No 240 Wildlife Trade News 18th October 2014

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Report Estimates Enormous Economic Value of Living Elephants http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/10/17/report-estimates-enormous-economic-value-of-living-elephants/

No 240 Wildlife Trade News 18th October 2014

Five suspected poachers arrested in Kruger http://citizen.co.za/259727/five-suspected-poachers-arrested-kruger/

Emergency appeal to combat militant elephant poaching in DRC

Alarmingly, young elephants have also been targeted in these latest attacks. Credit: African Parks.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-10-emergency-appeal-combat-militant-elephant.html#jCp

China tests outright logging ban in state forests (NA comment: While it is very active in illegal logging across continents.) http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/17/china-tests-outright-logging-ban-in-state-forests

Overwhelmed U.S. port inspectors unable to keep up with illegal wildlife trade http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/overwhelmed-us-port-inspectors-unable-to-keep-up-with-illegal-wildlife-trade/2014/10/17/2fc72086-fe42-11e3-b1f4-8e77c632c07b_story.html

The horn and ivory trade (USA) http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/the-horn-and-ivory-trade/1163/

Five strangest turtle seizures around the globe extract:

The Malayan box turtles and true tortoises, then valued at almost $240,000, were found in a China-bound container marked as holding watermelons. http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Five+strangest+turtle+seizures+around+globe/10302403/story.html

Sabah Oil Palm Industry Players Urged To Commit To Continuous Conservation Efforts (NA comment: even taking the first step would be startling progress for this industry which remains in denial about all the bad things it has done.) http://malaysiandigest.com/news/523657-sabah-oil-palm-industry-players-urged-to-commit-to-continuous-conservation-efforts.html

Red sanders worth Rs 7 crore seized

http://www.asianage.com/mumbai/red-sanders-worth-rs-7-crore-seized-832

DENR: Be aware of our protected areas (Philippines) extract: “Our Protected Areas are a life support system for our survival, which should be preserved and enhanced,” said Conrado Marquez, Regional Technical Director for DENR Wildlife, Coastal Management and Protected Areas Services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-6. – See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=911413534784#sthash.rXGrsuPj.dpuf

Going Undercover to Fight Illegal Logging http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-prenticedunn/going-undercover-to-fight_b_6003388.html

Government pledges to reduce deforestation (Indonesia) http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/10/18/government-pledges-reduce-deforestation.html

Push to undermine Indonesia’s new president could stymie environmental progress, say NGOs Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1017-indonesia-jokowi-challenges.html#k8LzcgsAqXtbiDlt.99

Kitikmeot Inuit warned to stop selling caribou meat online http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/kitikmeot-inuit-warned-to-stop-selling-caribou-meat-online-1.2802620

M’sian biodiversity moves seem encouraging (NA comment: Highly optimistic title) http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/277909

Rhino poached in Gorumara http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Rhino-poached-in-Gorumara/articleshow/44862486.cms

Remembering the notorious forest bandit Veerappan http://www.mid-day.com/articles/remembering-the-notorious-forest-bandit-veerappan/15691165

PMO seeks report on tiger poaching in Vidarbha http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/PMO-seeks-report-on-tiger-poaching-in-Vidarbha/articleshow/44863651.cms

How Humans Are Causing Lethal Tumors on Endangered Sea Turtles

http://inhabitat.com/how-humans-could-be-causing-lethal-tumors-on-endangered-sea-turtles/

Govt blamed for poor management of natural resources (Tanzania) http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=73246

Six elephants ‘unsmuggled’ from Phuket http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Six-elephants-unsmuggled-Phuket/38194#ad-image-0

Man arrested for involvement in elephant poaching (India) http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/man-arrested-for-involvement-in-elephant-poaching-114101700604_1.html

More than two captive jumbos die every month

None of the four elephants had ownership certificates. (Photo: DC) http://www.deccanchronicle.com/141018/nation-crime/article/more-two-captive-jumbos-die-every-month

Two men caught with tiger skin http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/two-men-caught-with-tiger-skin-114101701390_1.html

Two poachers held, 32 migratory birds seized (Pakistan) http://www.dawn.com/news/1138657/two-poachers-held-32-migratory-birds-seized

Cameroon officials catch traffickers with gorilla, chimp and elephant bones http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2014/cameroon-officials-catch-traffickers-with-gorilla-chimp-and-elephant-bones/

From Russia to Amazonia, Rampant Ecocide http://www.malibutimes.com/blogs/article_3cc347d4-5639-11e4-a747-bbd226a2bfe0.html

Government asked to enact stringent laws against poaching (Uganda) – See more at: http://www.ntvuganda.co.ug/news/local/17/oct/2014/government-asked-enact-stringent-laws-against-poaching#sthash.rmMddNnG.dpuf

More rangers killed in hot spot Mt. Elgon National Park http://www.eturbonews.com/51591/more-rangers-killed-hot-spot-mt-elgon-national-park

Australia plans to ban import of Lion trophies from South Africa http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2014/australia-plans-to-ban-import-of-lion-trophies-from-south-africa/

Indonesia’s tough choice: capping coal as Asian demand grows http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1017-gfrn-fogarty-coal-mining-in-indonesia-2.html

What is killing Spain’s amphibians? Scientists have pinned down the identities of two closely-related viruses that are wiping out entire communities of toads and newts in Spain. Now they have to figure out how to slow them down.http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2014/1017/What-is-killing-Spain-s-amphibians

UK is breaking EU’s conservation laws on porpoises http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/17/uk-is-breaking-eus-conservation-laws-on-porpoise

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