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Manta parts worth $615 million to Indonesian tourism industry intercepted

Guest author: Leya Musa

The  Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia and the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society’s) Wildlife Crimes Unit have made their largest seizure of manta ray gills and arrested one person. The 103kg of gill plates represented 85 manta rays and each was worth $7.8 million to the Indonesian dive industry over its lifetime. The raid took place on 7th November when officials, working on part of a larger investigation, at a house near to the  Pengambengan Negara fisheries landing area in Bali. The latest raid follows on from follows three arrests earlier this month and in October involving illegal trade of manta ray meat and gill…

polar bear

International protection increased for 31 species

Guest author: Leya Musa

The so called ‘Shark COP’ – or the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) (COP11) – concluded yesterday in Quito, Ecuador. The result is that 31 species have been given greater international protection including 21 species of sharks and rays. The conference was the largest ever for the Convention with over 900 delegates attending the 6 day conference. Government officials, NGO’s, academics and media people swarmed around the conference location as species were subject to intense scrutiny before being placed on either Appendix I or Appendix II of the convention. The conference was termed the Shark COP…

Bile extraction taking place in a Laotian bear farm traffic

Bear bile farming surges in Lao PDR

Guest author: Leya Musa

The number of bears held in bear bile farms in the Peoples Democratic Republic of Lao has surged in recent years. In 2008 there were just 40 bears held captive but by 2012 the number had tripled to 122. With no breeding facilities at the farms the assumption is that the growth of bear bile farms is at the expense of wild bear who are captured to stock the farms. The growth of bear bile farms in Lao PDR is recorded in a new study that has been published. The study was undertaken by independent researcher Emily Livingstone and Dr Chris Shepherd from TRAFFIC. The paper was published 29th October in conservation…

Chinese property tycoon ate 3 tigers in three months

Chinese property tycoon ate 3 tigers in three months

Guest author: Leya Musa

A Chinese property tycoon from Nanning in Guangxi Zhuang southern China was caught up in a police raid in Guangdong where a tiger was electrocuted and dismembered for eating. The businessman was named as Xu and he pleaded guilty to the charges at Qinzhou Beiqu People’s Court on June 5th. The court also heard Xu admit to being responsible for the killing of 3 tigers between March and May last year. The court heard how Xu ordered that the tigers were electrocuted and then drained of blood and dismembered. The bones were roasted and meat from the tigers packed up and shipped back to Nanning. Xu who had property investments including hotels and…