The illegal trade of birds into and out of Australia is going virtually unchecked… with two sweeping government investigations failing to prosecute the smugglers they identified.
The investigations revealed the role of sophisticated networks of criminals trading eggs of native parrots with those of exotic parrots from South Africa, Singapore and the Philippines.
But despite having some of the toughest penalties in the world for wildlife crime, up to 10 years in jail and $100,000 fines, the alleged perpetrators were not even charged.
The previous national manager of investigations with the Australian Customs Service says that is because wildlife investigations are poorly resourced…
Rivaling the price of gold on the black market, rhino horn is at the center of a bloody poaching battle…
Federal agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested seven people on charges of trafficking endangered rhino horn in the United States…
Busted: orangutan trafficker prosecuted and sent to prison in Sumatra for the first time
For the first time in Medan, North Sumatra, an orangutan trader has been prosecuted and sent to prison for trafficking in the endangered apes, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The trader, who was trying to sell the three-year old orangutan, received a seven-month prison sentence, which is only the third in Indonesia since orangutans were officially protected in 1924.
In May 2011 Indonesian customs officials inspecting a shipment of fish and turtle meat bound for Vietnam came across a gruesome discovery: 5.9 metric tons of pangolin meat and another 790 kilograms of pangolin scales hidden within the cargo.
It was just one of the nearly four dozen illegal pangolin shipments seized in Indonesia, Vietnam, India, China and other countries in 2011. Conservationists estimate that as many as 41,000 to 60,000 pangolins (eight African and Asian armored anteater species from the genus Manis) were illegally killed last year for their meat and for use in traditional Asian medicine…
A small step in the right direction.
Ohio governor takes steps on exotic animals
Gov. John Kasich called for a temporary moratorium on the sale of dangerous wild animals after a collector released dozens of wild animals.
‘On Borrowed Time’ trains a spotlight on the poaching crisis in Belum-Temengor and calls for the problem to be put on the national agenda. These forests in northern Perak are of critical importance for the conservation of tigers and other endangered species, yet research and monitoring by WWF-Malaysia and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia since 2008 have documented decimation of the wildlife by relentless illegal hunting, with little standing in poachers’ way.
Filmed by award-winning Malaysian documentary makers Novista for WWF-Malaysia and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia.