Illegal Puma Skin Sent to India

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Central London Shop Raided for Illegal Wildlife Products

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The raid took place on the day an amendment to the law controlling illegal trade in endangered species came into effect. Tags: wildlife crime UK wildlife trafficking Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers endangered species Not surprisingly, they raided a shop selling Chinese traditional medicines. From the Telegraph. Detectives seized 200 products believed to be made from endangered animals including musk deer, leopards and tigers.

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DNA Bar Codes Could Help Identify Illegal Bush Meat

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One of the major challenges in combating the bushmeat trade is identifying the source species for the meat and products. How is anyone to know if it came from a species that is protected under national or international law? According to a paper published in the September 1 online edition of the journal Conservation Genetics, DNA bar codes can be used to quickly and clearly distinguish the source species of meat or leather goods for many rare and threatened species.

Ligers in China

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Both species are endangered and it is illegal to cross breed them. Cross-breeding two protected species is completely against nature. Tags: zoos taiwan tigers lion endangered species A private zoo operator in Taiwan cross-bred lions and tigers, resulting in three "liger" cubs. One died and the other two were seized for sheltering at a research institution. From Focus Taiwan.

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Internet Exploits Cameroon's Primates

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Illegal wildlife traffickers provide fake credentials to establish that primates are being legitimately offered for sale. Their ads claim that the primate comes with "veterinary health documents, a "permit" from CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and a year's health care guarantee. Tags: wildlife crime wildlife trafficking africa primates endangered species cameroon

Former Virunga Park Officials In Prison

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Not guilty of gorilla killings - guilty of illegal charcoaling The Wildlife Officers were charged by the Congolese Wildlife Authority with the "destruction of flora and fauna" under Wildlife Law OL 069-41 of August 1969. The charges included the massacre of the gorillas and involvement in the illegal charcoal trade. Tags: wildlife crime virunga congo gorillas endangered species And these particular guys deserve it.

Demand for Wildlife Products on the Rise in China

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Profit from illegal trade can be up to 10 times the cost, with restaurant operators offering the exotic dishes usually aware of the violation but lured by the gains, Xu {Hongfa, director of the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) TRAFFIC East Asia China Program} said. Illegal trade in tiger meat and bones is also alive, continuing to threaten the extinction of an already depleted species, he said. The Chinese want them for exotic foods and for medicine. From the China Daily.

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Virunga Wildlife Rangers On the Offensive Against Militias

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The move, undertaken in collaboration with the UN peace-keeping forces MONUC, follows a report by the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo identifying charcoal from Virunga National Park as a major source of revenue for illegal armed groups. Tags: virunga rwanda africa congo gorillas endangered species The Congolese rangers protect the wildlife in Virunga National Park, the most famous inhabitants of which are the 700 remaining mountain gorillas.

Wild Chimpanzees Threatened in the Congo

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Sadly, there is evidence that the bushmeat trade is spreading rapidly into the Bili and Rubi-Tele protected areas, both of which have been recently invaded by illegal miners. Tags: chimpanzees poaching congo endangered species Two of my favorite issues are chimpanzees threatened in labs and mountain gorillas threatened in the Congo. Let's combine the two and look at chimpanzees threatened in the Congo. Because they are in serious trouble there too.

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Moon Bears Rescued from Bile Farm in Vietnam

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Please note that the illegal bile farm was Taiwanese-owned. I can't read such stuff without being sickened by my species. It's great that they were saved, but t hey arrived at the rescue center in wretched condition. Moon bears are rare, which makes this all the sadder. Again, the China connection. Thank Animals Asia for the rescue. They are an amazing organization that we support financially.).

Sea Shepherd to Head to Mediterranean to Protect Tuna

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Announcing their venture into the Mediterranean, the organisation's founder and president, Captain Paul Watson, said: "We need to bring to the attention of the international public that one of the most unique fish species in the world, the Bluefin tuna, is on the brink of extinction due to the illegal fisheries driven by Japan's insatiable demand for this expensive fish.". Sea Shepherd will be sending the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker to the Mediterranean to help protect Bluefin Tuna.

German Canines to Help Catch Smugglers

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The three-year-olds' debut is a joint effort between police and the World Wildlife Fund to help stop the illegal but lucrative trade in rare species — which the organization estimates is a $293 billion annual business. Incredible that illegal smuggling is estimated at $293 billion. Interesting.

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Sea Shepherd Goes on Mission to Protect Bluefin Tuna

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Greenpeace says the New Zealand Government voted against the ban – spelling disaster for the future of the species. Sea Shepherd doesn’t protest, Sea Shepherd intervenes against illegal activity. Looks like they'll need to since nobody else wants to protect them. In Qatar yesterday nations voted down a proposed ban on exporting Atlantic bluefin tuna. Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully wasn’t available today to confirm how New Zealand voted.

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US Fish and Wildlife Offers Ivory Identification Guide

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Wonder if something is made from illegal ivory? Espinoza and Mary-Jacque Mann, published in cooperation with the CITES Secretariat, and was developed to give information about a nondestructive and visual means of tentatively distinguishing clearly legal ivory from suspected illegal ivory at ports of entry. US Fish and Wildlife has a guide for identification. From the web page. This is a web version of the Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes by Edgard O.

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Low Prosecution of Bird Crime in Scotland

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New figures show that in the past decade just 26 out of almost 300 cases of illegal poisoning and other crime directed against birds of prey in Scotland has resulted in a successful conviction. And furthermore, not a single jail term has been imposed since custodial sentences were introduced in 2004 for such crimes, which are having a grave impact on the populations of some of Scotland's most iconic yet vulnerable species, including golden eagles, red kites and hen harriers.

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From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Your reporting on the illegal ivory trade (“ Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits ,” “The Price of Ivory” series, front page, Sept. the Manhattan district attorney, recently prosecuted two jewelers selling illegally obtained ivory with a combined retail value of more than $2 million. 4, 2012 The writer is vice president for species conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Canadian Sentenced for Ivory Smuggling

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Tania Julie Siyam, a 32-year-old Canadian art dealer, has been sentenced to serve 60 months in prison and pay a $100,000 fine for illegally smuggling ivory from Cameroon to the United States. Tania Siyam originally operated art import and export businesses in Montreal, Canada, and Cameroon that were fronts for smuggling products from endangered and protected wildlife species, including raw elephant ivory. Good news.

China Gets to Buy Elephant Ivory

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The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Geneva voted in favour of China becoming a licensed importer. The African states say they need to sell the stockpiles to finance the conservation and management of their elephant populations but critics say it will give illegal traders the opportunity to launder poached ivory. I don't know how to call this one.will it help or hurt the elephant population in the long run?

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Suit Against Circus Owners Goes to Trial

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employee, claims the defendants inhumanely and illegally mistreat their Asian elephants and have done so for decades. According to the complaint, the defendants routinely beat elephants, violating the 1973 Endangered Species Act by hitting them with bull hooks. Finally, a cruelty suit against Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is coming to trial. A U.S.

Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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Animals killed also include threatened and endangered species, a number which has steadily increased since 2005. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency charged Wildlife Services for its illegal placement of a sodium cyanide M-44 (a highly lethal booby trap) on public land, which harmed a U.S. Lethal control efforts of WS professionals typically remove less than 5 percent of a species' overall population.

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From Today's New York Times

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Earlier this month, NASA released new satellite photographs showing continued illegal cutting of the Mexican fir forests where virtually all of eastern North America’s monarch butterflies spend the winter. Migratory birds protect forests and crops from insect pests; butterflies, bats and other migratory species are important pollinators.