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Fundraising blitz to save rhino

Fundraising blitz to save rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The battle against rhino poaching is at a fever pitch, spawning scores of fundraising campaigns running from glamorous to gory.
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Rhino Mayday 2012

We had a fantastic day at Rhino Mayday 2012, which was hosted by the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College, London...

 

Nevin Hunter, Head of Unit, UK National Wildlife Crime Unit


Help us kill the illegal trade – tell us what you know or hear

 

Nevin Hunter is the recently appointed Head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit. He has over 20 years experience as a Police Wildlife Crime Officer and was until recently seconded as the Head of Compliance at the UK CITES Management Authority.

 

What we learned on the day:

An increase in requests for export permits coincided with the increase in poaching incidents
Rhino horn is retailed through auction houses – the value of the horn is based on weight, showing that it’s nothing to do with the age of the piece
Auction houses make 27% on sales of rhino horn.

 

One 8.15kg horn sold for £61,000, (auctioneer made £16,775 profit)


Now there are stricter measures in the UK for exports, which they are taking to Europe
There have been approx 65 museum attacks across the EU. The WCU have alerted museums and zoos to the threats and made sure Interpol are informed.
The concern is that antique rhino horn sources are going to dry up. What will they go to next? Ivory in museums?


If you know or see anything, contact Crimestoppers or ukwildlifecrime@nwcu.pnn.police.uk – this can be done anonymously

 

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DA’s Gareth Morgan’s National Assembly address at the 2012 Budget Vote for the DEA

DA’s Gareth Morgan’s National Assembly address at the 2012 Budget Vote for the DEA | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The scourge of rhino poaching is a national tragedy. A species brought back from extinction in the 1970s is now under assault from criminal syndicates. As of the end of April, 199 rhinos had been killed by poachers. At this rate 600 rhinos will be killed this year, up from 448 in 2011, a 34% increase on last year. And the reality is we don’t know what will happen to the rate in the future. If poaching continues to escalate in the manner that it escalated between 2007 and 2011, the overall rhino population will decline. That’s of course if we have a grip on what the actual number of rhinos in our parks are. If we have overestimated the rhino population then the decline may already have begun.

I am not one for throwing around emotive words, but the rhino poaching epidemic reached crisis levels some time ago. When armed individuals, mostly from Mozambique, enter the Kruger National Park, the jewel of our conservation crown, and kill our rhinos, already 119 dead this year and 252 last year, it is an assault on our sovereignty. It is pleasing that there are a high number of arrests, already 122 this year, but as the situation currently stands there will always be more poachers. The value of rhino horn is simply exorbitant, and the rewards of poaching currently outweigh the risks. Yes there is more than can be done in terms of compliance and enforcement. I do not believe for example that enforcement in the Kruger National Park has truly reached the stage where authorities “own the night”, the period when most poaching occurs. Nor, considering the friendly fire shootings that resulted in the death of a police officer and park ranger on Saturday, are the efforts of the law enforcement agencies sufficiently coordinated.

Of course poaching occurs not only in government parks. Private rhino owners also suffer losses at the hands of poachers. The costs of protecting private rhinos are substantial, so these stakeholders are also relying on support from government agencies in cracking syndicates and catching poachers.

Another aspect that needs to improve is intelligence. Crime Intelligence and Defence Intelligence, along with park authorities, need to improve systems of information gathering and sharing. Arresting and prosecuting syndicate bosses will do more to disrupt poaching than prosecuting the grassroots poacher, as important as the latter is.

Are we winning the war on rhino poaching? The answer is almost certainly no. Have we exploited all available options? The answer is also no. I am not in favour of closing down debate on options to curb rhino poaching, nor do I believe there is a ‘silver bullet’ solution. As far as I am concerned all options must remain on the table. All options must however be subject to rigorous scrutiny, but time is running out for our rhinos and we are desperate for some meaningful successes in the war against poaching. Madam Minister, we look to you for your leadership on this matter.
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SA considering rhino horn trade: Molewa - South Africa

SA considering rhino horn trade: Molewa - South Africa | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa is sitting on an estimated 20-ton stockpile of rhino horn.

 

South Africa is considering whether to approach the international community with a proposal to trade in rhino horn, Environment Minister Edna Molewa told MPs on Wednesday.

 

Opening debate in the National Assembly on her department's budget, she said this included engaging "major role players, including international and regional partners [and] potential consumer states".

 

Molewa's remarks come 10 months ahead of the 16th congress of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), set to take place in Bangkok, Thailand, in March next year......

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Supernova educates kids about rhinos

The fourth issue of Supernova magazine is now on sale and features a hot topic - rhinos.

 

Rhinos have a very soft spot in each of our hearts and this issue informs our children, the future guardians of our wildlife, about these magnificent creatures....

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Men held in Sweden for trading rhino horn - The Local

Men held in Sweden for trading rhino horn - The Local | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Two men are in police custody in Sweden on suspicion of having attempted to trade in the horn from the rhinoceros, which is classed as an endangered species.
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Save the Rhino Day - May 1

Save the Rhino Day - May 1 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The rhino is a magnificent animal. Each of these reasons its horn is coveted could be turned into an exciting story.

 

May 1 is Save the Rhino Day. The rhino is a magnificent animal that can weigh anywhere from 750 pounds to 8,000 pounds. The two African and three Asian species stand anywhere from four and a half feet tall to six feet tall. I wouldn't want to encounter one of these animals. Even though they have the reputation of being gentle creatures, I would be happy with observing them from afar.


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Who's on the Rhino's Side Who? No Really...

Who's on the Rhino's Side Who? No Really... | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Brian Sandberg one of South Africa's biggest advocates speaks out:
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I find it fascinating that newcomers to the Rhino-struggle think they can shape and opine on history.

 

More and more, the petticoats and vests of rhinophiles who think they can manage and shape social opinion start to show.

 

Any lobbying and activism takes serious engagement, time and emotional muscle. Conflicts in serious lobbying arise, almost by the minute.

 

One needs huge internal, emotional resources to stand the test of battle.

 

It is not a place for men or women who rely on tranquilizers and/or other therapies to play. Somewhat like playing rugby and then crying to the Ref about being bruised in a tackle.

 

I started fighting for rhino rights - from memory - when I bought my first "Save the Rhino" t-shirt in Victoria Falls, probably about 35 years ago.

 

To be honest, for the next - perhaps - 33 years, I wrote out cheques and made donations to organizations that were standing up to do what I, as an ordinary citizen, should have been doing - namely FIGHT for their collective RIGHTS.

 

Some 18 months ago, with support from a few friends - namely terrific animal rights' souls like Mike Rainy, Lynne Leakey, Jude Price and a few others on Facebook, I set up a space called "NO trade in Tusks and Horns".

 

Not some high-profile, in-your-face group with high-flying membership numbers, but rather one with serious people who have credible and well-documented experience to add into the mix of rhino-and ellie-philes.

 

During this period, rhino groups on Facebook have mushroomed. As have elephant groups.

 

Now I find people who have not engaged widely with other stakeholders are setting up their own spaces to promote their own agendas. mainly, rhino-space linked.

 

This saddens me. Enormously.

 

People - without experience and vision and spirited tenacity - are claiming to be champions of rhino rights. Sometimes, they seek funding. Other times, they seek some kind of "mass" compliance with their ethos.

 

Simple question ...

 

Have any of them done their homework and due diligences ?

 

Have they actually spoken to key role-players who have spent many years - and even decades - fighting for rhino rights regionally, and globally ?

 

Do they even begin to understand the market space and who the respective role-players are ?

 

Do they even begin to understand the tragic polemics of a multitude of stakeholders each vying for their own space in the African (or other) sun ?

 

{Sigh!} NO !

 

Well - here's my end commentary, folks ...

 

I reserve the right to criticize each of these opportunistic voices.

 

They should have joined existing initiatives and - if they disagreed with the overall ethos of a project - helped work hard to shape a change in fundamental thinking.

 

In short - I am GATVOL with opportunistic Facebookers that have zero experience on the ground.

 

It's like getting a Grade I kid to teach mathematics to Grade V.

 

What else can I say ?

 

I have little or no respect for opportunistic rhino activists.

 

There is no being on the "horns of a dilemma" for me ... they're failing the rhino cause...and - dare I add - contributing to the ultimate demise of the species by trying to be individualistic.

 

How utterly sad and pathetic !

 

VIVA, rhinos !! Aluta continua ... for those that believe a wider civil society's unity is strength

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, May 3, 2012 3:26 AM
Well stated Brian, it is all well and good for all of these groups to be sprouting up like wild flowers in the veld, very pretty but no organisation.
Wildlife Margrit's comment, May 3, 2012 9:10 AM
When Brian takes charge things generally happen. Lots of wonderful people lovely "wild flowers" as you say morlyn.lyn however, the unity and common "how to get it done" is much needed.
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199 Not 185 Rhino Dead! OSCAP Stats

199 Not 185 Rhino Dead! OSCAP Stats | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

2012 Rhino Poaching statistics: 185 (latest update now stands at 199 DEA confirmed)

http://www.oscap.co.za/

 

 

(185) 25 April 2012: 1 Rhino Lower Sabi 1 Skukuza
(183) 22 April 2012: 2 White Rhino cows shot and dehorned Gravelot area.
(181) 19 April 2012: DEA UPDATE KNP 111 (8), LIMPOPO 25(2)
(174) 16 April 2012: 1 Black Rhino Thanda Game Reserve, Hluhluwe, KZN
(173) 15 April 2012: 2 Rhino carcasses found between Malelane and Biyamit KNP few days old
(171) 13 April 2012: DEA UPDATE
(168) 12 April 2012: 1 Rhino shot (2 days ago) found yesterday Koster, NW Province
(167) 11 April 2012: UPDATE NWCRU
(165) 10 April 2012: 1 Rhino Pretoriuskop are KNP
(164) 10 April 2012: 1 Rhino - Gravelot area
(163) 10 April 2012: 1 Rhino - Gravelot area (dehorned rhino poached)
(162) 08 April 2012: 1 Rhino - Pilansberg area (2 day old carcass)
(161) 08 April 2012: 1 Rhino Cow - calf survived Rankiins Pass area, Modimole, Limpopo
(160) 04 April 2012: 1 Rhino Malelane area
(159) 04 April 2012: UPDATE
(150) 29 March 2012: DEA STATS UPDATE
(138) 25 March 2012: 1 Rhino shot dead near Phalaborwa in KNP
(137) 25 March 2012: 1 Rhino - Themba died 23 days after being poached at Kariega
(136) 20 March 2012: 1 Rhino Gravelote area, Limpopo
(135) 19 March 2012; DEA STATS UPDATE
(121) 15 March 2012: 1 Rhino, Nietverdien, NW - shot and dehorned.
(120) 13 March 2012: 1 Rhino Waneen, Kzn
(119) 12 March 2012: 3 Rhino - near Hluhluwe in KZN (+1 calf injured)
(116) 11 March 2012: 7 rhino Southern Region of KNP
(109)10 March 2012: 1 Rhino Crocodile River area, KNP
(108)08 March 2012 : 8 rhino's: 3 Malelane, 3 Biyamiti and 2 at Tshokwane
(100)06 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino Pilansberg NP- shot approx 5 days ago & not dehorned
(99) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Ohrigstad (pregnant cow)
(98) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino (Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP)
(97) 06 March 2012 : 2 Rhino Crocodile River Bridge area
(95) 05 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino - 3 day old carcass Bakubung Bush Lodge, Pilansberg
(94) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino(pregnant cow) Origstad - shot horns not removed
(93) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino carcass found in Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP
(92) 02 March 2012 : 3 rhino's KNP N'Wanetsi area
(89) 02 March 2012 : 2 white rhino carcasses found 1 week old Vryburg North West
(87) 01 March 2012 : 2 rhino's Malalane at John Hume's game reserve
(85) 01 March 2012: 1 Rhino - Waneen, Kzn
(84) 29 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Kariega, (2 dehorned but still alive)
(83) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found Mopani area near Letaba KNP
(81) 28 FEbruary 2012 : 3 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP
(78) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP
(76) 25 February 2012 : 1 Rhino carcas found near Crocodile Bridge area, KNP
(75) 23 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino, Assen, NW
(74) 22 February 2012 : 5 Rhino carcasses - KNP (some of the carcasses are at least 1 month)
(69) 20 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Thanda Game Reserve, KZN
(68) 19 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Mpofini lodge Vryheid
(66) 17 February 2012 : 1 Rhino KNP - awaiting confirmation of location
(65) 17 Feburary 2012 : 1 White Rhino Borakolalo Game Reserve (had to be put down)
(64) 15 February 2012 : 1 White rhino (1 month old carcass), Pilanesberg,NP
(63) 15 February 2012 : 2 carcass found Manyeleti, KNP
(61) 14 February 2012 : 8 carcasses found KNP
(53) 13 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Chicks Game Lodge Hluhluwe
(51) 12 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe White Rhino Bull both horns taken
(50) 10 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe white bull
(49) 09 February 2012 : 3 Letsitele, Limpopo - Pregnant mother and calf(unborn baby added below
(47) 08 Februrary 2012: 1 Ndumo
(46) 08 February 2012 : 2 iMfolozi
(44) 07 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino Bull - Hoedspruit - private reserve
(43) 06 February 2012 : 1 Rhino bull Thabazimbi-Rooiberg area
(42) 06 February 2012 : 1 Carcass found KNP (poached Sat probably) - North of Letaba
(41) 06 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe - Black Rhino
(40) 26 January 2012 : 2 Limpopo Province - Waterberg area
(38) 26 January 2012 : 2 North West Province (to be confirmed)
(36) 19 January 2012 : 1 Hluhluwe iMfolozi found recently date unknown
(35) 16 January 2912 : 3 White Rhino Rooiberg area
(32) 16 January 2012 : 1 Mossel Bay, Kobus Crous - Farm Bergsig
(31) 15 January 2012 : 2 Madikwe 1 carcass found, Ndumo 2 month old carcass
(29) 13 January 2012 : 4 KNP - Pretoriuskop area
(25) 11 January 2012 : 5 Rhino Private Reserve near Stofberg
(20) 11 January 2012 : 3 Rhino - KNP
(17) 09 January 2012 : 2 White Rhino at Ndumo and 1 Black Rhino at Mkhusi
(14) 09/10 January 2012 : 9 KNP (4 near Pretoriuskop, 2 near Lower-Sabie and 2 near Crocodile Bridge + 1 other area to be confirmed)
(5) 04 January 2012 : 4 KNP Satara area
(1) 04 January 2012 : 1 Rhino Gravellotte area, Limpopo

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Policeman and game warden killed in rhino poaching gun battle

A police constable and a ranger were shot dead at the weekend during an operation to track rhino poachers in South Africa's Kruger Park game reserve.
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SA Laws that Protect Wildlife [Rhino]

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Via Allison Thompson Facebook

 

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VIDEO: HSTC Anti-poaching rangers get trained

Anti- Poaching For Rhinos get trained
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Cinco De Rhino

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It's no mystery that every rhino species is under threat of extinction. Black Market medicinal trade in Rhino horn has inflated the rhino's value higher than gold at over $65000 a pound. With the promise of so much money ...
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Kenya: Facebook Fans to Name Rhinos in Competition

THE Ol Pejeta Conservancy have launched an online competition where fans have a chance to name a rhinoceros. This year the conservancy reported four rhino births and the competition will be a chance for Facebook members to celebrate by naming one of the calves.

 

The competition is simple, fans of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Facebook page send photographs of wildlife or the landscape taken while visiting the conservancy to

 

The conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and the rhinos are monitored on a daily basis by a patrol team who report regularly. The competition will run throughout May with the first 15 days for fans to send their photos and the last 15 days (from 16-31 May) for fans to vote for the best photo. The winner will receive a photo of the rhino and an electronic certificate....

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WAR Calls us to Arms for the Rhino | Nikela

WAR Calls us to Arms for the Rhino | Nikela | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
WAR, Warriors for African Rhino, initiates campaign to save endangered rhino, South Africa, sign petition, send letter SA embassy, President Zuma lead charge.

 

Join the ranks, it's really simple:

Sign and send and you can make a huge difference

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Former Beatle Ringo Starr Wants to Save Rhinoceros from Extinction

Former Beatle Ringo Starr Wants to Save Rhinoceros from Extinction | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The musician has changed the image on his website to that of a rhino in an effort to raise awareness about the species.

 

We had absolutely no idea that Ringo Starr (aka Richard Starkey) is a fan of rhinoceros -- or is rhinoceri?

 

But apparently, he's long had a fondess for the horned critters. “I’ve always loved rhinos,” Starr explains. “They were close to my and Keith Moon’s heart. In fact I had two huge ones made and gave one to Keith. Mine is still out on the grass here in England."....

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Fight Against Rhino Poaching Requires Joint Efforts, South African Minister Molewa

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The government is talking... now let's hope the actions bring some positive results for the rhino.

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Counter Poaching SANParks Honorary Rangers

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Counter poaching, information graphs and charts about what's happening to the rhino in SANparks.

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Rhino Poaching Stats by Province and KNP via WAR

Rhino Poaching Stats by Province and KNP via WAR | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Source: Marleen le Febvre with WAR

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SA loses 199 rhino to illegal killing since start of year

SA loses 199 rhino to illegal killing since start of year | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The Witness ~ SOUTH Africa has lost about 199 rhinos to illegal killings since the beginning of the year.


Latest statistics released yesterday by the Department of Environmental Affairs indicate that the Kruger National Park is still the most targeted area, having lost 119 rhinos since the start of the year. Targeted provinces include Limpopo with 27 rhino deaths and North West and KwaZulu-Natal with 22. Thus far, 122 arrests have been made of which 108 were poachers, 10 receivers/couriers and four couriers/buyers.


Report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings to 0800 205 005. — WR.

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199 - So many Rhino lost!

199 - So many Rhino lost! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

199 Rhino (on record) lost to poachers since the beginning of 2012 [04-30-12]

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The numbers keep climbing.... Grr!
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Quandary over What to do with Rhino Horns found in Library Attic

MOUNTED rhino horns worth thousands of pounds on the black market are being kept in a secret location after being found, forgotten, in Jedburgh library’s attic, writes Sally Gillespie.

 

Eleven sets of horns, including two of rhinos from Africa, were discovered “extremely dirty and in poor condition” last year - and may have lain in the loft for more than 80 years said SBC area curator Shona Sinclair....

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South Africa: World Wildlife Fund Unhappy With Delays in Rhino Poaching Case

Windhoek — The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is unhappy about the latest delays in the South African rhino poachers' court case.

 

"The WWF is as impatient as the majority of the public about the delays in the process but we respect that justice has to follow its course," WWF-South Africa Chief Executive Officer, Morné du Plessis, said. In a statement released last week the WWF said the case against suspected rhino poaching kingpin Dawie Groenewald, his wife and their alleged co-accused has been postponed to October 19, 2012.

 

According to the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the delay is to give the defence more time to finalise their application for further particulars on the charges. The accused appeared in the Musina Magistrate's Court in Limpopo last Wednesday. They face hundreds of charges under South Africa's Biodiversity Act, Medicines and Related Substances Act and the Act on the Prevention of Organized Crime.

 

The eleven suspects are believed to have killed 20 rhinos and are accused of illegal hunting, weapons and permit violations, illegally trading rhino horn, as well as fraud, racketeering and money laundering. "A high level of criminal sophistication was required to orchestrate the killing of these rhinos, but this case demonstrates that no one is above the law. The world is watching and waiting for justice to be served," the head of WWF's African Rhino Programme, Dr Joseph Okori, said. The carcasses of 20 rhinos were found buried on Groenewald's property in late 2010. The rhinos were missing their horns, which are of high value on the black market in Asia, particularly Vietnam. Groenewald and his wife operate a safari tour company and according to investigators, they are said to be the masterminds behind the killings. Other suspects in the case include veterinarians and veterinary assistants, professional hunters and a helicopter pilot....

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, May 3, 2012 3:27 AM
I would have hoped that the WWF would not be the only ones not impressed with SA's efforts!
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Good point there morlyn.lyn!
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Pressure from environmental advocacy groups inspired China to act. Huge successes. Now for Vietnam.

Pressure from environmental advocacy groups inspired China to act.  Huge successes.  Now for Vietnam. | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

"(Xinhua) Police uncover 700 illegal wildlife trade cases


Released: 2012-04-28 14:36

 

BEIJING - Police uncovered more than 700 cases of illegal wildlife trade during a recent crackdown on websites and antique markets that openly traded in animal products from endangered species, the State Forestry Administration said Saturday.


Around 100,000 police officers were sent to inspect 5,962 markets during the crackdown, the dates of which have not been revealed by authorities. They busted 13 gangs, punished 1,031 illegal traders, seized over 130,000 wild animals and 2,000 animal products worth nearly seven million yuan ($1.11 million), according to a statement posted on the administration's website.


Police officers also shut down 7,155 high-street shops and 628 websites selling banned animals and removed 1,607 related online messages, it added.
Illegal wildlife trade has been rampant in some parts of the country in recent years, triggering complaints from domestic and foreign wildlife advocacy groups.


The recent crackdown helped protect wildlife resources, clean up the Internet environment and ensure normal market order, according to the statement."

 

Keep reporting every site still selling Rhino Horn (Vietnamese: tê giác sừng) to Interpol.

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China State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine Develop Worldwide Markets and Research | PRLog

China State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine Develop Worldwide Markets and Research. Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and Worldwide boom. China will spend over 1 billion US $ establishing a TCM trade and management systems.
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