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the 6 suitcases  came from one passenger going from Angolo to Vietnam via Paris  and included 142 kg of ivory

 

those  who try to move illegal wildlife products cover them with tin or aluminium foil  which may confuse the xray machines

 

the choose airports where they think the officals can be paid of to allow things through

 

luggage  is preferred as it is not necessary to lodge declaration forms for the contents of air cargo

 

information is hard to obtain and incomplete but the top nations for wildlife trafficking  for JAN 2009 TO AUG 2016 are china, Thailand, united arab emeirates and kenya

 

Nigeria  is popular with some wildlife  traders as it allows luggage to be checked in without the passenger being present . it is also a place which comes up with the narcotics trade

 

Nigeria has been noted before in CITES reports as an ivory shipping origin points despite lacking any reasonable elephant population 

 

before September 2015  there have been 11 cases detected in Hong kong when  ivory was hidden in a handmade vest worn by the passenger or in their hand luggage

 

15 kg of ivory was hidden in each vest

 

this is an initial report on rhino horn,ivory ,birds and reptiles .  the groups involved in the report intend to update it from time to time 

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44 minutes ago, COSMIC RHINO said:

information is hard to obtain and incomplete but the top nations for wildlife trafficking  for JAN 2009 TO AUG 2016 are china, Thailand, united arab emeirates and kenya

 

before September 2015  there have been 11 cases detected in Hong kong when  ivory was hidden in a handmade vest worn by the passenger or in their hand luggage

 

“china, Thailand, united arab emeirates and kenya”  and  “Hong kong”    are better expressed as “China, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Kenya”  and  “Hong Kong”.

 

Gaining the respect of others around the globe is strengthened when taking time to carefully spell the name of their nations, including capitalization.

 

Doing so shows mutual respect. They deserve to have their national names written with the same care that would be used in writing Sydney, Australia, rather than “sidney, austerallia”.

 

Raising awareness of residents in such countries requires patience and tact, and benefits from respectful writing, including accuracy.

 

Tom K.

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someone  going around with a  custom made vest  weighing 15 kg  would find that very difficult and uncomfortable to wear

 

hiding things in clothing is the same methods as the narcotics trade 

 

in the current security environment that item  would obviously be checked 

 

they were not thinking that  they would get caught

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~ Smugglers have used such methods for centuries.

 

Nothing surprising or new about it.

 

Testing the security system in hopes of finding weakness is an ongoing issue.

 

Vigilance is needed a all points in the international travel system.

 

Tom K.

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Perhaps they think they can bribe their way out of trouble

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19 minutes ago, COSMIC RHINO said:

Perhaps they think they can bribe their way out of trouble

 

~ That's idle speculation.

 

Who knows the thinking of smugglers?

 

Tom K.

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here  is  an investigative series from AL JAZEERA  on rhino poaching in Sth Africa

 

this came out in November 2016 but the issues is still current .  I noticed it as it was repeated in my hotel room in Johannesburg

 

1 A bloody gift in the shape of a souvenir: Rhino horn

Rhino horn smugglers try to stay one step ahead of the authorities.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/bloody-gift-shape-souvenir-rhino-horn-161113121111999.html

 

2 The abusive and bloody business of rhino horn

The illusive "powers" of rhino horn and its black market value encourage poachers and threaten animals.'

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/abusive-bloody-business-rhino-horn-161113115825069.html

 

3 Anger and outrage over widespread rhino horn poaching

Is corruption in South Africa perpetuating poaching?

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/anger-outrage-widespread-rhino-horn-poaching-161113070939949.html

 

4 How conservationists saved one young rhino's life

The story of a shot rhino and how the rescue workers came to its help.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/conservationists-saved-young-rhino-life-161113074934111.html

 

5 The Poachers Pipeline: Exposing wildlife trafficking

Our panellists discuss The Poachers Pipeline, Al Jazeera's investigation into the illegal rhino horn trade.

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2016/12/poacher-pipeline-exposing-wildlife-trafficking-161208142230663.html

 

Watch the full documentary The Poacher's Pipeline here.

 

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When it comes to rhino conservation, Asia and Africa can learn a lot from each other

21 June 2017 / Alex Dudley

Nepal’s successful anti-poaching measures are a model for other countries, while African rhino-range countries excel at marketing wildlife tourism.

 

  • Despite its proximity to Asian markets for trafficked rhino horn, Nepal has lost only four rhinos to poaching since 2011.

  • Experts credit this success to a combination of top-down enforcement and efforts to involve the community in conservation.

  • Protected areas in Africa that have collaborated with area residents have shown promising results, suggesting lessons from Nepal can be successfully applied elsewhere.

  • In turn, conservationists say Nepal can benefit from African countries' expertise in promoting wildlife tourism, and alternate models of benefit sharing.

article  continues 

 

Despite the different cultural dynamics and vast geographic distance between Nepal and African rhino states, the fusion of top-down anti-poaching enforcement with community participation appears to hold the key to preserving rhinos in both.

“It’s fascinating how geographically so distant and culturally so different regions can have…similar kinds of issues and the approaches to address those issues could be so similar,”Lohani said. “There is a lot that Asia can learn from Africa, and Africa can learn from Asia.”

 

 

https://news.mongabay.com/2017/06/when-it-comes-to-rhino-conservation-asia-and-africa-can-learn-a-lot-from-each-other/?n3wsletter&utm_source=Mongabay+Newsletter&utm_campaign=fd2c6212a2-newsletter_2017_06_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_940652e1f4-fd2c6212a2-67239299

 

the best approach combines security  with community benefits

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the  Indian press is advocating  not using ivory  ,so much better to use gemstones   or ivory substitute 

 

please see 

 

 

 

http://www.dnaindia.com/business/report-is-it-ivory-or-elfhie-2480934

 

Though an apple-to-apple price comparison with ivory jewellery is not possible considering it’s long been banned, a pair of diamond earrings crafted from ‘elfhie’ that are set in white and rose gold can command about Rs1.3 lakhs. While a pendant made using elfhie, having diamonds and rubellite and set in white gold, can cost Rs 60,000.

According to luxury jewellery connoisseur Anisha VK, an alternative to ivory in the form of a mineral composite is certainly a good bet for anyone who appreciates fine jewellery collections. “Wearing a pair of earrings made from the ivory lookalike costs less in the pocket and makes the wearer feel responsible towards the environment and wildlife.”


 

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more problems with Japan poor regulations and loose enforcement

 

Ivory seizure exposes Japan’s lax domestic ivory trade controls

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 9:49 TRAFFIC in In Asia, Ivory

Tokyo, Japan, 23rd June 2017—Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced on 20th June the seizure of 18 ivory tusks believed to be in illegal trade in violation of LCES[1], the Japanese legislation that regulates trade in threatened species.

 

http://www.traffic.org/home/2017/6/23/ivory-seizure-exposes-japans-lax-domestic-ivory-trade-contro.html?printerFriendly=true

 

a rainforest plant  is being promoted as an ivory substitute 

This seed can be made to look like ivory. So could it save the elephant?

Alex Gray, World Economic Forum

June 15, 2017

 

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/06/this-seed-can-be-made-to-look-like-ivory-so-could-it-save-the-elephant/

 

possible  issues are that it is not sufficiently luxury or exclusive, and can't be carved into larger pieces

 

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It is interesting to see the head of CITES  publish articles  on the importance of wildlife tourism

 

please  see 

 

The world needs wildlife tourism. But that won't work without wildlife
John Scanlon, The Guardian

June 22, 2017

 

See link for photos.

Wildlife-based tourism is growing rapidly worldwide as the number of tourists continues to grow and as we, as travellers, seek out new and more enriching personal experiences with local cultures and wildlife. This is what inspired me to take six months unpaid leave from the grind of legal practice many years ago and backpack around South America with my little sister. Experiencing the natural beauty of places like the Amazon rainforest, Iguazú Falls and Machu Picchu and the local people fighting to protect them was life-changing.

 

article  continues

 

How operators engage with their staff, customers and local communities, and where they choose to invest, can change the trajectory of the survival of our wildlife. By doing the right thing tourism operators will not just be protecting wildlife. They will be investing in maintaining the core natural asset that underpins their own wildlife tourism venture

 

But operators can’t do it alone. How we behave as individual tourists is ultimately what counts, and that is our choice. We have a personal responsibility to hold operators’ feet to the fire. We cannot support the bad ones, no matter how good the price. And let us never forget: wildlife and the local people living among it are to be not just enjoyed but respected by all of us.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/22/the-world-needs-wildlife-tourism-but-that-wont-work-without-wildlife

 
 

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lion populations are falling , there is nothing good about the trade in lion bone or canned hunting

this decision is very bad

 

Cape Town – The South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has blatantly ignored public opinion by formally approving the export of 800 lion skeletons to Asia this year. This in spite of international condemnation from conservationists and local stakeholders.

 

report continues

 

https://conservationaction.co.za/media-articles/sa-ignores-outcry-gives-go-ahead-sell-800-lion-skeletons-asia/

 

here is the official announcement of the decision  .

 

https://www.environment.gov.za/mediarelease/lionexportquota_communicatedtocitessecretariat

 

so everything is being turned into a commodity  , when the proposal was announced it was seen as catering to the canned hunting industry , something I have no time for

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This is all a sad mess

 

2 Chinese nationals arrested at OR Tambo with 10 rhino horns in luggage

12 JUNE 2017  Simon Bloch, News24 Correspondent

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/2-chinese-nationals-arrested-at-or-tambo-with-10-rhino-horns-in-luggage-20170612

 

Understanding the intricacies of rhino immobilisation

30 May 2017  UNIV OF PRETORIA VET SCIENCE SCHOOL

 

nothing is simple or easy, the process involves a whole lot of stress for the rhino

http://www.up.ac.za/en/news/post_2489432-understanding-the-intricacies-of-rhino-immobilisation

 

 

the government performance with protecting rhinos  is appauling..leaving no one with confidence  or poachers with a reason to stop

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Reading the poaching news is appauling 

 

huhluwe imfolozi is being deliberately targeted as a large population of rhinos, they are now being quickly murdered

 

so the officials figures just give sth Africa total and kruger , but this does not stop someone coming out with the KZ Natal numbers

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legalising the lion bone trade will not necessarily control it

 

please see   

Possession of lion body parts and ivory – two arrested (South Africa)

Letaba Herald

June 28, 2017

See
link for photos.
The Acornhoek police have arrested three men in separate cases, two in possession of a lion head and claws and one in possession of an elephant tusk.


brief report  continues 

http://letabaherald.co.za/40086/men-arrested-in-possession-of-lion-head-and-ivory/

 

the police recived tipoffs for both the ivory and the lion bones 

 

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the talk is of  the ivory  trade closing down , but there is still evidence of things continuing

 

The Shuidong Connection: Exposing the global hub of the illegal ivory trade  is the result of a 3 year undercover EIA investigation  

 

please see  https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/EIA-The-Shuidong-Connection-FINAL.pdf

 

this  small town accounts for about 80% of the illegal ivory received in China from Africa 

 

there are about 20 sindicates involved  in ivory,rhino horn,pangolin scales ,shark fin etc

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the trade is going  nowhere in a hurry

they have local contacts, visit to make sure the quality is good, bribe customs and freight officials ,hide the cargo as plastic pellets, use well known smuggling routes with assistants to help, send via reload destinations to create confusion ,change between illegal wildlife products according to supply and demand , invest profits  into new shipments

 

all familiar methods I read in report after report

 

all this coming out of a well established sea trading town  which began by selling sea cucumbers

 

this is a horror

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looks like according to the Conservation Action Trust ,Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife  is in a real mess

 

for the article please see http://www.iol.co.za/news/opinion/ezemvelo-kzn-wildlife-in-turmoil-after-political-interference-10126958

 

  • a whole lot of the budget  goes on very high pay for senior executives at a time when the basic operation staff go unpaid
  • the work of a 2014 government task force  resulted in the suspension of the former CEO
  • the auditors from treasury have   queried the qualifications of 2 board members.one being  a defence force sports and fitness instructor ,the other  being an ANC youth league representative and library assistant
  • the services operational budget has been reduced by  30%, they don't have enough to pay for fuel or  poaching patrols on overtime
  • board appointments are opaque leading to a lack of confidence
  • people in the executive speaking in confidence says it is full of politics, does not communicate with  the operational staff and is about to go to tge dogs
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the Endangered Wildlife Trust has issued a statement on the Sth African government proposed authorized lion bone trade

 

please  see  https://conservationaction.co.za/resources/reports/ewt-response-dea-announcement-captive-lion-bone-export-quota-800-carcasses/

 

amongst other things it states

 

 

  • it could result in the poaching  of wild lions
  • the captive lion breeding industry does not contributed to substainable responsible use of resources
  • lion bone trade could be linked to other types of illegal wildlife trade, as lion bone was been found when rhino horn has been impounded by the police
  • the captive lion industry has no clear community benefit
  • it will damage the reputation of the nation
  • the decision was made with minimal public consultation
  • it treats lions as a commodity  for intensive management

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there are ongoing problems with ivory , covered  in amongst other places

 Gangs will do what it takes to meet demand for ivory
Debi Edward, ITV News
July 4, 2017 


http://www.itv.com/news/2017-07-04/gangs-will-do-what-it-takes-to-meet-demand-for-ivory/

 

which deals with Laos ,then the reuse of CITES certificates in China, then the EIA report

 

reading The Shuidong Connection: Exposing the global hub of the illegal ivory trade  in detail is disturbing

 

they treat it like just a business , loose one shipment per year, but stay away from the ivory so they can't be arrested  for it , in one year one of the groups sent 20 shipments 

 

I am impressed by how the undercover investigators got so close to the trade kingpins

 

the report mentions that illegal traders like selling pangolin scales as it has a high profit margin and gets lower security checking than ivory or rhino horn

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  • this is the group who decided  to deliberately sell forest  elephant ivory as its price is much higher 
  • the declared legal cargo is carefully selected  so it sounds right for the area of dispatch and is unlikely to be  checked by customs
  • the practice of investing the profits from  just completed ivory shipment in one which goes into planning very soon  just produces death ,death and more death going on and on

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forest elephant ivory called yellow ivory  sells for USD 150 per kg  above grassland elephant white ivory in China

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reading the full report is amazingly bad

  • they deal with wholesale deals only and keep minimal contact with actual ivory
  • if they are not seen with it they can't be held responsible or arrested
  • those do the transport are listed on the shipping docs
  • the bribes are more expensive than what they pay to the poachers
  • how bad is the corruption in Nigeria ? customs are around for the weighing of the ivory and charge USD  30 for kg to guarantee that it leaves  port without being checked

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as China is meant to be closing for business more ivory could be directed elsewhere

 

massive seizure  still going on 

 

we are living in revolting times 

 

please  see the guardian report  if you don't want to be exposed to images  of gross cruelty  

 

Three arrested after Hong Kong customs seizes 7.2 tonnes of ivory from ‘frozen fish’ container in record HK$72 million bust
Christy Leung & Raquel Carvalho, South China Morning Post
July 6, 2017

See 
link for photo & graphics.

 



http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2101523/record-ivory-haul-worth-hk72-million-seized-hong-kong 

 
Hong Kong authorities seize 'record' ivory haul
Arthur Neslen, The Guardian


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/06/hong-kong-authorities-seize-record-ivory-haul

 

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the hong kong seizure is  massive

 

the largest in 30 years  and 1 1/2 times  larger than all illegal ivory seizures Jan 2014 to June 2017

 

customs decided to check it as the declared content of the container would only occupy 1/2 the available volume 

 

all the reports are saying that  HK is an easy touch due to the low penalties in the law , the time for a total ban is now and illegal ivory is likely to be moved to China and surrounding nations 

 

now there is another seizure

 

Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly three tonnes of ivory hidden among boxes of fruit, officials said Sunday, the latest haul to spotlight the country's key role in the global wildlife smuggling trade.

Police in the central province of Thanh Hoa found 2.7 tonnes of tusks inside cartons on the back of a truck that was on its way to Hanoi, according to a report on their website.


report  continues   

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-tonnes-ivory-seized-vietnam_1.html

 

most concerningly state media reported that the tusks come from south africa

 

adding HK and Vietnam together ,that  makes 10 tonnes seized in one week

 

it is widely believed that Vietnam is an ivory shipping point for China  and market surveys show extensive shop sales to their tourists

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