No 418 Wildlife Trade News: 30th May

Some good news this Sunday but still … you get your daily dose of bad news too …

in the spotlight today ……………………

Moment £3million turned to dust: Chinese authorities put half a tonne of ivory into grinder after it was seized from smugglers (NA comment: A good start, better late than never, but China is going to have to do a heck of a lot more to convince us it is finally getting serious about tackling the illegal wildlife trade, isn’t it?)

  • More than half a tonne of ivory and ivory products were destroyed publicly
  • Items were ground into powder under the eyes of media and diplomats
  • Ornaments included fine Buddha and goddess statues carved from tusks
  • Beijing hopes to show determination in ‘further protecting wild animals’

"We will strictly control ivory processing and trade until the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products are eventually halted." – Zhao Shucong, head of China’s State Forestry Administration

No 418 Wildlife Trade News: 30th May

Illegal Trade In Bear Bile Is Widespread In Malaysia (NA COMMENT: When it comes to incompetence and collusion, Perhilitan and the Sabah Wildlife Department have few equals. They are experts in turning both a blind eye and deaf ear to anything regarding the illegal wildlife trade or cruelty to animals in zoos. The CITES Standing Committee watch over all this like statues on a stone plinth……the only difference is, statues have their uses don’t they?)

130 turtles seized at Dhaka airport. EXTRACT: The Indian pond turtles were to be smuggled to Malaysia, in a Malaysian Airlines flight, at around 10:00am this morning.

Barely a week goes by without illegal wildlife enroute to Malaysia being confiscated. How many more animals will be ‘sacrificed’ by the CITES Standing Committee before it punished Malaysia for its widespread and persistent complicity in the illegal wildlife trade? Does anyone in the Secretariat and Standing Committee have the backbone to take on Malaysia?

Why are poaching, bush meat trading and elephant killing still happening? MALAYSIA – See more at:

China signals end to domestic ivory market during destruction of illegal stockpile extract: Government sources confirmed today’s ivory destruction was preceded by an independent third party audit of the stockpile to be destroyed. WWF and TRAFFIC consider such audits should be a prerequisite before any ivory stockpile destruction is carried out, to ensure there is utmost transparency in the process.(NA comment: MALAYSIA is looking increasingly isolated because of its reluctance to have its stocks of ivory independently audited and destroyed.When Malaysia trails behind China, you know just how bad things are – despite which, CITES, inexplicably, allows Malaysia to go unpunished. Malaysia has a long history of complicity in the illegal wildlife trade, so much so it’s known as a worldwide hub; well, when sanctions are not enforced what’s to stop Malaysia? In other words – CITES is part of the problem, not part of the solution – which it should be. Who do you blame for that?)




Six arrested in connection with rhino horn theft. MOZAMBIQUE

National scene: Govt claims larger protected forest area. INDONESIA. EXTRACT: The moratorium on new permits, however, has frequently been ignored by local officials due to the absence of sanctions for violations. – See more at:

Is the Tide Against Live Animal Circuses Turning? 3 Recent Victories to Celebrate

Traffic news in Chinese

Timber sales to Vietnam trebled in 2014, finds report. EXTRACT: “Vietnamese traders go directly to Cambodia and buy illegal timber from Cambodian loggers,” he said.

Forensic trailers for rhino poaching fight. SOUTH AFRICA

Rhino horn trade debate will fuel poaching. By working on a proposal to CITES to legalise trade in rhino horn, South Africa could actually be fuelling rhino poaching.

Lumber Liquidators’ CEO Resigns Amid Investigation into Illegal Timber Imports

Grayson Wealth Management and Carpathian Forestry are running a recovery room scam AND Sucker lists, recovery room scams, and why victims of scams become more trusting, not less

ECUADOR: 10,000 shark fins destined for Asia seized. 6 arrests

Police Confiscate 176 Smuggled Shark Fins. INDONESIA

Ont. passes killer whale ban, other animal protection measures. CANADA

2 red sanders smugglers arrested

Malaysian state eyes 100% certified palm oil by 2025 (NA comment: Nature Alert encouraged all concerned in Malaysia to do this about seven years ago. We met with resistance and the industry is now seven years behind the times……AND IT’S GOING TO BE AT LEAST 10 more years, if we are to believe them- and we don’t, before they are RSPO compliant. It would be impossible to exaggerate how bad and devious this industry is.)

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you,

then you win." – Mohandas Gandhi

Drone footage shows what rainforest destruction really looks like

Screen capture — Forest Heros captures the environmental impact of a palm oil company in Indonesia on camera.

Northern port central to illegal timber trade. PORTUGAL

ZAWA defends lion harvest

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New York Blood Center Leaves Chimps to Die of Starvation. EXTRACT: “Never, ever have I seen anything even remotely as disgusting as this” Yes, you can believe your eyes and feel your heart break. It’s a fact that a colony of 66 chimpanzees in a Liberian laboratory are being abandoned by the New York Blood Center

Massive economic growth does little for happiness in China

Vaquita porpoises down to ‘way less than 100,’ Mexican agents shoot fisherman while enforcing new protected area

A fisherman hauls up a critically endangered vaquita porpoise accidentally entangled in his net in 2008. Entanglement in fishing gear threatens the species with extinction. Photo credit: Omar Vidal.
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