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Rhino Horn Smuggler Arrested Near Nepal-India Border

Posted in Asia: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by kendickjerkins

A 27-year-old man was arrested in Dhangadi as he tried to smuggle a rhino horn out of Nepal. The arrest of Gagan Lama of Kada-7, Bajhang, occurred at the Dhangadi Bus Park as Lama attempted to sneak out of the country with the rhino horn.

District Forest Officer Ramesh Chand and Geta Area Forest Office Chief Ambika Prasad Proudel led the team that arrested Lama.

Lama is currently being held at the District Forest Office, and forest officials are hopeful that the arrest will lead to more information about rhino horn trading networks operating in the area.

  • Map and article courtesy Saving Rhinos
  • Photo Credit: Mark Davis

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150 dead elephants….. 2 Tons of Tusks Seized in Vietnam…

Posted in Africa: Elephants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2010 by kendickjerkins

About two and a half weeks ago there were 239 elephant tusks totaling 1.4 tons seized in Thailand and about a month before that another major shipment of illegal ivory was seized in Thailand.  Has this deterred smugglers? NO!  Instead they have decided to move their operations and on May 6 (yesterday) 2 tons of illegally smuggled elephant tusks were seized in the Vietnamese port of Haiphong.  The tusks were hidden in plastic sacks and covered with seaweed and were bound once again for China.  The shipment originated in Kenya, but thankfully Vietnamese officials managed to intercept it, resulting in the biggest seizure of all time in Vietnam.  Though the ivory was headed for China it also sells well in Vietnam, and until  the market for illegal ivory is destroyed these shipments, and hopefully seizures, will continue.

Ivory seized in Kneya that would most likely have been on its way to Southeast Asia or China.

A case full of goods carved out of ivory for sale in a Vietnamese Market.

The trunk…

The face.

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California Businessman Indicted on Ivory Smuggling Charges

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by kendickjerkins

The owner of a Claremont doughnut shop was indicted Tuesday on federal charges that he bought endangered-elephant ivory on EBay and smuggled it into the United States from Thailand three years ago. Moun Chau, 50, of Montclair was charged with conspiracy and the illegal importation of wildlife, according to the indictment, which cited violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

The alleged smuggling was discovered in November 2006 when authorities found four African elephant tusks in a shipment purported to be toys. With rare exception, the U.S. prohibits the importation of any ivory, federal officials said, because endangered elephants often are killed for their tusks to make jewelry, statues and other items.

“Buyers in the United States and elsewhere in the world are creating this market for ivory and feeding the poachers in Africa who are killing these animals,” said Erin L. Dean, who heads the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s law enforcement office in Torrance.

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