Wildlife smuggling http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/34661/all en Wildlife groups urge sanctions for ivory offenders http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/wildlife-groups-urge-sanctions-ivory-offenders <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Conservationists on Thursday called for sanctions against the world's top offender nations in the illegal ivory trade to tackle a surge in poaching of African elephants.</p> <p>Wildlife groups WWF and TRAFFIC issued a joint call for governments due to meet in Bangkok next month under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to take action against host country Thailand as well as Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/wildlife-groups-urge-sanctions-ivory-offenders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Elephants Environment Wildlife smuggling AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:03:04 +0000 5762012 at http://www.globalpost.com Activists want ivory sanctions on Thailand, others http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/activists-want-ivory-sanctions-thailand-others <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thailand, which is set to host a UN summit on endangered species next month, along with several other countries should face sanctions for their role in the swelling illegal ivory trade, wildlife conservationists said Thursday.</p> <p>The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC called in a statement on the 177 governments set to attend the Bangkok meeting "to begin a formal procedure that would lead to strict trade restrictions against the worst offenders in the illicit ivory trade." </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/activists-want-ivory-sanctions-thailand-others" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Environment Wildlife smuggling AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:16:27 +0000 5762036 at http://www.globalpost.com WWF urges Thailand, Congo and Nigeria to ban ivory trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/wwf-urges-thailand-congo-and-nigeria-ban-ivory-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Geneva, Feb 21 (EFE).- Some 30,000 elephants are slaughtered each year for their ivory tusks, a figure that could be reduced dramatically if Thailand, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria banned the ivory trade, the World Wildlife Fund, or WWF, said Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/wwf-urges-thailand-congo-and-nigeria-ban-ivory-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Ivory Technology Wildlife smuggling World Wildlife Fund Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:26:26 +0000 5767277 at http://www.globalpost.com Charging China demand drives deadly ivory trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/charging-china-demand-drives-deadly-ivory-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Surrounded by sculptures carved from the white tusks of African elephants -- which are being slaughtered in their tens of thousands -- Beijing saleswoman Chen Yu says the ivory trade is thriving.</p> <p>"Business is good," Chen said, pointing out a 1.2 million yuan ($200,000) ivory statue of Buddhist figure Guanyin, who is associated with compassion. "That's one of our biggest sculptures... it was carved in Beijing," she said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/charging-china-demand-drives-deadly-ivory-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technology Visual arts Wildlife smuggling Zoology AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:01:48 +0000 5769256 at http://www.globalpost.com Thailand a "bottomless pit" for ivory laundering: NGOs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130301/thailand-bottomless-pit-ivory-laundering-ngos <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Paul Carsten</p> <p>BANGKOK, March 1 (Reuters) - Ivory is easy to find on the stalls of Chatuchak Market and River City mall in Bangkok. On display at just one shop are hundreds of kilograms of carved elephant tusk, unthinkable in most capitals but freely and legitimately for sale in Thailand.</p> <p>As many as 30,000 elephants were slaughtered globally last year, environmental groups say, and populations are rapidly dwindling, with poachers undeterred by a ban on the international ivory trade in existence since 1989.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130301/thailand-bottomless-pit-ivory-laundering-ngos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Law Wildlife smuggling Zoology Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:30:29 +0000 5770530 at http://www.globalpost.com Google urged to remove ads for ivory, whale products http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/google-urged-remove-ads-ivory-whale-products <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Conservationists have urged Internet giant Google to remove thousands of advertisements promoting products made from endangered whales and elephants.</p> <p>Campaign group The Environmental Investigation Agency said Tuesday that it had written to Google CEO Larry Page last month appealing for the removal of more than 1,400 ads promoting whale products and 10,000 ads for elephant ivory products on its Japanese shopping site.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/google-urged-remove-ads-ivory-whale-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Elephants Environment Technology Wildlife smuggling AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:45:36 +0000 5773700 at http://www.globalpost.com Passports for 'endangered' musical instruments http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/passports-endangered-musical-instruments <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>From pianos with ivory keys to violin bows crafted with tortoise shell, musical instruments made from protected species will soon be able to roam the globe more easily -- with their own passports.</p> <p>The 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed on Wednesday to create a system of certificates for such instruments, which currently need a new permit each time they travel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/passports-endangered-musical-instruments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Keyboard instruments Piano Wildlife smuggling AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 04:30:29 +0000 5781932 at http://www.globalpost.com Passports for 'endangered' musical instruments http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/passports-for-endangered-musical-instruments <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>From pianos with ivory keys to violin bows crafted with tortoise shell, musical instruments made from protected species will soon be able to roam the globe more easily -- with their own passports.</p> <p>The 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed on Wednesday to create a system of certificates for such instruments, which currently need a new permit each time they travel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/passports-for-endangered-musical-instruments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Keyboard instruments Piano Wildlife smuggling AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 05:46:00 +0000 5781966 at http://www.globalpost.com Seized ivory to undergo DNA tests to track trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/seized-ivory-undergo-dna-tests-track-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Countries making large seizures of illegal ivory will be required to conduct DNA tests to determine their origin under new anti-trafficking measures adopted on Wednesday.</p> <p>The agreement at a major wildlife conservation conference in Bangkok follows a surge in poaching of the African elephant to the worst levels since international ivory trade was banned in 1989.</p> <p>Conservationists say origin, transit and consumer countries are all struggling to tackle criminal gangs involved in the lucrative trade.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/seized-ivory-undergo-dna-tests-track-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Wildlife smuggling Zoology AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:45:36 +0000 5782128 at http://www.globalpost.com Ivory trade 'Gang of Eight' escape sanctions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/ivory-trade-gang-eight-escape-sanctions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Eight nations accused of failing to do enough to tackle the illegal trade in elephant ivory escaped sanctions at a major wildlife meeting on Thursday.</p> <p>The plight of Africa's elephants was one of the top issues at a more than a week of talks bringing together the 178 member nations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok.</p> <p>The conference identified Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as well as transit countries Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and top markets China and Thailand as making insufficient efforts to curb the trade.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/ivory-trade-gang-eight-escape-sanctions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Elephants Wildlife smuggling AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:31:31 +0000 5783283 at http://www.globalpost.com Governments boost support for sharks, elephants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/governments-boost-support-sharks-elephants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A major meeting on the plight of endangered species wrapped up Thursday with a victory for shark conservationists and increased pressure on countries to curb rampant illegal trade in ivory.</p> <p>In what was hailed as a "historic day" for the world's oldest predator, protection for the oceanic whitetip shark, the porbeagle, three types of hammerhead and the manta ray won final approval by the 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/governments-boost-support-sharks-elephants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Fish Technology Wildlife smuggling AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:01:41 +0000 5783382 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines first in Asia to destroy ivory tusks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130621/philippines-first-asia-destroy-ivory-tusks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Philippines destroyed five tonnes of elephant tusks on Friday in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as one of the world's worst hotspots for illegal African ivory trading.</p> <p>The backhoe of a bulldozer began crushing hundreds of tusks in a wildlife bureau carpark, as the nation became the first in Asia to eliminate its multi-million-dollar stockpile.</p> <p>"This act is a strong statement to the rest of the world that the Philippines will not tolerate the illegal wildlife trade," Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130621/philippines-first-asia-destroy-ivory-tusks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Politics Wildlife smuggling Zoology AFP Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:09:35 +0000 5863099 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines first in Asia to destroy ivory tusks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130621/philippines-first-asia-destroy-ivory-tusks-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Philippines began destroying five tonnes of elephant tusks on Friday in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as one of the world's worst hotspots for illegal African ivory trading.</p> <p>The backhoe of a bulldozer began crushing hundreds of tusks in a wildlife bureau carpark, as the nation became the first in Asia to eliminate its multi-million-dollar stockpile.</p> <p>"This act is a strong statement to the rest of the world that the Philippines will not tolerate the illegal wildlife trade," Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130621/philippines-first-asia-destroy-ivory-tusks-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Politics Wildlife smuggling Zoology AFP Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:16:35 +0000 5863163 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines set to destroy ivory tusks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130621/philippines-set-destroy-ivory-tusks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Philippines is set to destroy five tonnes of elephant tusks on Friday in a high-profile event aimed at shedding its image as one of the world's worst hotspots for illegal African ivory trading.</p> <p>Environment department officials are scheduled to use a road roller to crush the so-called "blood ivory", becoming the first country in Asia to destroy its multi-million-dollar stockpile.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130621/philippines-set-destroy-ivory-tusks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Politics Wildlife smuggling Zoology AFP Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:25:26 +0000 5863338 at http://www.globalpost.com Wildlife group says poaching funds Somalia's Shebab http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/wildlife-group-says-poaching-funds-somalias-shebab <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Somalia's Shebab militia, which carried out a bloody attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall, is in part funded by the poaching trade, wildlife activists said Thursday.</p> <p>"Over the last 18 months, we've been investigating the involvement of the Shebab in trafficking ivory through Kenya," Andrea Crosta, executive director of the Elephant Action League told AFP.</p> <p>The trade "could be supplying up to 40 percent of the funds needed to keep them in business."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/wildlife-group-says-poaching-funds-somalias-shebab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earth Environment Wildlife smuggling AFP Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:16:21 +0000 5945677 at http://www.globalpost.com