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India: Gang of animal hide traders busted, snow leopard skin seized
New Delhi, May 5 (PTI) With the arrest of three persons, Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang of animal hide traders and recovered from their possession the skin of a snow leopard, an endangered species.
The last time Delhi Police had recovered snow leopards hide was around 23 years ago, a senior official said.
The accused have been identified as Ram Singh (28), Tej Singh (23) and Jigmed Ram (20). They allegedly procured the hides of rare predator animals from high altitude areas in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
Two of the accused were arrested on Tuesday and the police recovered the 8 feet 10 inches-long hide of an adult leopard from their possession. Yesterday, the third member was arrested and 4 ft-long hide of a snow leopard was found from his possession, the official said.
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Kenya’s courageous ivory pyre a statement of intent
Last week, the eyes of the world’s media were firmly fixed on Kenya.
With a high level Heads of State meeting in Nanyuki – The Giants Club Summit – followed by the largest ever public burning of stockpiled ivory, presided over by Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta, the wires were buzzing with speculation and discussion as to what these events might mean for the future of Africa’s elephants.
... Many connotations were attached to this message by a range of media and pundits: that by burning they would reduce poaching; by burning they would reduce demand; by burning they would stop trade.
From where I stood, and in conversation with some of the key decision-makers behind the event, it was not so nuanced – it was simply the nation of Kenyan taking a courageous and unambiguous step by putting its money where its mouth is.
Read Mary Rice's new blog in full at eia-international.org/kenyas-courageous-ivory-pyre-statement-intent
#Kenya #Africa #ivory #elephants The Giants Club Summit Space for Giants
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1 hour ago ·
India: Madhya Pradesh curbs pangolin smuggling to China with 82 arrests from nine states
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh ... is now being lauded at international forums for its big breakthrough in busting the Indo-China pangolin smuggling syndicate.
With 82 smugglers arrested from nine states across country, the Chinese fetish for aphrodisiacs from pangolin oil has been stomped out by the big bust.
LEARN more about the illegal trade hammering pangolins:
* Mapping crime: Pangolin illegal trade incidents ht.ly/4ns5Jh
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Now, Special Task Force of state forest department is working with Interpol to nab remaining gang bases in China, Vietnam, Nepal and Malaysia. They were brutal gangsters, who would dip pangolins in boiling water to extract scales. The pan-India network and supply link to China has been wiped out.
More than 50,000 pangolin species have been smuggled out in last few years. The figure could be more, but STF officials shy away from disclosing data. "Forget about what we have lost, at least the remaining ones can survive," said an STF officer.
The big catch in the syndicate chain was Rajkumar Bothra, 45, resident of Kareemnagar area in Assam. He was nabbed after a tip-off by Kolkata-based marine engineer Danish and 12 others in May 2015. Bothra is said to be one of the middleman in the international syndicate involved in [smuggling] Indian pangolins to China and Vietnam.
This gang allegedly confessed to poaching and trafficking of 100 pangolins from Madhya Pradesh to China in last 12 months. Officials also confiscated 2kg pangolin scales from their possession. Blood, meat and scales of pangolins are sold to traditional medical practitioners at a premium in south eastern countries.
Read the full story at timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Madhya-Pradesh-curbs-pangolin-smuggling-to-China-with-82-...
#India #China #Vietnam #Nepal #Malaysia #pangolins
Image: Left, five tonnes of pangolins seized in Indonesia en route to Hong Kong or China via Vietnam, April 2015 (c) Paul Hilton for Wildlife Conservation Society; right, pangolin ... See MoreSee Less
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