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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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Posted (edited)

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

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further news about Wayne Lotter

 

from THE CITIZEN

 

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Inside-the-elite-team-risking-their-lives-to-save-elephants/1840340-4063840-hj7jabz/index.html

 

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/How-anti-poaching-hero-was-shot-dead/1840340-4062816-giw7xv/index.html

 

 

from THE GUARDIAN   


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/18/wayne-lotter-police-believe-killers-followed-and-targeted-wildlife-champion-who-was-shot-and-killed-this-week

 

  • he had a personal driver who he had used  for 10 years  
  • the Tanzanian police believed that his killer had followed him
  • I wonder how safe his wife and family are
  • perhaps they could  move to South Africa , but UK or Canada could be a better option
  • I have concerns for Iain Douglas Hamilton ,Richard Leakey and Paula Kahumba

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Rhino Man Michael Werikhe died in 1999 as a result of being clubbed on the street walking between home and the bus stop

 

no one has been brought to justice for this

Edited by COSMIC RHINO

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this is very concerning 
 

Poaching Task Team investigators have arrested a 68-year-old farm manager in the Timbavati after they discovered ten rhino horns, two large elephant tusks, 11 hunting rifles, of which four are unlicensed, over 1300 rounds of live ammunition and over 150 empty cartridges were seized by the members. All 11 rifles, including the licensed weapons, were confiscated and sent for ballistic testing

 

report continues 
 

 


http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/rhino-horns-elephant-tusks-and-weapons-discovered-at-game-reserve-20170819



 

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Thanks for these updates @Cosmic Rhino - though most are sad news indeed...

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the  woman  who was sitting next to Wayne  is lucky to be alive 

 

the assin  could  have killed them all Wayne Lotter , his work partner and his long term driver

 

could be a contract killer  who thinks he can get away with it

 

It is best that his family moves 

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Namibia  has serious trouble, there is talk of sending in 500  army commandos as a anti poaching force, the Etosha national park  800 km long fence  is in serious disrepair  as local people have curt into it.  the lack of a proper fence creates conflict with pastoral communities when lions wander in

 

please see 


https://www.namibiansun.com/news/from-war-to-wildlife/

 

 

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The Mozambican Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development announced here on Monday that 20 Tanzanian citizens will be deported for their involvement in poaching in northern Mozambique. They had

been sentenced to three or four years in prison and fines of one million meticais (about $16,393) for killing endangered animals, mostly elephants and rhinos, in northern province of Niassa, which is bordered by Tanzania.

 

please see  http://allafrica.com/stories/201708230145.html

 

this was done to relieve crowding in the jails 

 

things are going wrong in many areas at the same time 

 

give the people an interest in the environment through community conservation and things improve

 



 

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the Kenya wildlife service is increasing the number of prosecutors for wildlife crime from 4 to 14

 

fortunately space for giants has helped  select them

 

please see 

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/campaigns/elephant-campaign/kenya-to-increase-the-number-of-wildlife-crime-prosecutors-to-win-the-battle-against-poaching-a7917636.html

 

the GUARDIAN has published  a new article about China and ivory  .please see

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/29/story-behind-china-ivory-ban

 

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for an interesting brief article please  see

 

Chinese Organised Crime And Africa
By Dr. Gary K. Busch 13/4/10
Apr 15, 2010 - 8:57:59 AM

 

http://www.ocnus.net/artman2/publish/Editorial_10/Chinese-Organised-Crime-And-Africa.shtml

 

 

for a good general article with some detail on a key Kenyan  case   please see

'They're like the mafia': the super gangs behind Africa's poaching crisis
Tristan McConnell, The Guardian
August 19, 2017

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/19/super-gangs-africa-poaching-crisis

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Ivory trade continued in the DRC according to a   Traffic  study confirms that the ivory market in Kinshasa remains opengiven that ivory products are openly displayed from time to timethe overall market tendency seems to indicate the trade is shifting underground in the face of increased law enforcement actions.

Although Kinshasa is not a major centre for domestic ivory consumption, the city does serve as a conduit for the exportation of ivory to major consumption centres elsewhere, especially those in Asian countries.

 

report continues  http://www.traffic.org/home/2017/8/30/kinshasas-ivory-market-still-flourishing-finds-traffic-study.html

 

from 2015 to 2016 the DRC was identified as the source origin of 3,745 kg of ivory seized in Angola, Hong Kong SAR, Kenya, Malaysia, Belgium, China, Ethiopia, France and Thailand

 

the generally quoted ratio is that only about 10% of the illegal trade  is uncovered

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A BRIEFING ON LARGE-SCALE IVORY SEIZURES AND CONVICTIONS 

 

Environmental Investigation Agency briefing Aug 2017

 

there has been a  whole lot of  large ivory  seizures but not many prosecutions , some more are in process

 

this does not look good , those involved are getting away  without any punishment 

 

please see  https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/Ivory-Convictions-Briefing-FINAL.pdf
 

with additional information  3 separate listings    https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/Government-Stockpile-Thefts-Simplified-Data.pdf

 

https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/Ivory-Conviction-Map-Data-Final.pdf

 

https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/Large-Scale-Ivory-Seizure-Map-2000-July-2017.pdf

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since the year 2000 on the EIAS date base  there is 249,381.94 kg of ivory equal to about  27,180 dead elephants

 

converting ivory to elephants is complex, but one attempt is 1 METRIC  TON = 108.99  DEAD ELES , this is based  on seizures noted  in  DEAD OR ALIVE report David Sheldrick  foundation 2014

 

http://iworry.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Dead-or-Alive-Final-LR.pdf

 

it is estimated that seizures only account for about 10% of the illegal  trade

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in STH Africa and elsewhere things have to go for more than just the ground level poacher in law enforcement operation , something that  is very obvious  and something not done that  much

 

they need to get at the organized criminals behind it 

 

please  see Wildlife crime: why diverse data will drive better responses  

 

https://issafrica.org/iss-today/wildlife-crime-why-diverse-data-will-drive-better-responses

 

something  very worthwhile, there is discussion that the same level organized  criminals are involved in wildlife , narcotics , illegal weapons and human trafficking

 

the wildlife profits are invested there

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here is another article on Hong Kong ivory 

 

the trade had major problems and the ban should be  well before  2021 as supported  by local opinion polls

 

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/05/typical-web-conflicting-political-business-interests-hong-kong-needs-total-ivory-ban/

 

A typical web of conflicting political and business interests: Why Hong Kong needs a total ivory ban  Ilaria Maria Sala, Opinion/Hong Kong Free Press 5 SEP 2017 .


 

 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11th September 2017—Thousands of elephant tusks, pangolin scales, live animals and wildlife parts have been seized across Malaysia in major wildlife crime busts by two enforcement agencies in recent weeks.

 

REPORT CONTINUES   http://www.traffic.org/home/2017/9/11/malaysian-enforcement-blazes-a-sizzling-trail-with-a-spate-o.html

 

seizures  include 

 

  •  three tonnes of elephant tusks and five tonnes of pangolin scales at the Sepanggar Port on 29 Aug .
  • 29 July 8 tonnes of pangolin scales  at the same port 
  • assorted bear and tiger parts 

life is suffering an a whole lot goes on here 

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I found this from a while ago 

 

Environmental Investigation Agency   march 2017  https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/Chinas-revised-Wildlife-Protection-Law-EIA-concerns-and-opportunities-1.pdf  

 

China’s Revised Wildlife Protection Law: Concerns and Opportunities

 

There are serious things her including  

 

Possession of illegally-sourced wildlife and wildlife products is not criminalised

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the whole approach  is on wildlife as a commodity

 

items impounded should not be put up for auction

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Edited by COSMIC RHINO

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