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Petition successful! Move Sunder the elephant to Karnataka: Bombay High Court

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The Bombay high court on Tuesday directed the chief forest officer, wildlife (Kolhapur), to immediately take steps to relocate Sunder, a 14-year-old elephant currently housed in Kolhapur’s Jyotiba temple, and file a compliance report before the court by December 23.
A division bench of justices VM Kanade and MS Sonak gave this direction while hearing a petition filed by Dr Manilal Valliyate on behalf of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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Grace Ge Gabriel

Fri, 02/27/2015

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Poaching kingpin to remain behind bars Alleged rhino poaching mastermind, Hugo…

Poaching kingpin to remain behind bars

Alleged rhino poaching mastermind, Hugo Ras, has again been denied bail.

Ras – who spent his 41st birthday behind bars – was arrested in 2014 along with his wife and eight others following a year-long investigation.

The group is facing a total of 318 charges, including racketeering and poaching. Ras alone faces 284 charges, as the alleged leader of a syndicate responsible for the slaughter of 24 rhinos, and is even accused of trying to poison game reserve security guards in his poaching efforts. http://bit.ly/185EH7S

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Prince William will take plight of Africa’s elephants ‘behind enemy lines’ in China | Nicky Campbell

Duke of Cambridge’s visit to China next month will be a diplomatic walk on eggshells. The elephant in the room is a domestic ivory ban as soon as possible – but he knows we can’t point fingers, we can only cross them

In Africa a blood drenched war on wildlife is raging and next month Prince William is going behind enemy lines. This is a man with a passionate mastery of a bleak situation. While others understandably genuflect to China’s tumescent economic power, with tongues out for crumbs, his is a higher purpose.

There are at most 500,000 elephants left in Africa and the prince will be taking their desperate plight to the political elite, which by an egregious sin of omission is complicit in the slaughter and foreseeable demise of Loxodonta africana.

Related: David Attenborough calls on Chinese president to end ivory trade

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37 elephants, wild animals fell victim to speeding trains

As many as 37 elephants and wild animals have come under speeding trains since 2013, the Rajya Sabha was told today.

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China’s carved ivory import ban ‘largely window-dressing’

China spurred a flurry of international press reports yesterday (February 26) when it appeared to announce a ban on ivory imports into the country. The State Forestry Administration (SFA) released…

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s Birthday Celebrations Obscure Zanu-PF’s Never Ending Wars

[African Arguments]A million dollar feast awaits an old African king in Zimbabwe this weekend as President Robert Mugabe celebrates his 91st birthday, but beyond the elephantine pomp and fanfare lie tempestuous factional battles for the ancient lion’s …

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China’s one-year ban on ivory imports – it's a start China announced yesterday…

China’s one-year ban on ivory imports – it’s a start

China announced yesterday that it is imposing a one-year ban on ivory carving imports with immediate effect. The temporary ban is intended to allow authorities to evaluate its effect on elephant protection before further decisions can be made.

It’s a definite step forward, although the bigger issue – of domestic ivory trade – still needs to be addressed.

“This domestic ivory market confuses consumers, removes stigma about ivory consumption, provides cover for criminals to smuggle ivory, hinders law enforcement and stimulates poaching of elephants,” says Grace Ge Gabriel of IFAW.

Labelled by the EIA as merely a ‘window dressing’, China’s still has a long way to go in order to make a real impact on saving the elephant species – we need a complete ban on all sales of ivory.

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China bans ivory carving imports for a year

Authorities impose temporary ban amid criticism that China is driving slaughter of African elephants, but wildlife groups say domestic ivory trade needs tackling

China has imposed a one-year ban on ivory carving imports that took immediate effect on Thursday amid criticism that its citizens’ huge appetite for ivory has fuelled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants.

The State Administration of Forestry declared the ban in a public notice posted on its official site, in which it said the administration would not handle any import request.

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China Bans Import of Ivory Carvings for One Year

A Chinese official said the moratorium would allow the government to evaluate if a ban helps protect African elephants.

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South Africa’s New Weapon Against Poaching – WOMEN The first anti-poaching team…

South Africa’s New Weapon Against Poaching – WOMEN

The first anti-poaching team of its kind, ‘The Black Mambas’ make up a group of 26 young women, all from the local community, who have completed intensive training to patrol the Balule Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. From guarding the fence lines to setting up listening posts, these women act as eyes and ears, calling in armed guards whenever there is cause for concern.

And their presence seems to be acting as a strong deterrent. In the last 10 months, the reserve has not lost a single rhino, while a neighbouring one lost 23.

Hired as jobless high-school graduates, these women are now looked up to by younger girls in their village, often within the same communities as the poachers they are working against. One Mamba explains her motivation: “I am a lady, I am going to have a baby. I want my baby to see a rhino, that’s why I am protecting it.” http://bit.ly/1ESJNzr

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Congo crack down on ivory control This week, Congo’s Ministry of Forestry, Econ…

Congo crack down on ivory control

This week, Congo’s Ministry of Forestry, Economy and Sustainable Development (MEFDD) carried out a complete inventory of the ivory held at its main stockpile in Brazzaville, as well as a detailed review of ivory management across the country. The inventory was carried out with the support of representatives from a number of conservation organisations.

Robert Mbete, Director of Wildlife and Protected Areas, said this was a way to demonstrate “the country’s zero tolerance to poaching and illegal wildlife crime” and a crucial step in implementing Congo’s National Ivory Action Plan.

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EIA Investigation – At least 90% of ivory in China is illegal “If China banned…

EIA Investigation – At least 90% of ivory in China is illegal

“If China banned the domestic trade of ivory today, and enforced it, poaching would start to decline immediately across Africa. This is what happened after the 1989 ivory ban was introduced.” – Allan Thornton, founder of the Environmental Investigation Agency

Since 2010, EIA has interviewed a number of separate ivory traders in China. When asked by the undercover investigator how much of the ivory is illegal, the traders’ responses were the same: At least 90%.

In 2008, four Chinese government-owned companies purchased 60 tonnes of ivory through the CITES legal auction. But, rather than flooding the market as CITES intended, the government in China decided to sell only five tonnes a year, driving up the price dramatically. And, according to traders, this five tonne allocation only lasts one month, meaning that the ivory used throughout the remainder of the year can only be illegal.

“From the ’80s poaching crisis to the current poaching crisis, some of the players have changed, new markets have emerged, but there are many lessons from the past that we can learn from. And we must. Because if we do not take the lessons of the past, we are doomed to repeat.”

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