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major reports of illegal wildlife trade eles, rhinos etc

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a research  report  of GPS collar readings in the Liakipia-Samburu region during 20002 to 2012 shows  that they move around more at night ,to avoid higher daytime poaching risks 

 

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319406136_Night-day_speed_ratio_of_elephants_as_indicator_of_poaching_levels

 

forest elephants continue to be in difficulty

 

Initial survey results reveal a worrying decline in Guinea's forest elephant population
Lulu Sloane, Phys.Org September 14, 2017 




A new survey by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has highlighted the increasing risk in the density and distribution of forest elephants in Guinea's Ziama Massif forest. This is the first time that such a survey has been attempted since 2004. 

 



https://phys.org/news/2017-09-survey-results-reveal-decline-guinea.html

 

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  • very interesting given how large they are that elephants can move around in the dark., their eyesight must be  much better  than humans

 

 

  • Pretoria, South Africa, 18th September 2017—A TRAFFIC report released today reveals disturbing new evidence that some criminal networks of Chinese origin operating in South Africa are now processing rhino horn locally into beads, bracelets, bangles and powder to evade detection and provide ready-made products to consumers in Asia, mainly in Viet Nam and China.

http://www.traffic.org/home/2017/9/17/organized-criminal-gangs-behind-rhino-horn-processing-in-sou.html?printerFriendly=true

 

this is becoming very sad

 

the Sth African authorities are seriously failing

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the preferred transport is by air  with something which does not have the distinctive rhino horn shape

 

they like busy times when things are less likely to be checked

 

change the way things are done so  the pattern changes so law enforcement does not get used to expecting it

 

send it out it boxes of wine , my response would be that only official exporters are allowed to take out a small quantity of wine for personal use

 

the methods are massively variable  , they  even move it in an ambulance

 

so since it is made into beads etc in sth africa, they end up with powder they also want to send

 

the powder looks a bit white ,anyone with white powder in an airport will have trouble with security , will they try to call it icing sugar?

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  • with all these false declaration of goods I would   create a new offence of falsely declaring  goods in place of restricted wildlife , added 10 years sentence for the added charges

 

sth Africa  is not dealing  well with  things  , time to stop  the nonsense of trespass and weapons charges , yes keep them but add  a specific charge  of poaching  and  economic sabotarge  

 

  •  I  am less than impressed with the infrequent coverage on such issues from the DAILY NATION , now  try the most obvious terms in the search box and it comes back with zero results and comments that you tried to hack  the site
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the way  rhino horns confiscated during law enforcement operations is reported is very approximate

 

as has been shown before the quantity recovered is only a tiny part of the total poached

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  • Police in Vietnam's southern province of Bac Lieu seized 1.4 tons of African elephant ivory on Sunday which had been smuggled into the country via fishing boat from Malaysia.


Vietnam outlawed the ivory trade in 1992, but the country remains a top market for ivory products used for decorative purposes or in traditional medicine, despite the lack of scientific evidence.

Earlier this month, authorities in Saigon also discovered 1.3 tons of ivory hidden in asphalt barrels which was on its way from Africa to Cambodia.

 

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-seizes-1-4-tons-of-african-ivory-smuggled-via-fishing-boat-3644059.html

 

all very upsetting, that legal ban is worthless 

 

Vietnam is both an ivory market and transit country

 

its the not a good look when police try to break the law

 

 

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Here is an interesting brief report GUNS,POISONS AND HORNS    about the illegal wildlife trade  mainly rhinos in Sth Africa

 

 

https://enactafrica.org/research/research-papers/guns-poison-and-horns-organised-wildlife-crime-in-southern-africa  

 

DIRECT LINK  

 

https://issafrica.org/about-us/press-releases/horns-guns-and-drugs-the-real-cost-of-wildlife-crime

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Sep 11, 2017 - The incident monitoring component of the new ENACT project is an effort to systematically record instances of transnational organised crime in ...

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As a source for  the GUNS ,POISON AND HORNS report above mention is made of

 

Hübschle, Annette Michaela (2015) A Game of Horns: Transnational Flows of Rhino Horn. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

 

it looks very interesting, is published in English , and is very detailed

 

please see    http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/6685/  

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the academic journal  CONSERVATION LETTER is now fully  open access, easily searchable and printable

 

of interest amongst other articles are  

 

  • onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-263X.2009.00078.x/abstract
by R Drury - ‎2009 - ‎Cited by 32 - ‎Related articles

Oct 8, 2009 - Reducing urban demand for wild animals in Vietnam: examining the potential of wildlife farming as a conservation tool ... 

 

a piece on  efforts with rhino horn demand in Vietnam

 

 

Endangering the endangered: The effects of perceived rarity on species exploitation

Authors Richard J Hall and others  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-263X.2008.00013.x/fullan

an article on how animals being endangered can increase demand from wildlife products consumers

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