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South Africa: Govt confirms extension of zero quota for leopard hunting

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) can confirm that a zero quota for the hunting of leopard (Panthera pardus) has been extended to 2017.

The decision is based on the review of available scientific information on the status and recovery of leopard populations in South Africa. The Scientific Authority recommended to the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa that, based on the information received and reviewed, a zero quota for 2017 for the hunting of leopard, with the possibility of introducing a precautionary hunting quota in 2018.

The zero quota for the hunting of leopard has been in place since January 2016 following an evidence-based decision by the Scientific Authority.

Read the SA Govt press release in full at www.environment.gov.za/mediarelease/deaconfirmsextension_zeroquotaofleopardhunting

#SouthAfrica #Africa #leopards #hunting

Image: Leopard with kill in tree, Limpopo, South Africa, by Raphael Melnick
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19 hours ago  ·  

Philippines: Coast Guard seizes smuggled seahorses and pangolins

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) intercepted a truck carrying smuggled marine species at Pier 4, North Harbor in Manila early Friday.

The 10-wheeler truck, transported onboard MV St. Francis Xavier of 2GO Travel, came from Bacolod City.

Lieutenant Senior Grade Jimmy Oliver Vingno, head of Coast Guard Station-Bacolod, said their station in Manila received a report that the truck is transporting endangered species.

Upon arrival, the PCG personnel, along with members of Philippine Air Force Intelligence Unit and representatives from the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), searched the vehicle.

The team recovered seven boxes containing 60 pieces of Pangolins or scaly anteaters, 13 sacks of sea horses, and one box of sea dragon.

Read in full at www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/local-news/2017/01/16/coast-guard-seizes-smuggled-marine-species-520398

#Philippines #seahorses #pangolins

Image: Archive shot of dried seahorses in Guangzhou, China, by Jgremillot
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19 hours ago  ·  

The official petition calling on the UK Government to 'Shut down the domestic ivory market in the UK' has passed 100K signatures and is now due to be debated in Parliament!

If you haven't signed it yet, please do so at petition.parliament.uk/petitions/165905

The Conservatives have pledged to shut down the UK’s domestic ivory market in their manifesto for the past two elections - but have so far failed to deliver.

“The evidence shows that the UK’s legal market provides cover for the illegal international trade, a wholly unacceptable state of affairs for a country which has shown strong leadership on elephant conservation over the past three years in particular," said EIA Executive Director Mary Rice in September, responding to a Government ivory trade announcement which amounted to business as usual.

More at eia-international.org/uks-ivory-trade-ban-just-much-smoke-mirrors

#elephants #ivory #antiques
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21 hours ago  ·