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major reports of illegal wildlife trade eles, rhinos etc

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What are you trying to explain? You mention the “treason for the new group”. What's that?

Are you indirectly saying that the grave assertions which posted above about “amateur ivory gangs” and “secret ivory business” are from something called the “oxpeckers reporters group”?

If so, how is it difficult to type in the URL Web address, which would take no more than a few seconds, so that others might read their original statements?

If you were able to read such material on-line, other Safaritalk members would likewise be able to read it, if you'd kindly provide the URL Web address.

Thank you for your consideration in helping us to learn more.

Tom K.

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unfortunately , I am not the only one to have this problem here

 

someone else has said that they are affected

 

the softwear on this site was changed a while ago meaning that copy and paste no longer works for me

 

if I put in the full URL it works out as link not found

 

so I give the story title and home page

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Time to change browser! I would suggest either chrome or firefox instead of internet explorer!

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It is at work I am stuck with what they supply

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  • oxpeckers reporters may well have originated from the lack of serious ongoing wildlife crime reporting in the south African press
  • sometimes what is posted is briefer than what I would like as the time is getting late

 

  • an extensive analysis of major ivory seizures for the period 2000 to 2015 has been done by the environmental investigation agency. it is called ILLEGAL TRADE SEIZURES ELEPHANT IVORY MAPPING THE CRIMES HTTP://WWW.EIA-INTERNATIONAL.ORG

 

 

This was covered in a news item called THIS NEW MAP OF IVORY SEIZURES COULD HELP SAVE ELEPHANTS at site http://www.takepart.com

 

going to the actual report is often best, you will find it easiest to find with a search engine, it is not listed on the front pages at the EIA site or under reports.

 

the report is supported by extensive hyperlink references and a excel list of all ivory seizures of 500 kg and above in date order for the period

 

the elephant population in Africa was 1.3 million in 1979, 500,000 in 1987, and something between wen 410,000 and 650,000 now

 

at the moment one elephant is murdered for ivory every 15 minutes

 

the university of Washington conservation centre converts seized ivory to elephants at the ratio of 6.7 kg to 1 elephant

 

100,000 elephants were murdered between 2010 to 2012 , the annual slaughter rate could be 50,000

 

 

in the period 2000 to 2015 there have been

 

  • 117 ivory seizures of at least 500 kg
  • the total weight is 211,527.13 kg
  • this equals 31,571 elephants

 

very little of this about 15% has been given proper criminal forensic analysis, this is by the number of seizures , not a proportion of the total weight

 

of serious concern ivory goes missing from government stores, including 1.2 tons from Uganda in 2014.

 

of special interest given the extensive loss of elephants in Zimbabwe over this period, is the absence of even one ivory seizure of 500 kg and above by parks or law enforcement authorities

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it is good to see some progress in the elephant war , but there are serious concerns about their long term survival given that poaching losses are above births , and this loss of number can and is added to the in a major way by droughts.

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Traffic a NGO working on the illegal wildlife trade has just this week issues a detailed report on Japan's ivory and rhino horn markets

 

please see http://www.traffic.org/home/2016/4/25/new-study-casts-light-on-changing-wildlife-consumption-patte.html

 

it is lengthy and detailed, well worth looking at

 

there are ongoing concerns for ivory, but so called medicinal use of rhino horn is very low and based on old horns which can have their origins documented.

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STH Africa has released the rhino poaching updated figures

 

please see https://www.environment.gov.za/mediarelease/molewa_onprogresagainst_rhinopoaching

 

 

  • whilst they are nothing wonderful they are 10% down on the same period for 2015
  • the total number of deaths is 363 with 276 from kruger and surrounds covering Jan to APRIL 2016
  • security is working out a bit better
  • the number of daily incursions into kruger park is 9, up for 7 lasy year
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oxpeckers investigative reports has a item of Kruger national parks poaching http://oxpeckers.org/2016/05/2795/

 

they are going after both rhinos who are mainly in the south and elephants mainly in the north

 

the ele losses are increasing , and there is only one force of rangers to do the security

 

there are no plans to increase the number of rangers

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the local press reports in Cambodia that Chinese tourists are a major market for shops selling ivory

 

please see http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/25149/chinese-visitors-fuel-kingdom--ivory-market/

 

in the recent past the shops were declining

 

now they are growing , over half of them are Chinese owned and the signs are in the Chinese language.

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recent research http://news.psu.edu/story/411023/2016/05/18/research/catch-poacher-gis-drones-can-improve-elephant-conservation that elephant poaching in Tsavo is mainly near tracks or water

 

  • nearly 69% of cases were within 1 1/2 miles of tracks
  • 62 % of cases were within 2.5 miles of rivers, lakes or other water bodies

 

the researchers recommend that drones be used to monitor elephants and check for the presence of poachers

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the United nations has recently issued the WORLD WILDLIFE CRIME REPORT , please see http://www.traffic.org

 

The report was done by the UN office on drugs and crime and covers many types of crime

 

an estimated 7,000 species are traded

 

the report begins with an excellent general introduction , then goes onto case studies of rosewood,ivory,reptile skins ,agarwood,pangolin , parrots and cavier

 

it then concludes with policy recommendations

 

interestingly under a UN convention organized crime is defined as 3 or more people involved in the commissioning of a listed offence

 

all nations in the world are somehow involved in the llicit wildlife, timber and fish trade

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There is an ongoing problem with elephant poaching in Namibia please see http://oxpeckers.org 31 may HANDS OFF OUR ELEPHANTS NAMIBIA'S MINISTER WARNS

 

they are wandering in the drought, there is more problem with conflict with people, some want to provoke them so they cam be declared problem animals and hunted

 

people who graze their cattle move them into wildlife reserves, then have problems when lions hunt the cattle

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Here is a major report on rhino poaching in sthn Africa

 

 

it is called TIPPING POINT TRANSNATIONAL ORGANISED CRIME AND THE WAR ON POACHING part 1 and BEYOND BORDERS CRIME ,CONSERVATION AND CRIMINAL NETWORKS IN THE ILLECIT RHINO HORN TRADE part 2 from the global initatative against organized crime please see http://www.globaliniatative.net

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there is also a major report about a very serious ivory trade in Vietnam

 

please see http://savetheelephants.org then go to press and media 19 July Vietnam's illegal ivory trade threatens Africa's elephants

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the report on Vietnam and ivory is very concerning

 

it is now becoming a major market and has grown a whole lot

 

a whole lot of what is on sale is relatively cheap, so it can attract a mass of buyers

 

the carving is done on much lower wages , often using machines

 

many of the customers are wealthy Chinese tourists , the checking of their luggage when returning home is minimal , it is even to cross a land border post where there are no official customs, immigration or quarantine checks, it is just a border where everything goes unchecked.

 

the wildlife market concerns for Vietnam have been almost all related to rhino horn, very little has been done about elephants

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Per head - Vietnam is probably the most destructive country on earth when it comes to being a black hole for endangered species across Asia and Africa. The country should be boycotted until they get their act together

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China may change but there is not a whole lot will alter with poaching if they just go somewhere else like Vietnam or the Sin City gambling resort (in I think Laos ) as featured in a EIA report and buy things there

 

the Hong Kong government does not really believe in what the legisliative council does , the council passes a unamious motion to ban the ivory trade, so the govt says it will take 5 years to implement it.

 

those shops have had years of breaking the law and regulations and should be glad that they have got away with it. They should be closed now without compensation.

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the report observes , in recent years as the volume has gone up ,in Vietnam the wholesale price per kg has gone down a bit (first village near Hanoi late 2015 18 to 20 million dong per kg about usd 800 TO 899, 2 or 3 years ago 30 to 35 million dong )

 

well if this is applied at bush poacher level more elephants would be killed for the poacher to maintainb their return

 

this is very conerning

 

I for one want nothing to do with Vietnam

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There are serious concerns for rhino and elephant poaching in Namibia .

 

You will find a number of items with their own very noticeable file at the top of the page at http://www.oxpeckers.org a specialist group of environmental reporters

 

here are some special concerns

 

  • there is the appearance of political involvement
  • law enforcement is seriously under resourced to the extent that they cannot do ballistic testing before cases come to court , in absence of testing it is difficult not to release the suspect on bail
  • some suspects who were out on bail have gone missing as they have multiple passports
  • their is one specialized police squad to cover wildlife crime, gold and gemstones nationwide, the staff is 15, of this only 3 are police officers
  • Chinese workers come and go through mining projects, the housing is leased through the same agency without ID documents and paid on time in cash. Some of them have been known to stash USD cash at home in hidden compartments behind the powerpoints, not in a bank account
  • large sections of the fence for Etosha national park were removed ,thus decreasing security and allowing in cattle grazing
  • the same type of bullets as used by Etosha anti poaching rangers were found at a rhino poaching site
  • a number of major infrastructure projects have been let out at inflated prices without a tender to Chinese firms
  • a Chinese firm was given the contract for the luggage scanner at Windhook airport and seaport at an inflated price , the machine does not work. in March 2014 massively heavy suitcase were physically inspected and found to contain 14 rhino horns and a leopard skin
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pachyderm is the journal of the IUCN specialist elephant and rhino group

 

it is open access and can be found at http://www.pachydermjournal.org

 

the articles are written for an intelligent lay audience

 

the 2016 edition includes articles

 

  • the current market for elephant and mammoth ivory in macau
  • options for using or destroying ivory stockpiles ,the firm conclusion is that it is best to destroy them, as continuing to keep them only creates speculation that the trade will be made legal\
  • the use of ivory for religious statues in the philippines
  • a report of limited contraceptive trials over 7 years on a few zoo elephants
  • a letter on CITES ivory trade proposals

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in one of the rhino poaching cases in the oxpeckers report on Namibia ,2 suspects went to court .

 

one was let out on bail and as a condition he was meant to stay in the region where the poaching was taking place.

 

I can't make sense of that ruling

 

he had to surrender his passport , and he was in an area very close to the border with Angola .

 

Procedures are not strict there, all he needed to go into Angola was a note of introduction from the village chief.

 

when the case was called back to court, it could be dismissed if both suspects were unable to appear.

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here is an interesting opinion piece from the retired UK politician William Hague

 

Please see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/05/we-must-not-stand-by-and-allow-the-worlds-elephants-to-be-massac/

 

he presses the UK govt to keep to its policy pledge for a full ivory ban

 

I find it totally beyond belief that they allow the export of ivory without any certificate which said to originate before 1947

 

and I had though that Hong Kong was too lax to allow trade from before the CITES ban of the late 1980's

 

we simply cannot allow elephants to become extinct through insufficient action

 

we are condemning people to less joy in life ,his approach is how do you face your children

 

he rightly declares that governments often take 5 years to implement promises , elephants don't have this much time for serious action

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1 I recently came across this interesting review of past CITES debates

 

please see John L Garrison THE CONVENTIOPN ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES (CITES) AND THE DEBATE OVER SUSTAINABLE USE from PACE ENVIRONMEMTAL LAW REVIEW SEP 1994 issued under digital commons

 

sorry my attempt to link did not work ,it concerns some key cases from the past

 

 

 

2 an oxpeckers report on shoot to kill in the SADC countries can be found at the end of http://oxpeckers.org/2016/09/sadc-backs-shoot-to-kill-strategy/

 

3 a policy brief dealing with the challenges and problems of CITES can be found at http://www.saiia.org.za/policy-insights/cites-alone-cannot-combat-illegal-wildlife-trade there are multiple nations involved in CITES , they can have conflicting policies and have large areas where unofficial armed militas operate

 

4 a recent longer article on elephants can be found at https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/01/frontline-bloody-battle-save-africa-elephants its is a good general article which deals with the work of save the elephants in Samburu and some recent improvements

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