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traffic has just issued a report on Malaysia as a transit point for ivory

 

please see 8 SEP http://www.traffic.org/ MALAYSIA KEY CONDUIT IN GLOBAL ILLEGAL IVORY TRADE

 

  • for the period 2003 to 2014 there were 66 seizures with a total weight of 60,419 kg
  • the ivory is sourced in Africa (Kenya,tanzania,uganda and Zimbabwe )sent to asia (mainly china, hong kong and vietnam )
  • the seizures in Malaysia happened at the 3 main sea cargo ports
  • around 70% of the total weight of the seizures were for larger shipments of 500 kg or more
  • only 10 suspects have been arrested in relation to these cases 3 in hong kong, 2 in Kenya,2 in Zimbabwe and 4 in uganda
  • the largest seizure was for 6043 kg in dec 2012
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I can't believe that there isn't a complete ban on ivory traffic already. The CITES ban in 1989 shouldn't have allowed for any loopholes. I'm glad that the Malaysian authorities are getting tough with ivory traffickers;let's hope that this intensifies. if nothing else we can all applaud this another step in the right direction.

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The situation with Malaysia is very concerning

 

  • unlike other places they do not do a risk profile assessment on what containers to check
  • they have become a serious concern to CITES
  • ivory is only being moved onto Asian markets no ivory is sold or carved locally
  • by weight nearly all seizures are 500 kg and above
  • ports which move several million containers per year predominate
  • there also have been seizures at airports

of greatest concern I thought that would not like to get the reputation as a place where smugglers can get things through unchecked , perhaps that would attract other undesireable trades like illegal weapons and narcotics

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  • the greater the volume of the consignment , the more likely is the involvement of organized crime

 

  • The ETIS analysis for 2009 to 2011 give to Malaysia ,Vietnam and the Philippines a 94 % probability for organized crime involvement and law enforcement efficiency rated at only 25%

 

  • for the period involved Malaysia made up 42% by weight of the seizures from the top 3 locations

 

  • the ivory trade has got considerably worse since 2009

 

the new straights times covers this report with a story called " shameful Malaysia is world's major transit point for illegal ivory trade "

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it looks like Malaysia has been embossed into doing something

 

they will be making more use of intelligence ,and the police,army and customs will be working together

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please see new straits times 11 sep WILDLIFE TRADE MULTINASTIONAL DRIVE AGAINST POACHING http://www..nst.com.my

 

after years of bad publicity, it only took as few days after a major report had been issued for something to be done

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It's not simple to ban Vietnam. What percentage of clothes,shoes, outdoor equipment,etc is currently made in Vietnam? For example Clark's shoes used to made in the U.K.,and now they are made in Vietnam. We can only hope that the Vietnamese government takes tougher action against the traffic of ivory,pangolins, etc. There is no question that public attitudes are evolving in Vietnam;it remains to be seen just how tough the Vietnamese government will react due to international, and increased domestic pressure.

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Unfortunately far too many people are very keen on shopping, buy things on price, quality, brand etc and treat shopping as an ethics free zone.

 

someone who I work with recently was asked if she played any sport, her answer was shopping it is good exercise due to walking, and the wrist action when using the debit card

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the Sth African brief summary rhino poaching figures have been released

 

Please see http://www.environment.co.za you will find media release on the home page ,the report is dated 11 september

 

the poaching is down a bit , there has been a decrease in Kruger national park despite massive poaching incursions

 

of great concern is an increase of poaching in at least 3 provinces including KZ NATAL

 

despite this the numbers overall are down

 

this is an unfolding disaster

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  • the black rhino numbers have gone up in reserves outside kruger, to partly compensate for the kruger losses , black rhino overall are down
  • rhino poaching was declared a serious crime in 2014, this is too late it should have been done in 2010

the Vall university of technology actually gave a honorary PhD to the minister for efforts at the Paris climate conference, I doubt if her overall performance when the unfolding rhino disaster is also considered ,if such an award justified

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the United Nations general assembly has just passed a resolution condemning the illegal wildlife trade

 

please see http://www.traffic.org sep 12 UN REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO TACKLING WILDLIFE CRIME

 

a supportive statement is easy to issue, getting practical action to prevent an unfolding disaster something else

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WWF China together with traffic has issued a report called AN ACT TO SAVE AFRICAN ELEPHANTS A BAN ONM COMMERCIAL IVORY TRADE IN CHINA A FEASIBILITY STUDY BRIEFING

 

the report is published in English

 

It has an interesting proposal for the way ahead

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The report suggests that ivory licenses be allowed to expire on 31 Dec 2016, the businesses involved already have warning given mid 2015 that the trade was going to close, and the carvers can move onto jade and bone ..

 

there should be no compensation as per the previous closures of the rhino and tiger parts trade

 

The continuing ivory trade is damaging china's reputation , the announcement must be that the trade is closed forever and to be never allowed again.

 

any residual government raw ivory stocks can be used by carvers in museums and the created works displayed there

 

there should be no provision for future display of large ivory pieces

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national geographic has produced a major article about rhino poaching in sth Africa

 

please INSIDE THE DEADLY RHINO HORN TRADE BY BRYAN CHRISTIE

 

I tried to link but it does not work out

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  • Singapore is becoming a ivory transit port of increasing serious concern

there is a new Oxpeckers article on poaching in Namibia please see http://oxpeckers.org/2016/09/3118/

 

 

  • one clan seems to have a with lot of power in the nation
  • they engage in dubious operations
  • for poaching automatic weapons with silencers are being used
  • poaching cases are not effectively dealt with by the courts, suspects are often granted bail, police officers who are too efficient are moved to desk jobs or retired
  • there is corruption involved
  • it is believed that brokers who act between regional collectors and Chinese buyers could make up to ZAR 5 million per dead rhino
  • in the area around Etosha national park rhino poaching appears to be the main source of finance to development businesses
  • of the nearly 60 poachers arrested since late 2012, only 1 has been convicted . at least 5 suspects have been involved in subsequent rhino offences
  • it appears that poaching is higher than reported and is long .term in nature there was a start in 1989, with major growth in 1196 when the SWAPO government removed colonial era police and soldiers from jobs in national parks
  • there is poaching of rhinos and elephants, smuggling of diamonds and timer using a wel established route via Zambia which goes back to colonial times

 

this is an ongoing case , I urge people to read the report for further details

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the talk in the Namibian media is that the elephant poachers are coming from Zambia

 

 

please see http://www.newera.com.na

 

new era sep 16 MORE THAN 50 ELEPHANT TUSKS CONFISCATED

 

it is also easily possible that local people are doing it , and under resourcing of the specialist squad to cover wildlife ,gold and gemstones at 3 police officers to do the nation is beyond a joke

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There is a report by traffic on the pangolin trade

 

please see http://www.traffic.org 20 sep WIDESPREAD EVIDENCE OF ONGOING ILLEGAL PANGOLIN TRADE IN CHINA

 

 

  • the trade is ongoing, serious and largely illegal
  • both African and Asian species are involved for medical and luxury food use
  • from 2007 to 2016 there were 209 seizures involving 2405 live animals, 11,419 dead animals and 34,946 kg of scales
  • a survey in June and July 2016 found that 35 % of animal medicine wholesalers ,62 % of retail shops and 153 online adds were offering illegal pangolin scales
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Patrick Bergin, an adviser to president Obama has called for the Hong Kong ivory ban to be brought foward from the announced date of 2021

 

Please see http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=79746

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1 Somalia has joined the elephant protection initiative please see http://www.eturbonews.com/74770/somalia-joins-africa-led-initiative-protect-elephants

 

this is very interesting considering Somalia's role as a source area for poachers

 

 

2 here is an interesting policy paper on elephants , please see http://www.saiia.org.za/occasional-papers/re-thinking-the-application-of-sustainable-use-policies-for-african-elephants-in-a-changed-world

 

there is more than just an ivory ban involved , for success it is also necessary to reduce ivory demand , give real financial benefits to elephant range communities and control human elephant conflict

 

the paper is relatively brief and well argued.

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Amazing to think Somalia had so many elephants not that long ago. I wonder how many cling on now??

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a while ago one of the large males under Save the Elephants monitoring scheme in samburu and the NRT was actually observed their their electronic system as going into Somalia for a few days ,then coming out

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Here are more interesting policy papers on elephants

 

 

 

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# Wildlife direct has issued an updated report about wildlife crime trials in Kenya for 2014 and 2015

 

please see http://wildlifedirect.org

 

they cautiously welcome the changes, but things have a long way to go the rate of conviction persons receiving jail time was 3 % in 2008, 6.5 % in 2014 and 6 % in 2015

 

 

# karl amammann has issued a report about corruption in CITES permits for trading live apes please see http://www.karlammann.com

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