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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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Kamptee, India A Source of Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Kamthi (previously spelled Kamptee) is a city and a municipal council in Nagpur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra The seizure of 12 deer antlers (6 pairs) from a car at Kamptee octroi post by city police late Tuesday night proves that Nagpur continues to be major centre for of illegal trade in wildlife parts. Tags: India wildlife trafficking Here's some information off the beaten path.

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British Man Arrested in Illegal Tortoise Trade

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Another catch by the UK's National Wildlife Crime unit. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife crime UK tortoises

Illegal Puma Skin Sent to India

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It was sent from North America to India and confiscated by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife crime India endangered species It was labeled as a "rug" and the only reason they searched was because of a tip.

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Man Convicted of Illegally Trafficking Live Deer

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The deer still got screwed because they ended up at the hunting preserve, but any kind of sentence for wildlife trafficking must be enforced. Tags: wildlife crime wildlife trafficking ohio south carolina Lacey Act deer He was transporting them across state lines from Ohio to a hunting preserve in South Carolina. The deer were not tested for disease. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison. I hope he serves the whole term.

Kenyans Seize Huge Amount of Illegal Ivory

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In July, Kenyan authorities intercepted 16 elephant tusks and two rhinoceros horns being illegally exported to Laos from Mozambique. Some wildlife experts have attributed the increase in elephant poaching to the presence of Chinese workers in Africa. Tags: wildlife crime ivory africa Kenya china asia elephants traf Kenya seized almost 700 kilograms of ivory worth millions of dollars in a night-time raid at the country's main airport.

$10 Million Euros in Smuggled Wildlife Seized

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Illegal animal and plant products with a retail value of 10 million euros (13.6 National wildlife enforcement authorities, police, customs and specialised units from 18 countries across all five continents worked together as part of Operation Tram which ran from 1 to 28 February," Interpol said. Tags: organized crime wildlife smuggling wildlife crime wildlife trafficking From the AFP.

DNA Bar Codes Could Help Identify Illegal Bush Meat

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CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

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Outcry is growing against one of California’s top wildlife officials after a photo of him holding a dead mountain lion surfaced online last week. Hunting mountain lion is legal in Idaho, but illegal in California. wildlife management california Stupid mountain lions hunting idahoWhat was this idiot thinking? The full story is below and it comes from kcra.com.

India's Wildlife Crime Unit Makes First Arrests

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It sure looks like India is taking wildlife crime investigation seriously. In its first ever independent operation since its inception last year, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has unearthed an illegal pet trade racket arresting one and seizing four live Indian Tent turtles from Mahipalpur area here. Tags: wildlife crime forensics India wildlife trafficking

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Wildlife Crime Unit Established in UK

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Interesting article about the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) in the UK. Consequences of wildlife crime are far reaching, with the profits from the illegal trade of plants and animals used to fund other criminal activities such as drug smuggling and people trafficking. Tags: wildlife crime UK The NWCU was established almost two years ago in North Berwick to co-ordinate a UK-wide crackdown on an international black market worth up to £6 billion a year.

US Fish and Wildlife Offers Ivory Identification Guide

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Wonder if something is made from illegal ivory? US Fish and Wildlife has a guide for identification. 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. Tags: wildlife crime ivory wildlife trafficking trafficking elephants

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King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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From the Wildlife Extra News. Whilst not illegal, it shows a complete disregard for his 'subjects' and total contempt for his role as 'Honorary President of WWF Spain'. April 2012. King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt.

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Scottish Judge Implies Wildlife Crime Not That Important

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One of Scotland’s top sheriffs is under pressure to quit his leading role in combating wildlife crime after allegedly telling a former police officer concerned about the soft sentences given to those convicted to “get a life”. Sheriff Kevin Drummond is claimed to have told a police conference on wildlife crime last month that offences against animals were not even “on the second page” after serious crimes such as robbery and assault. Tags: wildlife crime UK scotland jerk

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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Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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of Wildlife Services , which is involved in mainly predator control programs (coyotes are a big target). From WildEarth Guardians: WildEarth Guardians’ research reveals this agency is: • Biologically Unsound - Wildlife Services uses a “sledgehammer approach” to wildlife management, meaning over one million animals are killed each year using non-selective killing controls such as poisons, traps, and aerial gunning. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and killed his dog.

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Virunga Wildlife Rangers On the Offensive Against Militias

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The Congolese rangers protect the wildlife in Virunga National Park, the most famous inhabitants of which are the 700 remaining mountain gorillas. 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.

Man Arrested with Frozen Tigers and Panther in House

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The guy was clearly trafficking in illegal parts as there were about 50 kg of bones belonging to other tigers. Tags: wildlife smuggling vietnam wildlife trafficking tigers panthers This happened in Vietnam.

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Cherokee Man Imprisoned for Selling Gall Bladders

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This culprit is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and is serving only 6 months for illegally selling 51 bear gall bladders. Tags: wildlife trafficking gall bladders bears

Huge Ivory Seizure in Africa

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More than two tons of illegal ivory have been seized and more than 100 people have been arrested in the largest international operation targeting wildlife crime across Eastern Africa, the Kenya Wildlife Service and INTERPOL announced today. Tags: ivory wildlife trafficking africa elephants From the Environment News Service.

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Witherspoon in Trouble for Python Purse

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And it's illegal for her to have it at least in the State of California. wildlife trafficking california Stupid python entertainment exotic skins snakesFor some bizarre reason (hopefully just ignorance), Reese Witherspoon has pissed off animal rights activists by purchasing and carrying around a purse made out of python skin. Python skinning is horrible, brutal and repulsive. And she paid $4,000 for it. Sorry, but that's stupid enough on its own. 4,000 for a frigging purse?!

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. Tags: wildlife crime wildlife trafficking africa primates endangered species cameroon 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.

Former Virunga Park Officials In Prison

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Four senior Wildlife Officers have been arrested and imprisoned after the state Congolese Wildlife Agency (ICCN) pressed charges for complicity in the destruction of the protected forests of Virunga National Park in the east of DR Congo. 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.

Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

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In the wake of Monday’s incident, Feral is calling on the state to adopt new legislation that would make primate pet ownership illegal. Tags: Animal Rights Animal Welfare animal suffering chimpanzees legislation pictures wildlife

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Largest Ever Trafficking Bust in Africa

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An operation across five Africa countries over weekend, targeting wildlife crime has led to arrest of almost 60 people and seizure of one ton of illegal elephant ivory, Interpol has reported. Tags: wildlife crime ivory wildlife trafficking africa elephants Just five days ago. The one-day sweep, code-named Operation Baba, targeted more than 50 locations, including local ivory markets, airports, border crossings and smuggling points, international policying body said.

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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. Tags: wildlife trafficking smuggling Germany Interesting.

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Gobal Smuggling Ring Uncovered in Brazil

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Police said it was the biggest single operation in the past decade against rampant illegal wildlife traffic in the South American country. Tags: wildlife crime smuggling brazil trafficking latin america Thanks to animalblog.co.uk for this big story. Brazilian federal police arrested 72 people on Wednesday on suspicion of running an international smuggling ring that traded half a million wild animals, including jaguars and monkeys, each year.

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See CHIMPANZEE, Save Chimpanzees Challenge

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Today, only 1/10 remain, primarily due to habitat loss and illegal hunting. wildlifeThis week we will be sharing fun facts and other fun things to help get you excited to see the new Disneynature movie, Chimpanzee! You can help save real chimpanzees by seeing Chimpanzee during its opening weekend starting this Friday, April 20 (EARTH DAY!). Will you pledge to see the movie during opening weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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Young Lowland Gorillas Released into Nature Reserve

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Sounds like these guys were orphaned as a result of bushmeat and illegal trafficking activities.) Tags: wildlife trafficking united nations bush meat congo gorillas The UN airlifted these guys into the nature reserve so they can coalesce into a group that can survive when released back into the wild. This action is to prevent them from being eaten or poached in the meantime.

Ivory Bigger than Drugs in Africa

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Trafficking in ivory and game meat has become one of the most lucrative illegal trades in Africa due to rising demand in Asia, experts said on Friday. "In In terms of monetary value, ivory trade has surpassed drugs and is now one of the most thriving illegal trade in the continent," said Karl Karugaba, the head of a panel from the Lusaka Agreement Task Force. Tags: wildlife crime ivory africa trafficking asia elephants Sad, sad, sad. Why doesn't this greed ever end?

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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. Fish and Wildlife Service, wildlife officials from Environment Canada and the U.S. Tags: ivory canada us fish and wildlife africa smuggling us Good news.

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. Tags: birds wildlife crime UK scotland

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China Calls for Tiger Protection

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In what could be seen as a new year’s gift for the Indian tiger, China’s State Forestry Administration has issued a directive calling for the protection of tigers, especially the need to step up action against illegal trade in tiger parts and products. Tags: India wildlife trafficking poaching tigers china From the Economic Times (part of the India Times, I think).

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HSUS Offers Reward in Grizzly Poaching Case

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The Humane Society of the United States and The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of a grizzly bear found dead in Ashton Reservoir near Ashton, Idaho The Humane Society is offering a 2500.00 reward for the poaching of a Grizzly in Idaho.

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Congo Officer Arrested for Baby Chimp Sales

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No wonder wildlife trafficking is such a problem. ICCN (Congolese Wildlife Authority) rangers received a tip-off that someone in Goma was trying to sell a baby gorilla. He has been implicated in poaching incidents in Rwindi and more importantly there is strong evidence that he is a ringleader in the illegal charcoal trade. Tags: iccn chimpanzees wildlife trafficking africa congo Even members of the army are involved.

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News from last week: *A US Federal Judge rejects claims that Ringling’s Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus mishandles endangered Asian elephants; *A primate at a Charles River laboratory facility dies from being run through a commercial washer; *Miss Newfoundland defends the Canadian seal hunt; *Cambodian prosecutions of illegal logging and wildlife smuggling have increased; and Sea Shepherd files piracy charges against a Japanese research vessel.

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Ligers in China

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Both species are endangered and it is illegal to cross breed them. The Environmental and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) said Huang, who possesses an array of wildlife, should be dealt with harshly to deter others from copying the behavior. 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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Ag Subsidies Cut for Scottish Landowner Using Pesticides

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It's the largest civil penalty imposed under EU legislation in which wildlife protection is a condition for receiving funds from the EU's Single Farm Payment Scheme. John Dodd, the multimillionaire co-founder of Edinburgh-based Artemis Investment Management, has lost £107,000 after illegal pesticides were found on the Scottish shooting estate he owns.

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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. Money for greater local enforcement is now the most pressing need to combat poachers and the armed wildlife trade syndicates to which they are increasingly linked. 4, 2012 The writer is vice president for species conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Lake Tahoe Bear Poached for Gall Bladder

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State wildlife officials are investigating a possible poaching case in which someone removed the gallbladder of a black bear -- which can sell for thousands of dollars in Asia -- after the animal was struck and killed this week by a car in the Lake Tahoe area. It is illegal to take parts of dead wildlife left on the side of the road, Lucero said. "A Sounds like a crime of opportunity. Beware the disturbing photo.

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Wild Chimpanzees Threatened in the Congo

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Locals have told Hicks that up to a few years ago there was very little poaching (except for elephants) in the area, and that it is the mining of diamonds and gold that has lead to the current slaughter of wildlife. 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.

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Are Thai Temple Tigers Drugged?

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recent report by wildlife organization, Care for the Wild (CWI).{accuses} accuses} the temple of illegally trafficking and mistreating the tigers, allegations that the temple emphatically denies. Some conservationists worry that the tigers living at a Buddhist Temple in Thailand are drugged, but the monks deny it. There's a big article at the ABC News site. Read it and tell us what you think.

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