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major reports of illegal wildlife trade eles, rhinos etc

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N$20,000 fine for ivory smugglers (Namibia)
New EraAugust 7, 2017 



Windhoek-Chinese nationals Xinxi Xue and Ruhe Zhang were fined N$20,000 each by the court last week for their attempt to smuggle ivory to China.

 

report continues 


https://www.newera.com.na/2017/08/07/n20000-fine-for-ivory-smugglers/

 

This leaves me far from impressed , the punishment is weak and does not give others a reason not to join in this activity 

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the Traffic Japan online ivory report is just being summarised here

 

Online retailers in Japan not doing enough to stop illegal ivory trade: report
Daisuke Kikuchi, The Japan Times August 9, 2017 


https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/09/national/online-retailers-japan-not-enough-stop-illegal-ivory-trade-report/#.WYt5mVGGO1s

 

 

there is no attempt to defend the trade


 

 

 

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a traffic survey  of the ivory market in china has found

 

  • a decrease in both prices and the stock offered for sale
  • all closed outlets were not openly offering ivory for sale, one of them tried to sell it illegally in secret
  • as previously reported  attempts were made to sell ivory at legal outlets without the registration card

 

Please see  http://www.traffic.org/home/2017/8/11/new-study-finds-chinas-ivory-market-shrinking-ahead-of-incom.html

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At least five Mozambican police officers and two others from the customs department have been suspended pending dismissal and are facing both disciplinary action and criminal charges in connection with their alleged role in the smuggling of rhino horns and elephants tusks out of the country, state radio reported on Sunday. 

report continues 


http://apanews.net/en/news/mozambique-police-customs-officers-nabbed-for-abetting-ivory-smuggling

 

this is not a good look

 

they are based at the international l airport and are accused of assisting ivory and rhino horn being sent to Malaysia

 

 

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Traffic  reports with ivory  in China   post #278 continued

  • a move away from first tier cities  Biejing,Shanghai ,Guangzhou and Tianjin where security would be expected to be tighter  to a group of 14 tier 2 cities
  • a low level of stock in physical shops , less than 10 items with a shift to internet and social  media where the trade can be hidden, payments encrypted and goods delivered by courier
  • up to 40 key words can bee used  to describe ivory to fool security checks
  • the sites use photos and videos to market their stock 
  • there is uncertainty about the policy on for any unsold stock as  of 31 DEC 2017
  • the trade is seriously down but still not trusted  or understood
  • there is a need to announce a policy for stock unsold as of 31 Dec
  • some dealers think that the trade may be reopened at some point of time in future 

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The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.

Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot him.


report continues 


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/17/leading-elephant-conservationist-ivory-shot-dead-in-tanzania

 

he was associated with the vital   anti poaching support given by the Pams foundation

 

I am disturbed by this development

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it is  not  care, protect or advocate  for endangered  wildlife in Africa

 

things are not safe Kukki Gallaman  was shot in April  

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/23/world/africa/kuki-gallmann-i-dreamed-of-africa-shot-kenya.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

 

perhaps others are at risk 

 

others areas of the world are also unsafe, Brazil heads the global witness  list  of nations for murder of land rights activists

Edited by COSMIC RHINO

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