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Just released at the end of Dec 2015 BLENDING IVORY CHINA'S LOOPHOLES , NEW HOPES from the Elephant Action League is an interesting mix of existing well researched reports and their own undercover work.

 

it can be found at http://www.elephantleague.org

 

I have checked the link and it works, please go to latest news

 

amongst other things it has a good summary of the extent of the ivory trade and the risks of extinction, together with the extensive braking of the rules which are meant to control the trade.

 

very importantly it mentions that China is not going along with the terms of the CITES authorized legal ivory sale, the 62 tons was intended to be sold quickly to carving factories etc , those drastically decreasing black maket prices . (page 10)

 

this was not done , the Chinese government enterprises who purchased the ivory actually on sold it in relatively small quantaties at a high profit , thus developing the black market as a source of cheaper ivory. The prices that the CITES authorized ivory was resold at were actually more expensive than the black market.

 

The report deals with enterprises in Bejing who have direct ownership of ivory factories in Hong Kong which onsell to them in Beijing , other Chinese centres and sometimes Taiwan as the prices are better .. This is supported by concealed recordings with sales staff.

 

Using a finding from the David Sheldrick trust report DEAD OR ALIVE ? VALUING AN ELEPHANT l metric ton of ivory comes from 108.99 dead elephants , so the illegal stockpile is equal to 108,990 dead elephants . I find that sickening.

 

there is extensive abuse of mammoth ivory , antique ivory , ivory ID cards and safari hunting.

 

an enterprise in Beijing has direct ownership of a sth African hunting outfit who export whole stuff rhinos to them in crates , the horn is then removed in China and replaced with a fake one to give the pretence that regulations are being followed. The report deals in detail with the rhino situation.

 

Beijing mammoth art is a major operator and supplies many . their boss brokered the deal with Zimbabwe for importing live elephants for Guangzhou zoo

 

there is some material also on tigers.

 

in the press release they state that from sources over 1,000 metric tons of illegal ivory is being stockpiled at secret locations in China by investors and traders who are betting on future profits regardless of what the Chinese government does .

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Here is the direct link.

 

Interesting link!

 

 

I find this particularly interesting:

very importantly it mentions that China is not going along with the terms of the CITES authorized legal ivory sale, the 62 tons was intended to be sold quickly to carving factories etc , those drastically decreasing black maket prices . (page 10)

this was not done , the Chinese government enterprises who purchased the ivory actually on sold it in relatively small quantaties at a high profit , thus developing the black market as a source of cheaper ivory. The prices that the CITES authorized ivory was resold at were actually more expensive than the black market.

 

 

 

This market mechanism probably also applies to rhino horn. People who are pro rhino-horn trade claim they can flood the market and will be cheaper than the black market price down so people will by legal horn instead of illegal horn. They claim they can meet demand, and they might be able to supply an amount of rhino horn equal to the current illegal off-take for a few years if they also sell off stockpiles, however, current illegal off-take isn't current demand. The past years the illegal off-take has increased, and the price has increased, a strong indication that demand is not met! So they can't 'flood' the market. When challenged with this they still claim they will be cheaper than illegal rhino horn and that is the basis illegal rhino horn trade will diminish, but when I asked a (vet) professor who is pro rhino-horn trade how that works they just refer to 'economic research'. This article states that 'relatively small quantities of ivory sold at high profit actually developed the black market as a source of cheap ivory. And since rhino horn is traded at astronomical profit margins, the traders have a lot of wiggle room in the price and still be (very) profitable.

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~ What a set of facts to kick off 2016.



This corroborates my unceasing pessimism in posts throughout Safaritalk concerning wishful thinking and “happy talk” about attitudes where I live.



For months I wince when posting replies seeming to pour ice-chilled water over optimistic press releases about carefully staged media events for the “foreign” press, which purport to signal positive changes.



In reality, as the facts stated above show, the widespread public attitudes here, even among university students, show almost no actual trend towards tamping down the insidious illegal wildlife parts trade.



What remains essential for any celebration is rock-solid evidence of independent corroboration by outside authorities that illegal wildlife part trading is being curtailed through rigorous enforcement.



Those who have lived here for years wouldn't be surprised by these dismal facts, as deception, intrigue and guile remain at the core of so much that occurs here.



Tom K.


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the more you here about this sale the worse it gets , I have previously seen in a policy report that the Japanese and Chinese "bidders " got together and decided on a price and that is what it was sold for so it was not a real auction.

The Chinese buyers profiteered to the carving factories not sold it quickly to bring down prices as per the terms of the auction sale.

 

the markup was so much that a the carving factories went to the black market for cheaper supplies

 

that is very ,very displeasing

 

the report states from a supplier of carving machines that Beijing has 300 carving factories, but only 10 are legal .

 

the current report has a public version and a law enforcement version , it will be interesting to see if it is acted upon.

 

the report includes transcripts of secretly recorded conversations with ivory industry players

 

all the news for years has to put it directly been very lacking in hope, if not dismal

 

I have not been trying to play the possibility of change up but when long term professionals campaigners who are deeply involved see hope , I like to think that is more than a dream

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the more you here about this sale the worse it gets , I have previously seen in a policy report that the Japanese and Chinese "bidders " got together and decided on a price and that is what it was sold for so it was not a real auction.

The Chinese buyers profiteered to the carving factories not sold it quickly to bring down prices as per the terms of the auction sale.

 

the markup was so much that a the carving factories went to the black market for cheaper supplies

 

the report states from a supplier of carving machines that Beijing has 300 carving factories, but only 10 are legal .

 

all the news for years has to put it directly been very lacking in hope, if not dismal

 

I have not been trying to play the possibility of change up but when long term professionals campaigners who are deeply involved see hope , I like to think that is more than a dream

 

~ @@COSMIC RHINO

 

You may be far more in touch with the realities than those of us who live here.

By all means share your hope...as I have absolutely none whatsoever about this situation.

Only by rigidly independent verification of sustained change and genuine law enforcement will I feel cause to rejoice.

No happy talk, wishful thinking, misguided optimism — only tough-minded insistence that independent verification over many months occur.

Thank you for your avid interest in this grim issue.

Tom K.

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Cites will not be going ahead with negotating a legal ivory trade please see http://www.independent.co.uk THE GLOBAL IVORY TRADE TO REMAIN ILLEGAL AFTER MEETING OF UN ENDANGERED SPECIES COMMITTEE 15 JAN 2016

 

Well done the legal sales are the start of a big mess and do not need to be repeated

 

The Tanzania Daily news reports

 

 

  • Angola, Nigeria and Laos face sanctions for failing to make progress on measures in their ivory action plans
  • both Vietnam and Mozambique are required to make progress on control of the rhino horn trade or face sanctions
  • Tanzania is required to enact CITES legislation to cover Zanzibar , the port is a major problem with the illegal ivory trade sourced from a variety of African countries and with illegal ebonies and rosewoods from Madagasgar
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US INTERIOR SECRETARY TO VISIT KENYA OVER POACHING 20 JAN 2016 please see http://www.standardmedia.co.ke

 

go to lifestyle then environment

 

the secretary is visiting to check anti poaching and the port of Mombasa, at the port she will check things out with Kenya authorities and a US fish and wildlife liaison officer

 

if any illegal wildlife ends up in the USA the local enforcement agencies like the FBI will become involved in clearing up the case

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now the secretary of the interior is to meet with president kenyatta

 

the US government is supportive but they have a record of talking in public about issues of concern like wildlife crime, corruption and ethnic based political divisions

 

I hope that there is no problems with the port inspection, like when the PM checked out the port manifest was nappies , the content was mixed electrical goods

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Here is the direct link.

 

Interesting link!

 

 

I find this particularly interesting:

very importantly it mentions that China is not going along with the terms of the CITES authorized legal ivory sale, the 62 tons was intended to be sold quickly to carving factories etc , those drastically decreasing black maket prices . (page 10)

this was not done , the Chinese government enterprises who purchased the ivory actually on sold it in relatively small quantaties at a high profit , thus developing the black market as a source of cheaper ivory. The prices that the CITES authorized ivory was resold at were actually more expensive than the black market.

 

 

 

This market mechanism probably also applies to rhino horn. People who are pro rhino-horn trade claim they can flood the market and will be cheaper than the black market price down so people will by legal horn instead of illegal horn. They claim they can meet demand, and they might be able to supply an amount of rhino horn equal to the current illegal off-take for a few years if they also sell off stockpiles, however, current illegal off-take isn't current demand. The past years the illegal off-take has increased, and the price has increased, a strong indication that demand is not met! So they can't 'flood' the market. When challenged with this they still claim they will be cheaper than illegal rhino horn and that is the basis illegal rhino horn trade will diminish, but when I asked a (vet) professor who is pro rhino-horn trade how that works they just refer to 'economic research'. This article states that 'relatively small quantities of ivory sold at high profit actually developed the black market as a source of cheap ivory. And since rhino horn is traded at astronomical profit margins, the traders have a lot of wiggle room in the price and still be (very) profitable.

 

I'd just like to make some counter-arguments. First, one-off sales are a solution that I don't think anybody but traders are happy with. Even pro-market types recognize that a one-off sale will not flood the market because buyers will just stockpile and speculate, releasing their stock in a trickle, just as China has done. One-off sales are an ineffective compromise that create perverse incentives. Second, and related to the first point, a legal rhino horn trade would not depend on the sale of limited stockpiles, but would allow for farming of rhino horns, both in Africa and in consumer countries. Third, there has been a lot written about the price of rhino horn being an example of the anthropogenic allee effect, whereby demand (and price) grows as perceptions of rarity increase, thus overcoming an increase in the cost of supply as populations dwindle and risks to poachers grow. That is, the less rhino horn people anticipate being available in the future, the more they are willing to pay for it. Fourth, it is hard to imagine how rhino horn farmers would not be able to out-compete traders of poached horn, but Damania & Bulte ("The Economics of wildlife farming and endangered species conservation", Ecological Economics (62)) do explore a scenario in which horn farming could exacerbate poaching. Their point, however, is that if certain hypothetical market attributes (among a range of possible attributes) hold true, then government intervention in the market may be necessary to prevent undesired outcomes, not that there is any inherent flaw in the idea of a legal market for farmed rhino horn.

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  • the meeting between US interior secretary and the Kenyan president went well

 

  • poaching is down , a memo of understanding was signed , more aid promised

 

  • there will be an Elephant Protection Initiative summit on 29 and 30 April with Hollywood people, Yao Ming , major investors George Soros, Paul Allen, Howard Buffett, plus Elton John , Sir David Attenborough , micheal bloomberg, the owner of the UK Independent paper, several heads of state and government , African film and music stars. at the summit 120 tonnes of ivory will be destroyed please see the DAILY NATION http://www.nation.co.ke
  • all this will bring a whole lot of very important attention both media and social media, good to have media operators coming, Sir David Attenborough will attract mass coverage, possible BBC interest, Tao Ming will attract Chinese interest, perhaps an Elton John song, I am not that keen on celebtries for their own sake, but in this case it could bring a whole lot of very necessary attention
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a people's committee directive in the da nang area of Vietnam has directed all government employees to strictly comply with all wildlife laws and to avoid giving or receiving any relevant gifts. they have been directed to strictly enforce wildlife laws including in tourist markets and restaurants , and no resale of anything that has been impounded

 

please see http://www.traffic.org

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a report published in the daily maverick http://qwww.dailymaverick.co.za called markets of death begins 15 feb 2016 gives more interesting details of the Chinese operated casinos in Laos, they are well and truly out of order. There is some interesting information not in the EIA report SIN CITY

 

There is a whole lot of illegal wildlife products on offer, if you don't pay your debt to the casino they will put you in jail, if your family does not pay up, you will be taken into the forest and shot.

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part 2 of markets for death blood permit has come out http://www.dailymaverick.co.za

 

it deals with the failings of CITES and the huge problems with the issuing of their permits , which are affected by corruption .

 

there are serious problems with the live primate trade

 

an important report to look at is the transparency bulletin dated 15 feb 2013 called WILDLIFE CRIME AND CORRUPTION please see http://www.u4.no

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Cambodia is only now bringing charges over a 3000 kg ivory case from 2014

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  • the DAILY MAVERICK has published the 3rd part of the series markets for death which emphases the influence of Chinese market demand for ivory and rhino horn

traffic has published a report on the use of facebook books in Malaysia for promoting illegal wildlife sales in Malaysia including animals captured in the wild for the pet trade, 14 facegroup groups have 68,000 active members please see TRADING FACES A RAPID ASSESMENT at http://www.traffic.org

wild aid has launched a childrens picture book and brief animated film called THE GREAT RACE on the elephant situation

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ELEPHANTS

 

The 2015 MIKE analysis on elephant deaths is now out and the situation is not good

 

please see http://www.cities.org/eng/prog/mike then go to the column on the side, the report can be found under data and reports

 

sorry the links are not working and the news is no good

 

deaths from poaching increased in 2006 and peaked in 2011, there has been some decrease in poaching since then but it is far too high

 

the latest rate is 60% of elephant deaths are due to poaching, deaths exceed births and things are in a serious mess

 

SOUTH SUDAN

 

the humanitarian crisis brought on by drought and civil war is getting worse

 

also there is a sharp rise in environmental problems commercial bush meat poaching of antelopes, elephant poaching, ivory smuggling, logging of trees , charcoal production , and forest damage from gold production.

 

the civil war has both the government and the rebels gunning down on a large scale elephants for ivory ; and giraffes and antelopes for bushmeat

 

this leaves elephants, giraffe and tiang antelopes at risk of extinction

 

it is not safe to do wildlife surveys as low flying aircraft are likely to be shot at

 

please see ALARMING RISE IN S SUDAN WILDLIFE SLAUGHTER 3 MARCH YAHOO NEWS http://news.yahoo.com

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United for wildlife is one of the organization that prince Williams works through. one of their major moves is an attempt to eliminate the illegal wildlife trade from major transport groups.

 

the Buckingham palace declaration has just been issued , the full text and members list can be found at http://www.traffic.org

 

there are 40 members for the declaration including DP world owners of the world's largest sea ports , massive couriers DHL, Maersk the world's largest shipping company, several shipping groups and airlines, international air transport association lines association, airport council international, china post,china shipping, Japanese shipowners association and the world customs organization.

 

they aim to eliminate illegal wildlife trade from their cargo and will cooperate with law enforcement agencies

 

prince William's speech can be found at http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk

 

this is all very good to see

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Malawi is becoming an increasing shipping point for the illegal wildlife trade

 

the British government has granted aid to fund a specalised wildlife crime unit

 

please see http://www.ifaw.org

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Looks like more trade is now going via Uganda 4000 kg of ivory was impounded for 2014-2015

 

please see Uganda confiscates 4000 kgs of ivory http://www.allafrica.com dated 16 march 2016

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  • this is very good and suprising news a large bull elephant wanders 220 km from the Tana river delta in from Kenya into Somalia , spends less than 24 hrs there and comes out alive

 

it is the first time an elephant has been seen there for 20 years

 

a large male called Morgan who is monitored by GPS collar did this , it took him 2 weeks and is thought to be motivated by the search for reproductive females

 

 

  • angola has closed down its legal ivory market
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there is talk of Uganda increasing its penalties to be similar to Kenya and Tanzania , as a signal that the illegal wildlife trade is illegal

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oxpeckers reporters have recently written about Zambia and Namibia please see http://www.oxpeckers.org

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12 APRIL CHINESE DEMAND DRIVES ZAMBIA'S AMATEUE IVORY GANGS they are once again involved in poaching in Zimbabwe and Botswana

 

14 MARCH NAMIBIA'S SECRET IVORY BUSINESS a quality detailed article on rhino and elephant poaching

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12 APRIL CHINESE DEMAND DRIVES ZAMBIA'S AMATEUE IVORY GANGS they are once again involved in poaching in Zimbabwe and Botswana

 

14 MARCH NAMIBIA'S SECRET IVORY BUSINESS a quality detailed article on rhino and elephant poaching

 

~ @@COSMIC RHINO

 

The dates above and the comments are serious assertions.

I agree with @@Game Warden that it helps all Safaritalk members and guests if more full support information is included.

When it's lacking, as above, it appears like newswire mini-headlines, rather than serving as a reasoned introduction to serious topics.

What is the source for these assertions? A Web site? A published newspaper? Hearsay?

While the dates are helpful, a URL link or at least the mention of the source would be highly appreciated.

Thank you for bringing such possible concerns to Safaritalk's attention.

Tom K.

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the oxpeckers reporters group is a of investigative reporters who go into the field and observe events

 

they are fully trained and experienced journalist

 

their leader used to work for the MAIL AND GUARDIAN but has gone of to do her more specalised work now , attracting NGO and chartiable funding

 

the MAIL AND GUARDIAN has largely given up on wildlife reporting , possibly the treason for the new group

 

as is common in this area sources are not identified as it can place them in danger

 

with softwear changes here URL links do not work for me here beyond the home pages.

 

copy and past is a total failure , and attemting to put in the full link does not work out.

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