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Russia: Arrest over Siberian tiger poaching after rare big cat 'violently killed' this year
A man has been arrested after seeking to sell a tiger skin in the Russian Far East town of Nakhodka. The man claimed he found the pelt in 2006 before comprehensive bans on shooting the Siberian - or Amur - tiger were imposed.
But forensic analysis of the skin shows that the two year old tiger was 'violently killed in 2015', say reports. Police pointed to numerous holes in the skin consistent with being shot by poachers.
Full story at siberiantimes.com/ecology/others/news/n0437-arrest-over-siberian-tiger-poaching-after-rare-big-ca...
#Russia #Siberia #tigers #poaching
Image: The man claimed he found the pelt in 2006 before comprehensive bans on shooting the Siberian - or Amur - tiger were imposed (c) Ministry of Internal Affairs in Primorye ... See MoreSee Less
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India: Phone data leads to arrest of ivory racket kingpin
Thiruvananthapuram: Umesh Agarwal, who was arrested in a joint operation carried out by forest officials from Kerala, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) personnel and the Delhi police on Friday, is said to be the kingpin of a New Delhi-based international racket involved in ivory trade.
Agarwal, who was nabbed during a special drive, code-named 'Operation Shikkar', from his bungalow in Priyadarshini Vihar at Shakarpur in the national capital, was produced before the Muvattupuzha Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Saturday. He was later remanded in judicial custody.
It is learnt that a team of Delhi-based high-profile lawyers would appear for him when the case will be taken up for hearing on Monday.
Notably, the probing team achieved a breakthrough by arresting a key dealer of ivory taken from elephants hunted down by poachers in the State soon after the CBI showed keenness in taking over the sensational case.
The call details of the mobile phones seized from Aji Bright, one of the accused in the Edamalayar poaching case, and two other persons involved in the trade of ivory products, namely Eagle Rajan and Priston, contained clues to the identity of Agarwal. He was a key player in smuggling ivories derived from elephant tusks collected from these middlemen into countries like China, Japan and Nepal, according to sources.
Full story at english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/phone-data-leads-to-arrest-of-ivory-racket-kingpin.html
#India #elephants #ivory #China
Police and forest officials conduct search in the workshop of Umesh Agarwal (inset) in his house New Delhi (c) Manorama ... See MoreSee Less
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There are only a few days left to add your bid to the Save Wild Tigers’ “BE INSPIRED” art auction.
The auction is currently open for bidding online via Paddle 8 here: paddle8.com/auction/savewildtigers This online platform allows you to bid on your favourite pieces, before it ends on October 8. The highest bids will then transfer to the Save Wild Tigers “BE INSPIRED” Gala Dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London, on October 9 where proxy bids can be implemented.
Funds raised through the exhibition and gala dinner will go towards tiger conservation projects run by EIA and the Born Free Foundation.
You can find out more information here: www.savewildtigers.org/inspired/swt-art-exhibition-2015
Don’t miss your chance to bid on these incredible and unique tiger-inspired art pieces!
#fundraising #tigers #savewildtigers
Phantom Panthera, 2015 (c) Lauren Baker ... See MoreSee Less
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