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EU puts the squeeze on illegal hunting trophy imports

The European Commission has closed a major loophole exploited by criminal gangs trafficking in high-value hunting trophies that carry tusks and horns.

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Mozambique dragging its heels – no real effort to combat elephant poaching

Without committed policing and law enforcement Mozambique’s declarations of efforts to end poaching are little more than window dressing to gloss over the decimation of elephants.

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Remains of 12 lions found in Senegal crackdown

Remains of 12 lions found with 2 600 animals parts, as five arrested in Senegal crackdown

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Anti-Poaching Teams with seized ivory. © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Elephants worth more alive than dead

A living African elephant has 76 times the value of one poached for ivory…

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Head of CITES says no to rhino trade

An interview with the CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, about trade in wildlife products and poaching of wild animals.

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Legalising the trade in rhino horn and a wilderness of greed

South Africa is pushing hard for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn. With more than 20 tonnes of stockpiled horn the country stands to make a fortune if the CITES ban on the trade is lifted.

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Ivory Trade Nations Face Threat of Sanctions

Original source Top conservation organizations warned Wednesday that the illegal ivory trade is hastening the decline of Africa’s already endangered elephant population, and said they are ready to punish nations that are lax in fighting the problem. “Globally, illegal ivory

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Tanzania Withdraws Proposal to Downlist Elephants

Earlier this year Tanzania applied to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for permission to hold a one-off sale of 101 tonnes of stockpiled ivory and to reduce protection for its elephant

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Bleak News For Rhino – Vietnam Fails to Sign

The Mail & Guardian has reported that Vietnam has FAILED to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with South Africa that would have addressed the rhino poaching crisis. According to Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) spokesperson, Roopa Singh, the MoU wasn’t signed

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Elephant Ivory – the deadly new currency in China

The demand for elephant ivory in China is growing as wealthy Chinese citizens begin to see the ‘white gold’ as a private and business investment option. This coincides with a rise in poaching that is, arguably, as high as those

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More lion statistics

The CITES stats I referred to in a previous blog are a comprehensive set of numbers covering everything from trophies to the export of claws and other body parts for 2008/9. They make for astounding reading and give a clear

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Canned lion hunting in Botwana?

I have for a number of years been warning that canned hunting is on its way to Botswana. After taking a thorough look at the latest export and import statistics for lion Panther leo issued by CITES in South Africa,

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Ivory traders get tusked

Ring one up for the elephants! The most recent CITES meeting in Doha, Qatar has drawn to a close and amongst the numerous resolutions, there was a significant victory for elephants and those opposed to the ivory trade. The proposals

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