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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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here is a media report advocating controlling wildlife crime by action against the organised criminals  involved and their money flows

 

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-wildlife-crime-experts-money.html

 

its is from a news agency and was also printed in the STH CHINA MORNING POST 

 

here  is the policy document from the united services institute  https://rusi.org/publication/occasional-papers/follow-money-using-financial-investigation-combat-wildlife-crime

 

Follow the money: to combat wildlife trafficking and catch the kingpins, authorities take new approach

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  • this is a very obvious approach  ,attack  their finances and they are in real trouble  
  • The report  FOLLOW THE MONEY  is dedicated  in the memory of Wayne Lotter  

 

an interesting reference is cited  on Namibia      

 

Search Results

[PDF]Namibias Wildlife Poaching and related Money Laundering - Financial ...

https://www.fic.na/.../Namibias%20Wildlife%20Poaching%20and%20related%20Mon...

 

 

 

  1. https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Cny8i7MJzXcJ:https://www.fic.na/uploads/TrendsandTypologies/FICTrendsandTypologyReports/Namibias%2520Wildlife%2520Poaching%2520and%2520related%2520Money%2520Laundering%2520Typology%2520Report.pdf+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au

RHINO AND ELEPHANT POACHING, ILLEGAL TRADE IN RELATED WILDLIFE. PRODUCTS AND ASSOCIATED MONEY LAUNDERING IN NAMIBIA.

 

  • The ivory trade  goes on and on  ,  there is a separate thread on this but I have put it here so the thread includes all major  trade developments  
  • The Ivory Trade of Laos: Now the Fastest Growing in the World

Lucy Vigne & Esmond Martin , Save The Elephants

September 28, 2017

 

LINKS TO FULL REPORT
http://www.savetheelephants.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-Vigne-Lao-Ivory-Report-web.pdf (PDF)

 


Key findings from the report:


The majority of the ivory items seen for sale were machine-made from ivory mostly obtained via Vietnam and Thailand from recently poached African elephants.
Law enforcement is almost totally lacking, with large numbers of ivory items smuggled into Laos, for sale openly in new Chinese shops, sold mainly to Chinese customers.


Mainland Chinese buy over 80% of the ivory items in Laos today.

 

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I find the recent switch of supply to Laos since the big burn and the Chinese ban on ivory very similar to what happened when China clamped down on rhino horn. The market simply gets more embedded in the criminal supply chain. 

 

The ivory burn publicity stunt has been a criminal waste of a resource and has only made the situation worse. I hope that one day the people who have done this will be held accountable. 

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Organised crime is not easy to deal with , but it does a whole lot of damage to society 

 

as opposed to other activities it would appear that environmental crime is getting it easy , and what a bad decision their profits get reinvested in other criminal activities and damage tourism

 

go easy on ivory ,rhino horn, cats, rare timbers and you are effectively choosing to grow the narcotics trade

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the trade in hippo teeth comes up from time to time but nothing detailed

 

now here is something more exact the trade is  damaging  their survival , and mainly goes from Tanzania  and Uganda to Hong Kong  

 

please see 

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171004101435.htm

 

Rampant consumption of hippo teeth  combined with incomplete trade records imperil threatened hippo populations in Africa

 

to me the concentration on 2 supplier nations , one of them being landlocked makes no sense

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A whole lot of animals are in trouble here is an earlier report from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

volumes declared between importers and exporters -- a ...

Fighting the Underground Trade in Hippo Teeth - Latest Stories

news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/wildlife-watch-hippo-teeth-trafficking-uganda/
Dec 7, 2016 - Investigators suspect an illicit trade in hippo teeth in Uganda is ... in the wild because of rampant commercial trade, which was prohibited by ...

 

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  • more and more  are being involved  in the illegal wildlife trade
  • the NAT GEOGRAPHIC article is very interesting
  • hippos are caught in snares when they come out of the water to graze, then snared
  • if you leave out snares they can catch anyone
  • the attraction  is for bush meat and the teeth
  • overall  the price is much cheaper than elephant ivory ,so the market can be much larger
  • within the trade it is a chain, with people not knowing who is up top , so a few who are lower down get caught and replaced ,the overall trade goes on
  • who knows how far it goes , I have serious doubts if it is just a legal trade via Hong Kong from the few source countries mentioned in the articles
  • hiding hippo teeth amongst timber being moved, this is just what the elephant ivory trade does

 

 

just in recent times there have been warning about risks facing  elephants, rhinos, pangolins, lions, cheetahs ,wild dogs, hirona  most acutely, and a serious situation for plains zebras, giraffes and hippos  

 

this is just Africa, many regions of the world are doing poorly with wildlife

 

we have mass deforestation in multiple regions of the world 

 

there are solutions , but they are not being used extensively anywhere

 

come on give it a go , we have only one natural world  and destruction is not an acceptable outcome  

 

we are becoming more and  more odd, the economy is all, just accept what you are offered, consume, consume ,consume

 

call me odd but I have never had a sacred experience in a shopping centre

 

 

 

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  • so now the UK government is proposing an ivory trade ban with consultation up to 29 DEC 2017 
  • it  will allow exemptions  
  • 1 Allowing the continued sale of musical instruments which contain ivory.
  • 2   Allowing the continued sale of items which contain a small percentage of ivory, and where the ivory is integral to the item – a ‘de minimis’ exemption.
  • 3   Allowing the continued sale of items which are of significant artistic, cultural and historic value.
  • 4   Allowing the continued sale of ivory to museums, and between museums.’

 

please   see   UK ivory ban proposals include musical instrument exemption The Strad October 9, 2017

https://www.thestrad.com/news/uk-ivory-ban-proposals-include-musical-instrument-exemption/7182.article

 

it is time  for the trade to totally go 

 

1 it is no longer necessary to use ivory for musical instruments

2 banning the ivory trade is integral to the survival of elephants , lets forget items and commodity trade , elephants are integral to all life

3 no way see point 2 above , art and history is not limited to ivory , ivory can be made to look old if stained with tea , sales should  only be allowed with radio carbon dating at the expense of the merchant ,this involves part destruction of the item

4 no more continued  ivory in galleries or museums , with the sole exemptions for displays about threats to elephants  with raw ivory covered with blood and dirt 

 

the time has come to say that ivory is killing, murder and death 

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Conservation management is strongly shaped by the interpretation of population trends. In the Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania, aerial total counts indicate a striking increase in elephant abundance compared to all previous censuses. We developed a simple age-structured population model to guide interpretation of this reported increase, focusing on three possible causes: (1) in situ population growth, (2) immigration from Kenya, and (3) differences in counting methodologies over time. No single cause, nor the combination of two causes, adequately explained the observed population growth.

 

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE  CONTINUES  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/conl.12413/abstract?campaign=wolearlyview

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so nth Korea does not fully fund embassies  , they are expected  to raise money and do it locally abusing diplomatic immunity  rhino horn, ivory, untaxed alchol and tobacco . the wildlife products go directly to Chinese organised crime for hard currency 

 

African nations are breaking of diplomatic relations over this 

 

I am disgusted 

 

please see

 

 

http://globalinitiative.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/tgiatoc_diplomats_and_deceit_dprk_report_1868_web_.pdf

 

DIPLOMATS AND DECEIT REPORT global iniatiative against transnational organized CRIME 

 

 

 

North Korean Diplomats Accused of Smuggling Ivory and Rhino Horn Rachel Nuwer, National Geographic  October 16, 2017

 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/wildlife-watch-north-korea-illegal-wildlife-trade/

 

 

the diplomatic service was never intended for this, NTH Korean diplomats were linked in the media  to late 1980's large scale ivory shipments

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