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May 2011 seizures archive

  • Cheetah owner has violated three federal laws - gulfnews.com
    gulfnews.com Cheetah owner has violated three federal laws gulfnews.com Abu Dhabi: The cheetah found on an Abu Dhabi street on Sunday proves that the menace of wildlife smuggling is like drug trafficking — however hard the governments try to stop it, the smugglers find a new way, ...

    31 May 2011

  • Retired cop in fruit bat case seeks acquittal or new trial - Saipan Tribune
    Retired cop in fruit bat case seeks acquittal or new trial Saipan Tribune A federal jury on May 13, 2011, found Mendiola guilty of unlawful possession of a threatened wildlife but not guilty of unlawful receipt or acquisition of threatened wildlife. In the motions, Quichocho asserted that the case…

    31 May 2011

  • Police investigating international smuggling ring after theft of rhino head - Telegraph.co.uk
    Telegraph.co.uk Police investigating international smuggling ring after theft of rhino head Telegraph.co.uk Officers are investigating whether the head was stolen to order for foreign clients due to the high price demanded by the rhino's horn in alternative medicine. The burglars broke into the Educational Museum in ... and more »

    30 May 2011

  • Police into overdrive to curb red sandalwood smuggling - Himalayan Times
    Police into overdrive to curb red sandalwood smuggling Himalayan Times On Friday alone, smugglers had pushed three tonnes of red sanders into China via Sindhupalchowk district. A highly-placed police source said special plain-clothed police teams have been mobilised to crack down on the trade in Sindhupalchowk after the ...

    29 May 2011

  • Huge number of wild animals, birds seized
    Wild cocks and a large beaked bird locally called dhanesh pakhi are also among a good number of wild birds and animals seized from the illegal possession of ...

    29 May 2011

  • Stray cheetah captured in Abu Dhabi street - CNN
    gulfnews.com Stray cheetah captured in Abu Dhabi street CNN Raghad Auttabashi said the wild cat had been spotted behind a house in the Emirati capital's Al Karamah district on Sunday morning. Police and wildlife experts were called to the scene, and the injured cheetah was later caught by a…

    29 May 2011

  • Irish nationals sentenced for attempting to ship rhino horns from Denver area
    By Howard Pankratz Two Irish nationals, allegedly involved in the illegal worldwide trade of rhinoceros horns, have been sentenced in Denver to six months in prison for attempting to ship four rhino horns to Ireland. The men are identified as Richard ... See all stories on this topic »

    29 May 2011

  • Wildlife theft scam unfolds - IPPmedia
    IPPmedia Wildlife theft scam unfolds IPPmedia That's what is now happening, in the wake of the discovery that, nearly six months ago, an illegal wildlife trade syndicate smuggled the precious animals aboard a Qatar Emiri Air Force plane from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). ... and more »

    28 May 2011

  • Red sanders smuggling rife - Himalayan Times
    Red sanders smuggling rife Himalayan Times KAVRE/RASUWA: The smuggling of red sandalwood is rife in Kavre and Rasuwa districts, thanks to the nexus with police personnel. About 30 ton red sandalwood is smuggled to China via Tatopani check point in a month. It has been claimed that police assist…

    28 May 2011

  • 260 kilos de viande de brousse saisis à Roissy - 20minutes.fr
    20minutes.fr 260 kilos de viande de brousse saisis à Roissy 20minutes.fr Des singes, des pangolins, des antilopes et même un crocodile... C'est le tableau de chasse qu'ont découvert les douanes de Roissy dans les bagages d'une centaine de voyageurs en provenance principalement d'Afrique de l'Ouest. ... Ils importent illégalement…

    27 May 2011

  • In Costa Rica, the fight to save the hunted jaguars - Tico Times
    Tico Times In Costa Rica, the fight to save the hunted jaguars Tico Times Catching a jaguar and placing a collar on it could be a very traumatic experience for the cat and could result in an attack if not done properly. Jaguars and humans are not intended to…

    26 May 2011

  • Harsher penalties sought for smugglers - Otago Daily Times
    Otago Daily Times Harsher penalties sought for smugglers Otago Daily Times Chairman John Bellamy said it was significant a sentencing judge in Dunedin recently took the "unusual" step of calling for a higher penalty for the "hideous behaviour" of protected wildlife smuggling. In the Dunedin District Court this month,…

    26 May 2011

  • AR intercepts banned wild life products and banned drugs - MorungExpress
    AR intercepts banned wild life products and banned drugs MorungExpress This was informed in a press note from PRO IGAR South. The apprehendee was identified as Mr Thangboi, Driver, 41 yrs,s/o Sheikhomong r/o New Lambuland ,Imphal East. 253 kgs of Pangolin shells and 50 kgs of Loract –D tablet…

    26 May 2011

  • Walrus Ivory, Guns, Fine Art: Bizarre Contraband Ring Busted ...
    The items were discovered and seized after agents executed a number of search ... of which there were 1000 pounds of walrus ivory and 150 whole tusks. ... www.guns.com/walrus-ivory-guns-fine-art-bizarre-contraband...

    26 May 2011

  • Northern abalone: Endangered gourmet sea snail could be doomed by increasing ... - Science Daily (press release)
    Northern abalone: Endangered gourmet sea snail could be doomed by increasing ... Science Daily (press release) ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) — Increasing levels of ocean acidity could spell doom for British Columbia's already beleaguered northern abalone, according to the first study to provide direct experimental evidence that changing sea…

    25 May 2011

  • Indonesia seizes haul of pangolin meat bound for Vietnam - Reuters
    Indonesia seizes haul of pangolin meat bound for Vietnam Reuters A custom officer holds frozen pangolin meat near a container at Tanjung Priok harbour in Jakarta May 26, 2011. JAKARTA (Reuters Life!) - Tonnes of dead pangolins, an endangered scaly animal, were seized by Indonesian customs on Thursday, ...…

    26 May 2011

  • Japan Must Seek Only Legal Timber To Rebuild - PRLog.Org (press release)
    Japan Must Seek Only Legal Timber To Rebuild PRLog.Org (press release) ... charitable trust (registered charity number 1040615) that investigates and campaigns against a wide range of environmental crimes, including illegal wildlife trade, illegal logging, hazardous waste, and trade in climate and ozone-altering chemicals. and more »

    26 May 2011

  • Leopard carcass found in Dibrugarh - Times of India
    Leopard carcass found in Dibrugarh Times of India Leopards are protected under Schedule 1 of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. "Tea garden workers are often caught off guard as leopards often attack them when are busy with their daily chores such as plucking leaves. As dusk falls, people…

    25 May 2011

  • Suspect in wildlife smuggling surrenders - Manila Standard Today
    Suspect in wildlife smuggling surrenders Manila Standard Today THE prime suspect in the foiled smuggling of corals, sea turtles, and other marine resources worth P35 million at the Port of Manila has surrendered to the Customs bureau. Enforcement and Security Service director Nestorio Gualberto ... and more »

    24 May 2011

  • War-torn Somalia serving as transit route for wildlife smugglers - Globe and Mail
    Globe and Mail War-torn Somalia serving as transit route for wildlife smugglers Globe and Mail “Lions in Mogadishu are surprising,” says Richard Thomas, communications co-ordinator for TRAFFIC International, a wildlife trade monitoring network. “But given Somalia's geographic position, on the corner of Africa, close to the Middle East, ...…

    24 May 2011

  • Wildlife consumption rampant in HCM City - Viet Nam News
    Wildlife consumption rampant in HCM City Viet Nam News Wild animal health products such as bear bile and tiger bone gelatine were taken by 7.5 per cent of people, while 1.5 per cent had used fashion and ornamental products made from wild animals. Nearly 3 per cent have kept…

    24 May 2011

  • aapn : Message: (NP): Impunity of bird traders ends with raids
    The raid proves once again that Nepal has become a hub for bird smuggling. Each day, traders sell hundreds of birds in major cities of the nation, ... pets.dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/aapn/message/20215

    24 May 2011

  • Deployment Of Armed Enforcement To Protect Sarawak's Wildlife Not Necessary ... - Bernama
    Deployment Of Armed Enforcement To Protect Sarawak's Wildlife Not Necessary ... Bernama For instance, the scaly pangolin anteater fetches a high price in the wildlife trade due to its supposed medicinal properties. "There is also an unbelievably high value attached to the cute and harmless-looking gecko lizard. Some Internet-based…

    24 May 2011

  • Viet Nam, Laos to both fight wildlife smuggling - VietNamNet Bridge
    Viet Nam, Laos to both fight wildlife smuggling VietNamNet Bridge VietNamNet Bridge – Central Quang Tri Province and neighbouring Savannakhet Province in Laos yesterday, May 23, vowed to increase information exchange and co-operation to control the smuggling of wild animals along the border. ... and more »

    24 May 2011

  • Point Pedro to Mullaiththeevu coast encroached by Sinhala fishermen
    But the real interest of the encroachers is Chank (conch shells), an export item more valuable than the sea cucumber, the news sources further said. ...

    24 May 2011

  • Vets set up fund to save tigers - Keighley News
    Vets set up fund to save tigers Keighley News By Keighley News reporter » A wildlife veterinary group has launched a £100000 project to save tigers from being killed by frightened villagers in Bangladesh. Keighley-based Wildlife Vets International (WVI) will use the money to employ a full-time vet ...

    24 May 2011

  • 34000 tortoises released into Ganga - Times of India
    Inside Costa Rica 34000 tortoises released into Ganga Times of India For this purpose, a seven-km stretch of the Ganga from Rajghat to Ramnagar has been made tortoise sanctuary under the Ganga Action Plan (GAP). A turtle rehabilitation centre has also been established in Sarnath for hatching and rearing…

    23 May 2011

  • Vietnam cooperates with Laos in fighting animal trafficking - VOVNews.vn
    Vietnam cooperates with Laos in fighting animal trafficking VOVNews.vn ... on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Vietnam, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFIC), the Wildlife Convention Society (WCS) the World Bank (WB), and ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN). ... and more »

    23 May 2011

  • Red sanders worth R2cr declared as veggie consignment - Hindustan Times
    Red sanders worth R2cr declared as veggie consignment Hindustan Times In a first-of-its-kind case, the Nhava Sheva Customs found red sanders that was declared as a consignment of vegetables, in a refrigerated container to be smuggled to Dubai. The smugglers chose to do so assuming that perishable items would…

    23 May 2011

  • Three arrested in R1m rhino horn bust - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    Three arrested in R1m rhino horn bust Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News The Hawks have arrested three men for being in possession of four rhino horns valued at over R1 million. It is believed that one of the men is an international trader. All three were nabbed at the…

    23 May 2011

  • Washington Men Arrested in Oklahoma for Illegally Transporting 300+ Pounds of ... - Field and Stream (blog)
    Washington Men Arrested in Oklahoma for Illegally Transporting 300+ Pounds of ... Field and Stream (blog) Field & Stream has previously covered the curious connection between native paddlefish populations and the international illegal caviar trade. But the economic incentive was apparently too great for two Washington men who were…

    23 May 2011

  • By Barcoding Trees, Liberia Looks to Save its Rainforests
    With a presidential election set for this October, many fear politics could destabilize the country in the same way as happened in neighboring Ivory Coast late last year, when a disputed election led to armed conflict. In Liberia, the grievances that ... See all stories on this topic »

    23 May 2011

  • Asian appetites eat into marine pest - ABC Online
    ABC Online Asian appetites eat into marine pest ABC Online They have stripped bare kelp beds along parts of the north-east coast, which is vital habitat for abalone and rock lobsters. Dave Allen from Tasmanian Seafoods says seaweed beds are slowly growing back in harvest areas, but other reefs…

    23 May 2011

  • Suspected tiger trafficker arrested in sting - Bangkok Post
    Bangkok Post Suspected tiger trafficker arrested in sting Bangkok Post A female tiger, saved from a tiger trade gang in April last year, is now under the care of the Khao Prathap Chang Wildlife Sanctuary in Ratchaburi. PATIPAT JANTHONG Sudjai Chanthawong, 49, was nabbed yesterday by undercover police from…

    22 May 2011

  • Three Indians held with rare birds
    Animal rights activists said that the raid proves once again that Nepal has become a hub of bird smuggling. “Each day, traders sell hundreds of birds in ...

    22 May 2011

  • Govt probes Tanzania Revenue Authority on wildlife smuggling - East African
    Govt probes Tanzania Revenue Authority on wildlife smuggling East African TANZANIAN CONSERVATIONISTS are furious over delays by the Government in unearthing an illegal wildlife trade. The smuggling syndicate has sucked in Government officials from the Tanzania Revenue ... and more »

    22 May 2011

  • China failing commitment to save tigers - Mongabay.com
    Mongabay.com China failing commitment to save tigers Mongabay.com China had earlier affirmed that it would not re-open domestic trade in tiger products, and in so doing is counteracting the efforts of the other Tiger Range Countries to combat illegal wildlife trade. EIA has expressed concern that any market for…

    20 May 2011

  • Our wildlife up for grabs - Bangkok Post
    Bangkok Post Our wildlife up for grabs Bangkok Post As did the vile reputation for wildlife smuggling. But there was an attempt to rectify that flaw last weekend, when agents nabbed a passenger at Suvarnabhumi Airport whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. ...

    20 May 2011

  • Africa Africa to Torch Seized - Road Runner
    Africa: Africa to Torch Seized Ivory in Show of Disgust At the Killing of Elephants. Published - May 16 2011 02:38 AM. Nairobi — In another dramatic show of ... www.rr.com/news/topicdl/.../Africa_Africa_to_Torch_Seized

    20 May 2011

  • Shark fin soup ban would begin in 2013 for some - San Francisco Chronicle
    Shark fin soup ban would begin in 2013 for some San Francisco Chronicle The shark fin trade is believed by many scientists to be responsible for a catastrophic collapse in the worldwide shark population. Opponents have painted the ban as an attack on Asian culture and say shark fin…

    19 May 2011

  • Shark-finners now in Nicaragua - Tico Times
    Shark-finners now in Nicaragua Tico Times From 1998 until last year, when the enforcement of the Customs Law began, Puntarenas was one of the hubs for the foreign fleet shark fin trade in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. As a result of the law's enforcement, the Hung Chi Fu was…

    19 May 2011

  • Oceana commends the state of Washington for passing shark protection legislation - This Dish Is Veg
    This Dish Is Veg Oceana commends the state of Washington for passing shark protection legislation This Dish Is Veg ... magnificent creatures and their fellow earthlings within their ecosystems is mostly driven by the demand for shark fin soup. US federal law already prohibits the practice of finning in…

    19 May 2011

  • China Premier Warned of Tiger Vow 'Mockery' - PRLog.Org (press release)
    China Premier Warned of Tiger Vow 'Mockery' PRLog.Org (press release) ... charitable trust (registered charity number 1040615) that investigates and campaigns against a wide range of environmental crimes, including illegal wildlife trade, illegal logging, hazardous waste, and trade in climate and ozone-altering chemicals.

    19 May 2011

  • Coral trafficking changing world's ecosystems: expert - Victoria Times Colonist
    Coral trafficking changing world's ecosystems: expert Victoria Times Colonist "That's almost certainly corellium, harvested in Taiwan, and, if that's the case, there's a massive sustainability issue," said the World Wildlife Fund Canada's traffic and wildlife trade director. Cooper, who is also the Canadian representative on ...

    19 May 2011

  • Mexico to better monitor endangered flora and fauna - Xinhua
    Mexico to better monitor endangered flora and fauna Xinhua MEXICO CITY, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The Mexican government signed an agreement with the non-governmental group TRAFFIC on Tuesday to exchange information about illegal seizures of flora and fauna species in Mexico. The agreement with the wildlife trade ... and…

    18 May 2011

  • The Gold of Kinabalu: orchid treasure on the edge of extinction - BBC News
    BBC News The Gold of Kinabalu: orchid treasure on the edge of extinction BBC News "To a dedicated collector of wild-sourced orchids, price has no bearing," says Dr Richard Thomas, from the wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic International. Dr Thomas says it is "notoriously difficult" to estimate the value…

    18 May 2011

  • Pangolin smugglers jailed in China
    In May 2011, a Chinese couple were sentenced to 3 and 5 years each respectively in jail after they bought 11 pangolins in Myanmar, smuggled them into China, before the couple was arrested in Houqiao Town by local forestry police, reports a Chinese government website.

    18 May 2011

  • Parow abalone case postponed - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    Parow abalone case postponed Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News Two Chinese men arrested for possessing more than R4 million worth of abalone are due to appear in court on 23 May for a bail application. Police apprehended the duo at their home in Parow over the weekend. They found…

    17 May 2011

  • Bangkokpost.com
    CIB fears political meddling in animal smuggling case. Writer: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN; Published: 18/05/2011 at 12:00 AM; Newspaper section: Daily News ... m.bangkokpost.com/news/237510

    18 May 2011

  • Poachers sentenced for trafficking abalone - Carson Now
    Poachers sentenced for trafficking abalone Carson Now By the California Department of Fish and Game An abalone poacher and restaurant owner have both been convicted and fined for engaging in the illegal sale of sport-caught abalone. Two state agencies, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and ...

    17 May 2011

  • WA mine worker fined over reptiles - Ninemsn
    WA mine worker fined over reptiles Ninemsn "Wildlife smuggling is a serious problem and DEC takes the unlawful possession of protected reptiles and reptile trafficking very seriously. "My advice to anyone tempted to capture reptiles they encounter in the wild is to leave them alone," Mr Swan ...

    16 May 2011

  • German man gets 6-month US prison sentence in international spider smuggling ... - Washington Post
    German man gets 6-month US prison sentence in international spider smuggling ... Washington Post US District Judge S. James Otero said he hoped the sentencing of Sven Koppler, 37, of Wachtburg, Germany, would deter others from trying to smuggle animals into the US Court documents filed in the case…

    16 May 2011

  • Exotic animal parts seized from house
    KUANTAN: Several animal parts from protected species were seized from the house of a tok batin by the state Wildlife and National Parks Department. thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/5/16/nation/...

    17 May 2011

  • UAE must tighten curbs on illegal wildlife trade - ArabianBusiness.com
    ArabianBusiness.com UAE must tighten curbs on illegal wildlife trade ArabianBusiness.com The UAE must do more to clamp down on the illegal smuggling of endangered and exotic animals into the country, animal welfare charities said. The prevalence of illegal wildlife trading in the Gulf state became apparent this week ...…

    16 May 2011

  • Official: Kenya police seize 1 ton of ivory
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official says Kenyan police have seized over one ton of illegal ivory destined for Nigeria at the country's main airport. Joseph Ngisa, the officer in charge of criminal investigations in the country's airports, ... See all stories on this topic »

    16 May 2011

  • Nigerians now shift gear, begin poaching and trading in illegal ivory
    According to Paul Udoto, communication manager at the Kenya Wildlife Service, the amount of ivory seized may be equated to at least 123 elephants killed but it is not clear if all the animals were poached in Kenya if at all. ... See all stories on this topic »

    16 May 2011

  • Smuggled African elephant tusks seized in Vietnam
    According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, most elephant ivory smuggled into Vietnam is ultimately destined for China, but some is sold locally for 770 to 1200 dollars per kilogram. The biggest recent tusk haul in Vietnam was in March 2009 when ... See all stories on this topic…

    16 May 2011

  • Govt considers legal rhino horn trade - Times LIVE
    Times LIVE Govt considers legal rhino horn trade Times LIVE In a written reply to a parliamentary question from DA MP Jaunita Terreblance, water and environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa said that her department would commission a feasibility study to probe the viable of legal rhino horn trade in…

    4 May 2011

  • Thais hold UAE man in wildlife smuggling bust - Arab Times
    BBC News Thais hold UAE man in wildlife smuggling bust Arab Times BANGKOK, MAY 13, (AP): Authorities at Bangkok's international airport arrested a first-class passenger Friday whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged and were headed for Dubai. ...…

    13 May 2011

  • Organised crime lies behind rhino poaching - Business Day
    Organised crime lies behind rhino poaching Business Day Illegal wildlife trade ran predominately through internet forums, especially when it came to reptiles. The association had, a few years ago, discussed the problem of the illegal pet trade with government and a joint decision to outlaw only Convention ... and…

    13 May 2011

  • Brantford pushes for Canada's first shark fin ban - Toronto Star
    Brantford pushes for Canada's first shark fin ban Toronto Star The practice of finning is illegal in Canada, but no measures exist to control shark fin trade. The environmental group WildAid Canada is pushing for bans across the country, and says it applauds Brantford's move. Gillies and Neumann admit…

    12 May 2011

  • 2 white rhino killed on the Masai Mara - 3rd moved to safety - Wildlife Extra
    Wildlife Extra 2 white rhino killed on the Masai Mara - 3rd moved to safety Wildlife Extra Credit KWS Representing both Care for the Wild International (CWI) and the Species Survival Network (SSN), CWI's Director Mark Jones answers some questions about the threats rhinos face, and the issues of…

    11 May 2011

  • Illegal bear bile trade rampant in Asia - Scoop.co.nz (press release)
    Illegal bear bile trade rampant in Asia Scoop.co.nz (press release) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11 May 2011—Poaching and illegal trade of bears, driven largely by the demand for bile, used in traditional medicine and folk remedies continues unabated across Asia on a large scale, a new report by TRAFFIC, the…

    11 May 2011

  • Singing rhinos battle poaching - Times LIVE
    Times LIVE Singing rhinos battle poaching Times LIVE The statistics on rhino poaching are increasingly grim, as demand for rhino horn is booming in Asia. In South Africa, poaching has risen year by year, from 13 cases in 2007, to 33 in 2008, to 122 in 2009, to 333…

    11 May 2011

  • How to toe the line and help nail vicious rhino poachers - Cape Times (subscription)
    Cape Times (subscription) How to toe the line and help nail vicious rhino poachers Cape Times (subscription) They knew that at the root of the poaching was the false belief that rhino horn had medicinal qualities. Science has proved this wrong, as rhino horn is made of keratin, the…

    10 May 2011

  • DFMR Appealing To PersonsTo Refrain From Taking Undersized Conch ...
    Follow up investigations by Fisheries Officers at DFMR have substantiated these reports, as conch shells (without the meat), freshly removed from the water, ...

    16 May 2011

  • Three held with peacock carcasses - Mangalorean.com
    Three held with peacock carcasses Mangalorean.com According to police, preliminary investigations indicate that those involved in the peacock killings have been in the illegal wildlife trade for nearly three years and used to supply the bird's meat in the eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh. ... and more »

    10 May 2011

  • KWS seeks stiffer penalties to curb poaching
    A Kenya wildlife ranger guards metal boxes containing 115 pieces of ivory weighing over 1500 kilograms that was destined for Nigeria May 6, 2011. FREDRICK ONYANGO The government has been urged to fast-track the passing of the Wildlife Bill that ... See all stories on this topic » Daily Nation

    16 May 2011

  • Stansted Airport: Woman arrested in connection with smuggling endangered ... - Saffron Walden Reporter
    Saffron Walden Reporter Stansted Airport: Woman arrested in connection with smuggling endangered ... Saffron Walden Reporter I also urge holiday makers to ensure the souvenirs they buy do not contribute to this problem because these creatures can carry diseases.” Tortoise smuggling is one of the five CITES priorities for…

    9 May 2011

  • Malaysian state plans ban on shark hunting - The Associated Press
    Malaysian state plans ban on shark hunting The Associated Press Shark fin soup, widely sold across Asia, can sell for more than $80 a bowl and is often served at weddings and banquets as a symbol of wealth. Restaurant operators in Sabah oppose the ban, saying that sharks are…

    8 May 2011

  • Da Lat wildlife kingpin untouchable - Thanh Nien Daily
    Thanh Nien Daily Da Lat wildlife kingpin untouchable Thanh Nien Daily “One hundred million [US$5000] for one hundred grams [of rhino horn]. No bargain,” Tu Loan told Thanh Nien Weekly reporter posing as a client. “I just want to help you,” she said. “Let me ask a friend of…

    7 May 2011

  • Pair sentenced in rhino-horn smuggling plot - Denver Post
    Pair sentenced in rhino-horn smuggling plot Denver Post Two Irish in-laws accused of trying to smuggle rhinoceros horns out of the country have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to six months in federal prison, according to court records. Michael Hegarty, 39, and his brother-in-law, 26-year-old Richard ...

    7 May 2011

  • Shark finless soup touted by chefs - San Francisco Chronicle
    Shark finless soup touted by chefs San Francisco Chronicle More people should have been surveyed, she said, complaining that the push to ban the shark fin trade has created "a bad image" of Chinese Americans. "It correlates cruelty to Chinese Americans and their eating habits and culture," the 40-year-old…

    6 May 2011

  • WWF anti de-horning SA rhinos - East Coast Radio
    WWF anti de-horning SA rhinos East Coast Radio By Thrishni Subramoney Global conservation group, the Worldwide Fund for Nature says it does not support tentative steps by government to investigate the possibility of creating a legal trade in rhino horn. Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa ... and more »

    5 May 2011

  • More than 50 animals seized in Malaysia
    Watch More than 50 animals seized in Malaysia in the NECN Video. www.necn.com/.../more-than-50-animals-seized-in-malaysia.ht...

    16 May 2011

  • Rhino Poachers Get Thirteen Years in Prison - Care2.com
    Care2.com Rhino Poachers Get Thirteen Years in Prison Care2.com The false notion that rhino horn contains medicinal chemicals has driven demand for it beyond reason, so, tragically, rhino poaching continues and is even increasing in some parts of Africa. In the 1980s there may have been about 1500 rhinos…

    5 May 2011

  • SA, Vietnam tighten relations - BuaNews Online (press release)
    SA, Vietnam tighten relations BuaNews Online (press release) Vietnam has been increasingly implicated as a main driver of the illegal rhino horn trade in Asia, and a major trade route has emerged, connecting illegally killed rhinos in South Africa with consumers in Vietnam. Motlanthe said relevant ministries ... and…

    4 May 2011

  • Transparency Vital For Landmark Timber Accord - PRLog.Org (press release)
    PRLog.Org (press release) Transparency Vital For Landmark Timber Accord PRLog.Org (press release) ... trust (registered charity number 1040615) that investigates and campaigns against a wide range of environmental crimes, including illegal wildlife trade, illegal logging, hazardous waste, and trade in climate and ozone-altering chemicals. 2. ... and more »

    4 May 2011

  • Govt considers legal rhino horn trade - Times LIVE
    Times LIVE Govt considers legal rhino horn trade Times LIVE In a written reply to a parliamentary question from DA MP Jaunita Terreblance, water and environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa said that her department would commission a feasibility study to probe the viable of legal rhino horn trade in…

    4 May 2011

  • Namibia: Pangolins Endangered By International Trade - AllAfrica.com
    Namibia: Pangolins Endangered By International Trade AllAfrica.com A Cape pangolin picked up on the outskirts of Windhoek and handed to a Ministry of Environment and Tourism official, was passed to the Namibia Animal Rehabilitation Research and Education Center (Narrec). After basic assessment of the young animal's ... and more »

    21 Apr 2011

  • Gold, red sanders seized at Chennai airport - Times of India
    Gold, red sanders seized at Chennai airport Times of India Customs also seized 56 kg of red sanders from a post parcel bound for Thailand on a Thai Airways on April 23. Officials monitoring post parcels booked to be loaded on to a Thai Airways flight noticed that around…

    2 May 2011

  • Assam Rifles seizes 15 kg tiger bones, skulls - Times of India
    Assam Rifles seizes 15 kg tiger bones, skulls Times of India Other animal parts like rhino bones, rhino skin, bear glands, pangolin shells and deer horns have also been seized by the paramilitary forces off and on in the last few years in Chandel. To check smuggling of animal…

    2 May 2011

  • Aquarium of the Bay Supports California's Proposed Shark Fin Ban - Change.org (blog)
    Change.org (blog) Aquarium of the Bay Supports California's Proposed Shark Fin Ban Change.org (blog) To that end, the aquarium just opened the No Fins, No Future: Support AB 376 exhibit to provide support to the proposed California state ban on the possession, sale, trade, and distribution of shark fins.…

    2 May 2011

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