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Hats off to WFFT, fellow NGOS in Thailand and especially the Thai Department of National Parks for their tenacity in tackling tiger trade at the Tiger Temple. There are tiger trade operations masquerading as so-called "zoos" across Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China. Spouting nonsense about conservation value. Please don't visit anywhere that allows visitors to play with or handle tigers, anywhere that forces tigers to perform, keeps them in unnatural "herds", speed breeds tigers, or sells tiger bone wine, skins, teeth, claws etc. ... See MoreSee Less
BREAKING NEWS!!! Tiger Temple to face D-Day on Monday the 30th of May 2016 The WFFT has been in talks with authorities since the publishing of the article written by our founder Edwin Wiek in the Nation Newspaper a few weeks ago. See the article here bit.ly/1Z5S4dA. We are very happy to announce the outcome of these talks. A press release yesterday issued by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) announced that the temple will be facing closure due to continuous breaches of the law and past agreements. After the Tiger Temple was granted a zoo license they still continued to sabotage agreements that had been stipulated by the DNP and refused legal checks on the tigers and other wildlife held at the temple. The surrender to authorities of 10 more tigers last week was again refused by the temple, against the agreement made between authorities and the temple when the zoo permit was issued. Besides the closure of the temple, there is also a very big chance that the zoo license will be revoked, as requested by WFFT and other Thai NGO’s, as we all believe illegal wildlife traders should not be issued a zoo license. Evidence of illegal trade by the temple has been handed over by the ex-lawyer and veterinarian of the temple, both have been repeatedly threatened by staff and supporters of the temple. An article in the Thai language Nation newspaper published last night bit.ly/1TKwIRz explains that the DNP now finds that the temple has pushed authorities over the limit by threatening them with another lawsuit requesting payment of over 5 million US dollars for the “care” of the tigers for the last 12 years, and the refusal to honor the agreement that at least 70 tigers would be surrendered to the authorities. The WFFT fully supports the actions of the DNP and authorities in this case and has been invited to join the authorities at the Tiger Temple on Monday, we are sending a veterinary team to observe and assist if requested. The illegal trade in tigers and tiger-parts needs to be stopped. We are hopeful that this is the end of an establishment that has gone unpunished for far too long.
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Africa: Senegal's southern forests may disappear by 2018, warns ecologist
Senegal's heavily forested southern region of Casamance will have no tree cover left by 2018 if illegal logging driven by Chinese demand is not addressed, a Senegalese ecologist warned Thursday.
Gambian loggers have long benefited from lax oversight of the area's forests to take prized rosewood timber over the border into the Gambia before exporting the logs to China.
Ecologist Haidar El Ali, a former environment minister, said the loggers' activities had "reached a point of no return," speaking at a press conference in Dakar on behalf of the environmental group he heads, Oceanium.
A reporting trip to the region by Oceanium captured images of a secret border market showing the collusion of Senegalese and Gambian loggers and Chinese middlemen, he said.
"Senegal has lost more than a million trees since 2010 while farmers in Gambia have pocketed 140 billion CFA ($238 million, 213 million euros) exporting the wood to China where the desire for furniture has exploded in the last few years," he added.
Full story at phys.org/news/2016-05-senegal-southern-forests-ecologist.html
#Africa #Senegal #Gambia #China #rosewood #forests #deforestation
Image: Baobab in Senegal, by Moussa Sarr ... See MoreSee Less
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Marine plastic pollution poses a major threat to biodiversity, killing an estimated 100,000 marine mammals and one million birds every year.
The equivalent of the contents of one refuse truck is entering the ocean every minute – if this continues, by 2025 the ocean will contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish and, by 2050, more plastics than fish.
You can help end marine plastic pollution by taking individual actions to avoid the irresponsible use and disposal of plastic – and also by joining our campaign to persuade governments to do more.
EIA's Oceans Campaign team has compiled a list of several simple actions you can do to help at eia-international.org/plastic-pollution
Sign the petition at ht.ly/VTOG300E2lJ - and please LIKE & SHARE this post to family and friends to enlist their help.
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