No 307 Wildlife Trade News 31st December 2014

No Happy New Year for the world’s wildlife,

forests and oceans … the final dose of

bad news of 2014

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in the spotlight today ……………………

Zimbabwe: Jumbo Population Down 40 Percent http://allafrica.com/stories/201412300559.html

Experts in Zimbabwe claim the elephant population is declining.

A corrupt Zimbabwe government with an eye for making money from selling baby elephants, claims the elephant population is rising.

Who do YOU believe?

Zoos wanting the baby elephants seem not to give a damn how the babies were obtained, or that Zimbabwe needs its elephants more so than France, UAE and China. Are these zoos and those involved buying/selling the elephants, morally bankrupt?

Zimbabwe: Wildlife – Latest Imperialist Cover for Zim Attack http://allafrica.com/stories/201412300359.html

SHAME ON ZIMBABWE, UAE, FRANCE AND CHINA.

Not forgetting the zoos and individuals profiting from this callous trade.

FOR SEPARATING BABY ELEPHANTS FROM THEIR

MOTHERS AND THEN INCARCERATING THEM IN

ZOOS THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY.

No 307 Wildlife Trade News 31st December 2014

Rogue Palm Oil Companies Continue to Destroy Indonesia’s Forests. INDONESIA https://news.vice.com/article/rogue-palm-oil-companies-continue-to-destroy-indonesias-forests

Govt to mend peatland ruling amid protests. INDONESIA http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/12/31/govt-mend-peatland-ruling-amid-protests.html

Activists call out ‘one of the worst actors in pulp and paper’. INDONESIA http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1230-gfrn-gaworecki-tpl-deforesting-as-pulp-demand-grows.html

Chinese businessman is jailed for 13 years for hiring poachers to kill tigers so he could eat their penises
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2891629/Chinese-businessman-jailed-killing-eating-three-tigers.html#ixzz3NSNlVYkO

With anti-poaching squad defunct, wildlife trade flourishes. INDIA http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/With-anti-poaching-squad-defunct-wildlife-trade-flourishes/articleshow/45695409.cms

Richard Branson: We must work to stop the mass extinction of animals http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/richard-branson-we-must-work-stop-mass-extinction-animals-1481352

Tracking the Traffickers: Stopping the Wildlife Trade at its Source http://blogs.cfr.org/campbell/2014/12/30/tracking-the-traffickers-stopping-the-wildlife-trade-at-its-source/

Forest guards smash protected bird-smuggling racket. ITALY/TUNISIA. EXTRACT In the past six months, the gang planned the sale of as many as 400,000 birds in seven regions and 24 provinces in northern Italy. http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/122439/Forest-guards-smash-protected-bird-smuggling-racket.html

10 Shocking Facts About How the Illegal Wildlife Trade Drives Species Extinction http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/shocking-facts-about-how-the-illegal-wildlife-trade-drives-species-extinction/

Back to Zimbabwe: Moline couple share elephant-sized story http://www.qconline.com/sports/back-to-zimbabwe-moline-couple-share-elephant-sized-story/article_f1edbb72-3435-5107-b211-e0e65c4166d1.html

Guns stolen from Balapara forest beat office, cops baffled. INDIA http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/kolkata/guns-stolen-from-balapara-forest-beat-office-cops-baffled/

Kelantan blames illegal land clearing for uncontrolled logging. MALAYSIA – See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kelantan-blames-illegal-land-clearing-for-uncontrolled-logging#sthash.lg4Ti5Of.dpuf

Police lauded for supporting anti–illegal logging campaign. PHILIPPINES http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/environment.asp?mode=%20archives/2014/december/12-28-2014/env5.txt

4 forestry officials killed in Shan state. MYANMAR http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8514:4-forestry-officials-killed-in-shan-state&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

In Colombia, a palm oil boom with roots in conflict http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/in-colombia-a-palm-oil-boom-has-its-roots-in-years-of-fighting/2014/12/29/ae6eb10c-796b-11e4-9721-80b3d95a28a9_story.html

Vietnam – Still Driving the Rhino Poaching Crisis. EXCERT: For example, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry embassy staff exposed on South African TV unloading rhino horn from a Vietnamese embassy car have yet to be punished.

The Pelly petition, filed by EIA, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Animal Welfare Institute, highlights how Vietnam, the main destination for poached rhino horn, has undermined the effectiveness of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It also calls for trade sanctions to be enacted until the Vietnamese government embraces its responsibility to conserve rhinos consistent with CITES, including full implementation of a domestic ban on rhino horn with appropriate and enforced penalties and ending the domestic demand for rhino horn. http://eia-global.org/blog/vietnam-still-driving-the-rhino-poaching-crisis

CITES STILL ISN’T WORKING – IS IT?

HOW LONG HAS VIETNAM BEEN KNOWN

FOR ITS RHINO HORN TRADE? HOW LONG?!

Poachers kill rhinoceros, forest guard in Assam

http://indiablooms.com/ibns_new/news-details/N/7032/poachers-kill-rhinoceros-forest-guard-in-assam.html

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