No 292 Wildlife Trade News 12th December 2014

Another dose of bad news about poaching, wildlife and environmental crimes from Africa
and around the world

in the spotlight today ……………………

Zim elephant tragedy unfolds

Australian Hank Jenkin, a former top official from Cites, which regulates the global trade in endangered species, was recruited as a consultant by wealthy businessmen and the Chinese government to provide elephants for Chinese zoos and safari parks.

Now The Times has learnt that more than 100 baby elephants face exportation from Zimbabwe to China.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/12/12/zim-elephant-tragedy-unfolds

No 292 Wildlife Trade News 12th December 2014

CHINA SPECIAL REPORT(today’s other news follows below)

The following are a handful of the dozens of recent news reports implicating China in the illegal wildlife trade. We repeat: dozens. However, you won’t find any of them on the CITES web site or Facebook page. You will find other countries mentioned, maybe one you live in, but not China. The question is: WHY NOT CHINA? Why is the CITES Secretariat seemingly suppressing all news which is critical of China? Tomorrow we will provide a link to a report containing a photo which may make you question even further the impartiality of the Secretariat.

China Leads Illegal Wildlife Trade; Alibaba, Baidu, WeChat Provide Havens
Read more: http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/25269/20141201/chinas-alibaba-baidu-wechat-provide-havens-for-illegal-wildlife-trade-international-fund-for-animal-welfare-alibaba-taobao-baidu-tieba-wechat-qq-group-ifaw-study-report-ivory-rhinoceros.htm#ixzz3KiQefVIQ

Live Lions, Tigers, and Bears for Sale Online. CHINA Report unveils grisly illegal Internet trade in wildlife—dead or alive. http://www.tak’Exporting deforestation’: epart.com/article/2014/12/01/live-lions-tigers-and-bears-sale-online-oh-my

China is the kingpin of illegal logging : http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1129-hance-china-illegal-logging.html#sthash.bON7lcmf.dpuf

Chinese Embassy Officials Accused of Smuggling Tons of Ivory on Xi’s Presidential Plane http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/21147/20141106/xi-jinping-chinese-officials-accused-of-smuggling-ivory-tanzania-presidential-plane-environmental-investigation-agency.htm#ixzz3IMZ0r6j9

William attacks China over ivory trade: Prince risks diplomatic row on US trip. Half of 40,000 elephants killed annually believed to be exported to China http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2864801/William-attacks-China-ivory-trade-Prince-risks-diplomatic-row-trip.html#ixzz3LIXwqQZZ

CONSIDER THIS: CHINA IS BY FAR THE WORST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD FOR INVOLVEMENT IN THE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE.

WHY, THEN, DOES IT LOOK AS IF THE CITES SECRETARIAT

IS SHIELDING CHINA FROM ANY CRITICISM?

Why no special emergency meeting of the Standing Committee to discuss what needs doing NOW to stop the slaughter?

If these men care to answer, we will let you know. They do receive the newsletters.

All three men are very influential over which countries are punished, or not,

by CITES. No one, least of all us, is asking these men to do more than enforce

the CITES Convention – which is what they are paid very well to do.

Achim Steiner UNEP John Scanlon CITES Oystein Steiner CITES

Executive Director Secretary General Chairman: Standing Committee

HAVE YOU LOST CONFIDENCE

IN CITES AND THESE OFFICIALS? WE HAVE.

Have you seen them doing anything to persuade you to believe they care and they are taking STRONG AS WELL AS URGENT action against China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, USA, Russia, Laos, Myanmar, Tanzania, Malawi, Armenia, Indonesia, DRC, etc etc? Look at the first headline below and ask yourself ‘how could this happen when it’s widely known which CITES member countries import the horn illegally?’

Rhino horn trafficking up 30-fold: wildlife group https://uk.news.yahoo.com/rhino-horn-trafficking-30-fold-wildlife-group-195339646.html#UyLdkGc

Rhino poachers leave South Africa at ‘tipping point’
Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/world/rhino-poachers-leave-south-africa-at-tipping-point-2014121218#ixzz3Lf5WxqxX

Target the traders in ivory war

BLOOD IVORY: TO CHINA’S and CITES SHAME

http://mg.co.za/article/2014-12-11-target-the-traders-in-ivory-war

When it comes to CITES and its leadership

the biggest mistake you can make is to judge

either by its intentions, not its results.

Canada opts not to block international trade in 76 endangered species: extract: "For Canada to opt out of its obligations under CITES for every single species that was listed, when we don’t even have a commercial interest in the species, it has no logical explanation as far as anyone can tell.” (NA comment: SHAME ON CANADA. How they can do this and be allowed to remain a member of CITES?) http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/canada-opts-not-to-block-international-trade-in-76-endangered-species-1.2867437

CHINA WANTS TO TAKE 100 BABY ELEPHANTS FROM THEIR MOTHERS AND HOME IN AFRICA ………..

TO ABUSE AND HUMILATE THEM LIKE THIS IN CHINESE ZOOS. WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?see below.(Remember – a former CITES official is helping to facilitate this trade.)

MADE IN AFRICA. EXPORTED TO CHINA

SHAME ON ZIMBABWE AND CHINA

YOUR personal opportunity to help save these elephants www.avaaz.org/en/petition

YOU can help save them. The question is: Will YOU? http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action )

Become part of the solution: http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/stop-export-zimbwawes-baby-elephants?ms=UONDG141211070&cid=701F0000000S4VW

IFAW Statement on Planned Export of 34 elephants from Zimbabwe http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ifaw-statement-on-planned-export-of-34-elephants-from-zimbabwe-300008159.html

“Those who have the privilege to know

have the duty to act.”
Albert Einstein

Taiwan museums working with AIT to curb wildlife trafficking http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201412110024.aspx

PETA takes up jumbo cause, seeks end to elephant ride at Amber http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/PETA-takes-up-jumbo-cause-seeks-end-to-elephant-ride-at-Amber/articleshow/45469545.cms

Fantastic animated short film by Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow on elephant poaching: http://www.lastdaysofivory.com/

Shocking Print Ads Show How Habitat Destruction Affects Wildlife

http://designtaxi.com/news/371221/Shocking-Print-Ads-Show-How-Habitat-Destruction-Affects-Wildlife/?interstital_shown=1

Kenyan conservancy mulls measures to save northern white rhino http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/kenyan-conservancy-mulls-measures-to-save-northern-white-rhino_1513257.html

Panel asks govt to revisit all aspects of Wild Life Act http://www.niticentral.com/2014/12/11/panel-asks-govt-to-revisit-all-aspects-of-wild-life-act-257427.html

Study Shows Exploding Illegal Ivory Market in China; Retail Outlets Quadruple Read more: http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/27379/20141211/study-shows-exploding-illegal-ivory-market-in-china-retail-outlets-have-quadrupled.htm#ixzz3Lf7oaaoH

Malala is not afraid to speak out about things that concern her,

and she is only a teenager.

Are you afraid to speak out about earths dwindling wildlife due to greed and corruption?

If not you, who will? If not now, when will you – if ever?

Botswana: UN Condemns Botswana’s Treatment of Bushmen http://allafrica.com/stories/201412111242.html

Asiatic lions in Gir facing threat from poachers: Govt http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/asiatic-lions-in-gir-facing-threat-from-poachers-govt_1513185.html

Legalizing rhino horn trade? http://www.dw.de/legalizing-rhino-horn-trade/av-18122981

Endangered wildlife trust launched in Botswana http://en.starafrica.com/news/endangered-wildlife-trust-launched-in-botswana.html

Mexico’s congress passes ban on circus animals http://www.todayonline.com/world/mexicos-congress-passes-ban-circus-animals

ANIMALS ASIA: We expose shocking conditions at horror

bear bile farm: Vietnam.

Emaciated, starving bears, open wounds, missing limbs – that was the shocking scene awaiting Animals Asia veterinary staff at a bear bile farm in Halong Bay, Vietnam. https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/we-expose-shocking-conditions-at-horror-bear-bile-farm.html

Sarawak CM warns plantation investors encroaching onto state, communal land Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/12/11/sarawak-cm-warns-plantation-investors-encroaching-onto-state-communal-land/#ixzz3Lf9R6Gen

Forest in Indonesia Cleared by “Sustainable” Company. WEST KALIMANTAN, INDONESIA http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1137220-forest-in-indonesia-cleared-by-sustainable-company/

Chinese investors show interest in Sarawak http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/12/12/chinese-investors-show-interest-in-sarawak/

Poachers take away its horn. INDIA http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Kaziranga-rhino-killed/articleshow/45480758.cms

Operation Rhino Drop: Saving rhinos from slaughter http://www.cbsnews.com/news/operation-rhino-drop-saving-rhinos-from-slaughter/

RI forest-based firms to get international certification http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/12/12/ri-forest-based-firms-get-international-certification.html

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