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  • TRAFFIC - Seizures journal legacy - Chinese Customs seize rhino horn
    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 Internet Tiger skin confiscated Main Elephant and leopard parts seized in China Friday Oct 22 2010 Chinese Customs seize rhino horn On 18th October 2010 Zhanjiang Customs

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Hong Kong rhino horn seizure a unique enforcement opportunity—TRAFFIC
    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 Wednesday Nov 16 2011 Hong Kong rhino horn seizure a unique enforcement opportunity TRAFFIC Forensic analysis of the 33 rhino horns and 885 ivory pieces seized in Hong Kong could provide vital clues as to their origin Click image to enlarge Hong Kong Customs Excise Cambridge UK 16th November 2011 Tuesday s seizure by Hong Kong Customs of 33 rhino horns 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets concealed inside a container shipped to Hong Kong from Cape Town South Africa provides a unique opportunity to gain insights into the criminal syndicates trafficking wildlife goods between Africa and Asia according to TRAFFIC TRAFFIC supports the South African Department of Environmental Affairs in requesting the authorities in Hong Kong to send DNA samples of the seized goods to the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of Pretoria in South Africa for examination If the horn samples can be matched with records in the rhino DNA database it may be possible to identify the individual animals that were poached for their horns Such an effort could yield major clues about who is behind this consignment said Tom Milliken TRAFFIC s rhino expert This is the largest rhino horn seizure made in the current poaching crisis Viet Nam is considered the pre eminent contemporary market for rhino horn in Asia and authorities in Viet Nam have previously

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - More than 1 tonne of ivory and rhino horns seized in Thailand
    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 Friday Feb 25 2011 More than 1 tonne of ivory and rhino horns seized in Thailand Enforcement officers at Bangkok airport display their latest seizure of more than a tonne of elephant ivory Click photo to enlarge Panjit Tansom TRAFFIC Bangkok Thailand 25th February 2011 Thai Customs at Suvarnabhumi International Airport Bangkok on Wednesday seized over a tonne of ivory and close to three kilogrammes of Rhino horns in a shipment from Nigeria This brings the total ivory seized at this airport since the beginning of 2010 to more than five and a half tonnes The ivory and rhino horn passed through Doha Qatar and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia before reaching Bangkok The illegal cargo s last leg of shipment was from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok and was meant to be picked up by a company located in Central Thailand However the shipment was left unclaimed The Suvarnabhumi Airport Cargo Clearance Customs Bureau with the help of officers from the Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plant Conservation counted 118 elephant tusks and three rhino horns in the 11 cases that made up the shipment Customs said the shipment was declared as craft work in the airway bill This is not the first time a combination of ivory and rhino horns has been seized or transited in Thailand and Malaysia In July 2009 Kenyan authorities stopped a shipment of 16 elephant tusks and two Black Rhino horns which were scheduled to transit in Thailand before being flown to a destination in Lao PDR Last August five rhino horns and two tonnes of elephant ivory bound for Malaysia was seized by authorities in Kenya raising concerns about the former s role in the global ivory trade The Elephant Trade Information System ETIS lists Thailand as one of three countries most heavily implicated in the illegal global ivory trade and Malaysia as a country of concern because of its role as a significant transit point ETIS is the world s largest database of elephant product seizure records comprising more than 15 400 ivory seizure cases compiled over the last 21 years and is compiled by TRAFFIC on behalf of CITES In an effort to address the problem

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - TRAFFIC-trained EMIs record early successes
    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 Jul 12 2007 TRAFFIC trained EMIs record early successes South African enforcement officers have arrested a man in connection with four rhino horns found in a suitcase WWF Canon Martin HARVEY Click to enlarge Cambridge UK 12 July 2007 On 10 July National Enforcement Day customs officers in South Africa at OR Tambo International airport announced the discovery of four rhinoceros horns weighing around 30 kg inside a suitcase bound for Indochina The identity of the seized horn was confirmed by members of South Africa s Environmental Management Inspectors EMIs nicknamed the Green Scorpions who had been closely monitoring the movement of wildlife products through two airports looking for illegal contraband TRAFFIC has helped train the Green Scorpions on topics including the identification and detection of illegal wildlife products and the implementation of international regulations relating to wildlife

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  • TRAFFIC - Seizures journal legacy - Rhino horn smuggler arrested in Viet Nam
    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 Rhino poachers arrested in Nepal Main More than 80 live pangolins seized in China Friday Jun 06 2008 Rhino horn smuggler arrested in Viet Nam A man has been arrested after he arrived in Viet Nam on a flight from South Africa with 5 White Rhino horns in his luggage reports Earth Times Police said he had no documentation for one horn and his certificates for the others are believed to be fake Vietnam police arrest man for smuggling rhino horns Earth Times 6 June 2008 Hanoi Police arrested a man accused of smuggling five rhinoceros horns weighing nearly 18 kilograms into the country an official said Tuesday Tran Van Lap 48 was arrested in the northern province of Lao Cai last Saturday on charges of illegal cross border transportation of

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  • TRAFFIC - Seizures journal legacy - Lion and rhino parts found in South Africa
    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 Bat hunters foxed Main Tonnes of illegal logs seized in Indonesia Wednesday Apr 01 2009 Lion and rhino parts found in South Africa A man believed to be Vietnamese has been arrested in Pretoria after 13 lion heads and parts of rhinos were found by police at his luxury home reports Pretoria News A real horror story Pretoria News 1 April 2009 A suspected smuggler living in an upmarket Pretoria suburb has been arrested for allegedly slaughtering lions and rhinos at his luxury

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Tough sentences for Vietnamese rhino horn smugglers in South Africa
    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 Thursday Aug 04 2011 Tough sentences for Vietnamese rhino horn smugglers in South Africa Under seige South Africa s rhinos Two men were given long prison sentences today after attempting to smuggle rhino horn from South Africa to Viet Nam Click image to enlarge Martin Harvey WWF Canon South Africa 4th August 2011 two men convicted of illegal possession of rhino horns have been given long custodial sentences by a court in South Africa Duc Manh Chu who was arrested at Johannesburg s O R Tambo Airport in June 2010 was found guilty of illegally possessing 12 rhino horns under South Africa s National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 10 NEMBA of 2004 as well as fraud under the Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964 He received a 12 year prison sentence 10 years for possession of the horns plus an additional 2 years for fraud under different legislation Ten years is the maximum prison term for infringing NEMBA and this is the highest penalty handed out to date under it for a wildlife crime The second man convicted Phi Hung Nguyeng also arrested at O R Tambo Airport in June 2010 was found guilty of illegal possession of six rhino horns and was sentenced to eight years in prison one year for each horn he possessed plus an additional two years for fraud Both men were arrested 30 minutes before the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup that South Africa hosted in 2010 During sentencing Magistrate Manyathi warned rhino poachers and rhino horn couriers that it made no difference whether you killed the rhino or carried the horns the same penalty would be handed down Demand for rhino horns in Viet Nam lies behind an unprecedented upsurge in illegal killing of rhinos in South Africa since 2008 Asian syndicates regularly use couriers to move contraband rhino horns from Africa to Asian destinations The stiff penalties handed out today have sent a strong message to rhino

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - “Loose horns”, surging demand and easy money create “perfect storm” for rhino poaching
    and horn trade Although South Africa soon enacted a range of regulations to stamp out pseudo hunting in response resourceful horn traders began recruiting others including Thai sex workers as hunters to circumvent the new rules Meanwhile criminals increasingly turned to other sources for horns in recent years at least 65 rhino horns have been stolen from public display within South Africa with similar thefts carried out in the US and in Europe In 2009 the government of South Africa placed a moratorium on national sales of rhino horns to prevent unregistered stocks so called loose horns from leaking into trade all international commercial trade in rhino products is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora CITES Law breaking wildlife industry individuals have since been convicted with harsh prison sentences handed out for illegally dehorning live rhinos and the subsequent sale of the horns to Asian buyers In April 2012 South Africa suspended the issuance of hunting licences to all Vietnamese nationals while also introducing other changes to tighten the loopholes allowing pseudo hunts The web of complicity has even drawn in a small number of rogue game ranch owners professional hunters and wildlife veterinarians adding a new and challenging dimension to the rhino poaching crisis said Shaw Rangers in South Africa are putting their lives in jeopardy protecting the continent s rhinos Although more and more resources are being expended to protect the nation s rhinos South Africa has witnessed a rapid escalation in poaching of live animals rising from 13 in 2007 to 83 2008 122 2009 333 2010 to a record 448 rhinos in 2011 In early 2012 almost two rhinos were being poached every day By 17th July this year the total stood at 281 rhinos with a predicted loss of 515 by year end if current poaching rates continue South Africa has witnessed a rising spiral of organized violent rhino related criminal activity with hard pressed authorities hitting back with increased enforcement efforts By 17th July this year there had been more arrests 176 in South Africa for rhino related crime than in all of 2010 165 with middlemen and those higher up the trade chain increasingly being collared including a number of high level arrests of Vietnamese nationals since May 2012 Rhino crime syndicates in South Africa have been linked to other criminal activities such as drug and diamond smuggling human trafficking and illegal trade in other wildlife products such as elephant ivory and abalone Of 43 documented arrests of Asian nationals for rhino crimes in South Africa 24 have been Vietnamese 56 and 13 Chinese 28 with the remainder from Thailand and Malaysia Furthermore at least three officials based at Viet Nam s Embassy in Pretoria have been documented as participants in the illegal rhino horn trade although the last such case was in late 2008 At the other end of the illicit trade chain the report identifies Viet Nam as the main market where

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