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September 2011 seizures archive

  • Confiscated *ivory* was en route to China
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) "The container was to be transported to Table Bay Harbour where it would have been shipped to China. The value of the tusks seized was estimated at approximated R120,000." Van Wyk explained if the tusks had been processed, they could have been sold for ...…

    30 Sep 2011

  • Vietnam to dispel rhino horn myths - Mail & Guardian Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 3News NZ Vietnam to dispel rhino horn myths Mail & Guardian Online The Vietnamese had even cited statistics showing that illegal trafficking in rhino horn in Vietnam was decreasing, said South Africa's deputy director general of biodiversity and conservation in the department of water and…

    30 Sep 2011

  • Leopard Skins, Bear Gall Bladder Seized in Uttarakhand - Daijiworld.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Leopard Skins, Bear Gall Bladder Seized in Uttarakhand Daijiworld.com In Dehradun, one leopard skin was seized and two people were arrested. Two more leopard skins, a gall bladder of a Himalayan black bear, the musk pod of a musk deer, and other items were seized…

    30 Sep 2011

  • 209 kg *ivory* worth $288000 *seized* in Nghe An Society TuoiTreNews
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The seized ivory. Photo Tuoi Tre. Police in the central Nghe An Province have caught three men with 209 kg of ivory thought to be smuggled in from abroad ... tuoitrenews.vn/.../209-kg-ivory-worth-288-000-seized-in-ngh...

    30 Sep 2011

  • Shahtoosh shawls worth Rs24L recovered at IGI, 1 held - Times of India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Shahtoosh shawls worth Rs24L recovered at IGI, 1 held Times of India NEW DELHI: A resident of Srinagar was arrested at the IGI Airport on Wednesday for carrying four shahtoosh shawls worth Rs 24 lakh. According to customs officials the passenger, Tasaduq Hussain Joo, arrived…

    30 Sep 2011

  • Solitary confinement for Pronk De Nijs and Felix in *bird smuggling* *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) BREDA The suspects in the bird smuggling case – Joost Pronk Jan de Nijs and Jaime Felix – were convicted to solitary confinement today but less the period ... amigoe.com/.../85720-solitary-confinement-for-pronk-de-nijs-...

    29 Sep 2011

  • Man faces R6m abalone charge - Legalbrief (subscription)
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Man faces R6m abalone charge Legalbrief (subscription) Adam Abdelrazig Abdelkarim Ahmed (37), found in possession of abalone worth R6m, has been granted bail of R50 000 - but will stay behind bars until he can raise the money, says a Cape Argus report. The Cape…

    29 Sep 2011

  • Rhino info sharing vital: Vietnam - Times LIVE
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) AFP Rhino info sharing vital: Vietnam Times LIVE Sharing information on the illegal trade of rhino horn will be the key tool in fighting poaching, a Vietnamese delegation says. "We should share more information and intelligence to investigate on this matter... this will be a…

    29 Sep 2011

  • Texas Authorities Find Massive Shark Kill
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) 7:00 pm ET This past weekend, wildlife officials in Texas came across a huge illegal fishing operation. They found about 3000 dead sharks, tangled in miles of nets off the coast. Michele Norris talks with Sergeant James Dunks with the Texas Parks and ... See…

    29 Sep 2011

  • Madagascar, Panama ask UN-backed body to regulate trade in *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Madagascar requested the inclusion in CITES of five species of rosewood (genus Dalbergia) and 84 species of ebony wood (genus Diospyros) after illegal trade ...

    29 Sep 2011

  • South Africans, Vietnamese meet on rhino poaching - The Associated Press
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) AFP South Africans, Vietnamese meet on rhino poaching The Associated Press Demand for rhino horn among a growing Vietnamese middle class is believed to be driving the poaching spike in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa — Vietnam's own rhinos are nearly extinct. David Newton…

    28 Sep 2011

  • Bail for 5 in red sanders smuggling racket - Times of India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Bail for 5 in red sanders smuggling racket Times of India MUMBAI: A metropolitan magistrate on Monday granted bail to five persons arrested for smuggling red sanders. The sixth accused, Alex Thomas alias Anand, will remain in jail because there was no lawyer to represent…

    27 Sep 2011

  • Call to Ban Shark Fins Gains Support of Some Big Fish - Sacramento Bee
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Just Jared Call to Ban Shark Fins Gains Support of Some Big Fish Sacramento Bee 26, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- On both sides of the world, the movement to ban the trade and sale of shark fin products has gained an impressive roster of noteworthy…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Shot, face hacked off, tusks stolen... horror of the elephants butchered for *...*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The aim was to document what was happening on the ground – there have been so many reports of poaching and seized ivory, in and through the country and at the airport – so when we arrived in March we immediately headed north to Samburu…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Marshall Islands and Palau commit to shark protection - Radio Australia News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Marshall Islands and Palau commit to shark protection Radio Australia News "Right now scientists have estimated around 73 million sharks are harvested annually for their fins to support the fin trade for shark fin soup... so there definitely is concern." Sharks are targeted in fishing…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Nearly 100 pangolins seized by Thai officials - CBS News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Asian Correspondent Nearly 100 pangolins seized by Thai officials CBS News A Thai custom official holds the tail of a pangolin before putting it in a cage prior to a news conference at custom office in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. Authorities in Thailand…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Australia targets 'flourishing' environmental crime - Radio Australia
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Australia targets 'flourishing' environmental crime Radio Australia The work covers illegal timber trafficking and wildlife smuggling. They'll also assess the trade of black market ozone depleting chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs and hazardous waste such as heavy metals found in some electronic goods. ...

    26 Sep 2011

  • Govt lifts ban on abalone fishing - Times of Oman
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Times of Oman Govt lifts ban on abalone fishing Times of Oman MUSCAT: Are you an abalone lover? Well, then here's a news of use for you? The prized gourmet delicacy, which thrives along the inshore waters of the Dhofar coast and commands an exorbitant…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Red sanders 'Smuggler put in 50L to make B'wood movie' - Times of India
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Red sanders 'Smuggler put in 50L to make B'wood movie' Times of India MUMBAI: Red sanders smuggling kingpin Ajit Satam had invested Rs 50 lakh to make a Hindi movie, possibly with Mallika Sherawat as the lead actress. Satam had paid the money as advance…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Bangkok Post : Smuggled rhino horns: The Thai connection - Bangkok Post
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Bangkok Post : Smuggled rhino horns: The Thai connection Bangkok Post "At the moment rhino horn is worth a lot more than heroin or cocaine," says John Sellar, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) chief enforcement officer based in Geneva. Some estimates…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Man charged for housing reptiles - WAVY-TV
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) WAVY-TV Man charged for housing reptiles WAVY-TV "The illegal wildlife trade is second only to the drug trade," said Sgt. TJ Worrell of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. And while offenders get their day in court, wildlife officials remind the repercussions for the…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Mexico Will Ban Shark Fishing as Global Sanctuary Movement Grows - New York Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Mexico Will Ban Shark Fishing as Global Sanctuary Movement Grows New York Times Concerned about the decimation of sharks for the shark fin trade, the United States also has strict conservation rules in place, though not an outright moratorium that Mexico plans to institute next…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Nine arrested in Cape perlemoen raid - Citizen
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Nine arrested in Cape perlemoen raid Citizen The men had just loaded 610kg of perlemoen (also known as abalone) onto a truck at a business in Killarney Gardens industrial park on Thursday afternoon when police, acting on a tip-off, raided it, Lt-Col Andre Traut said.…

    26 Sep 2011

  • Lion cubs in Somalia part of large smuggling operation - DigitalJournal.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) DigitalJournal.com Lion cubs in Somalia part of large smuggling operation DigitalJournal.com Mogadishu - Wildlife smuggling in Somalia has turned into a lucrative business since the state's fall, with demand for young lion cubs placing a value on them as high as $1000 apiece, and the…

    23 Sep 2011

  • Rhino poaching unstoppable- Minister Nhema - ZimEye Zimbabwe
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) ZimEye Zimbabwe Rhino poaching unstoppable- Minister Nhema ZimEye Zimbabwe It is estimated that the country has a 700 population of rhinos and the numbers are dwindling due to the long held belief that the Rhino horn is used for medicinal purposes. Areas such as the…

    23 Sep 2011

  • Activists march for legal rhino hunting moratorium - Independent Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Independent Online Activists march for legal rhino hunting moratorium Independent Online Hundreds of people gathered outside Parliament to highlight efforts to debunk myths about rhino horn and protest against poaching and legal rhino hunting. Animal rights activists, game reserve owners and members of the public…

    23 Sep 2011

  • Philippines eats, sells biodiversity riches - AFP
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) AFP Philippines eats, sells biodiversity riches AFP The Philippines' biodiversity riches makes it a major force in the global illegal wildlife trade, which is worth up to $20 billion annually, according to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network. The network says wildlife…

    22 Sep 2011

  • Red sanders worth Rs 8 lakh seized - IBNLive.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Red sanders worth Rs 8 lakh seized IBNLive.com NELLORE: Atmakur forest officials seized 71 red sander logs worth `8 lakh form Kadirinaidupalle village in Marripadu mandal in the wee hours of Wednesday. According to Atmakur forest ranger YS Naidu, they raided a truck loaded with…

    22 Sep 2011

  • Putina quiere convertirse en primer productor de fibra de vicuña el 2012 - Pachamama radio 850 AM
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Pachamama radio 850 AM Putina quiere convertirse en primer productor de fibra de vicuña el 2012 Pachamama radio 850 AM Los últimos años, la provincia de San Antonio de Putina se ha convertido en el segundo productor nacional de fibra de vicuña y exporta el…

    22 Sep 2011

  • Campaign targets China's shark fin trade - BBC News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) BBC News Campaign targets China's shark fin trade BBC News The fins are then dried and sold to Chinese restaurants, where they are made into shark fin soup. China is at the centre of this trade, but a new campaign hopes to persuade its citizens…

    22 Sep 2011

  • Debate over *seized animals*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) By ONG HAN SEAN KUANTAN: The living conditions of several animals seized by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) has sparked a debate ...

    22 Sep 2011

  • Illegal conch catch
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) During a patrol, they discovered approximately one-hundred empty conch shells that were apparently caught several weeks ago. The shells measured 7 to 12 ... amigoe.com/english/84789-illegale-vangst-karkos

    22 Sep 2011

  • MP pushes to ban import of shark fins - Coquitlam Now
    Shared by TRAFFIC Canada, shark, MP pushes to ban import of shark fins Coquitlam Now Up to 75 million sharks are killed each year, with the majority used toward the shark fin trade, according to Wild Aid Canada. Fin Donnelly, MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam, and Fisheries and Oceans ...

    21 Sep 2011

  • Three held with leopard skin - IBNLive.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Three held with leopard skin IBNLive.com PTI | 02:09 PM,Sep 21,2011 Dehradun, Sep 21 (PTI) Three poachers were arrested and a leopard skin was recovered from their possession in Rishikesh near here, police said today.On a tip-off, the three accused were arrested yesterday from near…

    21 Sep 2011

  • Taiwanese petitioners to President Chinchilla: Stop shark fin imports - Tico Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Taiwanese petitioners to President Chinchilla: Stop shark fin imports Tico Times A group of Taiwanese citizens against shark finning in Costa Rica ask the president to halt the trade. Hundreds of Taiwanese citizens opposed to the practice of shark finning sent a petition to Costa…

    21 Sep 2011

  • Man fined for having 40 pangolins - Malaysia Star
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Man fined for having 40 pangolins Malaysia Star PETALING JAYA: A man was fined RM50,000 for illegal possession of 40 live pangolins by the Kota Baru Sessions Court. The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) said in a statement that the man pleaded guilty to…

    21 Sep 2011

  • B.C.'s spiny dogfish makes history as world's first 'sustainable' shark fishery - Vancouver Sun
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) B.C.'s spiny dogfish makes history as world's first 'sustainable' shark fishery Vancouver Sun ... some do end up in cheap versions of shark-fin soup, which is why the solution for sharks globally does not lie with MSC certification or sustainable shark fisheries; it lies in…

    21 Sep 2011

  • Zimbabwean elephants 'poisoned'
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) In May, authorities in Kenya seized more than one tonne of ivory at Nairobi's international airport. About 115 elephant tusks were found inside metal containers by sniffer dogs. Officials believe Kenya has become a transit point for international ivory ... See all stories on this…

    20 Sep 2011

  • *Ivory* price surge sees elephants at risk
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) "People in China never bought ivory before, because they couldn't afford it — they carved it, but it all went out to Europe. "Now it's being bought in China by the Chinese, and that's a disaster." Authorities in China and Hong Kong have seized more…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Wildlife rangers to be trained in anti-smuggling skills
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Poachers continue to prey on Sultanate's diverse wildlife

    20 Sep 2011

  • Beer company threatens Tibetan antelope - The Guardian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The Guardian Beer company threatens Tibetan antelope The Guardian Chief among them was the chiru, or Tibetan antelope, which was almost hunted to extinction due to the demand of wealthy foreign consumers for its fine shahtoosh wool. A gritty 2004 film about their plight and…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Report: Men caught with 260 illegal baby alligators
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Two Sumter County men, Robert "Bo" Martin Duval Christopher Cork Scroggins, were greeted by wildlife officials early Thursday morning as they came ashore in their airboat on Lake Apopka with a couple of sacks full of recently hatched alligators, ... See all stories on this…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Group: Wild cattle species endangered in Cambodia - The Associated Press
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Group: Wild cattle species endangered in Cambodia The Associated Press Soldiers killed thousands of animals during 20 years of war and civil conflict and in more recent times massive deforestation, abetted by corruption, and a thriving illegal wildlife trade with China and Vietnam have hastened…

    20 Sep 2011

  • *Ivory* smuggler arrested at airport
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Police did not disclose how the smuggler was caught, where the ivory had come from or its intended destination. Police said the polished ivory had originally been taken from the tusks of an African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana). Items seized ... See all stories on…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Protected sea *shells* seized from fancy store
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) ... stocking sea shells, protected under Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, ... Vettuvankeni, for keeping three different types of Spider Conch shells ...

    20 Sep 2011

  • gulftodayae | *Ivory* tusks bracelets *seized* in transshipment
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The department said in a statement that it handed over the seized ivory which was in the form of tusks and bracelets to the Ministry of Environment and ... gulftoday.ae/.../1283e81c-86f7-4d46-8ba2-2780c7b2fd38.asp...

    20 Sep 2011

  • Cashed up Cambodians are spending big bucks on lucky fish - Phnom Penh Post
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Cashed up Cambodians are spending big bucks on lucky fish Phnom Penh Post Despite these precautions, the desire for these fish is creating a “very high level of smuggling,” Chris Shepherd, a regional program officer with Traffic Southeast Asia, a group which monitors the wildlife…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Warrant for Police Officer's Arrest
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) ... of operations of the Funhalouro District Police Command, who allegedly cooperated with a local gang of criminals to rob the warehouse of the District Agriculture Directorate, where ivory and home-made guns seized from poachers were being stored. ... See all stories on this topic…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Snake smuggler fined $400
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) (Joerg Koch/AFP/Getty Images) The Brazillian man gave "snakes on a plane" a whole new meaning when he attempted to smuggle seven baby pythons through security at the Miami International Airport pleaded guilty in court Wednesday. ... See all stories on this topic » GlobalPost (blog)

    20 Sep 2011

  • Red sanders worth Rs 45 lakh seized at Kalamboli yard - Hindustan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Red sanders worth Rs 45 lakh seized at Kalamboli yard Hindustan Times The Nhava Sheva customs seized red sanders worth Rs45 lakh after it raided a yard at Kalamboli on Thursday. According to sources, the container was parked at Tata yard of IK Marine, Kalamboli.…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Demand 15 months for *bird smuggling* case
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Moreover the Public ProsecutorOM wants the three suspects to hand over their income from the smuggling For Pronk and De Nijs it regards an amount of 9171 ... www.amigoe.com/.../84145-demand-15-months-for-bird-smu...

    20 Sep 2011

  • In Europe's Museums, Rhino Horns Are Easy Pickings - TIME
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) In Europe's Museums, Rhino Horns Are Easy Pickings TIME "It started about four or five years ago," says Richard Thomas, spokesman for Traffic, a London-based organization that monitors the international wildlife trade. "Because of this belief that it can cure cancer, we've seen live poachings…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Thai customs seize massive illegal animals haul - Radio Australia
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Thai customs seize massive illegal animals haul Radio Australia BAHFEN: Chris Shepherd from Traffic Southeast Asia says Thailand is a major player in the illegal wildlife trade, partly because of its proximity to countries where animal products are used in food and traditional medicine. SHEPHERD:…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Caspian littoral states need to stop sturgeon poaching - News.Az
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) News.Az Caspian littoral states need to stop sturgeon poaching News.Az The control over sturgeon fishing and caviar trade should be strengthened and punishment for this should be toughened. To do this, littoral states need to take joint efforts and also to tighten control on their…

    20 Sep 2011

  • Shahtoosh shawls worth Rs 1 crore seized - Hindustan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Shahtoosh shawls worth Rs 1 crore seized Hindustan Times The Custom Department at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has arrested a passenger and recovered Shahtoosh and Pashmina shawls worth Rs 1 crore and Rs 60 lakh respectively from him. This is one of major…

    14 Sep 2011

  • 100 star tortoises seized in Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14th September 2011—Authorities in Peninsular Malaysia yesterday discovered and seized 100 Indian Star Tortoises, packed in a plastic container at a business premises.

    14 Sep 2011

  • Antique *ivory* piece *seized*; one held
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Meanwhile, preliminary investigation revealed that the piece originally belonged to Rajasthan, and that Ajeesh had sourced it through an antique dealer. Ajeesh and the seized ivory piece were later handed over to the Kochi Fort police. See all stories on this topic »

    14 Sep 2011

  • Police bust Yangon restaurant for illegally selling pangolins - Myanmar Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Police bust Yangon restaurant for illegally selling pangolins Myanmar Times By Ei Ei Toe Lwin THE illicit trade in pangolins for food and traditional medicine is a growing problem in Myanmar, officials acknowledged last week, as a wildlife group said the anteater has become the…

    13 Sep 2011

  • Last stand in Asia for shy, defenseless anteater - CNBC.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Last stand in Asia for shy, defenseless anteater CNBC.com Little studied and hardly an iconic species, pangolins are found in Asia and Africa. They are natural pest controllers, gobbling up ants and termites. Conservationists first took serious notice in the 1990s when massive harvesting in…

    13 Sep 2011

  • Owls poached for exotic meat market - Malaysia Star
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Malaysia Star Owls poached for exotic meat market Malaysia Star In November 2008, a raid in Muar, Johor, unveiled a mountain of 917 plucked owls, along with a stash of pythons, mouse deer, pangolins and various other protected species. Two months later, in January 2009,…

    12 Sep 2011

  • *Activists Call for Halt in Orangutan Skull Trade*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) An animal rights group is urging the government to be more proactive in putting a halt to the illegal trade in orangutan skulls. “The trade in illegal orangutan skulls still continues in souvenir shops in Pontianak, West Kalimantan; Palangkaraya, ... See all stories on this…

    11 Sep 2011

  • Frankfurt's wildlife sniffer dogs draw interest from European airports - Deutsche Welle
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Frankfurt's wildlife sniffer dogs draw interest from European airports Deutsche Welle The dimension of illegal wildlife trade is threatening the survival of species around the world," Braun said. "So it's very important … for species conservation." Seizures across the EU are on the rise, according…

    8 Sep 2011

  • Man arrested for smuggling pashmina wool - IBNLive.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Man arrested for smuggling pashmina wool IBNLive.com PTI | 11:09 PM,Sep 07,2011 Shimla, Sep 7 (PTI) A man was today arrested for allegedly smuggling expensive pashmina wool from across China border while a small quantity of the banned shahtoosh wool was also seized from his…

    8 Sep 2011

  • DRI seizes red sanders worth R11 cr from Kolhapur godown - Hindustan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) DRI seizes red sanders worth R11 cr from Kolhapur godown Hindustan Times Continuing the seizure of red sanders, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Mumbai on Wednesday seized 45 tonnes (45000 kg) of the wood worth Rs11.25 crore from a warehouse in Kolhapur. The agency…

    8 Sep 2011

  • Three arrested for trying to smuggle tortoises - IBNLive.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Three arrested for trying to smuggle tortoises IBNLive.com PTI | 05:09 PM,Sep 07,2011 Jaunpur (UP), Sep 7 (PTI) Three persons were arrested today with 30 tortoises at Jaunpur railway station here, sources in Government Railway Police (GRP) said. Upon suspicion, the three persons were searched…

    7 Sep 2011

  • Calif. lawmakers pass bill banning shark-fin trade - San Francisco Chronicle
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Calif. lawmakers pass bill banning shark-fin trade San Francisco Chronicle Jerry Brown a bill seeking to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins, despite objections from two senators who called the measure racist because the fins are used in a soup considered a…

    7 Sep 2011

  • Accused in red sanders heist had told Customs he was on their side - Hindustan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Accused in red sanders heist had told Customs he was on their side Hindustan Times Customs officials have found that Deepak Zare – recently arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in connection with the smuggling of two lakh kg of red sanders —…

    7 Sep 2011

  • Sharks saved from soupy fate set free at sea - MSN Malaysia News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Sharks saved from soupy fate set free at sea MSN Malaysia News But a report by the wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic and the Pew Environmental Group released in January said not enough was being done to implement that plan. "International concern about shark stocks…

    6 Sep 2011

  • Cross border smuggling on rise in Indo-China border - Hindustan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Cross border smuggling on rise in Indo-China border Hindustan Times In August 2010 police has seized 12 tonnes of red sanders wood that was enruote to China. Red sanders wood grows in the forest of Andhra Pradesh is in high demand in China. The red…

    5 Sep 2011

  • Zambian police *seized* 169 *ivory* - News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Ma Lama said, the total weight of ivory seized will be published and these ivory temporary custody by the police, the Zambia Wildlife Authority forwarded as soon ... www.f-paper.com/?i874824-Zambian-police-seized-169...

    5 Sep 2011

  • Portugal nabs two Australians for rhino horn trafficking - The West Australian
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Portugal nabs two Australians for rhino horn trafficking The West Australian LISBON, Sept 5, 2011 (AFP) - - Portuguese police have arrested an Australian and his son attempting to smuggle six rhino horns worth nearly half a million dollars out of the country, police said…

    5 Sep 2011

  • *Elephant tusks worth RM3mil seized in Port Klang*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) KLANG: Customs officers seized two containers containing 695 elephant tusks in Port Klang worth RM3mil on Sept 2. thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/9/5/nation/...

    5 Sep 2011

  • *Over 21 persons arrested for poaching black-naped hares*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) The use of conical long nets to trap black-naped hares has come to light in Virudhunagar district. Local forest officials secured more than 21 poachers involved in such hunting in the last one week. Shekhar Kumar Niraj, Conservator of Forests, ... See all stories on…

    5 Sep 2011

  • Red sanders racket: Accused had threatened officer - Daily News & Analysis
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Red sanders racket: Accused had threatened officer Daily News & Analysis Among the five arrested on Saturday by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in red sandalwood smuggling case includes a person who had been threatening a senior customs officer for two months. ... Red…

    5 Sep 2011

  • Shark fin soup faces extinction in California - CNN International
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Shark fin soup faces extinction in California CNN International The California Shark Protection Act would make it illegal to possess, sell or trade shark fins. The state Senate is expected to take up the legislation next week. The issue goes beyond animal welfare, the bill's…

    4 Sep 2011

  • Rare wood worth Rs 50 cr seized in DRI swoop - Hindustan Times
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Rare wood worth Rs 50 cr seized in DRI swoop Hindustan Times The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), on Saturday, busted a major red sanders smuggling racket and seized 200 tonnes, ie 2 lakh kg of the precious wood, worth Rs 50 crore. The DRI…

    4 Sep 2011

  • State investigates deer poaching in NW Montana
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) (AP) — State wildlife officials say poachers killed several deer in northwestern Montana early last month. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden Chris Crane says an investigation into the poaching of eight deer in the Whitefish region has led to a ... See all stories…

    3 Sep 2011

  • *Wildlife officials* use robo-deer to catch poachers
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) State wildlife officials are rolling out robot decoys to nab unscrupulous hunters, deploying them along roadways where deer gather or where poachers have been a problem. Hunting is not allowed at night, but authorities say the sight of big deer on the ... See all…

    3 Sep 2011

  • Malaysia seizes 1000 elephant tusks: reports
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) In the first incident, customs and wildlife officials seized 405 tusks in a container at the southern port of Pasir Gudang on July 8. The ship carrying the cargo was from an undisclosed African port that had been through Singapore. ... See all stories on…

    3 Sep 2011

  • Uggah: We're taking steps to check ivory smuggling - Malaysia Star
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Uggah: We're taking steps to check ivory smuggling Malaysia Star Wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic deputy regional director Chris Shepherd welcomed Uggah's move to engage with the authorities. “Malaysia is a transit country. This is the opportunity to disrupt the trade chain,” he said. ...…

    3 Sep 2011

  • Hong Kong drops plan to import rare whales - AFP
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) AFP Hong Kong drops plan to import rare whales AFP Outside the park, conservation groups such as the WWF have consistently appealed to restaurants in Hong Kong -- the largest importer of shark fin globally in 2007 -- to stop using the fins in the…

    3 Sep 2011

  • UN lifts Nigeria wildlife trade suspension - Montreal Gazette
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) UN lifts Nigeria wildlife trade suspension Montreal Gazette He said that the regulator had called on states to suspend such dealings with Nigeria as it was the “hub” of much illegal wildlife trade in West Africa, notably in ivory but also in reptile skins. “What…

    2 Sep 2011

  • *Snakes on a plane*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) A fitness coach was arrested at Munich airport after trying to smuggle 36 live snakes into Germany, custom officials said Friday. The snakes, which were thought to be young pythons, were hidden in a canvas bag in the passenger's hand luggage. ... See all stories…

    2 Sep 2011

  • Three bust with R12m perlemoen - The New Age Online
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Three bust with R12m perlemoen The New Age Online Illegally harvested perlemoen (abalone) worth R12m was found by police in three vehicles they stopped on the N1 in Ventersburg. Police spokesperson Sgt Tlalanyane Pakela said police in Thabong followed up information and a team was…

    2 Sep 2011

  • Fears grow for Asia's endangered anteaters - MSN Malaysia News
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Fears grow for Asia's endangered anteaters MSN Malaysia News Tiger poaching gets the press but wildlife groups in Asia are increasingly fearful for the future of a smaller, scalier and "less sexy" creature: the pangolin. So prized are the meat and supposed medicinal properties of…

    2 Sep 2011

  • From Elephant to Dung Beetles, A Victory for South African Conservationists - Voice of America
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) From Elephant to Dung Beetles, A Victory for South African Conservationists Voice of America Crushed rhino horn is used in traditional medicine in the Far East, although scientists say it has no medicinal value whatsoever. Horn fragments are also used to make traditional dagger handles…

    2 Sep 2011

  • Jail sentence, $15000 fine, fishing ban ordered in abalone case - Ukiah Daily Journal
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Jail sentence, $15000 fine, fishing ban ordered in abalone case Ukiah Daily Journal An Antioch man this week was sentenced to six months in county jail, fined $15000 and banned from fishing for life after he admitted in Mendocino County Superior Court to a felony…

    2 Sep 2011

  • Rare rhino horn stolen from Alfriston zoo - The Argus
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Rare rhino horn stolen from Alfriston zoo The Argus Sadly the demand for rhino horn on the black market is high, fuelling a value which is currently greater than gold. If anyone has any information in connection with the incident or saw anything suspicious, please…

    1 Sep 2011

  • Hangzhou *Seized Ivory* Carvings (with photo)
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Hangzhou Customs District seized 3 cases of illegal entry of ivory by mail, a total of 17 ivory and its products sent from the United States and Japan involved. ... english.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal191/.../info315823.htm

    1 Sep 2011

  • Zimbabwe: Man Stuns Court With Pangolin Fable - AllAfrica.com
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) Zimbabwe: Man Stuns Court With Pangolin Fable AllAfrica.com ONE of the men who were allegedly found in possession of a pangolin on Tuesday stunned the court when he said he was caught while trying to deliver the protected animal to President Mugabe at State House.…

    1 Sep 2011

  • *Deadly snakes seized in Palawan*
    Shared by TRAFFIC (media report) MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-five snakes, including a spitting cobra and deadly vipers, were seized by officials of the Palawan Conservation for Sustainable Development (PCSD) in El Nido, Palawan. The snakes were found contained in carton boxes inside ... See all stories on this topic »

    1 Sep 2011