By taking on this challenge, you’ll be protecting our planet from environmental crime and exploitation. You can make a difference and help safeguard endangered species and forests for future generations. We'd love to have you on Team EIA!
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.
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.