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China: Beijing Forest Police smash major wildlife trafficking ring
Beijing Forest Police today announced the arrest of 16 suspects in a major wildlife trafficking case code-named “May 21”, which led to the confiscation of wildlife products including 804.4kg ivory, 11.3kg rhino horn and 35 bear paws.
Beijing Forest Police told a press conference the seizure was the biggest ever in terms of the scale of the smuggling operations behind it. Police said the total value of the haul was in the region of RMB24 million (almost $4 million).
The criminal gang behind the trafficking were said to possess their own processing factory, warehouses and vehicles for transportation.
The three month operation uncovered a trafficking ring that led from Japan through Hong Kong to mainland China, where the gang was said to operate across a network that ranged from Guangdong to Shandong and Beijing, using antique shops as cover for their operations and using online illegal trading and couriers for their distribution.
Full story at www.traffic.org/home/2015/10/12/beijing-forest-police-smash-major-wildlife-trafficking-ring.html
#China #Japan #elephants #ivory #rhino #bears
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18 hours ago ·
We would like to say a massive thank you to supporters Sophie Kay and Sarah House for taking on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon for EIA yesterday morning.
It was a beautiful day to tackle the 13.1mile route and both Sophie and Sarah had a great race, crossing the finish line in under three hours. They also did a brilliant job fundraising and have so far raised a combined £1,390 for EIA. Funds raised will go directly towards our vital work fighting environmental crime, and if you would like to make a donation, there is still time to sponsor them using the links below:
Sponsor Sarah - uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SarahHouse2
Sponsor Sophie - uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SophieKay1
We couldn’t continue our work without the support of people like you, and we appreciate everything you have done for us.
Congratulations from everyone here at EIA!
#fundraising #halfmarathon #challengeevent #royalparkshalf
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21 hours ago ·
Himalayan habitat of rare snub-nosed monkeys in Myanmar threatened by deforestation
The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey has been known to spend rainy days crouching with its head between its knees. Scientists believe this behaviour prevents water from entering the monkey’s exposed nostrils, which causes the monkey to sneeze.
If snub-nosed monkeys could read, however, scientists would do well to consider another explanation — that the monkeys got their hands on the latest report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and are depressed by its bleak predictions about their habitat.
The EIA report was published just two weeks before another report, this one by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), which highlights the 211 new species of plants and animals discovered between 2009 and 2014 in the Himalayan mountain range.
* Learn more about this issue in the EIA report 'Organised Chaos: The illicit overland timber trade between Myanmar and China' at ht.ly/Ti43J
... Though only a sliver of Myanmar’s northern Kachin State is part of the Himalayan foothills, that sliver is home to the darling of the new discoveries. Its photo has been featured in nearly every major news story about the report’s publication.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has categorised the monkey as ‘critically endangered’. Fauna and Flora International (FFI), an international conservation group operating in Myanmar, estimates that there are fewer than 300 individual Myanmar snub-nosed monkeys left and that the species will be extinct in 18 years unless a major conservation effort is launched.
... The EIA report sheds some light on how and why Snubby’s habitat is disappearing. According to the report, Myanmar’s Kachin State and China’s Yunnan Province, which border one another, are the site of “one of the single largest bilateral flows of illegal timber in the world.” This is because law enforcement in both countries is yet to prove itself up to the task of ending it, with some alleging that more than negligence is involved.
Full story at globalnewlightofmyanmar.com/meet-snubby-the-monkey-the-darling-of-new-discoveries/
#Myanmar #forests #monkeys
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22 hours ago ·