December 6, 2013 - Two northern California men have been sentenced to fines and jail time for unlawfully killing bears and selling their gall bladders and other parts for profit. Peter George Vitali, 56, of Pioneer and Arthur Martin Blake, 59, of River Pines, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of illegally taking wildlife for profit in an El Dorado County courtroom last month....
The United States is a world leader in ocean conservation and fisheries reform. The ongoing TPP negotiations are an irreplaceable opportunity for us to enact sweeping, trans-oceanic change.
Last month, 24 leading conservation organizations banded together to write to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who is currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Signatories included the presidents and chief executive officers of environmental nonprofits, including Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Audubon Society, among others. ...
Ammon Covino, whose family operates three aquariums, was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally taking marine animals from a federal refuge in Florida.
Covino, 40, was barred for life from buying or selling wild animals, the Key West Citizen reported. A co-defendant, Christopher Conk, 40, was given a four-month sentence and also barred from the wildlife trade.
Covino's family operates aquariums in Boise, Idaho; Portland, Ore.; and Austin, Texas....
Between 1860 and 1930, rival companies in the Connecticut River Valley dominated the ivory market in the Western Hemisphere.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Richard is right. Before we keep condemning China for it's hunger for ivory we need to look at our own US history. Afer all we wiped out the bison and had a largest ivory consumption going for a while producing piano keys.
So what changed? LP records replaced pianos for the most part.
What can we learn from this? What else could Asians fall in love with that is less destructive?
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — Following the expose by international news channel Al-Jazeera, DAP MP Dr Ong Kian Ming today urged Putrajaya to set up an inquiry into how the notorious “Lizard King”, or Anson Wong, had allegedly been able to continue with...
A Sambar deer was today rescued from the clutches of poachers by a youth in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, forest officials said...
A Sambar deer was today rescued from the clutches of poachers by a youth in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, forest officials said.
The incident occurred when one Vinod Pansotra noticed some hunters following a deer in Chak village of Kathua district. He rescued the deer from his agricultural field when they were trying to kill it, they said.
The deer was later handed over to a wild life protection team.
A number of wild animals become target for hunters when during cold weather they come down from hilly areas to plains in search of food and shelter.
The Sambar deer would be released in the forest after treatment, officer at wild life protection cell, Joginder Paul said.
Some leaders including President Paul Biya in a pre-summit outing, addressed the disturbing issue of poaching and the threat on protected animal species on Thursday.
Pictures of the declining security situation in the Central African Republic on most TV stations here for two running days could not have provided a better setting to fully encapsulate the urgency of addressing Africa's security problems in a collective manner as the Paris Summit on the issue opens this afternoon at the Elysée Palace at the instance of the French President, François Hollande. The President of the Republic Paul Biya - whose commitment to the resolution of peace on the continent is growing by each passing day with the deployment of troops and other diplomatic initiatives in the CAR as the most recent manifestation - will be joining some 40 other African Heads of State and government here in Paris to harmonise strategies in view of talking the problem with the resolve the present-day situation requires....
President Francois Hollande said Thursday France would increase fines for illegal trading in ivory and endangered animal species. Speaking at a round table on poaching that gathered French and African leaders, Hollande said he had asked Justice...
There is sure to be confusion at some point in the future over the name with 2 MIKE(S) on the block but the news that the European Commission has set aside 12.3 million euros to combat the illegal wildlife trade over the next 4 years has to be...
Conservation: African states located along the illegal ivory chain have this week agreed to implement immediate measures to stem the illegal trade and poaching of elephants throughout Africa.
The deal, struck at the African Elephant Summit and convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the government of Botswana, is the first ever to highlight the whole ivory value chain from elephant range states, to ivory transit states including the Phillipines and Malaysia and states where ivory is eventually sold on the black market such as Thailand and China....
Delegates agreed to a series of measures including:
A zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking and treating it as a 'serious crime' allowing tools such as asset seizure, extradition arrest and prosecution;
The involvement of communities that live near elephants in their protection and conservation;
Increasing the capacity of wildlife protection units so they can take on poaching units which are generally well armed and highly organized; Stepping up monitoring efforts in order to assess the amount of illegal killing, population data and levels of illegal trade;
The strengthening of national laws to address poaching and wildlife crime issues;
and influencing consumer behavior in order to reduce the demand for ivory....
[Thanks to Sophie BArclay, Fiona Gordon at the New Zealand Herald]
Animals killed and left to rot, Nuu-Chah-Nulth leaders say...
The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council has announced a $25,000 reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for recent elk kills in the Barkley Sound and Alberni Inlet areas.
NTC president Debra Foxcroft said the reward was one of the largest offered in Canada and one of the largest from a Canadian First Nation...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Now we're talking!
What would happen in Africa if $25,000 was afford for rhino, elephant and poachers of other threatened or endangered wildlife species?
THE Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has uncovered a scam in which poachers are killing wild animals, especially elephants, numbering 500 this year.
ZAWA has since urged communities in wildlife areas to desist from eating meat from animals found dead.
ZAWA communications and public relations officer Readith Muliyunda said in Lusaka yesterday, that there had been an increase in the number of poachers who were using toxic substances to kill elephants for ivory and the value of the elephants suspected to have been lost under such circumstances now stood at K350, 000...
South African National Parks (SANParks) has been warned that the scourge of ivory poaching currently affecting the rest of Africa is likely to hit South Africa in 2014 according to Dr Hector Magome, SANParks Managing Executive: Conservation Services.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
It was only a matter of time!
The Kruger National Park has around 9,000 elephants (if I recall correctly) and with the rate of 32,000 elephants being killed per year.... one every 15 minutes!
NAIROBI, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- International police organization Interpol said Friday it seized more than 240 kg of elephant ivory and 856 timber logs and arrested 660 suspects during a month-long coordinated operation across southern and eastern Africa....
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