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'What are NGOs doing to stop the slaughter of Africa’s elephants?'
Over the past three years, NGOs have launched multi-million dollar campaigns to highlight the plight of Africa’s elephants and raise funds to halt their slaughter. Yet elephants remain under siege, with some 100,000 elephants lost to poaching in that time alone. Jane Edge navigates the philanthropic world and highlights its wastage, as well as its successes in protecting Africa’s giants ...
... In Tanzania the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is shining a light on the Government corruption fuelling its massive poaching industry. Nearly half of Africa’s annual ivory haul is thought to hail from Tanzania, with its elephant population plummeting from 109,000 in 2009 to less than 70,000 today. Vanishing Point, the EIA’s pull-no-punches report published in November 2014, details how Chinese-led criminal gangs conspire with corrupt Tanzanian officials to move huge amounts of ivory out of the country. Tanzania vehemently denies the allegations, but the Government is under the spotlight and struggling to avoid international censure. EIA’s executive director, Mary Rice, is also on a mission to bring about changes in international laws and government policies.
NGOs such as these eschew flash offices and business class travel, work on frugal budgets, and often perform dangerous undercover investigative work.
Read the full in-depth article at magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-42/elephant-charities-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly/
#Africa #Asia #elephants #ivory ... See MoreSee Less
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Chinese group plans to widen Antarctic krill fishing operations
China's state-owned agricultural development enterprise is planning to achieve a seven-fold growth in the annual catch of Antarctic krill, which environmentalists consider ‘alarming.’
As it has been reported in China Daily, this planned expansion, which would test the strength of the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), an Australian-based organisation managing Antarctic fisheries.
Sector sources highlight that this news takes place after China has decided its position against the creation of big marine reserves at the last meeting of the CCAMLR.
"Krill provides very good quality protein that can be processed into food and medicine," The China National Agricultural Development group chairperson Liu Shenli pointed out, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
According to the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), there may be about 500 million tonnes of a single species of krill (Euphausia superba) in the Southern Ocean and last year, five countries caught 291,370 tonnes for the growing krill oil nutraceuticals industry, and for aquaculture fishmeal.
China has the largest fleet authorised to fish for krill in the Antarctic, with eight 5000 to 7000-tonne factory freezer trawlers. Its agricultural group controls the country's largest high-seas fishing fleet, media sources consulted by FIS.com reported.
Full story at www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=14&id=75789&l=e&special=&ndb=1%20target=
#China #Antarctic #fishing #krill
Image: Antarctic krill, by Uwe Kils ... See MoreSee Less
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Vietnam: 65kg of smuggled rhino horns, ivory busted at Hanoi airport
Customs officers at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport on Thursday discovered 65.42 kilograms of rhino horns and ivory being shipped from France on a Vietnam Airlines flight.
The shipment consisted of two boxes that contained 18 ivory parts weighing a total of 60.56 kilograms, and three rhino horns weighing 4.86 kilograms, according to the airport customs office.
The ivory may be of African elephants, they said.
The shipment was to be sent to VNPost Express Joint Stock Company.
Full story at www.thanhniennews.com/society/65-kgs-of-smuggled-rhino-horns-ivory-busted-at-hanoi-airport-42265....
#Vietnam #rhino #ivory
Image: A box containing ivory and rhino horns seized by Customs at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport on April 16, 2015 (c) Dan Tri ... See MoreSee Less
17 hours ago ·