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Weekly News Round-up (6-10 May 2013)

6 - 10 May 2013

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Indonesia


2,000 Smuggled Turtle Eggs Seized in East Kalimantan

On 4 May 2013, Balikpapan - BKSDA Port securities seized 2,000 nearly-extinct turtle eggs in Southeast Sulawesi, as they were sent from Bau Bau to Samarinda. The officers detained the one who picked up the delivery for further investigation.

According to Law No. 5/1990 on the conservation of natural resources and the ecosystem, the detainer may face 5-year prison sentence and a fine up to Rp 100 million.

source: thejakartaglobe.com





Thailand


White-Rumped Shamas Seized in Pattani

Songkhla officers seized total 30 white-rumped shamas hidden in a paper box on a coach.

The birds were assumed to come from Kaengkrachan National Park in Phetchaburi and they were destined for Pattani. The birds will be released back to the wild in Pa Tone Wildlife Restrict Area later.

source: manager.co.th





Viet Nam


7kg of rhino horn seized in southern hub

"It was reported on 6 May 2013 that Ho Chi Minh City customs officials have seized two rhino horns, weighing 7.28 kilograms, wrapped in silver paper and hidden in the luggage of a 34-year-old suspect, who arrived in HCMC on a flight from Doha late Saturday.

The suspect has been detained pending further investigations."

source: thanhniennews.com



Hanoi police seize 2.1 kg of suspected rhino horns

On 6 May 2013 - Police in Hanoi temporarily seized 2.15 kg of animal horns from three passengers from Doha after suspecting the horns were from rhinos, an endangered wide life species.

source: tuoitrenews.vn





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Weekly News Round-up (29 Apri-3 May 2013)

29 April-3 May 2013

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Indonesia


Authorities Confiscate Protected Gray Gibbon from Local Official

On 3 May 2013 in Balikpapan, Indonesia, BKSDA authorities seized an endangered gray gibbon from the home of the Balikpapan City Council speaker who was suspected to have kept it as a pet in his house for 7 years. The rescued gibbon was later sent to the BKSDA’s Gunung Bayan rehabilitation center.

source: theborneopost.com





Thailand


Dead Variable Squirrels and Bengal Monitor Seized in Nan Province

On 2 May 2013 in Nan Province, Thailand, Local officers seized 4 dead variable squirrels, weighing 1 kg., and one live bengal monitor weighing 3.9 kgs. in a farm in the middle of Namyao-Namsuad Wildlife Sanctuary.

4 suspects were arrested following section 16, 19 and 22 of Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535. The farm owner will be prosecuted for illegal deforestation.

source: nationchannel.com [TH]



32 Elephants, 2 Gibbons, and 1 Macaque Seized in Phangnga

On 3 May 2013 in Phangnga Province, Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression authorities seized a total of 32 elephants from 3 districts, in addition to finding one white-handed gibbon, one pileated gibbon, and one macaque.

17 elephants, the gibbons and the macaque were seized from the famous tourist destination in Phangnga where their talents are shown off to the tourists. 2 elephant farm owners were arrested for violating Thai Forest Act. The operation was a response to the alleged missing elephant cubs and illegal elephant ticket.

source: manager.co.th [TH]



Protected Birds and Squirrels Seized After Sold Illegally Online

On 3 May 2013, Technology and Crime Suppression officers seized 3 red-whiskered bulbul, 2 parakeets, 1 palm cockatoo, and 10 squirrels found sold illegally in the internet. The officers found the parakeet sold online at 6,000 THB/ pair.

The seller was arrested in a shopping mall in Bangkok after an appointment was arranged, and to be prosecuted under Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act. The wildlife was later sent to DNP for caretaking.

source: komchadluek.net [TH]





Viet Nam


Police seize captive macaque in less than 80 minutes!

On 2 May 2013, Lao Cai, Viet Nam - Bao Nhai FPD seize captive macaque caged inside a restaurant in Bao Nhai commune within 80 minutes after a tip-off from ENV’s Wildlife Crime Unit.

source: Education for Nature - Vietnam (Facebook)





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P420M worth of elephant tusks to be crushed, burned by DENR on June 21

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to crush and burn some P420 million (US$10 million) worth of seized elephant tusks to show the country’s support for the global campaign to end the illegal trade of wildlife species.

The five tons of ivory are part of the total cargo of elephant tusks intercepted by customs officials since 2009 in separate operations nationwide. These are stored in the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB).

The ivory will be crushed by a steam roller before they are burned in June 21 rites at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, according to Environment secretary Ramon Paje. Foreign experts and anti-ivory trade advocates are anticipated to witness the event, one of the highlights of the environment month celebration.

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Weekly News Round-up (22-26 April 2013)

22–26 April 2013

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Philippines


Endangered Pangolins Found on Chinese Poacher Boat

On 15 April, 2013 in the Tubbataha Reef National Park, the Philippine coast guard found 400 boxes of frozen pangolins in the cargo hold of a Chinese boat that ran aground in Tubbataha Reef. The 12 Chinese members of the crew were arrested to be charged under relevant laws in the Philippines.

source: phys.org



Protected Pangolins Seized from Philippine Boat in Palawan bound for Manila

On 20 April 2013, Philippine authorities seized a total of 23 pangolins, 22 alive and one dead, found by the coast guard in a cargo on a boat in Palawan Island, western Philippines, and destined for Manila. The 22 live pangolins were sent to the wildlife rescue center for rehabilitation.

source: phys.org





Thailand


Officers Confiscate 4 Pythons in Sattahip Chonburi

On 25 April 2013, local officers seized 4 five-meter pythons weighing around 50kg in Sattahip, Chonburi, Thailand, from a farm caretaker without a legal license to possess the pythons. Pythons are considered wild restricted animals under Thai law, which prohibits possession without an official license. The offender can face a maximum penalty of 4 years in jail, or a fine of 40,000THB or both.

source: manager.co.th [th], breakingnews.nationchannel.com





Viet Nam


109 King Cobras seized in Vietnam

On 20th April, 2013, Hanoi, Vietnam: Vietnamese police officers seized 53 king cobras found in a sack while being driven to their destination and arrested the driver who was paid less than $50 to transport the cobras to their destination. The other 56 king cobras were found and seized in Hoang Mai. The snakes were later kept at the wildlife rescue center near Hanoi to receive medical treatment, as they were found almost dead, and they will be released back to the wild after the recovery. King cobra trafficking is banned in Vietnam according to the latest wildlife conference by WCS in Hanoi, and whoever violates the law will be arrested.

source: wildlifenews.co.uk, cp24.com, dailymail.co.uk





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