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Posted 21 July 2016 - 10:12 AM

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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Posted 22 July 2016 - 10:08 AM

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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Posted 22 July 2016 - 10:13 PM

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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Posted 23 July 2016 - 07:32 AM

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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Posted 24 July 2016 - 03:27 AM

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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Posted 31 August 2016 - 08:47 AM

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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Posted 31 August 2016 - 09:21 AM

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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Posted 01 September 2016 - 09:33 AM

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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Posted 06 September 2016 - 02:55 AM

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

 

Please see http://www.telegraph...s-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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Posted 07 September 2016 - 08:26 AM

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...-kill-strategy/

 

3 a policy brief dealing with the challenges and problems of CITES can be found at http://www.saiia.org...-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.theguard...frica-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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Posted 08 September 2016 - 08:19 AM

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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Posted 08 September 2016 - 08:23 AM

. post reviewed and cleared up

 

technical problems with the link


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 10:38 AM

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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Posted 09 September 2016 - 03:33 AM

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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Posted 09 September 2016 - 08:49 AM

  • 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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Posted 12 September 2016 - 07:09 AM

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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Posted 12 September 2016 - 07:13 AM

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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Posted 12 September 2016 - 07:44 AM

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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Posted 12 September 2016 - 09:05 AM

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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Posted 13 September 2016 - 10:02 AM

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


Edited by COSMIC RHINO, 13 September 2016 - 10:08 AM.

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