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UK Border Force wildlife seizures 2014

The UK Border Force has released the details of wildlife seizures under the CITES treaty for 2014. Attempted imports of traditional oriental medicines made up the bulk of the seizures with over 424,000 items of medicine containing derivatives of endangered species being seized. Over 1200 live animals or birds were also seized during 2014. Initially […]


Tigers, leopards, bears and more seized in Interpol raids

Hundreds of animals have been seized and more than 160 arrests made in Interpol co-ordinated raids across Asia. Under the PAWS (Protection of Asian Wildlife species) programme law enforcement officials from 13 Asian countries moved in on wildlife traffickers. While the operation led to the seizures of high profile species such as tigers the focus […]


Interpol launches public appeal to track down environmental criminals

Interpol has called on the public to help them track down 139 fugitives who are wanted for environmental crimes. Under the guise of Operation Infra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) Terra the international police organisation has asked the public to look out for the first 9 of 139 wanted criminals. Crimes committed by the 139 fugitives […]


Interpol launches specialist wildlife crime unit in Africa

Interpol has announced the formation of a specialist team to be based in Nairobi, Kenya, which will target wildlife criminals such as ivory poachers and rhino horn smugglers. The team will be an extension of the established Environmental Crime Unit based in Lyon, France. The dedicated team will help to co-ordinate activites of law enforcement […]

Moldovan police and Interpol break up snake venom gang

Police in Moldova working with Interpol officers have broken up a snake venom smuggling gang that operated between Moldova and Afghanistan. The amount of venom seized in the interception was valued at up to 2.8 million Euros. With closer ties being formed between Moldova and the European Union there is an opportunity for criminal gangs […]

Wealth not health new trend in wildlife consumption

The days of traditional medicine being a dominant reason for consuming endangered species appears to be heading into history. Today consuming endangered species is all about showing off wealth to others. It’s a trend that will be discussed next week when those involved with wildlife crime will meet in Geneva. The 65th meeting of the Standing […]

UK courts give conditional discharge to trader of endangered species

Teeside Crown Court  has given a taxidermist who traded illegally in endangered bird species a conditional discharge and a £300 fine. Lee Yafano, 41 years of Glenfield Drive, Middlesbrough, traded stuffed birds of prey on ebay and claimed that the items came with the required permits. Officers from the National Wildlife Crimes Unit and Cleveland […]

Value of environmental crimes dwarfs global international aid

The scale of the problem of environmental crime was revealed today with the publication of a joint report from the United Nationals and Interpol. Globally environmental crimes have a value of up to US$213 billion a year – compare that to a combined global total of US$135 billion a year spent on overseas aid and the […]

2014 rhino killing breaks the 400 mark

Latest figures published today by the South African government has shown that the number of rhino killed for their horns this year is now 402. The Kruger National Park continues to suffer the biggest losses with 266 rhinos killed so far this year. The Eastern Cape has so far this year seen losses of 10 […]

14 rhino horns originated from Namibia

The bail hearing of the 3 Chinese caught trying to smuggle 14 rhino horns out of Namibia has heard that the horns originated from the country. DNA testing has shown that all the horns seem to originate from rhino killed in the country. A microchip found in one of the horns showed that it belonged […]

National Wildlife Crime Unit issues alert to bird owners

The UK National Wildlife Crime Unit has issued an alert to bird owners and breeders of an increase in thefts of canaries, finches and Budgerigars. Breeders and bird exhibitors in the Midlands and the South of England are being targeted by criminal gangs looking for easy pickings. Wildlife crime offers high rewards with minimum risks […]

The price of repeated wildlife crime in Britain – £200

Britain’s most convicted bird egg collector has appeared in court for the 10th time for keeping protected wild bird eggs. The sentence handed out by magistrates was a £200 fine and £300 in costs. Yet again British magistrates have chosen to ignore the on-going threat to wildlife and the impact of wildlife crime on wild species. […]

South Africa speaks out against the London Declaration

South Africa has spoken out against some of the commitments in the London Declaration against poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife. Of particular concern is the commitment given by those present to end trading in wildlife products and not to undertake sustainable usage of natural resources. The South African government also claim that some […]

EIA responds to London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade

The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) broadly welcomes the outcomes of today’s landmark London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade as a strong indication that world leaders are finally getting serious about tackling international wildlife crime.  The new EIA report In Cold Blood – Combating organised wildlife crime, released just days before the Conference, examines wildlife […]

UK to fund power behind new anti-poaching stations in Uganda

As part of the £10 million fund to fight the illegal wildlife trade and poaching, which was announced recently, the UK government is set to fund solar power panels and geo-location cameras at new anti-poaching stations in Uganda. The new stations are due to open  in the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. The plans were announced at an […]

United States opens first shots in wildlife crime week

In a week that is sure to be full of announcements by politicians on how they are to combat the growing trade in wildlife the United States have opened the action with major boost to combat illegal wildlife trade. New proposals put forward by the Whitehouse will severely restrict the domestic trade in ivory. The […]