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Jail time for theft from UK ivory stockpiles

A thief who broke into a zoo and stole an elephant tusk that had been loaned out by the UK Border Force has been jailed for 120 days by Folkestone Magistrates Court. Craig Deane broke into Wingham Wildlife Park on September 9th 2013 and stole the elephant tusk worth about £2,500. Craig Deane, 39, admitted…
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Gas the badgers says Princess Anne

Once again the British royal family have shown their love of killing or maiming wildlife. This time it is Princess Anne who in an interview set to be broadcast on BBC Countryfile thinks that badgers should be culled by gassing. While the public consistently supports non-lethal methods of TB control in badgers and wildlife the…
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Tigers get asylum in the UK

Two tigers sentenced to an early death in Belgium have arrived at a UK zoo and wildlife park. the two tigers had been kept at a German circus and so badly treated that last year Belgium authorities seized the tigers while the circus was on tour and sentenced the tigers to euthanasia. A campaign by…
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Machine-gun weilding poachers arrested in Tanzania

Police and wildlife rangers in Tanzania have arrested 6 poachers armed with a submachine gun who had been on an elephant poaching spree killing at least 28 elephants. The suspected poachers were arrested just after mid-night on Monday in the village of Kiyombo in central Tanzania. Authorities recovered 55 elephant tusks from the gang, indicating…
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3 Chinese arrested boarding a plane with 14 rhino horns

Namibia has announced that 3 Chinese nationals were arrested on 23rd March as they boarded an aircraft with 14 rhino horns and leopard skins hidden in their luggage. They were arrested as they tried to board a flight to Hong Kong from Namibia. The three men were arrested at 07.40 am on Sunday 23rd March.…
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Tiger electrocutions provide after-dinner entertainment

Chinese police have busted a gang that killed and butchered tigers in front of customers for entertainment and to guarantee to clients that tiger parts were genuine. One of the leaders of the gang – that has killed at least 10 tigers in its 6 years of operation – killed himself when he heard police were…
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Poachers operate with ‘outrageous impunity’

In a rare public criticism of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), its founding director Richard Leakey has stated that poaching gangs operate with ‘outrageous impunity’ in the country and that a cartel of just 20 to 30 people are behind the epidemic of poaching now spreading across the country. At the press conference held earlier…
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Investigating Asia’s biggest animal fair

Gajendra Moksha, also called The Liberation of Gajendra, is a Puranic legend from the 8th Skandha of Bhagavad Purana, one of the most sacred books in Hinduism. It is one of the famous exploits of Lord Vishnu wherein Lord Vishnu came down to earth to protect Gajendra, the Elephant, from the clutches of Makara, the…
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Garamba – where have all the animals gone?

With just 22 giraffes remaining in the Garamba National Park the future is bleak for the wildlife. The wildlife survey released by the Congolese Institute for Conservation of Nature (ICCN) in the DR Congo on Monday is bad news for the Garamba National Park. Over the last 30 years the park has lost 65% of its…
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Official Chinese ivory retailer stops selling ivory

A Chinese state-owned retailer has suspended all sales of ivory through its outlets due to the high percentage of illegal ivory entering the market. Chinese Arts & Crafts suspended all trade in its shops in China and Hong Kong yesterday. In its statement the company said it will in future concentrate on selling items made…
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Kenya threatens to take over private game reserves

The Kenyan government has issued a warning to private game reserves and conservancies to tackle the poaching issue or the Kenya Wildlife Services will take over the running of the parks. The ultimatum was issued as the number of rhino poached in Kenya so far this years hits 15 and the number of elephants poached…
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Rakuten named as biggest online market for ivory and whale meat

Japanese online retailer Rakuten – who owns Play.com in the UK – has been named as the operator of the world’s biggest marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat. The naming comes on the release of a new report by the Environment Investigation Agency (EIA) called “Blood e-Commerce: Rakuten’s profits from the slaughter of elephants…
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One of India’s most prolific tiger poachers is dead

One of India’s most prolific tiger poacher and trader, Sansar Chand, has died. He died today from lung cancer at a hospital in Jaipur. He is thought to be the tiger poacher responsible for the eradication of tigers in the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Chand was awaiting trial for tiger and wildlife trafficking when he fell…
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Rhino poaching in South Africa hits 172

So far this year (until 14th March 2014) South Africa has seen 172 rhinos killed by poachers. This means that over 15 rhino are being killed each week in the country for their horns. The average weekly rate has fallen when compared with 2013 when over 19 rhinos were being killed each week. Kruger National…
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Is Zimbabwe winning the war against rhino poachers?

Could Zimbabwe be winning the war against rhino poachers? It is an interesting question as the country releases the rhino poaching stats for 2013. Last year 20 rhinos were poached compared to 60 being killed in 2012. That is a 66% drop in number. While there is good news in the number of rhino being…