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UK: Macabre animal body parts trader jailed for six months
A TAXIDERMIST from Newton Abbot has been convicted of buying and selling hundreds of rare animal body parts – fuelling a macabre illegal international trade in endangered species.
Daniel Stocks, 42, was jailed for six months after pleading guilty at Exeter Crown Court. He had a legal business selling 'shrunken heads' online. But Exeter Crown Court heard that he also had an illegal sideline in the import, export, and sale of protected species – particularly monkeys and hornbills.
Emails suggested Stocks attended conventions and would email buyers and suppliers all over the world and discuss the trade in shark, mummified monkeys, civet skeletons, kittens, bat penises and even human skulls.
When police searched the Bradley Lane business in Newton Abbot they found preserved hands, fingers, heads of macaques and langurs, various bones, jaws, skulls of a variety of animals,' prosecutor Sean Brunton said, 'including a bear and a tiger'.
Read in full at www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/macabre-animal-body-parts-man-pleads-guilty/story-30065184-detail/...
#tiger #bear #hornbills #monkeys #illegalwildlifetrade
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6 hours ago ·
Mexico: Goldman Environment Prize winner killed in latest attack on Latin American activists
A Mexican Indigenous activist who won the Goldman Environmental Prize has been shot dead, the second recipient of the prestigious award to be murdered in less than 12 months.
The Guardian reports that Isidro Baldenegro López, a subsistence farmer known for his work to stop illegal logging and deforestation, was shot at a relative's home on Sunday. Baldenegro, who received the Goldman prize in 2005, had only recently returned to his community, Coloradas de la Virgen in Chihuahua, in the country's northern Sierra Madre mountain region, after spending time in exile over threats against him and his family.
A spokesperson from the prosecutor's office told the Guardian that one of the killers had been identified and not yet detained.
His murder is the latest in a disturbing trend of attacks on Latin American activists. The 2016 assassination of Honduran Indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, who co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras and was known for her work protecting natural resources and public lands, sent shockwaves through the social justice and environmentalist communities. Cáceres received the Goldman prize in 2015.
The Center for International and Environmental Law (CIEL) reported in August that Latin America is the "most dangerous region in the world" for land and water defenders, a finding that echoed a similar study published in June by the human rights group Global Witness.
Read in full at www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/18/mexican-goldman-environmentalist-prize-winner-killed-latest-...
#Mexico #forests #illegallogging #murder #indigenous Goldman Environmental Prize
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7 hours ago ·
We're recruiting - have you got the drive & skills to be an EIA Forests (Political) Campaigner?
The Campaigner will play a major role in assisting the Forests Campaign in delivering a range of projects and activities, and in particular assist in advocating EIA’s main goals. Experience in this sector would be an advantage and knowledge of East Asia and European markets helpful. Knowledge of international processes such as the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative, which EIA supports in East Asia, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) a benefit.
Experience or understanding of potential EU action on deforestation and the palm oil sector an advantage.
Work-related travel to South-East Asia, Europe and possibly other parts of the world may be required at short notice, including to potentially challenging environments.
Full job specifications and how to apply at eia-international.org/vacancy-eia-campaigner-forests-political
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7 hours ago ·