Monthly Archives: May 2014

Chinese man sentenced in New Jersey to nearly 6 years for smuggling rhino horns, ivory

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS   May 27, 2014 NEWARK, New Jersey — A Chinese man who helped run an international smuggling ring that specialized in rhinoceros horns has been sentenced in New Jersey to nearly six years in federal prison.Zhifei Li (zhee-feh lee) was given a sentence of five years and 10 months on Tuesday in U.S. District Court […]

UN head to attend anti-poaching meeting in Nairobi

By BEATRICE OBWOCHA UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be in Kenya in June to attend a high level environmental meeting whose main agenda will be to address the rise in cases of poaching. The first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will bring together high level representatives from 160 UN member states and will see over 1,200 […]

DALIAN CUSTOMS SEIZES 6 IVORY TUSKS AT DAYAO BAY

DALIAN CUSTOMS SEIZES 6 IVORY TUSKS AT DAYAO BAY 23/05/2014 Dalian Evening News Dayao customs seized a large number of ivory and ivory products. Yesterday, our reporters learned that a large ivory haul was confiscated by the Dalian Customs at the Dayao bay from separate luggage cases. The total amount of ivory that was seized […]

Huge Haul of Smuggled Ivory Came From Kenya (Cambodia)

By Khy Sovuthy and Simon Henderson, The Cambodia Daily May 23, 2014 The three-ton haul of illegal elephant ivory seized by port officials on May 9 originated in Kenya and was then shipped through Malaysia to Cambodia in two freight containers, the chief of Sihanoukville Autonomous Port’s customs and excise department said Thursday. The General Department of Customs held a press conference Thursday to provide the […]

Ivory poaching funds most war and terrorism in Africa

Richard Schiffman, New Scientist 14 May 2014 AT THE headquarters of the Mara Elephant Project, Marc Goss contemplates a jumble of squiggly lines superimposed on a Google Earth map. Each line represents the recent movements of a GPS-collared elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Generally, the animals move too slowly to notice. Occasionally, however, Goss sees […]

Hong Kong Retailers Say They’ll Stop Selling Ivory

Chester Yung, Wall Street Journal China May 14, 2014 The window for buying ivory in Hong Kong is narrowing.Three local sellers of everything from dinner wear to curios said on Wednesday that ivory was no longer welcome on their shelves. Wing On Department Store said it would stop selling ivory products in July, while Yue Hwa Chinese Products […]

Close the U.S. Ivory Market for Good

By Cristián Samper and Susan Lieberman May 19, 2014 It’s been said that insanity is doing the same action over and over and expecting a different outcome. We have been mindful of that idea as we’ve followed the reactions from supporters of commercial ivory sales to restrictions recently imposed by President Obama at the suggestion of his Advisory Council […]

How wildlife crime links us all to conflicts in Africa

Editorial, New Scientist15 May 2014 The funding of Boko Haram’s atrocities by the illegal ivory trade show that poaching is not just a problem for conservationists, but for all of usMORE than 200 girls abducted by terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria; 23,000 African elephants killed for their tusks last year. On the surface all these crimes have in […]

Police recover ivory worth Sh1.7m, arrest two men (Kenya)

CYRUS OMBATI, Standard Digital May 11th 2014 Nairobi, Kenya: Police have arrested two men and recovered seven elephant tusks weighing 17 kilogrammes with a value of Sh1.7 million in Nairobi. The duo was driving in a Toyota Probox on Mbogani Road in Karen, when Special Crimes Prevention Unit officers intercepted them. Police said the suspects had hid the ivory […]

UNDP: Community involvement crucial in fight against poaching (Tanzania)

The Guardian 12th May 2014 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said that community-based natural resource management is a key long-term solution to elephant poaching and illegal wildlife trade. According to UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, communities living near national parks and game reserves are crucial in the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade. “Everyone in a community, including […]