Your daily dose of bad new from around
the world about poaching, wildlife and
environmental crime …
in the spotlight today ……………………
CHINA & CITES
China’s wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals (NA comment: They can protect ‘their’ pandas while destroying much of rest of the world’s wildlife. What does this tell us about the Chinese government? Imagine if a foreigner poached some pandas!!) http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/chinas-wild-panda-numbers-have-increased-by-17-since-2003-new-census-reveals-10077631.html
No 346 Wildlife Trade News 2nd March 2015
A few well-aimed shots can stop poachers making rhinos extinct. (NA comment: MOZAMBIQUE very heavily implicated and criticised – by a UK government official.)
The slaughter is surging, with a South African rhino killed every seven hours for its horn. Time is running out but Owen Paterson explains how Britain can help save the species, not least by withdrawing aid for countries where horn is traded http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/features/article1524807.ece
Make poachers pay a high price for slaughter of wildlife http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1727526/make-poachers-pay-high-price-slaughter-wildlife
Finance Minister cuts environment funding by 18 per cent . INDIA. EXTRACT: He also slashed the allocation for Project Tiger to Rs 136.46 cr for 2015-16 from 161.02 cr of the last fiscal, a decrease of 15 per cent.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2973836/Finance-Minister-cuts-environment-funding-18-cent.html#ixzz3T77OByIb
WHO’S BUYING BABY ELEPHANTS FROM ZIMBABWE? Readers will be aware China has been accused of complicity in this cruel trade, but the Chinese CITES MA has denied all knowledge of it. Hmmnn. THAILAND, surprisingly, has also been mentioned as a buyer, but this even we find hard to believe. So. We have written to the CITES management Authority in both these countries, copied to the secretariat, inviting them to confirm or deny the allegations. Simple as that – yes or no? We now wait to see how transparent these CITES officials can be. No news in the next few days would leave them and CITES exposed to further worldwide condemnation, won’t it?
All we seek is the truth from CITES – no more, no less.
WHICH COUNTRIES ARE BABY SNATCHERS?
VIETNAM: We are pleased to report we have heard from the Vietnamese CITES MA concerning the 30 rhino horns offered to an undercover investigator. Their reply was courteous and they are willing to investigate the dealer(s). It has to be said, previous experience in Vietnam suggests dealers like this one are protected by someone in government in return for a bribe and any ‘concern’ is transparent and quickly disappears. However, the investigator is assisting the MA, so let’s see what happens next. The investigator insists the CITES MA in Vietnam are protecting this and other illegal wildlife traders. We are prepared to wait and see what happens next. The only way to judge any CITES MA, or the secretariat and standing committee, is by what they do, not what they say they will do, isn’t it?
Nature Alert has also offered to post any positive news from Vietnam the MA may care to send us. We have kept, whether he likes it or not, John Scanlon of the secretariat informed of these developments. It is now for the Vietnam CITES MA to show us their commitment by arresting the big dealers – at least one is well known so should be easy enough to arrest. If a Westerner can find him, why don’t undercover cops in Vietnam? We will inform you if Vietnam continues to shield the rhino horn dealers. They are known, so swift action by the authorities is to be expected, isn’t it?
EXTRACT: "Japan imports more plywood from tropical forests than any other country, which feeds its huge construction and housing industries,” the NGO wrote. “Half of this comes from the rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo.”
Read more: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0225-gfrn-harfenist-sarawak-forests-felled-by-ill.html#ixzz3T796daCz
Richard Leakey on a conservation crusade (just don’t mention God) http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1723771/richard-leakey-conservation-crusade-just-dont-mention-god
Well done Greenpeace.
EXPOSED: Santander loaned millions to the company that did this. (NA comment: Check out the short video.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58r1lNe1SNM
1,300ha of forest in Dak Lak destroyed under absentee management. VIETNAM. EXTRACT: VietNamNet Bridge – Deforestation in Ban Don ecological forest cannot be stopped because it is unclear who is in charge of forest management.
Orangutans rescued in Indonesia as more land is cleared for oil palms https://time2transcend.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/orangutans-rescued-in-indonesia-as-more-land-is-cleared-for-oil-palms/
Myanmar captures rare white elephant http://www.mizzima.com/mizzima-news/myanmar/item/18290-myanmar-captures-rare-white-elephant
Alcoholic Russian bears kept in filthy cage after restaurant customers fed them beer are finally freed thanks to Brigitte Bardot
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2973949/Alcoholic-Russian-bears-kept-filthy-cage-restaurant-customers-fed-beer-finally-freed-thanks-Brigitte-Bardot.html#ixzz3T7CfLsWN
Appeal to save endangered lemurs is falling on deaf ears, say campaigners extract: The illegal pet trade has also hit populations in the wild – in January a study by Temple University in the US estimated that 28,000 lemurs had been taken from the wild in the past three years.
Cameroonian arrested with 12 ivory tusks http://en.gabonews.com/en/news/environment/article/cameroonian-arrested-with-12-ivory-tusks
Evidence of Thunder’s Illegal Fishing http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1503/S00007/evidence-of-thunders-illegal-fishing.htm
Hunting opportunities. PAKISTAN
300 boats of foreign poachers spotted daily in Kalayaan Island Group. PHILIPPINES http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/03/02/1429143/300-boats-foreign-poachers-spotted-daily-kalayaan-island-group
Indonesia tightens security measures as illegal fishing activities continue http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/97928/indonesia-tightens-security-measures-as-illegal-fishing-activities-continue
Mexican Government Shows Commitment to Save Endangered Porpoises
Pangolin scales dealer petitions over rights. UGANDA http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/665370-pangolin-scales-dealer-petitions-over-economic-rights.html
MP minister wants law allowing people to keep tigers as pets INDIA http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=300665
Illegal loggers in Sarawak to face heavier penalties – Bernama – See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/illegal-loggers-in-sarawak-to-face-heavier-penalties-bernama#sthash.yYyIEqEg.dpuf
Timber dealers schooled on forestry management practices. GHANA http://www.spyghana.com/timber-dealers-schooled-on-forestry-management-practices/
Assam Governor to forest department: curb rhino poaching
Newly-implemented Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil means more business – (NA COMMENT: This from an industry that has decimated the populations of orangutans, elephants, rhinos, etc in Malaysia and is notorious for being economical with the truth.) http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/03/02/newly-implemented-malaysian-sustainable-palm-oil-means-more-business.html#sthash.eImMhMCW.dpuf
Saving Sabah’s last rhinos. MALAYSIA http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=97489
SeaWorld plans to launch brand-repairing campaign http://thegazette.com/subject/news/seaworld-plans-to-launch-brand-repairing-campaign-20150228
Wildfire Destroys Over 35 Hectares of Land in Riau