No 464 Wildlife Trade News: 23rd July 2015

Another dose of bad news about poaching,
wildlife and environmental crimes … and
China remains under the spotlight …

in the spotlight today ……………………

……..we begin with a news report you know you will never see on the pro-China CITES Secretariat web site, don’t you? Why is the Secretariat sooooooooooooooooo protective of China?

China: The Cause of (and Solution to?) Illegal Logging

To reverse its increasing impact on global deforestation, China needs new laws and tough enforcement. EXTRACT: Indeed, the total volume of illegal timber imports into 10 key processing and consumer countries actually increased by 10 million cubic meters between 2000 and 2013, to 60 million cubic meters — a rise of nearly $8 billion in value terms. Nearly all of this increase was accounted for by the rise in illegal imports to China, which almost doubled in volume over this period.


“The objective of CITES is to ensure that wild fauna and flora is not unsustainably exploited through international trade.”says John Scanlon

MARCH 2013: Cites tries to curb illegal logging

Governments agreed Tuesday to step up efforts to protect threatened tree species from illegal loggers, amidst warnings that criminal gangs are plundering the world’s forests.

The 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Flora and Fauna, known as Cites, agreed to restrict cross-border trade in ebony from Madagascar as well as rosewoods (phayung, in Thai) from the same island, as well as Southeast Asia and Central America.

2 years later illegal logging is worse than ever, with CHINA the main offender. Anyone surprised?

No 464 Wildlife Trade News: 23rd July 2015

153 Chinese get life sentences for illegal logging in Myanmar

Beijing pleads for Chinese illegal loggers jailed in Myanmar. (NA COMMENT: No other country would ask for 153 of its criminals to be repatriated, would it?)

Caught in the crossfire: how cattle and Chinese mining interests are killing off Namibia’s black rhinos!/loc=-19.679280900000006,13.975656399999979,12

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Inside the Grim Lives of Africa’s Captive Lions. A new documentary exposes the dark side of a growing South African wildlife business.

Seventy percent of South Africa’s lions spend their lives in captivity. Lion breeding, trophy hunting, and increasingly lion bone trading, are tightly interlinked ventures. Photograph by Ian Michler

Demand for Palm Oil Contributes to Deforestation & Wildlife Crime

Kenya Wildlife Service commissions first ever inventory exercise of elephant ivory and rhino horn stockpile

Taiwanese poachers fined P4M

Elephant poaching: Kerala to seek central agency’s help

Botswana: Human-Wildlife Conflict Rife

Kenyans sign pan-African protection initiative to save elephants

BHP to open new coal mine in Borneo amid concern for orangutans Read more:

INDIA; State Agencies Make Light of Wildlife Crimes. EXTRACT: Wildlife buffs accused the Forest Department officials of colluding with the wildlife mafia. Even after the WCCB issued a circular, they failed to respond and even tried to conceal the gravity of the crimes being taken place in the state’s forests.

ZIMBABWE: Cop dragged to court after kidnapping man to help him kill elephant,+kidnapping/news.aspx

SRI LANKA: Don’t Do This To The Majestic Elephant

South African Airways Lifts Ban On Hunters’ Animal Trophies Feel free to ship your prized elephant head in the cargo hold.

The XyloTron: combating illegal logging in seconds

Palm oil firm under fire over land deals sealed during Ebola crisis in Liberia Campaign group urges Golden Veroleum Liberia to renegotiate deals in which communities panic-stricken by Ebola signed over thousands of hectares of land

Police in Costa Rica Prevent Butchering of Five Sea Turtles

INDIA; Wanton killing of wildlife in Dhubri resented

How satellites could slow the decline of wildlife. Conservation scientists are pursuing collaboration with space agencies in order to monitor wildlife decline on a global scale.

Thai PM challenged over vanished forests

Pilots vs. Poachers. The future of elephant survival may depend, in part, on aerial patrols.
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Slaying the beast of human-elephant conflict THAILAND

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