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Tusks from 108 elephants seized in Dubai over weekend

Over $4.1 million worth of ivory was seized by customs officials in Dubai as it passed through the Jebel Ali Port. The 215 pieces of ivory was hidden in 40 boxes of green beans. Customs officials estimate that the ivory come from 108 elephants of differing ages. Officials were unable to confirm which country the…

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Interpols pangolin operations rescues 8 tiger cubs

Interpol’s Environmental Crime Programme have revealed the results of their latest global investigations. Operation Libra targeted the poaching and illegal trading across South East Asia of the pangolin – a nocturnal scaly ‘ant-eater’. But it was not just the pangolins that were rescued officers involved in the raids also rescued 8 tiger cubs. The raids, which were…

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Almost 4,000 bird dealers busted by INTERPOL

Interpol environmental crimes division has announced that almost 4,000 dealers in wild birds have been caught from Operation Cage – a three-month intensive investigation between May and June focusing on the trade in endangered birds. Wildlife and law enforcement officers across 32 different countries took part in the investigations. While Operation Cage focused primarily on birds the action also…

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Is Kidderminster a hub for illegal wildlife trading?

Concerns are being raised over the activities taking place in the  Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre in Kidderminster this Sunday – 29th July 2012. A planned reptile and amphibian fair is to take place in direct contravention of legislation that prevents pets from being sold at market stalls. The trading of pets at market stalls was banned…

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Vietnam tops wildlife crimes table

One the eve of the opening of the latest CITES session the wildlife group WWF has released a report that shows Vietnam is the worse country for the illegal wildlife trade. In the traffic light system used by the WWF to rank countries Vietnam scored a red in trade in rhino and tigers with a yellow…

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Alleged tiger smuggling kingpin claims he was set up by poachers

Haji Nawab Ali, alias Nawab Baksh, the man alleged to be behind the poaching that eradicated the tiger population from the Panna Tiger Reserve has claimed that he was a set-up victim of real poachers. The claim comes as the long awaited investigation into him by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is expected to be announced. Nawab named as man responsible for…

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The horror of the war to save wildlife

If anyone was in any doubt that there is a real war going on to save our most precious wildlife then those doubts should have been put to rest last Sunday. As details now become much clearer over what happened at the Ituri lowland tropical forest in D.R. Congo it is becoming obvious that those who…

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Gabon to burn more than 4 tons of ivory today

As a demonstration to its commitment to elephant conservation Gabon will today burn over 4 tons of ivory. The destruction of the ivory will ensure that it does not find its way into the illegal wildlife trade. The ivory burning will see the destruction of Gabon’s entire stockpile of ivory seized from poachers and smugglers.…

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Endangered frogs saved from the cooking pot

In a series of raids by Indian forest officials 40 endangered bull frogs have been rescued from poachers and saved from the cooking pot. The Indian bull frog is a delicacy in the restaurants of Goa but they are becoming increasingly rare and are now protected in India. During the operation 6 poachers were captured and the forest…

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Interpols biggest wildlife raids captures over 200 smugglers

Yesterday (Tuesday 20th June) Interpol announced that it had carried out its biggest operation to date against the illegal wildlife trade. The operation covered 17 African countries as well as China. Over 200 smugglers were arrested and over 2 tonnes of ivory and other wildlife parts recovered. African countries which participated in Operation Worthy were Ethiopia, Botswana,…