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- 2005. Nepal, Kathmandu. Tiger skin - Mole/EIA
- 1998. India pench tiger skull - Joanna Van Gruisen/EIA
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- 2005. China, Litang. Tiger costumes - Belinda Wright/WPSI/EIA
- Elliott Neep
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Following EIA's Sin City report, the Kings Romans resort (and hub of illegal wildlife trade) in Laos continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons ...
'All bets are off inside Laos' jungle sin city'
... Alongside gambling a whole host of other bacchanalian industries have sprung up to cater to punters looking to play away from prying eyes in their homelands.
Sex workers openly ply their trade on the sidewalks or at the myriad massage parlours.
"People love to come here with friends and book private rooms," explains a Chinese member of staff at a disco near the casino.
"Most are men and they bring in girls."
Conservationists say the SEZ also caters to those with illegal culinary tastes.
* Read the EIA report 'Sin City: Illegal wildlife trade in Laos’ Special Economic Zone' at ht.ly/QpUlS
A recent probe by campaign group the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found visitors could openly buy products from endangered species including tigers, leopards, elephants, rhinos and bears.
Restaurants offered sauteed tiger meat, bear paws and live pangolins on their menus.
"One business kept a live python and a bear cub in cages, both of which were available to eat on request," the NGO's investigators found.
During AFP's visit in early April, the businesses allegedly unmasked by the EIA investigation were no longer open.
Full story at uk.news.yahoo.com/bets-off-inside-laos-jungle-064446993.html#4H5TLqy
#Laos #China #tigers #ivory #rhino
Image: Big cat skeleton in a vat of tiger bone wine, from the Kings Romans brochure ... See MoreSee Less
7 hours ago ·
EIA co-founder Dave Currey blogs on the failures of the 'use it or lose it' policy for wildlife ...
'Cecil "use it or lose it" policy drives elephant slaughter'
The cruel death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe is no accident. Hunting associations may be calling for prosecutions, but that’s not because this is a one-off case. It’s because they’ve been caught.
According to the Guardian an Oxford University study was looking “into the impact of sports hunting on lions living in the safari area surrounding the national park. The research found that 34 of 62 tagged lions died during the study period. 24 were shot by sport hunters. Sport hunters in the safari areas surrounding the park killed 72% of tagged adult males from the study area.”
Zimbabwe, along with South Africa, Namibia and Botswana have been leading a southern African policy of “use it or lose it” for decades. They argue that unless wildlife has a money value (by killing it) the local communities will not tolerate wildlife on their doorstep.
There have been some well publicised success stories where the lives of a few elephants, paid for and shot by wealthy sport hunters, have convinced communities to return their cattle areas to wildlife. Schools have been built and water pumps installed. On the advice of highly paid US and European public relations companies journalists have been flown out to witness this pragmatic miracle.
This policy has riddled the debate over international trade in wildlife for four decades with the world’s largest conservation group WWF trumpeting “use it or lose it” at many international fora. Unsurprisingly their support of some trade in ivory has been less publicised in their fundraising literature.
The cost of these few success stories to our natural world and the brave Africans protecting their wildlife has been immense. The frontline battleground to push this policy has always been the trade in ivory.
Read Dave's blog in full at www.davecurrey.com/#!CECIL-USE-IT-OR-LOSE-IT-POLICY-DRIVES-ELEPHANT-SLAUGHTER/c1x7q/55bf3ef10cf28...
#elephants #ivory #hunting #poaching
Image: Young elephant mourning at a matriarch's poached carcass, Kenya 2011 (c) Dave Currey / EIA ... See MoreSee Less
8 hours ago ·
Thailand: Laos overlooked in ivory trade blitz
When customs officers at Suvarnabhumi airport recently intercepted huge stashes of ivory stuffed inside shipments of beans and tea leaves, the seizures were described as groundbreaking international police work.
Europol, the international police agency, said the sting operation that led to them was "the biggest ever coordinated international law enforcement operation targeting the illegal trade in endangered species".
But there was a major omission in the operation, which took place over the past four months and uncovered more than 1,300 elephant tusks: There was no cooperation with and no arrests in the country to which the ivory was being shipped - Laos. In recent years, Laos has become a major transit point for a variety of exotic and endangered animals.
Many countries across the world have enhanced their campaigns against wildlife trafficking syndicates that are draining Asia's jungles and the African savannah of elephants, rhinoceroses and other animals, many of them considered choice foods in parts of Asia. But Laos, run by its secretive and authoritarian communist government, stands out as a bastion of impunity, say those involved in the crackdown.
Full story at www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/641332/laos-overlooked-in-ivory-trade-blitz
#Thailand #Laos #elephants #ivory
Image: The Suvarnabhumi airport bust last April weighed out at four tonnes for 700 elephant tusks, the biggest illegal ivory seizure in Thai history, via bangkokpost.com ... See MoreSee Less
8 hours ago ·