No 249 Wildlife Trade News 28th October 2014

Here comes your daily dose of bad news from around the world …
About poaching, wildlife and environmental crimes

in the spotlight today ……………………

“Solitary confinement”: Two killer whales kept in cramped tanks in Moscow park. extract: Two orca killer whales have been kept for 10 months in central Moscow in conditions animal rights activists claim render them deaf and mad http://rt.com/news/199600-killer-whales-orcas-moscow/

No 249 Wildlife Trade News 28th October 2014

Japan arrests Chinese fishing boat skipper over coral-poaching http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/27/national/japan-arrests-chinese-fishing-boat-skipper-over-coral-poaching/#.VE5bB8lFt7w

Call for emergency measures as rhino kills near 900 http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=36740:call-for-emergency-measures-as-rhino-kills-near-900&catid=87:border-security&Itemid=188

South Africa: SA Monitoring Major Rhino Poaching Case http://allafrica.com/stories/201410270991.html

Image: Rhino awareness graffiti in South Africa by Port Elizabeth street artist “Faktor”

Nearly a ton of ivory seized at Vietnam port (NA comment: Why is it we never hear of any ivory seizures in China – the main importer of ivory? WHY? Could it be because a) the Chinese CITES MA turn a blind eye to ivory shipments? b) the Chinese government in general are not interested in walking their talk? c) No one in China gives a damn about either elephants or CITES d) or all three a, b, and c? http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2014/10/28/nearly-a-ton-of-ivory-seized-at-vietnam-port

Kill an elephant, get away with Rs 500 fine and 11 other acts that will get the boot (India) http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/kill-an-elephant-get-away-with-rs-500-fine/

At loggerheads with illegal loggers (Sarawak/Malaysia) http://www.nst.com.my/node/46915

Stop cruelty to the environment (Malaysia) http://www.nst.com.my/node/46930

Greenpeace Indonesia hands over green petition to Jokowi http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/greenpeace-indonesia-hands-over-green-petition-jokowi

Vietnamese woman arrested for smuggling rhino horns from Bangkok

Thai customs officers look at rhino horns allegedly smuggled in from Mozambique at a press conference at the International Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on January 7, 2013. The pieces were seized from a Vietnamese man at the airport. Photo: AFP http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/vietnamese-woman-arrested-for-smuggling-rhino-horns-from-bangkok-33200.html

Four leopard skins seized in Burnley, UK http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2014/four-leopard-skins-seized-in-burnley-uk/

First ivory trading prosecution for UK auction houses http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2014/first-ivory-trading-prosecution-for-uk-auction-houses/

Underwater World Singapore criticised for ‘sub-standard’ animal living conditions

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/underwater-world-singapore-criticised-sub-standard-animal-living-conditions

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”
Albert Einstein

Greenpeace

Hunters plan protest in Nicosia CYPRUS (NA comment: men with tiny brains and big guns want to slaughter even more birds, for fun.) http://incyprus.philenews.com/en-gb/local-news/4422/42020/hunters-plan-protest-in-nicosia

12th Annual Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil (Malaysia) http://www.eco-business.com/events/12th-annual-roundtable-meeting-rt12/

In the Midst of the Ebola Crisis, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary Struggles to Keep Its Doors Open http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/ebola-crisis-animals-tacugama-chimpanzee-sanctuary/

Indian tribes people duped into leaving forest homes for tigers: Rights group http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indian-tribes-people-duped-leaving-forest-homes-tigers-rights-group

Once common off the coast of the UAE, sawfish have all but disappeared

Sawfish rostra illegally on sale in Dubai. Courtesy Al Reeve

extract: Sawfish are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which bans trade in them. (NA comment: Really?) http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/once-common-off-the-coast-of-the-uae-sawfish-have-all-but-disappeared

Stringent licensing system for selling legal ivory in Hong Kong

http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1625311/stringent-licensing-system-selling-legal-ivory-hong-kong

Protected sharks absent from UAE fish markets http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/protected-sharks-absent-from-uae-fish-markets

Tanzanian police arrest four armed poachers in the Mikumi National Park http://www.coastweek.com/3743-Zanzibar-police-arrest-suspect-seize-four-hand-grenades.htm

Pangolin scales seized (India) http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=oct2814/oth054

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Proposes Listing African Lion As Threatened Species http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/27/african-lion-threatened-species_n_6055630.html

Forest dept raids poacher’s safe house, recovers rare birds http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Forest-dept-raids-poachers-safe-house-recovers-rare-birds/articleshow/44952133.cms

What You Can Do About Elephant & Rhino Poaching

Photo Courtesy of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabethgordon/what-you-can-do-about-ele_b_6043154.html

Man charged in coral case under Lacey Act (USA) http://keysnews.com/node/59677

Online rumor spurs closure of ‘wild animal bazaar’ (Vietnam) http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/3341/online_rumor_spurs_closure_of_wild_animal_bazaar

Five held with banned wildlife products (India) http://kanglaonline.com/2014/10/five-held-with-banned-wildlife-products/

Illegal captures – A serious threat to Asian elephants (Sri Lanka) http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=112950

Kim Hy Park under threat in Bac Kan VietNamNet Bridge – Illegal logging and gold mining are threatening to destroy Kim Hy Nature Reserve in this northern province in spite of local authorities’ prevention efforts.

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