More bad news from around the world about poaching, wildlife and environmental
crimes … and as you will read, NO REACTION
Comment: Our request yesterday for news of any REAL progress having been made at the Botswana conference, has met with no response.
China, as expected, made no commitment to do anything different – why would they while CITES still kow-tow’s to their every wildlife crime? CITES will never punish China and it now has its co-conspirator in importing ivory, the USA, on its side. With the CITES pressure recently removed, Thailand couldn’t even be bothered to show up, which some might see as a major embarrassment for the secretariat.
We must, therefore, conclude this was yet another extremely expensive talking shop. Remember: Since last year’s talking shop in London the elephant slaughter has not diminished one bit.
Can you find on the CITES Secretariat’s web site any of the countless news reports critical of China? No? Does this strike you as a) censorship? b) favouritism? http://www.cites.org/
in the spotlight today ……………………
From protected species to dining table: Probe reveals shocking images of China’s illegal wild animal butcheries EXTRACT: According to nearby residents, this meat market has operated for years and is home to the largest wild animal meat suppliers in the region. (NA COMMENT: Are the wildlife authorities suffering from selective blindness or are they complicit in the trade? Another report you won’t find on the CITES web site – the secretariat will see to that.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3012941/From-protected-species-dining-table-Probe-reveals-shocking-images-China-s-illegal-wild-animal-butcheries.html
Botswana questions China’s commitment on ivory ban. (NA comment: Good grief. A public official with the guts to speak out against China. CITES should either employ him or at least give him an award….but, China would veto either. extract: Botswana’s Minister of Wildlife and Tourism Tshekedi Khama on Thursday questioned China’s decision to ban ivory trade for a year, saying Beijing does not give the assurance that the measure will remain in place after one year. Speaking at the end of international conference on illegal wildlife trade, Khama said as one of the major centres for illegal wildlife trade, China’s commitment remains questionable. http://en.starafrica.com/news/botswana-questions-chinas-commitment-on-ivory-ban.html
No 368 Wildlife Trade News 27th March 2015
Chinese man caught with rhino horn. SOUTH AFRICA (NA comment: Did you EVER hear of anyone being caught and arrested while bringing ivory into China? Given the volumes involved doesn’t the lack of arrests worry you? Why are there no arrests?) http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/chinese-man-caught-with-rhino-horn-1.1837536#.VRQqjeHJIsd
Botswana pushes for transparency over ivory stockpiles (NA comment: A scary headline for the secretive Malaysian CITES authorities.) http://en.starafrica.com/news/botswana-pushes-for-transparency-over-ivory-stockpiles.html
Not enough protection for Sabah wildlife: Judge. MALAYSIA. (NA comment: We have been saying for years to the Sabah government and the world, what you can now see is being said by Sabah’s very own Chief Justice. extract: He said though there has been much discussion on wildlife protection no one is being punished for committing wildlife offences in spite of the frequency in such cases. "Obviously as a result, no one seems to believe that the authority is serious in protecting wildlife. The court must therefore play its role in stamping out this menace of wildlife offences. "Enough is enough, the wildlife especially in Sabah is urgently in need of protection," he said. "If the wildlife is gone, they will go after human beings. Enough is enough. They are doing this for greed, they are selling this to China. It’s a syndicate," said Malanjum, clearly irritated with the situation. http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=98415
Elephant Massacre Uncovered In Democratic Republic of Congo; 30 Animals Killed In 15 Days http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/26/elephant-massacre-congo_n_6945266.html
Ivory dealers busted thanks to German travellers. BOTSWANA!
US government approves Dallas club’s rhino import permit http://fwbusinesspress.com/fwbp/article/1/9432/Breaking-News/US-government-approves-Dallas-clubs-rhino-import-permit-.aspx
Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in Africa and an American just got the OK to kill one http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/26/fewer-than-5000-black-rhinos-remain-in-africa-and-an-american-just-got-the-ok-to-kill-one-bring-it-home/
Zimbabwe sentences foreign ivory poacher to 10 years in jail http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=274588
Challenges facing wildlife protection remain following int’l meeting (NA comment: article published in China, hence this bold statement designed for internal consumption and impress his own government – while fooling no one outside of China apart from some tame CITES officials.) extract: Chinese delegate Meng Xianlin, who is executive director- general of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Import and Export Management Office, said protecting wildlife should not just be words, it takes cooperation across the world in line with the law. http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=274617
NATIONAL PARKS : GRACE DID NOT GRAB ANY ELEPHANTS. ZIMBABWE: (NA COMMENT: Government being economical with the truth?)
|China plays important role in global fight against illegal wildlife trade (NA comment: More feel good conservation and sucking up to China? Think – the headline comes from a US official – and the USA is also up to its neck in the ivory trade. You can only judge people and countries by results, which in this instance are appalling, aren’t they? i.e. the killing of elephants to provide China, USA and others with ivory has not decreased – in spite of the London Conference. Do you see any evidence that China and the USA have dealt severely with the ivory trade?) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/26/c_134100345.htm|
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Chinese company fights for flamingos in Angola http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150327000115&cid=1105
SHAME ON CHINA, ZIMBABWE – and CITES
|Dr. Meng Xianlin
The CITES Management Authority of China
The State Forestry Administration
18E. Street, Hepingli, Beijing(100714). P.R of China
FROM THIS IN ZIMBABWE to …..
CAGED LIKE THIS IN ZIMBABWE – THANKS TO CHINA – to ….
A LIFE OF ABUSE IN CHINESE ZOOS. What kind of people would authorise and approve this wicked trade? CITES officials, of course.
South Africa’s war over rhino horn: day two http://citizen.co.za/351845/south-africas-war-over-rhino-horn-day-two/
APRIL ignores its own sustainability policy. INDONESIA http://www.greenomics.org/docs/Greenomics_Press-Release_SFMP_Violation-%28LowRes%29.pdf
Forest in Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park in danger
The Quang Binh Province’s Industry and Trade Department is designing an industrial project which would destroy dozens of hectares of forest in the core area of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. It has not consulted with any nature conservation organizations about the plan. http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/environment/126370/forest-in-phong-nha-ke-bang-national-park-in-danger.html