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Tanzania in denial & still trying to spin elephant poaching crisis
Finally admitting this week that it has presided over a catastrophic 60 per cent collapse in its elephant population due to poaching in the past five years, the Government of Tanzania is still flailing around in denial.
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has been investigating ivory trafficking out of Tanzania since the current upsurge in elephant poaching began in 2006 and in November 2014 released its landmark Vanishing Point report, which revealed that Chinese-led criminal gangs are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory.
In an apparent bid to shirk official responsibility, the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, has partially blamed the 60 per cent elephant population decline on migration.
The reality is that since January the Government has deliberately suppressed the elephant census figures, which show a fall in numbers from 110,000 in 2009 to 43,521 last year. Despite the census being conducted between May and November 2014, the results are only now being released, on the grounds that they needed to be validated or a recount conducted.
Tanzania has been here before – in 2009 a similar report highlighting a serious drop in elephant numbers in the Selous was buried. The figures, to great official embarrassment, were subsequently leaked at a major international meeting.
Faced with such a major and ongoing crisis, the Government has defiantly moved to curb transparency on the issue when last month its Parliament passed an oppressive Statistics Bill which in effect allows it to bury any number of embarrassing realities by making it a criminal offence to publish data not endorsed by the National Bureau of Statistics. Earlier this year, the Government banned sales of The East African newspaper in Tanzania which, among other important issues, had also widely covered EIA’s Vanishing Point report ...
EIA Elephants Campaign team leader Mary Rice said: “It’s been nearly a decade since EIA first exposed the scale of poaching and ivory trafficking in Tanzania and, despite all the warning signals and the wealth of information available to the Government, it appears that no genuine effort has been made to contain the crisis and secure the future of elephants in Tanzania."
Read EIA's News Update in full at eia-international.org/tanzania-in-denial-still-trying-to-spin-elephant-poaching-crisis
#Tanzania #China #elephants #ivory #corruption
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3 hours ago ·
Ecuador seizes huge illegal shark fin haul destined for Asia
Police in Ecuador have seized around 200,000 sharks fins which were about to be illegally exported to Asia.
The fins - often used to make soup - were discovered after raids on nine locations in the port city of Manta.
Six people, including a Chinese national, have been arrested on charges of damaging wildlife.
Interior Minister Jose Serrano said at least 50,000 sharks had been killed by the traffickers.
He said the authorities had "dealt a major blow to an international network that trafficked shark fins".
#Ecuador #China #sharks #finning
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6 hours ago ·
India: Proposed highway through Sariska encroaches through tiger territory
A proposed four-lane highway through Sariska tiger reserve in Rajasthan has risen the hackles of environmentalists and conservationists across the country.
Wildlife activists are quoted as saying in a Hindustan Times report that they dread the prospect as the Rajasthan government's plan eats into the predator’s already shrinking habitat.
According to honorary wildlife warden Anil Jain, the government cannot widen the road without first consulting the state wildlife board and the national tiger conservation authority (NTCA), as the state highway passes through the core area of the tiger reserve.
The proposed highway encroaches on the territory of two tigers in the national park, and it will destroy the animals natural environment with traffic and human interference.
Reports suggest that Sariska currently has 13 tigers, including two full-grown males, seven females and four cubs and the latest tiger count in February reported a 30 percent rise since 2010 numbers.
... There is enough evidence to suggest that encroachment into national parks and wildlife reserves only hurts the attempt at conservation. In Assam, elephant movement through Assam has severely been affected due to the setting up of railway tracks and also construction of concrete walls along the railway line.
Full story at www.firstpost.com/india/tigers-go-proposed-highway-sariska-encroaches-tiger-territory-2276528.html
Image: Tigers were reintroduced in the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, India, after the sanctuary lost all its tigers to poachers (c) Anjana Pasricha/VOA ... See MoreSee Less
8 hours ago ·