Tag Archives: illegal wildlife trade

‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe

up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the unep report
Up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the UNEP report. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP

UN report warns crimes such as logging and poaching are putting ‘high pressure’ on ecosystems in 15 countries in the Danube-Carpathian region

November 22, 2017 — An environmental “looting” spree is threatening biodiversity and pristine forests across 15 countries in central and eastern Europe, the UN has warned. Continue reading ‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe

Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat

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SEIZED. Indonesian officials discover more than 100 pangolins on Tuesday, October 24, in a raid on a fishing boat off the east coast of Sumatra island. Screenshot from AFP

Pangolins – docile animals with a thick armor – are indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and are the world’s most trafficked mammal

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (Oct. 29, 2017) — Indonesian authorities have seized more than 100 pangolins, all of them alive, an official said Wednesday, October 25, a haul of the critically endangered species that conservationists estimate to be worth about $1.5 million. Continue reading Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat

Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders

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A Mbuti pygmy hunting camp in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve outside the town of Epulu, Congo. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP

An ambush by local rebel forces led to five deaths in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, while another ranger died in Virunga

July 17, 2017 — Four Congolese park rangers and one porter have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Continue reading Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders

Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

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CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Authorities identify the illegal haul as critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Photo from Frederic Cayao’s Facebook page

Authorities say the cargo of critically-endangered Hawksbill turtles was bound for Balabac, an island town in the southernmost part of Palawan known as a backdoor for wildlife trafficking

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Jul. 7, 2017) — Authorities intercepted a boat carrying 70 dead critically-endangered marine turtles off the coast of Dumaran town in northern Palawan on Thursday, July 7. Continue reading Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

Seized ivory comes almost exclusively from recent poaching: study

part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory to be set ablaze
A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger stacks elephant tusks, part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory to be set ablaze, on a pyre at Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

90 percent of the ivory in 14 large seizures between 2002 and 2014 came from animals that had died less than three years before the tusks were confiscated

November 7, 2016 — Seized illicit shipments of elephant ivory are almost entirely made up of tusks from recently poached animals rather than siphoned from government stockpiles, scientists using a forensic technique reported on Monday.  Continue reading Seized ivory comes almost exclusively from recent poaching: study

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

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IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted Saturday, September 10, at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.  Continue reading World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Ban on domestic ivory trade passes at international summit

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A Kenyan ranger guards a stack of elephant tusks, intercepted before entering the illegal ivory trade. A new domestic ban was backed by most of the 217 members of the IUCN and may help save elephants that are now rampantly being poached. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Nations and environmental groups have agreed to shut down the domestic ivory trade, despite the resolution nearly being derailed by objections from countries including Japan and South Africa

September 11, 2016 — Following three days of political maneuvering, disagreements and walkouts, delegates at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) congress in Hawaii agreed on a text that calls on countries to close the internal trade of ivory “as a matter of urgency”.  Continue reading Ban on domestic ivory trade passes at international summit

Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change

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The African wild dog is one of more than 4,600 species under threat from land conversion for food, fodder or fuel crops. Photograph: Will Burrard – Lucas / Barcroft/Will Burrard-Lucas / Barcroft

Efforts to address climate change must not overshadow more immediate priorities for the survival of the world’s flora and fauna, say researchers

August 12, 2016 — Agriculture and the overexploitation of plants and animal species are significantly greater threats to biodiversity than climate change, new analysis shows.  Continue reading Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change

The ivory trade isn’t just a disaster for elephants, It threatens our future too

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‘Elephants, because of their size, appetite and migratory habits, disperse more seeds of more species further than any other animal.’ Photograph: Morgan Trimble/AP

Elephants prop up the forest and savannah ecosystems we need to store carbon. To stabilise the climate, we must stop their slaughter by ivory poachers

August 12, 2016 — Today is World Elephant Day, when people with a passion for pachyderms come together to celebrate the wonder of elephants and raise funds to protect them. It seems paradoxical that Continue reading The ivory trade isn’t just a disaster for elephants, It threatens our future too