jul 2011

  • Thieves Just Stole ANOTHER Rhinoceros Head From A European Museum - Business Insider
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) AFP Thieves Just Stole ANOTHER Rhinoceros Head From A European Museum Business Insider A rhino horn can sell for up to $14000 in China, and with strict global laws protecting this highly endangered species, it looks like poachers are starting to resort to stealing the…

    13 Jul 2011

  • Red sanders smugglers kill forest officer - Deccan Chronicle
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Red sanders smugglers kill forest officer Deccan Chronicle July 12: The battle against smuggling of red sanders turned deadly with the smugglers killing a forest officer on Tuesday. Srinivasulu, who was chasing the smugglers, was found dead on the road near Panuguru village, about 35…

    12 Jul 2011

  • Trenggiling meat, a new commodity? - Jakarta Post
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Trenggiling meat, a new commodity? Jakarta Post The export of trenggiling, or Sunda pangolin meat has apparently become a trend now in Indonesia, despite the illegality and the protected status of the mammals, an official said here Tuesday. “We've arrested trenggiling smugglers in Belawan [a…

    12 Jul 2011

  • *Maltese hunter sentenced to two years imprisonment* - Talking *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Subscribe by RSS Subscribe by Email · Talking Naturally · Blog · TN Podcasts · Home » Blog » Maltese hunter sentenced to two years imprisonment ... www.talking-naturally.co.uk/maltese-hunter-sentenced-years-i...

    12 Jul 2011

  • Help Save The Sharks, Say No To Shark Fin Soup - Bernama
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) FRANCE 24 Help Save The Sharks, Say No To Shark Fin Soup Bernama Dr Mabel B Manjaji-Matsumoto, a lecturer at BMRI, said placing the shark species on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an international agreement between…

    12 Jul 2011

  • Words That Don't Fail the Elephant
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Well, the figures speak for themselves: In the last six months more than 23355 pounds of ivory has been seized by customs and police officials. ...

    12 Jul 2011

  • Stringent punishment sought - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Stringent punishment sought Himalayan Times KATHMANDU: Green Civil Society Nepal has demanded the harshest punishment possible for Dinesh Adhikari alias Chari, who was arrested with rhino horn and is presently in custody in Chitwan National Park for further investigation. ...

    12 Jul 2011

  • Man pleads guilty to illegally hunting alligators
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) It was a shocking find on April 14, 2011 when Wildlife officials discovered alligator teeth, claws, hide and other parts throughout a Flowood apartment. Twenty-one year old Noah Randle lived at Shadow Lake Apartments. Wildlife Fisheries and Parks ... See all stories on this topic…

    12 Jul 2011

  • Museums warned of rhino horn theft risk - Evening Standard
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Museums warned of rhino horn theft risk Evening Standard Criminals are targeting London museums and auction houses to steal rhino horn, which can now be sold for twice the value of gold. The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill has removed all rhino horn from display…

    11 Jul 2011

  • Tourism operators to benefit from Fiji's shark ban - Radio Australia
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Tourism operators to benefit from Fiji's shark ban Radio Australia A ban on the trade in all shark products including shark fin is before the interim cabinet as part of a review of Fiji's fisheries management law. The interim government is looking to follow Hawaii's…

    11 Jul 2011

  • Chandrapur CB nabs poachers, seizes leopard skin - Times of India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Chandrapur CB nabs poachers, seizes leopard skin Times of India CHANDRAPUR: Sleuth of Local CB rounded up a gang of poachers and seized a leopard skin from their possession during an intelligence based operation on Sunday afternoon. Cops had trap was laid and gang of…

    11 Jul 2011

  • Vancouver campaigner raises cultural hackles in call for ban of shark fin sales - The Province
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Vancouver campaigner raises cultural hackles in call for ban of shark fin sales The Province In China itself, a lawmaker has proposed a ban on the shark-fin trade. In the US, Hawaii, Washington and Oregon have already imposed bans on shark fin. Last month, Brantford,…

    11 Jul 2011

  • Taiwan to bar fishermen from killing sharks for fins - Monsters and Critics.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Taiwan to bar fishermen from killing sharks for fins Monsters and Critics.com Taiwan currently uses the so-called 100-to-5 formula to crack down on hunting shark fin. If a trawler returns to port carrying 100 tons of shark meat, the sliced off shark fin must not…

    10 Jul 2011

  • African govts asked to join forces in fighting poaching
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The bulk of the contraband ivory seized in Singapore in 2002 was found to have originated from Malawi and Zambia. Other activities to be held as part of the ...

    10 Jul 2011

  • Limerick link to rhino-horn trade - Irish Independent
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Limerick link to rhino-horn trade Irish Independent GARDAI have confirmed that they are co-operating with Europol in the protracted investigation into an Irish gang that is trafficking in a multi-million racket in stolen rhino horn. Some of the latest inquiries have been centred on the…

    10 Jul 2011

  • Probe into rhino horn smugglers starts - Himalayan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Probe into rhino horn smugglers starts Himalayan Times CHITWAN: The Chitwan National Park has started investigating into eight persons including Maoist combatants nabbed with rhino horn from Sunday. The investigation has begun by registering charge sheet against them for involving in the smuggling of rhino…

    10 Jul 2011

  • Spiriting out endemic species - Sunday Times.lk
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Sunday Times.lk Spiriting out endemic species Sunday Times.lk Stressing that the second biggest illegal trade across the globe is the wildlife trade, with narcotics being the first and firearms being the third, Mr. Gunasekara explains that illegal wildlife trade can involve animals or plants, their…

    10 Jul 2011

  • Rhino-horn smuggling a global operation for Irish-based gang - Irish Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) BBC News Rhino-horn smuggling a global operation for Irish-based gang Irish Times This has been lucrative and beneficial in concealing the gang's role in the rhino horn trade. There have been no known robberies of rhino horns in the Republic. However, Revenue's customs officers in…

    9 Jul 2011

  • Rhino horn thefts rise as price rockets - Independent Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Independent Online Rhino horn thefts rise as price rockets Independent Online As the price of rhino horn soars to twice that of gold, police have warned museums to take precautions after a spate of thefts. In the last six months, some 20 thefts of horn…

    9 Jul 2011

  • Hawks swoop on Thai rhino horn trader - Times LIVE
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Hawks swoop on Thai rhino horn trader Times LIVE The Hawks arrested a Thai national at his home in Edenvale on charges related to illicit rhino horn trading, the SA Revenue Services (Sars) says. Spokesman Anton Fisher said the arrest followed an intensive investigation into…

    9 Jul 2011

  • Unique *pig-nosed turtle is over-harvested in New Guinea*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) By Matt Walker Editor, BBC Nature Numbers of pig-nosed turtles have declined steeply over the past 30 years, researchers have discovered. The unique reptile has become an international conservation icon, due to it having no close relatives and being ... See all stories on this…

    9 Jul 2011

  • Tigers feasting on kill boost hopes of population recovery in Andhra reserve - The Hindu
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report} The Hindu Tigers feasting on kill boost hopes of population recovery in Andhra reserve The Hindu It is adjacent the large Gundla-Brahmeswara Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also home to the historic Srisailam Shiva temple. A note sent by the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve points out that…

    8 Jul 2011

  • WWF - Law enforcement improvements lead to hundreds of poaching *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Game guards and law enforcement officials also seized nearly 50 elephant tusks ... Ranger holding seized ivory with seized guns in background, outside WWF ... wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/.../species_news/?...

    8 Jul 2011

  • Court order to attach assets from poachers - Independent Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Court order to attach assets from poachers Independent Online THE Western Cape High Court has granted the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) a restraint order, allowing it to attach property, cars and cash to the value of R13 million from suspected members of an abalone-poaching syndicate.…

    8 Jul 2011

  • *In Mexico, forests fall prey to crime mafias* - The Washington Post *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) In Mexico, forests fall prey to crime mafias - The Washington Post ( washingtonpost.com). by William Booth · BoothWilliam Locals in mountains of Cheran ... muckrack.com/link/5786814

    8 Jul 2011

  • Rhino poaching crisis in South Africa as 200 killed in six months - The Guardian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) AsiaOne Rhino poaching crisis in South Africa as 200 killed in six months The Guardian Poaching is driven by demand for rhino horn in Asia, where it is used for traditional medicine, and conservationists want to see international moves to crack down on the supply…

    5 Jul 2011

  • Abalone quota disappoints SE divers - ABC Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Abalone quota disappoints SE divers ABC Online The total allowable catch for commercial abalone divers on the New South Wales far south coast will not change for at least the next 12 months. An independent review committee has set the catch limit at 94 tonnes,…

    5 Jul 2011

  • Sarawak Forestry releases two pangolins to the wild - The Borneo Post
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Sarawak Forestry releases two pangolins to the wild The Borneo Post TO THE WILD: One of the pangolins which were released recently at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. KUCHING: Two pangolins surrendered to the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) by a Good Samaritan were released to the wild…

    5 Jul 2011

  • SANDF, SANParks nabs three more poachers - DefenceWeb (press release)
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) SANDF, SANParks nabs three more poachers DefenceWeb (press release) The surge in the number of rhinos killed follows an increase in the demand for rhino horn in Vietnamese and Chinese traditional medicine, despite the fact that the horn contains no medicinal properties as it consists…

    5 Jul 2011

  • Sea Turtle Smugglers Hooked in Bali - Jakarta Globe
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Jakarta Globe Sea Turtle Smugglers Hooked in Bali Jakarta Globe Three men — Gede Kole, 30, Gusti Ngurah Datia, 35, and Nyoman Sugira, 44 — were arrested and charged with wildlife smuggling, police said. A fourth man, identified as Sudir, fled the scene in the…

    5 Jul 2011

  • R6m abalone bust at CT harbour - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) R6m abalone bust at CT harbour Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News A tip-off led to R6 million worth of abalone being seized at Cape Town Harbour, police said on Monday. Over 40000 pieces of dried perlemoen were found in sealed boxes in a container. The…

    4 Jul 2011

  • Shark activists push for Bahamas sanctuary - Sydney Morning Herald
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Shark activists push for Bahamas sanctuary Sydney Morning Herald In a rare boost for activists from within the Asian giant, billionaire delegate Ding Liguo at the National People's Congress proposed a shark fin trade ban earlier this year in the face of huge opposition. In…

    4 Jul 2011

  • Illegal Monkey Trade in Bali Raises Concerns - Jakarta Globe
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Illegal Monkey Trade in Bali Raises Concerns Jakarta Globe In addition to the lutung, he added, other species facing extinction due to the illegal wildlife trade included the Sumatran orangutan, the silvery gibbon and the Javan slow loris. All three are listed in Appendix I…

    4 Jul 2011

  • Who is running off with Britain's tortoises? Record numbers vanish in mystery ... - Daily Mail
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Daily Mail Who is running off with Britain's tortoises? Record numbers vanish in mystery ... Daily Mail 'If you've bought one of these tortoises, you want to come clean. Because if the police catch up with you, you can go to prison for five years.'…

    4 Jul 2011

  • *Little eels big bucks huge lure* | The Portland Press Herald Maine *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) With elvers selling for up to $1200 a pound, Maine's marine patrol says fishing rule violations have soared. www.pressherald.com/.../little-eels-big-bucks-huge-lure_2011-...

    1 Jul 2011

  • Sabah Facing Shark Extinction, Says Expert - Bernama
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Sabah Facing Shark Extinction, Says Expert Bernama KOTA KINABALU, July 1 (Bernama) -- The Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment's proposed banning of trade in shark fins should be welcomed and implemented fast, said a researcher in fishermen's socio-economy and Sabah's maritime civilisation. ...

    1 Jul 2011

  • Eating rhino horn sends woman to hospital - Mongabay.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Mongabay.com Eating rhino horn sends woman to hospital Mongabay.com A Vietnamese woman ended up in the hospital after consuming rhino horn, reports savingrhinos.org. Used for a rash around her mouth, the rhino horn instead caused a serious allergic reaction, including reddening skin, itching, and fever.…

    1 Jul 2011

  • Smuggler from Delhi held for possessing endangered tortoises - IBNLive.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Smuggler from Delhi held for possessing endangered tortoises IBNLive.com PTI | 08:06 PM,Jun 30,2011 Dehra Dun, Jun 30 (PTI) Uttarakhand forest department today recovered three live star tortoises here and arrested two smugglers, including one from Delhi, police today said. Following a tip-off from state…

    1 Jul 2011