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Indonesian cop jailed for eight years for timber smuggling

Indonesian cop is jailed for eight years for major timber smuggling racket   LONDON: Timber-smuggling Indonesian police officer Labora Sitorus has been jailed for eight years after a legal appeal overturned the shockingly lenient verdict handed down earlier this year by a court in West Papua. Low-ranking Sitorus was originally charged with illegal logging, fuel smuggling […]

Warning to seafood expo: don’t support whale slaughter

European campaign warns seafood expo: ‘don’t support whale slaughter’   LONDON: An alliance of 13 leading conservation groups is this week urging major buyers at Europe’s biggest seafood trade show not to do business with Icelandic seafood company HB Grandi because of its strong links to whaling. HB Grandi is controlled by the whaling and […]

‘No surprise’ over huge rhino horn theft in South Africa

PRETORIA: Speakers at the recent Pretoria conference on rhino horn trade, where experts from around the world warned that South Africa would fail to control a legalised trade in rhino horn, have reacted with dismay, but no surprise, at the news that 40-70 rhino horns have been stolen from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency. […]

Action alert: Tell Rakuten to end elephant ivory sales

Internet retail giant Rakuten did the right thing last week by banning ads for whales and dolphin products shortly after the release of our report, albeit seeking to save face by claiming the move was due to the unrelated UN court ruling against fraudulent Japanese ‘scientific’ whaling in the Antarctic. But the company is still […]

Action alert: Tell the EU to say ‘no’ to single-use plastic bags

Millions of marine mammals, birds, turtles and fish die every year as a result of entanglement or ingestion of marine debris, choking and entangled in man-made litter. Plastic bags are the third most common type of litter found on European beaches, lakes and rivers. Used for just a few minutes, they last for centuries in […]

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