Weekend or not, the bad news just keep coming in ….
in the spotlight today ……………………
CYPRUS: ‘Deceived by the government’ on bird hunting. EXTRACT: According to BirdLife Cyprus, 2014 was the worst year for bird trapping since a record 900,000 songbirds were killed by poachers in the British base area of Dhekelia alone last autumn.
That is three times the number since monitoring began in 2002.
It is estimated that 1.5 million songbirds are killed each year by poachers. Ambelopoulia can go for up to €80 a kilo.
No 410 Wildlife Trade News: 16th May
Sarawakian timber and palm oil groups unhappy about frozen accounts http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/05/16/Sarawak-companies-not-happy-bank-accounts/
MACC speeds up probe on illegal logging in Sarawak http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/05/16/MACC-speeds-up-probe-on-illegal-logging-in-Swak/
Anti-graft panel zooms in on Sabah/ MALAYSIA http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/05/16/Antigraft-panel-zooms-in-on-Sabah-MACC-freezes-accounts-worth-half-a-billion-ringgit/
WHAT ABOUT TAIB & FAMILY? More S’wak politicians may be nabbed – MACC
Full article: http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=512621:what-about-taib–family?-more-swak-politicians-may-be-nabbed-macc&Itemid=2#ixzz3aH9gUjyZ
WWF training for Yayasan Sabah rangers
500 acres cleared in Kal Aru forest adjoining Wilpattu. SRI LANKA – See more at: http://www.nation.lk/edition/news-online/item/40869-500-acres-cleared-in-kal-aru-forest-adjoining-wilpattu.html#sthash.rDMa0GRu.dpuf
Popular Elephant Trekking Camp Ends Rides and Shows to Become a Sanctuary! http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/elephant-trekking-camp-ends-rides-to-become-a-sanctuary/
Poachers Are On Track To Kill More Rhinos This Year Than Ever (NA COMMENT: Because of zero law enforcement in China and Vietnam and that happens because of zero enforcement of the CITES convention – doesn’t it? Who do you hold accountable?)
“The objective of CITES is to ensure that wild fauna and flora is not unsustainably exploited through international trade.”says John Scanlon, CITES http://cites.org/eng/cites_sg_wto20
SO: WHAT DO YOU NOW THINK OF CITES LACK OF CONVENTION ENFORCEMENT?
Achim Steiner of UNEP is ultimately responsible for
CITES and its shortcomings.
How many animals have been murdered or caught
alive while he’s been in charge?
Why does he allow China, Malaysia and Vietnam to
Namibia, We Have a Crisis. extract: It is no secret that Chinese mining companies have moved closer to rhino and elephant areas. Also, some Chinese nationals are behind bars facing charges of possession of ivory and rhino horn. This is no coincidence. It should also give us a lead on how to tackle the crisis. We know that the demand for rhino horn is increasing in the East despite no scientific proof that it can cure illnesses like cancer or that it acts as an aphrodisiac. http://allafrica.com/stories/201505151714.html
Unprecedented Rhino Poaching in 2015 http://blogs.cfr.org/campbell/2015/05/15/unprecedented-rhino-poaching-in-2015/
Anger as soldiers kill protected jungle cats before BARBECUING and EATING them
Romanian anticorruption prosecutors raid seven companies for illegal logging
Learning to swing. A team of British tree surgeons are heading to the Indonesian island of Sumatra next month to help rescue endangered orang-utans from the rainforest http://geographical.co.uk/nature/wildlife/item/983-learning-to-swing
The War on India’s Tiger Preserves. The country’s forests are under endless assault from developers http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/05/15/saving-tigers-india
Endangered animals under threat of extinction in Cambodia SOME of the planet’s most endangered species will be driven to extinction if a new road is cut through their forest domain http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/577635/Endangered-animals-extinction-Cambodia
Walking the talk on zero deforestation. To make zero deforestation a reality in Southeast Asia, stronger government legislation and greater collaboration among industry stakeholders is key. http://www.eco-business.com/news/walking-the-talk-on-zero-deforestation/
Trader, son held in pangolin poaching case. INDIA http://www.nyoooz.com/kolkata/106015/trader-son-held-in-pangolin-poaching-case
Weapons trafficking experts target criminal wildlife trade networks http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0515-wildlife-trade-network-analysis.html
Indian giant fish yet to be named is on brink of extinction http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/indian-giant-fish-yet-be-named-brink-extinction-1501420
Sri Lanka to regularize the registration of tamed elephants and tuskers http://www.colombopage.com/archive_15A/May16_1431759038CH.php
CURRENTLY IN PURGATORY AND WAITING
TO BE SENT TO HELL. APPROVED BY ….
….The CITES Management Authority of China
IT’S SO VERY, VERY, WRONG – ISN’T IT?
…CONSIGNING THEM TO A LIFE OF CRUELTY AND ABUSE IN CHINA.
CITES OFFICIALS CAN EASILY STOP THIS TRADE. IF THEY HAD AN OUNCE OF CONCERN FOR ELEPHANTS, THEY WOULD BLOCK THE SHIPMENT, WOULDN’T THEY?
YES – CITES OFFICIALS – ONCE AGAIN AT THE FOREFRONT OF EXPANDING THE
CRUEL WILDLIFE TRADE.