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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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September 2010 seizures archive

  • 1000 rare tortoises poached each week in Madagascar - Mongabay.com
    Mongabay.com 1000 rare tortoises poached each week in Madagascar Mongabay.com Some 7855 living tortoises and more than 4.8 tonnes of meat were seized between 2001 and 2010 according TRAFFIC, WWF's wildlife trade monitoring program. ... and more »

    30 Sep 2010

  • Tiger skins and hedgehog seized in ACRES sting operation - Channel News Asia
    MSN Singapore Tiger skins and hedgehog seized in ACRES sting operation Channel News Asia Louis Ng, ACRES Executive Director, said the illegal wildlife trade appears to be going online and the organisation will continue to monitor and take action ... Sting Operations Result In Seizure Of Tiger Skins, Hedgehog…

    30 Sep 2010

  • Thai customs seize 1140 endangered tortoises - AFP
    AFP Thai customs seize 1140 endangered tortoises AFP BANGKOK — Thai customs authorities said Wednesday they had seized 1140 endangered star tortoises that were smuggled into the country on a flight from ... Bangladeshi arrested with over 1000 live tortoisesSify all 16 news articles »

    29 Sep 2010

  • Customs seize red sanders worth R1.6 crore at JNPT - Hindustan Times
    Customs seize red sanders worth R1.6 crore at JNPT Hindustan Times Following a tip-off, the Central Intelligence Unit of the Jawaharlal Nehru custom house, Nhava Sheva has seized seven containers of red sanders and ...

    29 Sep 2010

  • Elephant and leopard parts seized in China
    During a routine check on 20th September, China Eastern Airlines security officials discovered 4 whole tusks, 6 ivory pieces, 10 pieces of elephant skin and a leopard pelt in a parcel en route to Zhejiang province reports a Chinese government website.

    28 Sep 2010

  • Plight of the pangolin - New Straits Times
    Plight of the pangolin New Straits Times Pangolins, unfortunately, not only do not rise to such lofty status but also do not come to mind for immediate concern. After all, what is the pangolin ...

    27 Sep 2010

  • Malaysian caught carrying 90 kgs of ivory in Bangkok airport - International Business Times
    International Business Times Malaysian caught carrying 90 kgs of ivory in Bangkok airport International Business Times ... at the Bangkok airport in late August, according to a statement released on Monday by TRAFFIC International, the wildlife trade monitoring network. ... and more »

    27 Sep 2010

  • Chinese use red sanders to enhance their sex life - Deccan Chronicle
    Chinese use red sanders to enhance their sex life Deccan Chronicle 26: Red sanders is not only used for making furniture and showpieces, the Chinese apparently use an extract of the smuggled wood to make “sex” pills similar ...

    26 Sep 2010

  • Bangla turtle smugglers make a killing - Calcutta Telegraph
    Calcutta Telegraph Bangla turtle smugglers make a killing Calcutta Telegraph ... would be prosecuted under the Wildlife Protection Act and measures would be initiated to tighten vigil along the borders to stop illegal wildlife trade. ...

    25 Sep 2010

  • Poacher eaten by great white shark - Toronto Sun
    Telegraph.co.uk Poacher eaten by great white shark Toronto Sun Harvesting wild perlemoen, or abalone, was banned because because it was on the brink of extinction. That ban was lifted in June, though a permit is ... Poacher killed by great white sharkTelegraph.co.uk all 8 news articles »

    25 Sep 2010

  • Two policemen arrested for smuggling ivory
    Manjengwa then transported the ivory to Kasame for safe keeping, the court heard . ... ZBC bans controversial song · Mliswa seized from prison ... www.dailynews.co.zw/.../690-two-policemen-arrested-for-smu...

    25 Sep 2010

  • Man linked to poaching in dock - Independent Online
    Independent Online Man linked to poaching in dock Independent Online Boene was also allegedly involved in smuggling the rhino horn to Mozambique where it was then sold to Vietnamese and Chinese nationals, who shipped it to ... and more »

    24 Sep 2010

  • Yakima couple accused of illegal trafficking in bear parts - Yakima Herald-Republic
    Yakima couple accused of illegal trafficking in bear parts Yakima Herald-Republic ... uses a synthetic form to treat gall stones and fatal cirrhosis, according to the TRAFFIC Network, which monitors the international wildlife trade. ... and more »

    23 Sep 2010

  • Rare tortoises stolen from pond in Bhiwani - Times of India
    Rare tortoises stolen from pond in Bhiwani Times of India ROHTAK: Some rare tortoises were reportedly stolen from a pond in Loharu town of Bhiwani on Monday night. Local residents claimed that some men had drained ... and more »

    22 Sep 2010

  • 422 protected lizards seized
    KLUANG – MALAYSIAN wildlife authorities seized 422 clouded monitor lizards and detained two men who were transporting the protected species at Kampung Gajah here. ‘The lizards were wrapped in nets and placed in fruit crates and were being transported in a lorry,’ said Johor Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan)…

    21 Sep 2010

  • Textile Seller Fined RM16,000 For Possessing Protected Birds - Bernama
    Textile Seller Fined RM16,000 For Possessing Protected Birds Bernama ... such offences very seriously and had introduced this specific act to curb such activities because we were once labeled as a wildlife smuggling hub. ...

    22 Sep 2010

  • Poacher eaten by great white shark - Toronto Sun
    Telegraph.co.uk Poacher eaten by great white shark Toronto Sun Harvesting wild perlemoen, or abalone, was banned because because it was on the brink of extinction. That ban was lifted in June, though a permit is ... Poacher killed by great white sharkTelegraph.co.uk all 8 news articles »

    25 Sep 2010

  • Jail time for abalone poacher - Narooma News
    Jail time for abalone poacher Narooma News A MAN found with hundreds of illegal abalone on the NSW south coast has been given a six-week jail sentence by Moruya Local Court, Minister for Primary ...

    21 Sep 2010

  • Cape Town man arrested after abalone bust - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    Cape Town man arrested after abalone bust Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News A Cape Town man appeared in the Strand Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after more than 400 abalone were found in his possession. The 40-year-old was arrested ...

    21 Sep 2010

  • Police seize bribe money in rare wood smuggling case - Sify
    India Talkies Police seize bribe money in rare wood smuggling case Sify Two trucks transporting 12 tonnes of red sanders wood were seized at Kaurik, three kilometres from the international border, on the night of Aug 23. ... Wood smuggling: ITBP officer took Rs 6 lakh, say policeIndian Express…

    21 Sep 2010

  • Ivory trade could make Vietnam's elephants extinct within a decade - The Guardian
    The Guardian Ivory trade could make Vietnam's elephants extinct within a decade The Guardian The country has quickly shifted from a transit point in the wildlife trade to a major end-consumer, now rivalling the richer Asian markets of Taiwan, ...

    21 Sep 2010

  • SA police smash 'rhino horn ring' - BBC News
    SunHerald.com SA police smash 'rhino horn ring' BBC News Nine people have been arrested and are to appear in a South African court on Wednesday for their alleged role in a rhino poaching syndicate. ... Police Arrest Nine Linked To Rhino Horn Poaching RingNewsTime UK government bans rhino horn…

    21 Sep 2010

  • 5 rhinos killed in Pilanesberg - News24
    5 rhinos killed in Pilanesberg News24 One rhino horn can weigh up to 8kg. According to police spokesperson Adéle Myburgh, workers from the reserve in the Pilanesberg were counting rhinos when ... and more »

    20 Sep 2010

  • Illegal wildlife trade on the rise; stronger punishment needed for offenders - International Business Times
    International Business Times Illegal wildlife trade on the rise; stronger punishment needed for offenders International Business Times "There is potentially a huge profit to be made for a little cost," Sabri Zain, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, TRAFFIC International told the ... and more »

    19 Sep 2010

  • Tiger skin seized from post parcel at airport
    Tiger skin seized from post parcel at airport TNN, Sep 19, 2010, 07.15am IST CHENNAI: In a first, air customs officers at airport on Friday seized a tiger skin sent from London as parcel. The tiger skin was 8 feet long from head to tail and 6 feet wide from…

    20 Sep 2010

  • Officers in cahoots with illegal traders to be weeded out - Malaysia Star
    Officers in cahoots with illegal traders to be weeded out Malaysia Star Uggah, who acknowledged that illegal wildlife trade was a very lucrative business, urged the public to come forward if they had evidence of such ... and more »

    19 Sep 2010

  • Shipment of exotic wood from Africa seized at port
    ... the Ivory Coast of Africa, according to a local lumber company executive, and is a substitute for teak. The wood seized at the port was not accompanied ... See all stories on this topic »

    18 Sep 2010

  • Leopard skin, bear gall bladder seized in Uttarakhand; 2 held - MSN India
    Leopard skin, bear gall bladder seized in Uttarakhand; 2 held MSN India New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) Three leopard skin and a gall bladder of a Himalayan black bear used in traditional Chinese medicine were seized by forest officials ... and more »

    16 Sep 2010

  • Tiger and elephant bone-smuggling ring nabbed - Independent Online
    Tiger and elephant bone-smuggling ring nabbed Independent Online A kilogram of pure tiger-bone paste can sell for up to 5 000 dollars on the black market. Under Vietnamese law, hunting or trading in rare animals is ... and more »

    16 Sep 2010

  • EXCLUSIVE: Blacktown man fined for illegal snake possession - Blacktown Advocate
    Blacktown Advocate EXCLUSIVE: Blacktown man fined for illegal snake possession Blacktown Advocate ``And it encourages the illegal wildlife trade, which is an organised and notoriously cruel business,'' he said. ``Smuggled animals suffer stress, ...

    15 Sep 2010

  • Bear paws and pangolins seized in China
    On 6 September, authorities at Kunming Airport detected and seized 3 frozen bear paws and 3 pangolins after an X-ray check of the luggage of a passenger intending to fly from Kunming to Hangzhou reports Carnoc News

    15 Sep 2010

  • Abalone processed illegally in Highton - Geelong Advertiser
    Geelong Advertiser Abalone processed illegally in Highton Geelong Advertiser A MAN has admitted his part in an illegal abalone processing operation after more than 1000 cans were found at a Highton property. ...

    15 Sep 2010

  • China's nature reserves club together to protect endangered Tibetan antelopes - Xinhua
    Xinhua China's nature reserves club together to protect endangered Tibetan antelopes Xinhua Poachers hunt the antelopes for their hide as it can be sold and made into shahtoosh shawls, a luxury item that requires three to five antelope skins to ... and more »

    9 Sep 2010

  • Police seize R2m abalone - Sowetan
    Police seize R2m abalone Sowetan THE Hawks and the Crime Intelligence Unit in Free State seized R2,2million worth of abalone that was being transported from Bloemfontein to Gauteng ...

    8 Sep 2010

  • Cops arrest two rhino horn traders - Himalayan Times
    Cops arrest two rhino horn traders Himalayan Times KATHMANDU: Police today arrested two persons trading in rhino horn from Shanti Goreto Chowk in Chabahil. The arrested have been identified as Deepak Thakuri ...

    8 Sep 2010

  • A New Hope For Malayan Tigers - Bernama
    A New Hope For Malayan Tigers Bernama "TRAFFIC monitors wildlife trade for plants and animals, and our goal is to reduce illegal wildlife trade in the region. The tiger is one of TRAFFIC's ... and more »

    7 Sep 2010

  • Red sanders smuggling: ITBP officials arrested - Indian Express
    Red sanders smuggling: ITBP officials arrested Indian Express ... two Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) personnel — an assistant commandant and an inspector — for allegedly smuggling rare red sanders wood into Tibet. ... ITBP suspends two officers held in smuggling caseHindustan Times all 7 news articles »

    7 Sep 2010

  • Government to step up war on Abalone smuggling - Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
    Government to step up war on Abalone smuggling Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News The National Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Tuesday said government is intensifying its war on Abalone smuggling. A Hong Kong bound vessel ... and more »

    7 Sep 2010

  • Congo police arrest 3 men carrying elephant ivory
    He says the men said they bought the ivory from antique dealers. ... In August, police seized 116 elephant tusks and arrested two Congolese men in the ...

    7 Sep 2010

  • Channel NewsAsia ICA thwarts man's birdsmuggling plans ...
    Officers of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority thwarted a man's plan to smuggle 11 birds using his sling bag. www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/.../.html

    6 Sep 2010

  • DNA testing bad news for wildlife traffickers - ABC Online
    DNA testing bad news for wildlife traffickers ABC Online Despite strict federal and state laws, the illegal wildlife trade is lucrative enough to persist in Australia. That is partly because it ...

    6 Sep 2010

  • Malaysian jailed for 95 snakes on a plane - Reuters India
    Malaysian jailed for 95 snakes on a plane Reuters India TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring organisation, said the sentence indicated unwillingness by Malaysian authorities to get tough with real wildlife ... and more »

    6 Sep 2010

  • Hangzhou Customs: Seized a Batch of Suspected Smuggling Ivory ...
    Recently, Hangzhou Customs seized luggage channels total weight of 1044 grams of the two packets of ivory products. These neither declare nor legal ... info.e-to-china.com/news_updates/85422.html

    5 Sep 2010

  • Four arrested with tiger skin - Republica
    Four arrested with tiger skin Republica “We found them after five-month long surveillance and informed the police,” Buddhi Ratna Dangol, an illegal wildlife trade expert at WCN said. ... and more »

    4 Sep 2010

  • Japanese national charged in turtle smuggling case - Hawaii News Now
    Japanese national charged in turtle smuggling case Hawaii News Now Officials say there were three species: the Indian star tortoise, the white-fronted box turtle and the fly river turtle. The US Fish and Wildlife Service ... Accused turtle smuggler chargedHonolulu Star-Advertiser all 3 news articles »

    3 Sep 2010

  • Call to save Africa's rhinos - Citizen
    Call to save Africa's rhinos Citizen Director of Traffic in East and Southern Africa, Tom Milliken, said there had been a definite resurgence in the rhino horn trade. ...

    1 Sep 2010

  • 4 arrested for smuggling conch shells IBN Live News
    Rameswaram, Aug 31 (PTI): Four fishermen from Tuticorin have been arrested for allegedly smuggling conch shells from Sri Lanka, officials said. ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/4...for.../278757.html

    5 Sep 2010