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Organized criminal gangs behind rhino horn processing in South Africa

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Banner Image: Rhinos in South Africa © Brent Stirton/Getty Images/WWF-UK A TRAFFIC report released 18 September 2017, “reveals disturbing new evidence that some criminal networks of Chinese origin operating in South Africa are now processing rhino horn locally into beads, bracelets, bangles and powder to evade detection and provide ready-made …

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’Captive’ Lions – DEA Fails to Answer Questions Fully

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Campaign Against Canned Hunting Petition: “Stop the exploitation of captive bred lions and the export of lion bones!“   Let’s start with a working definition of ‘science:’ “Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence” …

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Save Our Rhino – Open Letter to Minister Molewa

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Banner Image Courtesy of Save Our Rhino Save Our Rhino  has issued an ‘open letter’ (dated 13 August 2017), seeking clarity from Minister Molewa, Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA). Indeed, we all look forward to the response from Minister Molewa. Questions about controlling domestic rhino horn trade …

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Grinding Rhino – Elephant Action League Investigation

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Elephant Action League (EAL) July 2017, undercover investigation report “Grinding Rhino – Operation Red Cloud” (PDF), highlights alleged, extensive authority complicity within Vietnam and China (including the Chinese Navy) to facilitate the laundering of poached rhino horns smuggled out of Africa. On the subject of any lifting of the standing, …

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South Africa’s Claimed ‘Need’ for Wildlife Utilisation

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Banner image courtesy of Mark Boulton, Elsa Trust and Elsamere So, let’s take a quick look at some of the recent Republic of South Africa’s, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) ‘thinking.’ African Lion IWB Letter to the South African High Commissioner, London, 11 July 2017 In the DEA’s 28 June 2017 media …

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800 Skeletons – ‘Captive’ Lion Export Quota Approved

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Banner image: Courtesy of Africa Geographic So, the Republic of South Africa, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has decided to push on with the proposed “800 skeletons” – “captive produced lion bone trade under the quota system.” This was inevitable after  the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species …

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ARE THE LIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA SAFE?

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By Andrew Van Ginkel (first published on End Trophy Hunting, 12 June 2017) Over the last two decades wild lion population have dropped from 30,000 to 20,000. This sharp decline in wild lion population figures can be linked to conflict with people, bushmeat poaching, habitat loss, unsustainable trophy hunting, and …

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Ivory Markets in Central Africa

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  “Ivory Markets in Central Africa,” TRAFFIC, September 2017 The introduction this TRAFFIC report highlights some key elements in the historical persecution of elephants for their tusks (and a detailed study of Central African regions with market surveys of trade in ivory). Of particular note, is the negative aspect trade …