No 310 Wildlife Trade News 5th January 2015

New Year, same old problems …
Your daily dose of bad news about
poaching, wildlife and environmental crimes

in the spotlight today ……………………

Zim elephant tragedy unfolds

extract: 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.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/12/12/zim-elephant-tragedy-unfolds (NA comment: In an email to Nature Alert on 16th December 2014 Mr Jenkin had this to say: “I have no idea who is involved in the capture and handling of the elephants.”

Can you spare a minute to help save the baby elephants?

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/No_more_baby_elephants_captured_for_Chinese_zoos_1/

No 310 Wildlife Trade News 5th January 2015

Are We That Different? The Heartbreaking Truth About How Animals Mourn

EXTRACT: The most well-understood and recognized animal that displays signs of grief and mourning is the elephant. Elephants have been noted mourning both humans and other elephants. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/the-heartbreaking-truth-about-how-animals-mourn/

Yet another report you won’t find on the CITES web site, Facebook page, or Twitter. The Secretariat, makes sure China is not exposed like this, but why? Does it make you wonder, even worry?

Chinese demand for tiger wine and skins puts wild cats in perilConservationists concerned as tiger farming industry removes stigma of buying status symbols and boosts illegal trade.

EXTRACT: Today, bottles of “bone invigoration liquor”, with a picture of a tiger on the front, are openly sold on the premises, with sales staff telling visitors it is made with the bones of tigers that had died of natural causes. If true, that would be a direct contravention of China’s own law and against the spirit of a 2007 decision under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) that tigers should not be bred for trade in their parts. Presented with evidence of the tiger skin trade [PDF] at a Cites meeting in July, Chinese officials admitted for the first time that their government was indeed licensing the sale of pelts, according to participants. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/03/china-tiger-farms-wildlife-trade

Mr STEINER

IS CITES IS BEING SECRETIVE, PROTECTIVE EVEN OF CHINA? HOW ELSE CAN THE ABSENCE OF CRITICAL NEWS REPORTS AND SANCTIONS BE EXPLAINED?

Achim Steiner, Executive Director UNEP

Ivory carver fears the destruction of ‘traditional Chinese culture’ by ‘attention-seeking lawmakers’ http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1673953/ivory-carver-fears-destruction-traditional-chinese-culture-attention

Hong Kong officials refuse to publish list of commercial ivory owners despite pressure. (NA comment: CITES ISN’T WORKING – IS IT?) http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1674066/hongkongers-will-not-be-told-who-owns-ivory

CHINA: That’s some monkey business: Forestry police seize FIFTY wild apes being taken in the boot of a car to be sold for bushmeat and medicine

Horror find: Forestry police in China found almost 50 live monkeys stuffed into gauze sacks in a car boot.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2896277/That-s-monkey-business-Forestry-police-seize-FIFTY-wild-apes-taken-boot-car-sold-bushmeat-medicine.html#ixzz3NvaLhNM8

Quora Question: Should Poachers Be Shot on Sight? http://www.newsweek.com/quora-question-should-poachers-be-shot-sight-295564

S’wak CM gets tough on sawmills, Forestry Dept traitors http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=95850

Before killing a rhinoceros bull, a hunter faces anger, death threats – See more at: http://readingeagle.com/ap/article/before-killing-a-rhinoceros-bull-a-hunter-faces-anger-death-threats#sthash.aVGyfspR.dpuf

The orang utan needs our care and attention

http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Features/2015/01/05/The-orang-utan-needs-our-care-and-attention/

Orang forest guard held for murder, rhino poaching. INDIA http://www.nyoooz.com/news/guwahati/orang-forest-guard-held-for-murder-rhino-poaching/34040.html

Tourism Declaration of war in Tanzania http://www.eturbonews.com/54172/tourism-declaration-war-tanzania

Poachers exchange fire in Pabitora. INDIA http://echoofindia.com/morigaon-poachers-exchange-fire-pabitora-75227

Karachi’s mangroves threatened http://admin.samaa.tv/pakistan/04-Jan-2015/karachi-s-mangroves-threatened

After 18 Hours Cat Caught in Trap Saved by Vandalur Team

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/After-18-Hours-Cat-Caught-in-Trap-Saved-by-Vandalur-Team/2015/01/04/article2602583.ece

Solving the big cat problem: An expert view on the man-cat conflict in India
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2895762/Solving-big-cat-problem-expert-view-man-cat-conflict-India.html#ixzz3NphwwgHd

Why India needs a conservation act http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/open-page/open-page-why-india-needs-a-conservation-act/article6751901.ece

Is this the sickest beauty contest ever? Online outrage over Kendall Jones’ ‘Hot Hunter’ competition as men pose with rare big game they’ve killed, including lions and leopards
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2895587/Is-sickest-beauty-contest-Online-outrage-Kendall-Jones-Hot-Hunter-competition-men-pose-rare-big-game-ve-killed-including-lions-leopards.html#ixzz3NpjOOOQ4

Local teacher spends holiday helping animals in Iraq. CANADA
Read more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/local-teacher-spends-holiday-helping-animals-in-iraq-1.1611109#ixzz3Npk7KZ5g

Shocking jumbo death, tribal man arrested

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150105/nation-crime/article/shocking-jumbo-death-tribal-man-arrested

Pirate’s haul of ‘white gold’ reveals cost of illegal fishing http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/pirates-haul-of-white-gold-reveals-cost-of-illegal-fishing-20150103-12h2q3.html

Gujarat forest department ropes in BSF, FSL to curb poaching http://deshgujarat.com/2015/01/04/gujarat-forest-department-ropes-in-bsf-fsl-to-curb-poaching/

Key year in fight to save the rhino http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/key-year-in-fight-to-save-the-rhino-1.1801111#.VKlCYHuTIsc

Second one-horned rhino in the space of a month butchered by poachers in Indian national park

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2896446/Second-one-horned-rhino-space-month-butchered-poachers-Indian-national-park.html#ixzz3NvXbSOeY (NA COMMENT: If Vietnam had been sanctioned years ago, would we still be seeing so many rhinos killed? CITES ISN’T WORKING – IS IT? IS THE STANDING COMMITTEE IMPOTENT, OR GUTLESS?) Take a look at the members of the committee and see for yourself those who have allowed this slaughter to go on uninhibited by CITES. http://www.cites.org/eng/com/sc/member.php

109 rhinos poached in Assam in past three years http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-01-05/109-rhinos-poached-in-Assam-in-past-three-years-124403

India lost 66 tigers in 2014 http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/india-lost-66-tigers-in-2014/1/411424.html

The unheard cry of the parakeet INDIA

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chen-society/the-unheard-cry-of-the-parakeet/article6754222.ece

Kenya: KWS Accused of Harassment http://allafrica.com/stories/201501040074.html

The silence of the birds. THAILAND http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/asia-report/laos/story/the-silence-the-birds-20150104

170 Baby Tortoises Found In The Secret Compartment Of A Crate; Seized At Airport In Paris extract: According to 9news.com.au, the tortoises were headed for Laos.

Ivory bans in the art world: will Australia follow suit? http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/ivory-bans-in-the-art-world-will-australia-follow-suit/17038

Serengeti villagers threaten to poison wildlife and wreck tourism http://www.eturbonews.com/54187/serengeti-villagers-threaten-poison-wildlife-and-wreck-tourism

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