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A compilation of seizures and prosecutions reported in the TRAFFIC Bulletin from 1997 onwards (PDF, 1.6 MB)

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May 2010 seizures archive

  • Truck intercepted with load of 126 rare turtles - Phnom Penh Post
    Truck intercepted with load of 126 rare turtles Phnom Penh Post A report released this month by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) said two other operations targeting ...

    31 May 2010

  • Shark-fin ban - Sydney Morning Herald
    Shark-fin ban Sydney Morning Herald Governor Linda Lingle has signed legislation prohibiting the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins, which are used in expensive Chinese ... Hawaii: Shark Fin Soup Is Off the MenuNew York Times It'll take effect July 2011, giving restaurants time to use existing…

    29 May 2010

  • Rhino poaching escalates in SA - East Coast Radio
    Rhino poaching escalates in SA East Coast Radio "This is the highest level of poaching of rhino horn that has ever been experienced by the country." Mabunda said 25 suspected poachers had been arrested, ... and more »

    28 May 2010

  • 3 held for trying to sell leopard skin - Hindustan Times
    3 held for trying to sell leopard skin Hindustan Times Three men were arrested while attempting to sell two leopard skins in Ghatkopar, on Saturday. The accused were identified as Shailesh Shinde (30), ... and more »

    29 May 2010

  • Men caught smuggling elephant tusks to northern Vietnam - Thanh Nien Daily
    Thanh Nien Daily Men caught smuggling elephant tusks to northern Vietnam Thanh Nien Daily Vietnam banned the ivory trade in 1992 but shops can still sell stocks dating from before the ban. This allows some to restock illegally with ...

    28 May 2010

  • Three arrested in abalone crack-down - ABC Online
    ABC Online Three arrested in abalone crack-down ABC Online Industry and Investment New South Wales says it is working closely with police to stop illegal abalone fishing on the state's Far South Coast, ... and more »

    27 May 2010

  • 1200 freshwater turtles seized from Palawan farm - Inquirer.net
    1200 freshwater turtles seized from Palawan farm Inquirer.net ... on Thursday a large haul of the rare and critically endangered Philippine forest turtle awaiting shipment to the lucrative illegal wildlife trade. ... and more »

    27 May 2010

  • Twelve Tiger poachers convicted - India PRwire (press release)
    Twelve Tiger poachers convicted India PRwire (press release) It does this by providing support and information to government authorities to combat poaching and the escalating illegal wildlife trade - particularly in ...

    27 May 2010

  • Hai Phong customs seize more ivory
    One ton of elephant tusks arrive from Africa in a container labeled as containing oyster shells. vietnewsonline.vn/.../Hai-Phong-customs-seize-more-ivory.ht...

    27 May 2010

  • Hanoi police seize restaurant-bound wild cats
    The carcasses of six Asian golden cats Hanoi police seized from a taxi Friday. Photo courtesy of Vietnam News Agency ... More ivory seized at Hai Phong port ... vietnewsonline.vn/.../Hanoi-police-seize-restaurant-bound-wil...

    25 May 2010

  • Korean trader held over ivory haul
    Daily Nation The arrest, barely three weeks after two tonnes of ivory tusks were seized in Vietnam, with customs authorities there saying they originated from Kenya. ...

    24 May 2010

  • US seizes seahorse shipment
    A TASMANIAN shipment of seahorses bound for Florida has been seized by US customs officials in what the producer has called “government- sanctioned theft”. Seahorse Australia owner Craig Hawkins’s shipment of 326 seahorses would have earned him $4500 but he will not see his money or his seahorses, after an…

    23 May 2010

  • Indian held with tortoises in Bangladesh's main airport
    Immigration officials of Bangladesh's main Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in capital Dhaka has seized a consignment of 480 rare tortoises and ...

    24 May 2010

  • DNA tracks rhino's fate - Sydney Morning Herald
    DNA tracks rhino's fate Sydney Morning Herald Dr Harper told the Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference that demand for the white rhino horn is increasing, driven by demand from traditional Asian medicine ... and more »

    23 May 2010

  • 46 kg pangolin scales seized - Republica
    46 kg pangolin scales seized Republica KATHMANDU, May 22: A total of 46 kg of pangolin scales was seized during security check at Bahrabise checkpoint in Sindupalchowk district on Saturday. ... and more »

    22 May 2010

  • Tortoises seized at Edmonton airport
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    21 May 2010

  • Indonesian rangers catch notorious poacher who 'killed 100 tigers'
    Major victory in battle to protect Sumatran tiger, of which there are just 500 left in wild Indonesia's forest rangers have notched up a major victory against tiger poachers with the arrest of a notorious figure who claims to have killed more than 100 of the endangered animals. The…

    21 May 2010

  • Four rhino poachers killed in gunfight in Kaziranga - Bombay News
    Four rhino poachers killed in gunfight in Kaziranga Bombay News On Tuesday, seven poachers were arrested while they were coming in a car to sell a rhino horn to an international animal organ smuggling syndicate close to ... and more »

    21 May 2010

  • Three poachers arrested in Sikkim
    Namchi (Sikkim), May 20 Three poachers were arrested in a reserve forest in Sikkim, officials said today.

    20 May 2010

  • Indonesian police seize 71 giant turtles in Bali
    Indonesian police have confiscated 71 endangered giant sea turtles from a food stall on the resort island of Bali, an officer said Wednesday.

    19 May 2010

  • Malaysia introducing tough new wildlife laws - Mongabay.com
    Mongabay.com Malaysia introducing tough new wildlife laws Mongabay.com Dr. William Schaedla, the director of the wildlife-trade monitoring group TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, told mongabay.com that "the new law represents the first ...

    20 May 2010

  • Police seize abalone worth R15m - Independent Online
    Police seize abalone worth R15m Independent Online Western Cape police have confiscated abalone worth R15-million following a car chase on the N2 near Grabouw on Thursday morning, a spokeswoman said. ...

    20 May 2010

  • Seremi llamó a una mayor fiscalización ante matanza de vicuñas - Cooperativa.cl
    Cooperativa.cl Seremi llamó a una mayor fiscalización ante matanza de vicuñas Cooperativa.cl La Seremi de Gobierno de Antofagasta, Paulina Núñez, enfatizó que nadie puede quedar indiferente frente a la denuncia de matanza indiscriminada de vicuñas ...

    19 May 2010

  • Mexico seizes 5,830 sea turtle eggs, arrests 2
    ACAPLUCO, Mexico -- Authorities on Mexico's western Pacific coast say they have detained two suspects who were allegedly transporting 5,830 sea turtle eggs recently extracted from local beaches.

    17 May 2010

  • Endangered Baboons and Hyenas Rescued from Private Home in Abu Dhabi
    One of the hyenas confiscated from a home in Abu Dhabi. Fifteen baboon monkeys and two striped hyenas were rescued by environmental officials from a private home in Abu Dhabi this week. The animals, all listed as endangered species by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES),…

    19 May 2010

  • Alleged abalone poachers face more charges - ABC Online
    Alleged abalone poachers face more charges ABC Online Two alleged abalone poachers in South Australia have been charged again for poaching near Port Lincoln. The men face charges over alleged offences in ... Dumb and dumber: alleged ab poachers caught againPort Lincoln Times all 2 news articles »

    19 May 2010

  • Elephant tusks smuggled through northern Vietnam port - Thanh Nien Daily
    Thanh Nien Daily Elephant tusks smuggled through northern Vietnam port Thanh Nien Daily Last week, tons of smuggled pangolin scales were found in the city. The pangolin is considered as an endangered species. The shipments were hidden in the ...

    19 May 2010

  • Police warn of poaching war - Independent Online
    Police warn of poaching war Independent Online Police fear a war has erupted between rival poachers and gangsters in Pearly Beach after residents killed two suspected ... Abalone at centre of killings missingCape Argus (subscription) all 8 news articles »

    18 May 2010

  • Police seize $1m in rhino horns, ivory
    Police seized $1 million worth of rhino horns and ivory and shut down an illegal ivory factory in a sweep across southern Africa, international police ...

    18 May 2010

  • Poacher gang consisting of former forest guards busted
    A rhino horn and cash amounting to Rs.345000 were seized from the gang. “We are now investigating and trying to find out if there could be some unscrupulous forest guards working in tandem with poacher gangs in Kaziranga,” the warden said. ... Rhino horn is also much fancied by buyers…

    18 May 2010

  • Log smuggling goes aerial - Calcutta Telegraph
    Calcutta Telegraph Log smuggling goes aerial Calcutta Telegraph Red sanders are items covered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora treaty. Though there is no official ...

    17 May 2010

  • Regional experts group on wildlife trade meets - Republica
    Regional experts group on wildlife trade meets Republica On the first day of the meeting, each country shared its experience with illegal wildlife trade and prioritizing issues of immediate concern, ...

    17 May 2010

  • Two poachers arrested with leopard skin - Press Trust of India
    Two poachers arrested with leopard skin Press Trust of India Dehradun, May 16 (PTI) Two suspected poachers were arrested with leopard skin in Bajpur town of Udhamsingh Nagar district, police said today. ...

    16 May 2010

  • Asian ivory trade poses danger to African elephant - Washington Post
    Asian ivory trade poses danger to African elephant Washington Post AP PUTIAN, China -- Carefully, the Chinese ivory dealer pulled out an elephant tusk cloaked in bubble ... Asian ivory trade poses danger to African elephantThe Associated Press all 150 news articles »

    15 May 2010

  • Pangolins and bear paws seized in China
    On 30 April 2010, police in Fangchenggang City seized 76 dead pangolins and 14 bear paws found in boxes on a coach from Dongxin (Guangxi) to Xiamen (Fujian) reports cwca.org.cn More (in Chinese) at: http://www.cwca.org.cn/Article/ShowArticle.asp?ArticleID=19365

    14 May 2010

  • Posted ivory seized in China
    On 16 April 2010, 3 ivory sculptures posted from Portugal were seized at Wenzhou Post office reports jisi.gov.cn More (in Chinese) at: http://www.jisi.gov.cn/%e7%a5%9e%e5%b7%9e%e6%89%ab%e6%8f%8f/tabid/66/ctl/Detail/mid/437/Id/3876/Default.aspx

    14 May 2010

  • Two arrested with leopard skin in HP - Press Trust of India
    Two arrested with leopard skin in HP Press Trust of India Nahan (HP), May 14 (PTI) Two persons possessing a leopard skin and two deer horns have been arrested in Renuka sub-division of Sirmaur district in Himachal ...

    14 May 2010

  • 15 years for rhino horn smugglers in China
    Two people convicted by Kunming Environment Crime Court of smuggling 10 rhino horn slices and Eld's Deer antlers face up to 15 years in gaol, reports yunnan.cn

    14 May 2010

  • Plunder of endangered river fish exposed - The Age
    Plunder of endangered river fish exposed The Age ... prosecute inland offenders using all the same ''investigatory tools'' as those already enlisted for marine crimes against abalone and rock lobster. ... and more »

    14 May 2010