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Africa: Mozambique poachers target South Africa's rhinos
Maputo - The depletion of elephants and rhinos in Mozambique has prompted poachers there to target rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, a report has revealed.
A Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Beyond Borders made the revelation in its recently-released report titled "Beyond Borders: Crimes, Conservation and Criminal Networks in Illicit Rhino Trade".
The report says, besides crossing into South Africa, the Mozambicans also take advantage of rhinos that stray into their country.
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"Today, the only rhinos that occur in Mozambique are those that cross the border from the Kruger National Park. Rangers refer to them darkly as 'the suicidal ones'. There are estimated to be about twenty of them wandering across every day and, on average, ten are killed by poachers on Mozambican soil every year," the report says.
According to the report, while some conservationists are worried about rhino poaching, Mozambique’s most pressing environmental problems is illegal logging and elephant poaching.
Experts say insatiable demand for timber in China has seen trees harvested on such a scale in Mozambique that some believe the country will be stripped of its forests "in just a few years".
A report published by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found that 93% of logging in Mozambique in 2013 was illegal and that "without major reforms, Mozambique’s forests and forest economy are staring down the barrel of a very bleak future".
Read in full at www.news24.com/Africa/News/mozambican-poachers-target-sa-rhinos-20160728
#Mozambique #SouthAfrica #Africa #rhinos #poaching #forests
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3 hours ago ·
International Tiger Day – Zero Demand for Zero Poaching!
Today is International Tiger Day and EIA & 44 other NGOs are raising the alarm of increasing tiger poaching and calling for an end to all tiger farming and tiger trade.
Debbie Banks, EIA Tiger Campaign Leader, said: “It is fantastic to see organisations from across the world unite in this call to action to end tiger farming.
“Acting in unison in 2007, we had a major win for tigers when governments agreed that tiger ‘farming’ should be stopped. But instead of complying with that decision, the governments of China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam have allowed tiger farming and trade to spiral out of control.
“All eyes now are on governments as they prepare for the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES in Johannesburg at the end of September. It’s the perfect opportunity for China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to announce real action to end demand for tiger parts and products.
“How real is their commitment to save tigers?”
Find out more and read today's joint statement in full at eia-international.org/international-tiger-day-zero-demand-zero-poaching
#tigers #tigerfarming #China #Vietnam #Thailand #Laos ... See MoreSee Less
3 hours ago ·
Thailand: Persistent illegal bird trade highlighted at notorious Bangkok market
More than one thousand birds were found for sale in Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak Weekend Market over a two-day period, many of them legally protected and internationally threatened, according to a new paper published in BirdingASIA, the bulletin of the Oriental Bird Club.
TRAFFIC researchers counted 1,271 birds of 117 species in 45 shops or stalls during a survey on 28th and 29th March, 2015.
Of the total, nine species are listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List and eight species as Near Threatened. More than half the species were native to Thailand, the majority of them considered to be wild caught and thus protected by national legislation—which should prevent their capture and trade.
Among them was the native and nationally protected Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus, a popular competition songbird in Thailand and the second most numerous species recorded in the inventory.
Many birds in the market appeared to be in poor condition with some, particularly owls, on the verge of unconsciousness, suggesting a high level of mortality.
Although the numbers of birds recorded were lower than those found during surveys at Chatuchak in the late 1960s and 1980s, the open illegal trade at the market highlights the essential need for regular and effective enforcement, especially for native protected species, say the paper’s authors.
Read in full at www.traffic.org/home/2016/7/28/persistent-illegal-bird-trade-highlighted-at-notorious-bangk.html
#Thailand #Bangkok #birds IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Oriental Bird Club TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network
Image: Spotted owlets, one of the many protected native species for sale in Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand (c) M Phassaraudomsak / TRAFFIC ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago ·