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Thailand: Nine more Cambodian illegal rosewood loggers arrested
Troops, police and park officials arrested nine more Cambodian illegal loggers in Thap Lan National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province after they were captured committing the alleged crime by online cameras.
The nine were arrested on Tuesday morning. On Monday night, Thai authorities had arrested nine other Cambodian suspects.
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The first group of suspects were arrested after the NCAPS (Network-Centric Anti-Poaching System) cameras detected their alleged illegal activity and alerted officials.
They were arrested on Monday night when they were about to make off with 99 processed planks of Siamese rosewood in their backpacks. Nine others managed to flee but the authorities pursued them and made the arrests the following morning.
Full story at www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30327206
#Thailand #Cambodia #Chia #rosewood #illegallogging #deforestation
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40 minutes ago ·
Wildlife pays the price of Kenya's illegal grazing
... Months of invasions by sometimes armed semi-nomadic herders, and tens of thousands of their livestock, have had a disastrous impact on the wildlife of a region [Laikipia] heralded as a conservation success story.
The large-scale walk-ons, driven by drought and politics, have begun to abate thanks to some rain and the completion of last month's local elections.
Now conservationists are beginning to count the cost.
African wild dogs, elephants, buffalo, lions, giraffes, zebra and antelope have all been affected by shooting, starvation and disease, or by being forced out of their usual habitats.
Canine distemper, a virus most likely caught from the pastoralists' attendant mongrels, has wiped out scores of endangered wild dogs ...
Elephants have also died at a tremendous rate, with 84 deliberately killed in the first half of 2017, compared to 75 during the whole of 2016 ...
Read in full at sg.news.yahoo.com/wildlife-pays-price-kenyas-illegal-grazing-091905813.html
#Kenya #Africa #dogs #elephants #buffalo #lions #giraffes #zebra #antelopes
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5 hours ago ·
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are under fresh threat in the EU
Fishing nets and gear pose a significant threat to dolphins, porpoises and whales. Accidental entanglement in fishing gear often proves fatal to cetaceans. Those animals unable to free themselves will endure horrific deaths, suffering serious injuries while struggling to escape and eventually suffocating underwater.
... Yet, despite legally binding requirements to monitor and reduce cetacean bycatch, high numbers of dolphins, porpoises and whales continue to die unnecessarily in our waters. There has been a failure to sufficiently monitor cetacean bycatch in most fisheries, which – in turn – has also hampered attempts to take effective mitigation measures to eliminate the problem.
Recognising the weaknesses in the current cetacean bycatch legislation, last year the European Commission adopted a proposal to repeal it and incorporate its provisions into a new regulation on the conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures as part of a wider suite of measures to protect marine ecosystems.
This proposed legislation provides an opportunity to improve monitoring and mitigation requirements against cetacean bycatch, but sadly lacks the detailed technical measures that are necessary. It is now up to both the Council and Parliament to try to strengthen the legislation to provide European cetaceans with the increased protection that they desperately need.
Read in full at www.euractiv.com/section/all/opinion/cetaceans-are-under-fresh-threat-in-the-eu/
#whales #dolphins #porpoises #fishing #bycatch #EU European Commission European Parliament
Image: Archive shot of a gray whale caught in a net (c) BobTalbot, via Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program - used for illustrative purposes only ... See MoreSee Less
22 hours ago ·