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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Red list changes highlight threats from over-exploitation
    aromatic plants Wildmeat Wildmeat resources Pets fashion Wild animals used for pets fashion Search TRAFFIC NOTE To search inside TRAFFIC s PDFs use the Publications Search Subscribe to news Subscribe to e Dispatches weekly TRAFFIC email newsletter Enter your Email Wildlife Trade News RSS What s RSS How to view in Chrome Donors Who supports our work TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Rufford Foundation towards this website Also of interest Wildlife crime is serious watch the video innovate fight crime save wildlife Interested in a Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Thursday Nov 10 2011 Red list changes highlight threats from over exploitation The latest IUCN Red List finds an alarming 40 of Madagascar s terrestrial reptiles like this Tarzan s Chameleon are threatened with extinction Click image to enlarge Jörn Köhler in Japanese Gland Switzerland 10th November 2011 the latest update of the world s list of threatened animals and plant species the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species carried out by IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature reveals mixed fortunes for many species This update offers both good and bad news on the status of many species around the world says Jane Smart Director IUCN Global Species Programme We have the knowledge that conservation works if executed in a timely manner yet without strong political will in combination with targeted efforts and resources the wonders of nature and the services it provides can be lost forever The revised list finds an alarming 40 of Madagascar s terrestrial reptiles are threatened TRAFFIC has drawn attention to the rampant illegal trade in many of the country s threatened reptile species which unless addressed will undermine the laudable creation of conservation areas to protect species like Tarzan s Chameleon Calumma tarzan Bizarre nosed Chameleon Calumma hafahafa and Limbless Skink Paracontias fasika Although the number of plant species assessed remains relatively low some have deteriorated in status like Taxus contorta which has declined from Vulnerable to Endangered because of over harvesting In 2007 TRAFFIC documented China s role in the continuing and unsustainable trade in wild Yew trees in the Genus Taxus whose bark and needles are harvested for the production of anti cancer medicines Others like the Coco de Mer from the Seychelles known for its supposed aphrodisiac properties have declined partly because although all collection and sale of its seed is highly regulated there is thought to be a significant black market trade in its seed kernels The assessment of the world s tuna species is particularly serious with five of the eight tuna species in the threatened or Near Threatened categories TRAFFIC has highlighted the over

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Rhino poaching deaths continue to increase in South Africa
    statistics reveal The total includes 19 critically endangered Black Rhinos of which fewer than 5 000 remain in the wild In 2010 333 South African rhinos were killed by poachers nearly three times the number killed in 2009 The rate of poaching increase may appear to be faltering but the bottom line is more rhinos than ever were poached in 2011 said Dr Colman O Criodain WWF s wildlife trade policy analyst If left unchecked poaching gangs could put the survival of these iconic species in jeopardy More than half of South Africa s rhino deaths occurred in world famous Kruger National Park The popular safari destination lost 252 rhinos in 2011 and witnessed the poaching of an additional eight rhinos in the first weeks of the New Year according to authorities from South Africa National Parks South African law enforcement officials made 232 poaching related arrests in 2011 compared to 165 the previous year Sentences imposed for rhino crimes have also increased in recent years with poachers and horn smugglers receiving as long as 16 years in prison Rhino poaching is being conducted by sophisticated international criminal syndicates that smuggle horns to Asia said Dr Morné du Plessis CEO of WWF South Africa Its not enough to bust the little guy investigators need to shut down the kingpins organizing these criminal operations Governments in Africa and Asia must work together across borders to stop the illegal trade The recent upsurge in rhino poaching has been tied to increased demand for rhino horn in Asia particularly Vietnam where it carries prestige as a luxury item as a post partying cleanser and also as a purported cancer cure Rhino horn has gained popularity among wealthy Vietnamese elites and business people to give as a gift when currying political favour or taking as an antidote to overindulgence said Tom Milliken TRAFFIC s rhino trade expert But killing endangered rhinos to mitigate a hangover is a criminal way to see in the New Year According to Traditional Chinese Medicine experts rhino horn has no proven cancer treating properties Contrary to popular myth it has never been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora CITES has found that consumer demand in Vietnam is driving much of the rhino poaching CITES has also ruled that Vietnam needs to show progress in curtailing illegal trade in rhino parts and derivatives So far we have yet to see Vietnam respond to this ruling from CITES says O Criodain For that matter CITES must put pressure on Vietnam to respond meaningfully as it has done with other countries whose compliance with the Convention has been called into question Because it is home to most of the world s rhinos South Africa has been the epicentre of poaching However rhinos in other African and Asian range countries are also being targeted by poachers In October WWF announced the extinction of rhinos in Vietnam The last Javan

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  • TRAFFIC - Seizures journal legacy - 3 in court over rhino poaching in South Africa
    Fisheries Fisheries regulation Iconic wildlife Apes l Bears l Deer l Elephants l Leopards l Marine turtles l Pangolins l Reptiles l Rhinos l Sharks rays l Tigers l others Regions Africa l Americas l Asia l Australasia l Europe l Middle East Medicinal plants Medicinal and aromatic plants Wildmeat Wildmeat resources Pets fashion Wild animals used for pets fashion Search TRAFFIC NOTE To search inside TRAFFIC s PDFs use the Publications Search Subscribe to news Subscribe to e Dispatches weekly TRAFFIC email newsletter Enter your Email Wildlife Trade News RSS What s RSS How to view in Chrome Donors Who supports our work TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Rufford Foundation towards this website Also of interest Wildlife crime is serious watch the video innovate fight crime save wildlife Interested in a Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Illegal animal consignment seized Main 3 tonnes of live tortoises seized in India Sunday Feb 08 2009 3 in court over rhino poaching in South Africa 3 Chinese businessmen have appeared in court in connection with the largest rhino horn poaching event in South Africa s legal history when around 50 horns were smuggled mainly out of Kruger National Park The trio were arrested in the wake of the apprehension in January 2009 of 8 South African and Mozambique members of an illegal hunting ring reports Dieburger com Drie Chinese in hof in SA se grootste renostersaak Dieburger com 08

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  • TRAFFIC - Seizures journal legacy - Brothers jailed for rhino poaching in South Africa
    Reptiles l Rhinos l Sharks rays l Tigers l others Regions Africa l Americas l Asia l Australasia l Europe l Middle East Medicinal plants Medicinal and aromatic plants Wildmeat Wildmeat resources Pets fashion Wild animals used for pets fashion Search TRAFFIC NOTE To search inside TRAFFIC s PDFs use the Publications Search Subscribe to news Subscribe to e Dispatches weekly TRAFFIC email newsletter Enter your Email Wildlife Trade News RSS What s RSS How to view in Chrome Donors Who supports our work TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Rufford Foundation towards this website Also of interest Wildlife crime is serious watch the video innovate fight crime save wildlife Interested in a Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Star tortoises seized from air passenger Main Monitor lizards seized in Guangxi Province Sunday Jul 29 2007 Brothers jailed for rhino poaching in South Africa Two brothers have been jailed for poaching rhinos after they were arrested in August 2006 in KwaZulu Natal reserve South Africa according to a Tribune report Rhino poachers sentenced to jail by Eleanor Momberg 29 July 2007 Two poachers nabbed in KwaZulu Natal s Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve have been jailed by a Free State court for eight and two and a half years for poaching rhino and illegally trading in rhino horns The sentencing of Gideon van Deventer and his brother Nicolaas was confirmed by Superintendent Sam Makhele Free State police spokesperson The brothers

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  • TRAFFIC - Seizures journal legacy - Rhinos drugged and dehorned in South Africa
    Outreach TRAFFIC and CBD TRAFFIC and CITES Networks Medicinal plants Rhinos Sharks and rays Tigers Timber trade Wild meat Media reports News archive Publications SEARCH Publications Subscribe to publications Publications by Species Publications by Topic TRAFFIC Bulletin TRAFFIC Newsletters Proceedings workshops CITES CoP background External TRAFFIC publications Contact Jobs Donate Support our work Help stop wildlife trafficking Focus on Behaviour change l Conservation awareness l Enforcement International Agreements CBD l CITES l CMS Forestry Timber trade Fisheries Fisheries regulation Iconic wildlife Apes l Bears l Deer l Elephants l Leopards l Marine turtles l Pangolins l Reptiles l Rhinos l Sharks rays l Tigers l others Regions Africa l Americas l Asia l Australasia l Europe l Middle East Medicinal plants Medicinal and aromatic plants Wildmeat Wildmeat resources Pets fashion Wild animals used for pets fashion Search TRAFFIC NOTE To search inside TRAFFIC s PDFs use the Publications Search Subscribe to news Subscribe to e Dispatches weekly TRAFFIC email newsletter Enter your Email Wildlife Trade News RSS What s RSS How to view in Chrome Donors Who supports our work TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Rufford Foundation towards this website Also of interest Wildlife crime is serious watch the video innovate fight crime save wildlife Interested in a Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Poachers kill rhino in India Main Huge parrot haul in Cameroon Thursday Feb 04 2010 Rhinos drugged and dehorned in South Africa 2 white

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Nations respond to rhino poaching crisis
    Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Monday Sep 20 2010 Nations respond to rhino poaching crisis Around 200 rhino have been poached in South Africa already this year Click photo to enlarge Martin Harvey WWF Canon Update On 20th September South Africa police arrested 9 people including 2 veterinarians for their alleged role in a rhino poaching syndicate Those arrested are due to appear in court on Wednesday Update On 5th October 2010 a UK resident was jailed for 12 months following his attempt to smuggle rhino horn through Manchester Airport The jailed man was en route to China when the horn was discovered hidden in the false base of a sculpture The horns had originated from a deceased animal that lived in Chester zoo 20th September 2010 the unprecedented surge in rhino poaching in southern Africa is leading to a variety of responses to the crisis worldwide The number of horns moving out of Africa is escalating with poached horns able to move from the site of the kill to the global market in as little as 48 hours said Tom Milliken Director of TRAFFIC East and Southern Africa The resurgence in rhino horn trade is linked to the availability of cellular phones for rapid communication internet marketing so that criminals remain anonymous and the growing presence of Asian organized crime in Africa This year alone around 200 animals have been poached in South Africa for their horns with media reports of five animals killed in one nature reserve alone this past weekend In Europe the UK Government last week announced a ban on the export of rhino horns except under exceptional circumstances previously the export of antique horns was permissible The ban comes after evidence of antique rhino horn and horn products being legally imported from across Europe for re sale in the UK The horns are sold at auction houses and then re exported often to East Asia where powdered rhino horn is in high demand for use in medicines despite no proven clinical efficacy Richard Benyon UK Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries said I am extremely concerned about the increase in the number of rhinoceros horn products being sold through UK auction houses We believe this is providing a financial incentive for poachers and encouraging the use of rhinoceros horns in Asian medicine Following the UK s announcement government officials will be contacting all auction houses and major antique trade associations in the country to highlight the implications of trading rhino horn and explain why most applications to export such items will be refused The case will also be made to ensure a co ordinated EU approach to the problem Earlier this month WWF

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  • TRAFFIC - Seizures journal legacy - South Africa freezes rhino horn trade
    awareness l Enforcement International Agreements CBD l CITES l CMS Forestry Timber trade Fisheries Fisheries regulation Iconic wildlife Apes l Bears l Deer l Elephants l Leopards l Marine turtles l Pangolins l Reptiles l Rhinos l Sharks rays l Tigers l others Regions Africa l Americas l Asia l Australasia l Europe l Middle East Medicinal plants Medicinal and aromatic plants Wildmeat Wildmeat resources Pets fashion Wild animals used for pets fashion Search TRAFFIC NOTE To search inside TRAFFIC s PDFs use the Publications Search Subscribe to news Subscribe to e Dispatches weekly TRAFFIC email newsletter Enter your Email Wildlife Trade News RSS What s RSS How to view in Chrome Donors Who supports our work TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Rufford Foundation towards this website Also of interest Wildlife crime is serious watch the video innovate fight crime save wildlife Interested in a Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More 32 month jail sentence for smuggling wildlife parts Main Rhino poachers arrested in Nepal Monday Jun 09 2008 South Africa freezes rhino horn trade The South African government has announced a moratorium on trade in rhino horns following concerns that trophy hunting permits were being abused and horns illegally exported reports the Independent online Marthinus puts freeze on rhino horn trading Independent online 9 June 2008 Some hunters have been abusing permits to shoot rhinos and export illegally obtained rhino horns probably poached and directly linked to

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Poachers walk free as assault on rhinos in Zimbabwe escalates
    Americas l Asia l Australasia l Europe l Middle East Medicinal plants Medicinal and aromatic plants Wildmeat Wildmeat resources Pets fashion Wild animals used for pets fashion Search TRAFFIC NOTE To search inside TRAFFIC s PDFs use the Publications Search Subscribe to news Subscribe to e Dispatches weekly TRAFFIC email newsletter Enter your Email Wildlife Trade News RSS What s RSS How to view in Chrome Donors Who supports our work TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Rufford Foundation towards this website Also of interest Wildlife crime is serious watch the video innovate fight crime save wildlife Interested in a Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Thursday Sep 25 2008 Poachers walk free as assault on rhinos in Zimbabwe escalates A female Black Rhino recovering following veterinary treatment for a gunshot wound with her calf Click photo to enlarge Lowveld Rhino Project WWF Harare Zimbabwe 25 September A breakdown in law enforcement against rhino poaching and horn smuggling is threatening the success of more than a decade s work restoring rhino populations in Zimbabwe Typical of the problem is the recent release of a gang of four Zimbabwean poachers who admitted to killing 18 rhinos in five different areas of central Zimbabwe including a semi tame group of Black Rhinos slaughtered in their pens at Imire Safari Ranch The poachers also alleged to have been involved in several armed robberies and arrested in possession of illegal firearms were initially denied bail and it was reported that the four had received lengthy jail sentences However WWF was recently informed by authorities that the poachers were subsequently granted bail were freed and immediately absconded Rhino poaching has been increasing throughout Zimbabwe including in the Lowveld Conservancies in southern Zimbabwe home to three quarters of the country s surviving rhinos and host to a rhino conservation project involving WWF the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe the private sector and several other conservation agencies including the International Rhino Foundation Tom Milliken the Regional Director of TRAFFIC s programme in east and southern Africa warned In terms of the CITES treaty on wildlife trade Zimbabwe is now in the spotlight and an international task force will be visiting shortly to investigate its performance in rhino conservation TRAFFIC has sponsored initiatives to improve the country s law enforcement capabilities but sadly most investigations appear to have collapsed without successful prosecutions According to Raoul du Toit WWF s rhino conservation project manager for the Lowveld Conservancies Since January 2000 approximately 70 rhinos have been killed in the Lowveld conservancies and the losses are now rapidly mounting About 20 rhinos were shot in the Lowveld

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