Poaching news

A French NGO Robin des Bois publishes a very detailed breakdown of wildlife seizures every quarter. Some lowlights include the following:

Many stories on turtles and tortoise seizures, traded in many cases for the pet trade; the rampant trade in exotic birds also for the pet trade; continued seizures in primates, felines, bears and very high numbers of poaching of rhinos and elephants.

The continuing pillage of pangolins from the African wild for TCM and meat markets in China

“Pangolin scales of the species Manis gigantea, Manis temminckii, Manis tetradactyla, and Manis tricuspis leave Africa in the luggage of those flying to or back to Asia and in even larger quantities slipped into shipping containers. Then we are mainly dealing with networks with in most cases accomplices in the export and import ports. The 200 kg of scales packed in bags were destined to supply these networks. Upstream, there is a linear organization of hunters, catchers, pangolin killers, scales extraction, and
transport. The whole chain of bush meat sellers is mobilized”.

“Pangolin scales, sold for merely 200 to 300 yuan (32US$ to 48 US$) per kg abroad, have an inflated priceof 2300 yuan (369 US$) per kg in China”.

Don’t geotag your wildlife photos!

“Social networks and blogs with geotagged photos give poachers additional information
about the location of the rhinoceros and other targeted animals. It is therefore necessary
to disable the geotagging function of your devices and not provide the location and date
of the shooting”.

Full moon favoured by poachers

“376 rhinos killed this May 14 2014 in South Africa,
with 245 in the Kruger Park”.

Trade in gorilla skulls
“Seizure of 7 gorilla skulls (Gorilla spp., Appendix I) and 11 chimpanzee skulls (Pan troglodytes, Appendix I) and an elephant jaw Yaoundé, Centre Region, Cameroon
May 21, 2014. Skulls, skulls and jaws. Bones and skeletons are increasingly sought after. This time the dealer travelled by car all the way from Ebolowa to the capital Yaounde. He was arrested while negotiating the sale of the bones”.

Unusual story
Fisherman bitten by a piranha, Vosges, France
“Phosphorus grenades from World War II are hidden in the depths of the Vosges Lakes, but this is the first time that an amateur fisherman was bitten by a piranha there. The carnivorous fish, native to South America, had been thrown in by an aquarist. When will France and the European Union ban this invasive species that is likely to become accustomed to inland waters under certain weather conditions? Such a measure is urgent according to climate change specialists”.

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