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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…