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Illegal Trade of Wildlife Species: A Dangerous Smuggler Caught at Bertoua (Cameroon)

Cameroun Link
November 12, 2014
“Angloo” was in possession of a head, four members of chimpanzees and many parts of an elephant, including skin and bones.
Agents of the forests and fauna of Bertoua, in the eastern region, have struck a blow. On October 18, 2014, they put hands on a trafficker of wildlife products.  The thirty-five-year-old suspect, popularly known as “Angloo” even violently attacked a Constable who was part of the team who carried out his arraignment. A witness reported that, although he was handcuffed, the trafficker continued to utter threats when he was led to the territorial brigade of Bertoua.  It was noted that “Angloo” is a recidivist who was being questioned again for the same behavior. According to our sources, he is recognized as one of the biggest traffickers in the eastern region and apparently he has never desisted in this. Apparently, prior to his arrest, he had tried to sell two peaks of ivory to a customer coming from Yaoundé. He is best known for having very often supplied customers of different nationalities by providing them with products of protected wildlife species, demonstrating his international connections. Recently, added our sources, he gave the heads and members of chimpanzees to a Nigerian client. While residing in the capital of the eastern region, he had a base at Nden-Nden, a town regarded as his centre of operation where he transported products using his bike to deliver them to Bertoua. Other witnesses noted that he is also known as the supplier of ammunition to his network of poachers.
His arrest was facilitated by the NGO, The Last Great Ape Organization (Laga), which provided technical assistance. It is the NGOs that participated in the arrest, a few weeks ago, a man of thirty-nine years, Batouri, for the illegal detention of pangolin scales weighing 150 kg. Five skulls of gorillas, seven chimpanzee skulls, and the jaw of an elephant were found among the scales. The man was described as a leading Marc dealer, a Department of the Kadey district. In any case, these operations have gained momentum in the regions East and South since the beginning of October, and observers believe that this initiative falls perpendicular to stem the traffic of wild species in these regions regarded as home to a large number of wildlife species protected in the country. Thirty-nine  points of ivory were seized recently from a man who was carrying bags of cocoa beans from Supran to Sangmélima.
It should be noted that the intensification of anti-poaching operations in this part of the country is the result of the excellent information on incoming traffic and the urgent need to react and especially the fact that officials of the fauna of these regions now pressure traffickers who are responsible for the disappearance of many wildlife species in the country. We understand that if these trends will crescendo and extend to other parts of the country, the Ministry of forests and wildlife would no doubt become one of the key ministerial departments at the forefront of the fight against the inertia regarding the extinction of wildlife species in the country.


Anti-elephant poaching story goes viral in China

December 20, 2013

A newspaper story about the impact of the ivory trade has gone viral in China, raising awareness among millions of Chinese, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

The story, published November 15 in Southern Weekly  has been shared widely across Chinese web sites and social media, according to the conservation group.

“The total views of the original Southern Weekly Tweets and Retweets on Weibo (China’s Twitter/Facebook hybrid) exceeded 10 million. Most of these “netizens,” or members of the Chinese online public, were from Tier 1 Chinese cities (Beijing, Chongqing, Guangdong), the most significant consumers of ivory,” said WCS in a statement.

“The article was reposted on 24 online discussion forums or Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) including Mop and Tianya, two of the most popular in China. Thousands of comments were generated on the Tianya BBS forum alone. Overall over 5,000 comments on the article were posted on Weibo, BBS fora, and other websites.”

The story received wide play outside environmental news, being picked up on finance sites, according to WCS.

“This represents an important shift for the topic of ivory from the specialist environmental pages to the mainstream debate,” said the group.

The article, titled “The Blood Ivory: Behind the Largest Ivory Smuggling Cases in China”, identified Chinese consumption as the main driver of elephant poaching. It noted links between the ivory trade and terror and rebel groups in Africa.

The ivory trade has exploded in recent years due to surging demand from middle class consumers in China. Conservationists estimate that up to 35,000 elephants may have been killed in 2012 alone.

The carnage has spurred several NGO’s, including WCS, to step up campaigns targeting both the supply and demand sides of the trade. In September, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) gave these efforts a boost when it launched a massive push to catalyze support for stopping “blood ivory”.

But reaching Chinese buyers has remained a challenge. Therefore WCS welcomed the news that elephant ivory is now garnering attention in China.

“To have the influential mainstream media make the link between the elephant crisis and the Chinese demand for ivory is hugely significant,” Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, said in a statement.

“In China, it’s not just what is said but who says it,” added Joe Walston, Executive Director of WCS’s Asia Program. “To have the Southern Weekly give its front page to an article highlighting China’s role in the ivory trade is monumental. This is no longer a fringe topic.”