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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…
elephant carcas

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…
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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.…
rhino and giraffe

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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23 NGOs say Ivory Trade Ban Essential to Save Elephants

As world leaders gather in London on 13 February to attend a summit – hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and attended by Prince Charles and Prince William – to confront the escalating poaching crisis decimating the world’s iconic wildlife, 23 environmental, conservation, and animal welfare groups from 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe,…
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Cobra 2 leads to big wildlife trade busts

Chinese led wildlife trafficking operation Cobra 2 has led to over 400 arrests, recovery of 3 tonnes of ivory and 36 rhino horns and other wildlife products. Details of the success of Cobra 2 were released today by authorities in Beijing. Cobra is the name of a series of operations led by China and involving…
Rangers on the Front Line

Rangers on the Front Line

As senior politicians, royalty,  wildlife campaigners and officials start to meet up in London next week, staying in 5 star hotels, chauffeur driven cars and smart designer clothes, it is worth remembering who is making the biggest sacrifices for wildlife. This short video (6:44) by WWF gives an insight into the dangers faced by wildlife…