No 389 Wildlife Trade News: 22nd April

The daily dose of bad news about
poaching, wildlife and environmental crimes

From today the amount of content in the newsletter will be reduced. Not because of any lack of news – quite the opposite, sadly.

in the spotlight today ……………………

ALL THAT REMAINS OF 370 ELEPHANTS WHO ONCE LIVED IN THE DRC….. CITES OFFICIALS REMOVED SANCTIONS FROM THE DRC ONLY LAST WEEK – WHILE THESE TUSKS WERE IN TRANSIT. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT DECISCION – AND THE OFFICIALS CONCERNED?

No 389 Wildlife Trade News: 22nd April

Mozambique seizes more rhino horns. EXTRACT: Mozambique’s police has announced the seizure of nearly 10 kilograms of rhino horns at Maputo International airport from Vietnamese nationals shortly before boarding flights to Asia. http://en.starafrica.com/news/mozambique-seizes-more-rhino-horns.html

Elephant, Mwashoti, Takes First Steps After Brutal Poaching Leg Injury

This strong baby elephant walked and hung out with his friends for the first time since he was brutally injured by a ivory poacher.

Mwashoti the elephant took his first steps after surviving a brutal leg injury from an ivory poacher’s snare trap. (Photo : Facebook/The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust) http://www.hngn.com/articles/86254/20150421/elephant-mwashoti-takes-first-steps-after-brutal-poaching-leg-injury.htm

Chimps given human rights by U.S. court for the first time http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/04/21/chimps-given-human-rights-by-u-s-court-for-the-first-time/

CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES

OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA List of valid Notifications (total: 145) http://cites.org/sites/default/files/notif/E-Notif-2015-022-A.pdf

Protected green turtles traded, eaten in Sumba. INDONESIA

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/16/protected-green-turtles-traded-eaten-sumba.html

EU threatens Thailand with trade ban over illegal fishing World’s third-largest seafood exporter given six months to clean up its industry where ‘illegal fishing is almost totally allowed’. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/21/eu-threatens-thailand-with-trade-ban-over-illegal-fishing?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

Norwegian court sentences five wolf hunters to jail http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/21/norwegian-court-sentences-five-wolf-hunters-jail?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

Wildlife smuggling: 504 turtles seized from Bangkok-bound smugglers

LAHORE: The Punjab Wildlife Department seized 504 turtles being smuggled to Bangkok on Tuesday from the Allama Iqbal International Airport. http://tribune.com.pk/story/873757/wildlife-smuggling-504-turtles-seized-from-bangkok-bound-smugglers/

Bangladesh Border Guards brutally kill strayed Indian elephant http://www.indileak.com/bangladesh-border-guards-brutally-kill-strayed-indian-elephant/

Illegal trade in endangered wildlife thriving on eBay despite controls http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/21/illegal-trade-in-endangered-wildlife-thriving-on-ebay-despite-controls

The unsung lives of illegal wildlife trade cops. On Earth Day 2015, Rappler looks into the lives of Filipino operatives trained to catch illegal wildlife traders and save the endangered animals so valuable to Philippine ecology.

EARTH WARRIOR. PSupt John Guyguyon of the CIDG inspects cages of birds being kept in a mausoleum in the Manila North Cemetery in September 2014. All photos courtesy of DENR-BMB http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/90672-illegal-wildlife-trade-philippines-cops

Thousands of wild animals in Mexico are struggling to find new homes after a circus ban http://uatoday.tv/society/thousands-of-wild-animals-in-mexico-are-struggling-to-find-new-homes-after-a-circus-ban-422637.html

Military, police deployed to fight illegal logging in Papua – See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/21/military-police-deployed-fight-illegal-logging-papua.html#sthash.dHuJEMhL.dpuf

Palm oil has huge export potential – Spio-Garbrah. GHANA http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=355321

Hard Rock Cafe ends “rock star” orangutan ads. SABAH/MALAYSIA

Poachers kill wild tusker. INDIA http://assamtimes.org/node/13477

Significant blow to toothfish poaching in Antarctica and Patagonian waters. Operation Icefish, Sea Shepherd’s first campaign to target Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported (IUU) fishing of toothfish in the waters of Antarctica, and the organization’s longest, continuous at-sea campaign to date has concluded with unexpected success. http://en.mercopress.com/2015/04/21/significant-blow-to-toothfish-poaching-in-antarctica-and-patagonian-waters

Environmental alliance angered at Geelong Star’s dolphin and seal kill. AUSTRALIA

http://www.smh.com.au/national/environmental-alliance-angered-at-geelong-stars-dolphin-and-seal-kill-20150421-1mq6us.html?stb=twt

Great Barrier Reef at risk as overfishing disrupts food chain, study finds http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/22/great-barrier-reef-at-risk-as-overfishing-disrupts-food-chain-study-finds

An appeal on behalf of ill-treated tuskers. INDIA http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/an-appeal-on-behalf-of-illtreated-tuskers/article7128337.ece?ref=tpnews

San Francisco board approves wild animal performance ban http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/187341/san-francisco-board-approves-wild-animal-performance-ban

Bokod police nab 5 suspects for transport of illegal logs. PHILIPPINES http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/environment.asp?mode=%20archives/2015/april/4-19-2015/env1.txt

World’s largest sovereign wealth fund takes stand against deforestation. (NA COMMENT: Why has it taken NORWAY so long? It was the same when they were investing in palm oil companies – which only stopped after exposure and pressure from Nature Alert.) http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0421-gpfg-norway-deforestation.html

Zoo on look out for another chimp, exotic animals. INDIA http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/Zoo-on-look-out-for-another-chimp-exotic-animals/articleshow/47006393.cms

3 poachers held; cache of arms seized http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/3-poachers-held-cache-of-arms-seized-115042101356_1.html

Govt wants to increase population of Javan gibbon. INDONESIA – See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/22/govt-wants-increase-population-javan-gibbon.html#sthash.trdyR548.dpuf

Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Mexico, a Growing Industry

In Mexico a spider monkey costs 150,000 pesos (US$9,783) on the black market, the same value than ten AK-47, the world’s best selling rifle . (Photo: ARCHIVE / EL UNIVERSAL ) http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2015/04/illegal-wildlife-trafficking-in-mexico-a-growing-industry/

Top Spy Agencies Help Break Wildlife Trafficking Rings http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/top-spy-agencies-help-break-wildlife-trafficking-rings-n343466

Red Sanders smugglers lure tribals of Tamil Nadu for special skill: HC Pane

http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/red-sanders-smugglers-lure-tribals-of-tamil-nadu-49977.html

Commentary: Indonesia’s Mangroves Are a Treasure Worth Saving http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/opinion/commentary-indonesias-mangroves-treasure-worth-saving/

McDonald’s to address deforestation across all commodities it sources http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0421-mcdonalds-deforestation-policy.html

Deforestation in Iran disturbing: Official http://en.mehrnews.com/detail/News/106786

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