Pressure on Moz over anti-rhino poaching approach

2014-03-23 22:11

Mozambique could face a ban on the trade in wildlife products after failing to meet a year-long deadline to submit a report to Cites, urgently outlining measures to curb the escalating rhino poaching crisis.

Illegal ivory crushed in Paris

2014-02-06 21:15

Three tons of illegal ivory has been crushed in Paris in Europe's first destruction of a stockpile of the banned elephant tusks.

Ivory seizures swell hidden Hong Kong cache

2013-11-18 10:23

Hong Kong is resisting destruction of illicit ivory as seizures swell its well-guarded cache of 30 metric tons, sparking fears of corruption as its demand on the black market increases.

Thai police seize nearly 200 pangolins

2013-09-17 16:10

Thai police have said they had seized almost 200 live protected pangolins, which are prized in China and Vietnam as an exotic meal and for use in traditional medicine.

SA rhino to approach population decline

2013-08-20 10:40

With over 500 rhino killed in South Africa this year, the point is nearing where the population will begin to decline, the WWF has said.

Smugglers disguise ivory as fish exports

2013-07-03 13:32

Officials at the Kenyan port of Mombasa say they have impounded a substantial consignment of ivory disguised as dry fish exports to Asia.

New Caledonia bans shark fishing

2013-04-24 21:17

The government of the Pacific paradise of New Caledonia has decided to ban fishing of sharks, which are being decimated to feed the growing demand for luxury goods.

Sharks, elephants get official support

2013-03-14 19:19

A major meeting on the plight of endangered species has wrapped up with a victory for shark conservationists and increased pressure on countries to curb rampant illegal trade in ivory.

Trade of endangered sharks banned

2013-03-11 16:24

An international conference has voted to ban trade in some shark species whose populations have fallen to crisis levels due in part to demand from China.

Tasmanian tiger no longer protected

2013-03-07 22:22

A ban on the international trade of the Tasmanian tiger, the buff-nosed kangaroo rat and the pig-footed bandicoot has been lifted.

End poverty, preserve heritage - Molewa

2013-03-05 20:59

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa believes the fight against poverty should be part of the battle against poaching.

Forest elephant population down 62%

2013-03-05 15:26

Central Africa's forest elephant population has declined 62% over the past decade, due mainly to poaching to feed Asia's demand for ivory, a conservation group says.

Thai PM vows to end ivory trade

2013-03-03 20:07

The Thai PM has vowed to end the ivory trade, but has given no date as activists say the elephant slaughter goes on.

Ivory laundering in Thailand

2013-03-01 14:26

Thailand allows its nationals to trade in ivory from elephants that have died of natural causes inside its borders. But activists say ivory from Africa is "laundered" through the country.

Illegal wildlife trade must be stopped

2013-01-25 19:52

Illegal trade in wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn must be treated as a serious crime in order to end the devastating poaching of protected species, the head of UN wildlife trade regulator Cites says.

Big Asia wildlife traffickers untouchable

2012-08-15 21:21

The Mr Bigs of wildlife trafficking profit from Asia's lax laws, corruption and sheer size.

Ivory trade debate at UN body

2012-07-23 15:01

A call to resume the legal ivory trade as one means of fighting elephant poaching in Africa is expected to dominate debate at a UN conservation meeting.

Minister cracks whip on horn stockpiles

2012-04-05 21:02

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has urged private landowners who are in possession of rhino horn stockpiles to register them.

Big cat trade a killer

2011-06-13 21:37

The legal and illegal trade of leopards and cheetah in South Africa is impacting on the two species' populations, the Endangered Wildlife Trust says.

Smoking chimp rescued in Lebanon

2010-11-08 19:03

A 12-year-old chimpanzee is heading to a sanctuary in Brazil after animal rights workers discovered him smoking cigarettes to entertain visitors at a Lebanese zoo.

WWF: Stop eating bluefin tuna

2010-08-02 17:05

Japanese people, who consume most of the Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna catch, should avoid eating the species until its harvest becomes sustainable, the WWF has said.

Extinction fears for bluefin

2010-03-26 12:16

After a UN conference failed to ban trade in bluefin tuna, environmentalists are warning of the possible extinction of its southern hemisphere cousin.

Tanzania, Zambia want ivory sale

2010-03-22 16:24

Tanzania and Zambia are requesting a UN conservation meeting to approve one-off sales of their ivory stocks, despite criticism from conservationists.

Sharks on the menu at Cites

2010-03-20 20:29

Four rapidly dwindling shark species prized in Asia for fins and in Europe for meat will be swimming against the current at a UN wildlife trade meet.


Where the **** was South Africa?

2014-02-18 08:34

Why, if SA is the nation that is experiencing the most determined wildlife crime in the world, was the country not represented at the London conference on wildlife crime? asks John M. Sellar.

1.7 tons of ivory seized in Togo

2014-01-29 10:57

Togo police have seized about 1.7 tons of ivory loaded in a container in the port of Lome, the country's minister of environment and forest resources say.

Ivory trade on agenda at Botswana talks

2013-11-30 19:49

African ministers and experts are set to meet in Botswana to chart ways to stamp out a spike in elephant killings fuelled by a growing demand for ivory in Asia.

SA dairy firm pledges cash to fight rhino poaching

2013-09-26 11:00

A South African dairy company has put its money where its mouth is in the fight against rhino poaching that has devastated the animal population.

Hong Kong scraps shark fin from 'official menus'

2013-09-13 20:33

Hong Kong's government says it would stop serving shark fin at official functions as "a good example", following years of lobbying by conservation groups.

Corruption escalates rhino poaching

2013-07-16 10:00

Corruption among senior officials plays a significant role in perpetuating the poaching of rhino in SA, a conservation organisation has charged.

MPs call for lifting of rhino horn ban

2013-05-28 21:18

Legalising international trade in rhino horn will stem the slaughter of the species, MPs have heard.

SA to host Cites conference

2013-03-19 13:09

South Africa will host the 17th Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in 2016.

Shark protection deal survives

2013-03-14 08:35

Japan and other pro-shark fishing nations have lost a bid to overturn a landmark deal to offer international trade protection for several species of the ocean's oldest predator.

Poachers have new targets - the rangers

2013-03-09 09:14

Ruthless and heavily armed "criminal syndicates" running the global wildlife trade, are now turning their guns on the rangers who protect endangered species.

Ivory trade nations face sanctions

2013-03-06 21:45

Top conservation groups have warned of sanctions against nations involved in the ivory trade.

Google ads fuel to ivory trade

2013-03-05 16:58

A conservation group claims that Google is helping fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants in record numbers.

Great apes in battle for survival

2013-03-04 16:08

Almost 3 000 great apes are killed or captured in the wild each year because of the rampant illegal trade, according to a new UN report.

Thailand to end domestic ivory trade

2013-03-03 13:31

Thailand will halt its domestic ivory trade, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced, promising legislation after criticism by environmental groups.

SA opposes total ban on rhino trophy exports

2013-02-13 22:21

South Africa has announced its opposition to a total ban on rhino trophy exports, saying it has beefed up hunting rules amid a poaching crisis that has killed almost 100 animals this year.

Zimbabwe wants to sell ivory stocks

2012-08-23 22:29

Zimbabwe has accumulated 50 tons of ivory and will ask the international body regulating its trade for permission to auction its stocks to fund conservation of the animals.

Animal smuggling countries face sanctions

2012-07-26 19:17

Delegates to a UN conservation meeting are threatening sanctions against six countries unless they approve legislation to fight the illegal animal trade.

No rhino hunting permit requests from Asia

2012-07-04 10:05

No rhino hunting permit requests have been received from Vietnam, Thailand or China since the government tightened hunting requirements in April.

Tanzania elephant numbers drop

2012-01-03 22:29

The number of elephants in two wildlife sanctuaries in Tanzania has fallen by nearly 42% in just three years.

Gangsters gain by going 'green'

2010-11-15 12:24

International mafias are turning their sights more and more on expanding into ivory poaching, illegal fishing and other "green" crimes, police and experts have said.

SA, Vietnam discuss rhino horns

2010-10-20 09:33

South African officials are in Vietnam to discuss was of curbing the illegal trade in rhino horns used in traditional Asian medicine, a conservation group says.

Cites asked to delist 2 proteas

2010-03-30 20:04

South Africa has asked the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) to delist two species of Protea.

Sharks get hammered at Cites

2010-03-23 20:05

The UN wildlife trade body has slapped down bids to regulate cross-border commerce for two species of sharks threatened with extinction.

Web trade a threat to wildlife

2010-03-21 19:03

The internet has emerged as one of the greatest threats to rare species, fuelling the illegal wildlife trade and making it easier to buy everything from live baby lions to wine made from tiger bones.

Sturgeon 'at death's door'

2010-03-18 20:07

After more than 200 million years, sturgeon are losing a battle for survival to poachers who have hunted the queens of caviar to the verge of extinction.

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