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Thailand seizes ivory headed from Congo to Laos in crates marked ‘marble’
Thai customs officials said Monday they seized 250kg (550lbs) of ivory — or about 130 tusks and pieces — hidden in crates being shipped from Africa to Asia.
The haul was headed from Congo to Laos and transited through several countries in between, said the deputy director-general of Thailand’s Customs Department, Chamroen Photiyod. He said Thai authorities received a tip-off and began tracking the shipment when it left Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia ...
This is the 11th ivory seizure the Thai Customs Department has made this year.
Thailand is a major transit hub and destination for smuggled tusks, which are often carved into tourist trinkets and ornaments.
Full story at www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/thai-authorities-seize-illegal-ivory-at-airport/2015/07...
#Thailand #Congo #Laos #Africa #elephants #ivory
Image: Thai customs officials display seized ivory in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 6, 2015 (c) Sakchai Lalit - Associated Press ... See MoreSee Less
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Cambodia: Confiscated chainsaws delivered to forest agency by monks protesting illegal logging
Activist monks hand-delivered five chainsaws confiscated by community activists to the Forestry Administration in Phnom Penh on Monday as part of a protest of illegal logging in the Prey Lang forest.
About one hundred monks took to the streets in opposition of the ongoing destruction of the northern forest, which spans hundreds of thousands of hectares across five provinces and serves as a vital watershed to the Tonle Sap river system.
Venerable Heng Raksmey, a representative of Sre Veal village in Preah Vihear province, said massive logging of the forest in his community continued unabated almost every day.
“Because of the logging of the forest without the rule of law, our weather has changed so much lately - like having strong storms, and then in the rainy season, no rain,” he said.
Joining the community activists were members of the Independent Monks Network for Social Justice, whose leader Venerable But Buntenh has been singled out by Prime Minister Hun Sen recently as a voice of dissent who should join the opposition in the much-heralded “culture of dialogue”.
... Thousands of hectares of land in Prey Lang has been granted as economic land concessions to private companies, many of which have been accused of conducting illegal logging.
Full story at www.phnompenhpost.com/national/confiscated-chainsaws-dropped-fas-doorstop
#Cambodia #forests #illegallogging #monks
Image: Demonstrators delivered five chainsaws confiscated from companies allegedly engaged in illegal logging to the offices of the Forestry Administration (c) Tat Oudom ... See MoreSee Less
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Mozambique destroys ivory & rhino horn to send clear signal
Today in Maputo, the Government of Mozambique destroyed one tonne of contraband ivory and 53 rhino horns seized from the international illegal trade.
The event is the latest in a growing number of high-profile destructions of illegal wildlife products around the world, calculated to send an unequivocal message to all involved in the illegal trade – from the poachers on the ground through the international criminal cartels and corrupt officials who facilitate the trade to the consumers – that there is no legitimate place for ivory and rhino horn but on the unique animals from which it is derived at such terrible cost.
Since playing a key role in achieving the 1989 international ban on ivory trade and campaigning hard against the two subsequent stockpile auctions approved by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) which so seriously undermined it, EIA has long advocated putting seized wildlife products beyond use.
“We welcome this bold statement by Mozambique as a demonstration of its resolve to oppose the illegal wildlife trade and to put illegal wildlife products beyond commercial use,” said EIA Executive Director Mary Rice.
“Critics of public destruction may claim, inaccurately, that such events serve no purpose but to make ivory even rarer and more valuable, but there’s no denying that they must carry some significant weight for China itself to have begun publicly destroying illegal ivory stocks.
“Indeed, at the last such event in May, Zhao Shucong, Director of China’s State Forestry Administration, made reference to the possibility that the ivory trade may eventually be halted, a step we would fully support, but it’s too early for congratulations yet.
“The reality is that the public destruction of illegal wildlife products works; it is important to keep in mind that seized ivory is already out of circulation and should under no circumstances be officially allowed back onto the market – not forgetting that allowing it back on the market would only further stimulate demand.”
Read the EIA News Update in full at eia-international.org/mozambique-destroys-ivory-rhino-horn-to-send-clear-signal
#Mozambique #Africa #China #ivory #elephants #rhino
Image: Seized ivory and rhino horn is set ablaze in Mozambique ... See MoreSee Less
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