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A Malaysian National and His Ivory Connection to Africa

A Malaysian National and His Ivory Connection to Africa

By Chris Morris, International Policy Digest For those even sporadically interested in international wildlife crime, when either the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) or the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) ‘raises a glass,’ figuratively or literally, to the capture of an international wildlife trafficker, one has to sit up and take note. On June 29th, the Royal Thai Police, in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, made such an arrest. Teo Boon Ching, a Malaysian national, was arrested for wildlife trafficking and money laundering. He is to be held pending extradition...

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Hunters will be barred from bringing home their sick trophies in one of world’s toughest bans to protect thousands of threatened species

Hunters will be barred from bringing home their sick trophies in one of world’s toughest bans to protect thousands of threatened species

By ELLIOT MULLIGAN FOR THE DAILY MAIL Importing hunting trophies from lions, rhinos and elephants is to be outlawedThe new legislation is expected to come into force in the spring of next yearMinisters claim ban will protect nearly 6,000 animals that are currently at riskWorldwide some 1.7 million trophies legally traded between 2004 and 2014  Importing hunting trophies from lions, rhinos, elephants and polar bears are to be outlawed by one of the world’s toughest bans. Environment Secretary George Eustice today announces plans to protect thousands of the world’s threatened...

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Nigeria: I’ll never make serious money but protecting wildlife is priceless

Nigeria: I’ll never make serious money but protecting wildlife is priceless

By Sarah Marshall, The Telegraph Rangers are employed to protect communities and wildlife, but all too often they are treated as foes rather than friends. In the forests of north-east Nigeria, an area roamed by wild animals and even wilder armed poachers, dangers are multiplied. Paid a modest salary for putting their lives at daily risk, it’s a wonder anyone on the front line of conservation can last more than a few months.  Suleiman Sadu is a remarkable exception. For more than 20 years, he’s patrolled the savanna woodlands of Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi state, undeterred by...

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Namibia: Elephant meat distributed to farms

Namibia: Elephant meat distributed to farms

By Arlana Shikongo, The Namibian The meat of a 'problem' elephant that was trophy-hunted on Sunday has been distributed among farmers and farmworkers in the Otavi area.  Romeo Muyunda, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, yesterday confirmed this. The elephant was made available to be trophy-hunted, much to the dismay of some environmental groups and conservationists, as it was reported to be causing havoc on farms between Otjiwarongo and Otavi.  In a statement issued on Monday, professional hunter Jofie Lamprecht, said the elephant had to be put...

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