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working out ivory seizures ass dead elephants is not easy, however this was done with a big data  set by the David  Sheldrick foundation in their  2014 report DEAD OR ALIVE 

 

1 metric ton is about 108.99 dead elephants , please see http://iworry.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Dead-or-Alive-Final-LR.pdf

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Japan’s e-commerce giant, Rakuten, Inc. is banning ivory sales from its online retail site, Rakuten-Ichiba. The new policy prohibiting sales of ivory and products made of Bekko (Hawksbill Turtle shell) was introduced on 1st July.

 

Please see http://www.traffic.org/home/2017/7/10/japans-e-commerce-giant-rakuten-to-end-online-ivory-sales.html

 

most of the sales are hanko name seals

 

there are extensive abuses in the Japanese ivory market , it is good to see some improvement

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now lions are being poisoned  for the bone trade in Limpopo National Park , Mozambique  

 

well the term intensive protection zone does not have that much meaning when poachers  get in an uses snares and poison

 

3 dead lions and 1 j hyena have been found

 

  the poison is most likely to be Temic , which is stronger than arsenic   

 

the Peace Parks Foundation believe that  the local villages could be involved

 

please see https://conservationaction.co.za/recent-news/lions-poisoned-for-bone-trade-in-limpopo-national-park/

 

the death of the hyena is an indication of how random  results from snares and poison can be ,any animal in the area could be at risk

 

a live nyala was released from  a snare

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younger Chinese  have different  attitudes  to animals  no ivory, shark fin soup, dog meat ,traditional animal based medicines etc

 

under the one child policy they are well treated like little emperors or empresses , and are changing the attitudes of older people

 

please see

Chinese Youth Embrace New Attitudes Toward Pets and Wildlife  Rachael Bale, National Geographic July 12, 2017

 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/wildlife-watch-china-changing-animal-protection/ 

 

 

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Kenya  arrests  from wildlife trade 

 

  • around now 200 kg ivory,96 kg pangolin scales sourced from the central African republic  ,several kg rhino rhino
  • 216 kg ivory on June 27
  • 2 infamous accused rhino poachers recently arrested 

please  see


https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001247206/10-key-dealers-nabbed-and-289-kilos-of-ivory-seized

 

perhaps  there is a crackdown in China   recently police arrested 10 people over illegal market stall sales of 3,185 ivory items with a total weight of 48.3 kg  from  the  Guanxin Market in Chaoyang District. 

 

please see 


http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nation/Beijing-raid-seizes-thousands-of-suspected-ivory-products/shdaily.shtml 

 

this is minor but it was not overlooked

 

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Hanoi, Viet Nam, 12th July 2017—Following a record number of rhino horn seizures in Viet Nam in the first half of 2017, national authorities have provided samples for further intelligence gathering through advanced DNA testing in South Africa.

 

report  continues  http://www.traffic.org/home/2017/7/13/viet-nam-provides-rhino-horn-samples-to-south-africa-for-dna.html

 

this comes under the inter government memo of understanding

 

this trade fills me with shame a disgust

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there is a major rhino poaching problem with  Kruger National Park in South Africa, - Anti-poaching advocates near Kruger say hope lies in basic education and jobs in tourism, which they aim to provide. ,report continues  ,please see

 

On poaching in South Africa, education “has saved more wildlife than any guard with a gun”

https://news.mongabay.com/2017/07/on-poaching-in-south-africa-education-has-saved-more-wildlife-than-any-guard-with-a-gun/?n3wsletter&utm_source=Mongabay+Newsletter&utm_campaign=1e5a940559-newsletter_2017_07_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_940652e1f4-1e5a940559-67239299

 

it is all rather basic and needs to be done
 

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The STH African NGO outraged citizens against poaching is less than impressed  with the lack of rhino poaching stats  and prosecutions  and the figures for elephant poaching

 

this is with good reason

 

the official ele poaching for 2016 was 46, OCAP says it should be 78 elephants

 

please see 

ShockWildlifeTruths: 'Elephant poaching is on the rise' (South Africa)Janine Avery, Traveller24July 18, 2017

 


http://www.traveller24.com/Explore/Green/shockwildlifetruths-elephant-poaching-is-on-the-rise-20170718

 

 

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the Environmental Investigation  agency has released a report THE LION'S SHARE on how the Sth African trade in lion bones and other body parts is actually a cover for the trade in tiger body parts

 

please see https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Lions-Share-FINAL.pdf

 

lion farming  is actually a massive industry in Sth Africa with up to 200 facilities  covering all but 1 province  

 

there are also 280 tigers kept in 44 facilities

 

they are nothing more than a cover for the trade in critically endangered tigers who are presently affected by increased poaching

 

bones ,teeth and claws of the 2 animals can only be separated by forensic testing 

 

lion body parts are not an established part of Chinese traditional medicine , the only interest in them is to pass it of as massively expensive tiger body parts

 

all tiger trade is banned under the CITES convention

 

based on CITES figures  the STH African trade in lion body parts with China and SE Asia  for the period 2008 to 2012 was 3,402 skeletons , 1,013 full bodies  ,218 teeth and over 800 claws

 

the EIA study  makes extensive reference to an earlier report   from Traffic  from July 2015  a review of lion bones trade in Sth  Africa  Bones of Contention: An assessment of the South African trade in African Lion bones and other body parts (PDF, 5 MB).

 

http://www.traffic.org/home/2015/7/16/new-study-throws-light-on-south-africas-lion-bone-trade.html

 

I have just recently looked at it , it is interesting and informative

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I have just come across this

 

the rhino horn trade is alive and well in China , so the law is not well enforced

 

they have a much longer report for law enforcement only

 

Los Angeles, July 18, 2017. Elephant Action League (EAL) is proud to release GRINDING RHINO, a public report detailing another expansive and successful undercover investigative operation. In response to unprecedented growth in rhinoceros poaching rates in the past ten years, and enduring consumer demand for rhinoceros horn in both China and Vietnam, EAL commenced Operation Red Cloud in August 2016 and ended it in June 2017. 

 summary continues  https://elephantleague.org/grinding-rhino-report/

 

report  https://elephantleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Grinding-Rhino-July2017-Elephant-Action-League.pdf

 

guide to reading the  report  https://elephantleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Grinding-Rhino-Guide-on-How-to-Read-the-Report.pdf

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I have just glanced at this new report, it is the result an 11 month operation involving a lot of undercover work ,complete with transcripts of recorded conversations

 

a few points from the summary

 

  • rhino horn is moved from Vietnam  to China using  concealed corrupt  smuggling  methods
  • similar routes are used for other illegal trades like weapons and narcotics
  • rhino horn was found in nearly all the places the investigators visited
  • the investigators found large amounts of other wildlife products including ivory, tiger and bear body parts and snow leopard skins
  • dealers keep low stock levels of rhino horn , mainly sourcing things when they get a request from a established customer, a tactic to avoid legal trouble

one of the people interviewed in Vietnam tells of a friend who was caught with 2 tons of ivory, detained 2 days then paid  a bribe of RMD 4 million ,about USD 590 ,000  to avoid 7 years jail  (please see page 26 of the report )

 

they have prepared a confidential intelligence brief for law enforcement authorities in China, Vietnam and  the USA which they hope will be used to good effect

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so China has banned the rhino horn trade ,but it goes on, just go to a rosewood furniture or antiques dealer

 

perhaps they are acting to please the world, them just going on with whatever they want

 

the report notes that illicit goods are even sent via registered courier services

 

rough   prices per ounce in USD

 

 

  • gold 1260
  • platinum 950
  • rhino horn generally 3750
  • the surveys for the recent report notes some recent decreases in the black market rhino horn 935 to 1870 per ounce
  • so called medical horn is cheaper  than polished horn for cups ,pendants etc

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a whole lot of the business  is done via we chat  mobile  app and 3rd party payment system alipay

 

goods are moved between Vietnam  and China using smuggling operations , not necessarily using established border posts in order to skip the security checks

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Deadly Profits: Illegal Wildlife Trafficking through Uganda and South Sudan

 

This is a report from the research based NGO ENOUGH PROJECT  dealing with the illegal wildlife trade going through those countries , mainly originating from Garamba  national park  in the DRC , some places in the Sth Sudan ,Uganda and parts of West Africa  .  Amongst other things there are problems with pangolins ,ivory and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

 

for the full report  please   see  https://enoughproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DeadlyProfits_July2017_Enough_final_web-1.pdf

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GRINDING  RHINO

 

  • rhino horn is often sent with rosewood or coffee
  • the traders have great difficulty of retting any Asian rhino horn
  • the irregular border crossings just require bribes ,no passport is needed
  • a whole lot of the sales to dealers in an around Hanoi are to Chinese visitors
  • a whole lot of the sales from Vietnam and sent ino China
  • it is posible  for dealers in Vietnam to send by courier to an address in China
  • sometimes the dealers go to Africa to inspect the goods to check for quality before arranging delivery
  • the undercover agents were given a pangolin meat meal by the dealers
  • customers make a deposit then balance when the goods are available
  • these are not deals yiu can cancel, in one case balance  payment was not forthcoming, the dealer visited the customer, bashed them ,then the balance came
  • the dealers are talking rhino extinction in 5 to 10 years

 

this makes me prounndly sad

 

DEADLY PROFITS 

 

  • the miltitary and police from Sth Sudan are involved in poaching in Garamba national park DRC
  • there are big problems  with the ugandan wildlife authority
  • the special wildlife court sounds interesting but it slow and yet to make any convictions
  • they supposedly authorised pangolin harvesting from the wild
  • low level operators have been arrested in Uganda but no one high up

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‘Poacher kills’ over 100 elephants (Zimbabwe)Leonard Ncube & Ngobile Tshili, The ChronicleJuly 22, 2017


Police have arrested a suspected poacher for allegedly poisoning over 100 elephants using cyanide at Hwange National Park

 

STORY CONTINUES 

 


http://www.chronicle.co.zw/poacher-kills-over-100-elephants/

 

these  offences go back to 2013 

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More than 240 elephants poached since 2014 (Namibia) New Era July 24, 2017 
 

  • since  2014 245 elephants have been poached including 17 this year , with rhinos it is 241 poached  including 18 this year
  • 246 arrests have been made since 2014

please see 

https://www.newera.com.na/2017/07/24/more-than-240-elephants-poached-since-2014/

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More bad news from Sth Africa  on rhinos  

 

  • the annual poaching murders could easily be 1,000 or more for 5 years in a row
  • the minister is pleased that the deaths are down in the Kruger region , but it looks like the action has moved elsewhere , mainly to KZ Natal
  • for JAN to JUNE the deaths are 534 for 2016 and 529 for 2017
  • a bad figure ,almost unchanged
  • these are not the full figures ,the landscape is massive not all the dead bodies show up immediately
  • the Kruger area elephant poaching whilst still low is massively up on last year
  • dudious cop shoot in an encounter with police in Hluhluwe  KZ NATAL

please  see

 

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during July  in the Ngamiland area  17 elephants were poached

there is also a problem with bushmeat

please  see   Elephant Poaching On The Rise (Botswana) Boniface Keakabetse, The Monitor July 26, 2017 


http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=70434&dir=2017/july/24

 

this is concerning  given the lack of a problem in Botswana, I hope it is not the start of a trend
 

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Authorities fighting poaching in Mozambique and Tanzania have captured an important figure in the slaughter of elephants in the Niassa National Reserve. This is Mateso Albano Kasian, a Tanzanian citizen with a Mozambican identity card, who is suspected of being the accomplice of the group of Chinese citizens from the city of Shuidong who dominate the ivory trade to Asia via the port of Pemba

 

please see   
http://clubofmozambique.com/news/tanzanian-elephant-poaching-kingpin-detained-in-mozambique/

 

the work of these major Chinese traders gas been exposed in a report from the environmental investigation agency  please see   https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/EIA-The-Shuidong-Connection-FINAL-1.pdf

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it has recently been game ranger day 

 

for Africa in the past 12 months 55 rangers and other wildlife workers have died 

 

many  rangers do not have proper  insurance 

 

there is talk of a life insurance scheme  with an annual  premium of USD 302  to pay a benefit  of USD 20,000   to family in the event of death

 

 

please see 

 

New Move to Support Game Rangers At Risk
News24  July 31, 2017 


http://allafrica.com/stories/201707310456.html

 

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Malaysia has had  8 seizures of ivory and pangolin scales this year , the total is 1.7 tonnes of pangolin scales  and 958 kg of ivory 

 

please  see  http://www.traffic.org/home/2017/8/2/malaysia-makes-its-eighth-african-pangolin-scale-and-ivory-s.html?printerFriendly=true

 

very concerning when the informed estimate is that 10% of the illegal wildlife trade is impounded by customs

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looks like Chinese carvers are substituting  mammoth  ivory for elephant ivory 

 

please see

 


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/world/asia/china-elephant-mammoth-ivory.html

 

the carvers like the results , hope they keep to this and nothing from a currently living animal

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  • here is an interesting article which deals  with issues of hunting and rhino poaching

 

Kruger Park, South Africa: Where black poachers are hunted as much as their prey
Nina Burleigh, Newsweek  August 8, 2017


http://www.newsweek.com/2017/08/18/trophy-hunting-poachers-rhinos-south-africa-647410.html

 

the quest for economic justice has never been serious , this creates multiple  problems 

 

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