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 20090724    24 July     Thailand - Vietnamese
                         Wildlife Enforcement
                         Officials Observe
 20090722    22 July     Thailand’s Anti-Wildlife
                         Tanzania - Six Charged
                         with Illegal Ivory Export

 20090720    20 July     Vietnam - Frozen Tiger
                         and Bones Seized

 20090719    19 July     International - Irish
                         Environmental Crime
                         Fugitive Arrested in Malta
 20090719    19 July     Brazil/United Kingdom -
                         Waste Companies Face
                         Inqury as British
 20090717    17 July     Pakistan - Returned
                         Rubbish is Wildlife
                         Officials Accused of
                         Smuggling Turtle Meat to
 20090717    17 July     China
                         International - Green
                         Customs Operation
                         Seizes 30,000 Tons of
 20090716    16 July     Kenya Waste
                         Illegal - Officials Seize
                         Ivory and Rhino Horns
                         as Poaching Rises
 20090715    15 July     Italy - 32 Mobsters with
                         Ties to Illegal Toxic
                         Waste Dumping Arrested
 20090714    14 July     United States - Tagging
                         Technology to Track
 20090714    14 July     India - Tiger Park 'Has
                         No Tigers'

 20090714    14 July     Singapore - Weak Laws
                         Encourage Rising
                         Demand for Pangolin
 20090714    14 July     Australia - Sandalwood
                         Thief Arrested

 20090713    13 July     Zimbabwe - Government
                         Officials Implicated in
                         Rhino Smuggling
 20090713    13 July     Tanzania - Woman
                         Arrested at Airport
                         Trying to Smuggle Ivory
 20090713    13 July     to China
                         Kingdom/International -
                         Barcodes on Trees Help
                         to Save Forests
20090713   13 July   Malaysia - Toxic
                     Electronic Waste on the
20090711   11 July   Malaysia/Thailand - Thai
                     Probe Shows Tiger Parts
                     Came from Malaysia
20090708   8 July    United Kingdom -
                     Organised Crime Targets
                     Waste Recycling
20090708   8 July    International - Operation
                     Yields Tons of Illegal
                     Shipments of Hazardous
20090708   8 July    Waste
                     Mozambique - European
                     Hunters Arrested for
                     Elephant Killing in
20090708   8 July    National Park Nations
                     Africa - United
                     and INTERPOL Plan to
                     Fight West African Crime
20090707   7 July    Thailand - Police Search
                     Finds Pangolin Shipment

20090704   4 July    China - Government and
                     Green Organizations
                     Look to Regulate the
20090704   4 July    Electronic Waste Trade
                     South Africa - Medical
                     Waste Dumped at Picnic
20090702   2 July    Poland - Scorpions
                     Surprise Polish Customs

20090701   1 July    Worldwide - Wildlife
                     Crisis Worse than
                     Economic Crisis Says
20090701   1 July    International Union for
                     Kenya - Attack
                     Conservationist Steps up
                     Conflict in Illegal Ivory
20090630   30 June   Trade
                     Thailand - Wildlife
                     Trafficker Convicted to
                     Two Years in Prison
20090630   30 June   Australia - Man Fined in
                     Landmark Reptile Trade
20090629   29 June   Brazil - 86 Percent of
                     Environmental Crimes in
                     Brazilian Amazon Go
20090627   27 June   Unpunished 24,550
                     Indonesia -
                     Hectares of National
                     Park in Indonesia
20090626   26 June   Damaged
                     United States -
                     Electronic Waste Piles up
                     in Utah
20090625   25 June   Madagascar - Illegal
                     Logging Driving Lemurs
                     to Extinction
20090624   24 June   China - Wildlife on Menu
                     Spurs Smuggling

20090624   24 June   Pakistan - Pakistan a
                     Dumping Ground for
                     Electronic Waste
20090620   20 June   Norway - Whale Meat
                     Trade Increases, Despite
20090620   20 June   United States - Who's
                     Who on the
20090619   19 June   Protection Agency's Most
                     United States - Cleanup
                     Operation Begins for
                     Fallout from 'the Worst
20090619   19 June   Toxic Exposure Recorded
                     Thailand - Study Claims
                     Bangkok Still Harbours
                     the Largest Illegal Ivory
20090618   18 June   Market in Asia
                     Cambodia - Mekong
                     Dolphin Near Extinct

20090618   18 June   Malta - Environment and
                     Planning Authority
                     Begins Operations
20090617   17 June   Against Environmental
                     Thailand - Illegal
                     Loggers Destroy
                     Protected Forest
20090617   17 June   Kuwait - Officials Carry
                     Out First Wildlife
20090615   15 June   Philippines - Raid on
                     Mayor’s Farm Yields
                     Illegal Lumber
20090611   11 June   United States -
                     Protection Agency Takes
20090609   9 June    Action-Against Exporter
                     China Authorities Seize
                     Van with 173 Bear Paws,
                     a Python Skin, and a
20090608   8 June    Pangolin Carcass Aims
                     Guyana - Seminar
                     to Improve Law
                     Enforcement Response
20090608   8 June    to Illegal Wildlife Trade
                     Madagascar -
                     International Community
                     Calls for Action Against
20090608   8 June    Gangs’ Kingdom - Large-
                     United Illegal Logging in
                     Scale Raids on
                     Suspected Illegal Waste
                     Electric and Electronic
20090608   8 June   Australia - World's
                    Oceans Becoming
                    Dumping Ground
20090607   7 June   International - Pirate
                    Fishing Causing Eco
                    Disaster and Killing
20090605   5 June   Communities - The
                    Environment: Individual
                    Choices are Key to
20090604   4 June   Preservation
                    Indonesia - Forest
                    Carbon Market Showing
20090604   4 June   India - India Becoming
                    the Developed World's
                    Favorite Dumping
20090602   2 June   India - for Electronic
                    GroundAuthorities Stress
                    Need for Cross-Border
                    Cooperation to Fight
20090602   2 June   Wildlife-Trade
                    Poland Attempt to
                    Smuggle 120 Tortoises
20090602   2 June   Tanzania - Six Officials
                    Arrested over Ivory
                    Smuggling Ring
20090529   29 May   Indonesia - Forest-CO2
                    Scheme Will Draw
                    Organised Crime
20090525   25 May   Indonesia - Pangolin
                    Smugglers Arrested in
20090523   23 May   Ghana - Europe and
                    America 'Burying Africa
                    in Electronic Waste'
20090523   23 May   China - Man Jailed for
                    Three Years for
                    Smuggling Ivory from
20090522   22 May   Japan
                    Australia/China -
                    Australia's Electronic
                    Waste Dumped in China
20090520   20 May   Philippines - Officials
                    Seize 3.5 Tonnes of
                    Elephant Tusks
20090515   15 May   United Kingdom - British
                    Company Fined for
                    Breaching Export
20090514   14 May   Regulations
                    United Kingdom - Jail for
                    British Tortoise Seller

20090514   14 May   Vietnam - 100% of
                    Industries Dumping
                    Toxic Waste into Nhue
20090514   14 May     New Zealand -
                      Contractor Fined for
                      Dumping Industrial
20090514   14 May     Waste
                      Australia - Drug Dealers
                      Turning to Trade in
20090513   13 May     Ivory Coast -
                      Multinational Company,
                      Owner of the Probo
20090513   13 May     Koala, -Sued Smuggler
                      Nepal Owl by

20090513   13 May     United Kingdom - Man
                      Arrested after Golden
                      Eagle Death
20090513   13 May     United States - Yacht
                      Owner Fined $150,000
                      for Smuggled Exotic
20090507   07 May     Animal Pelts Pieces of
                      Uganda - 100
                      Ivory Seized

20090507   07 May     India - Cross Over Crime
                      between Wildlife
                      Poachers and Indian
20090505   05 May     Insurgents Demonstrated
                      United States - Two Men
                      Indicted on Federal
                      Charges of Smuggling
20090505   05 May     Birds from Vietnam into
                      Europe - EU Parliament
                      Passes New Ship
                      Pollution Rules
20090504   04 May     United States - Lax
                      Enforcement of Laws
                      Governing the Importing
20090502   02 May     of Wildlife Risks Harming
                      Australia - Authorities
                      Crack Egg Smuggling
20090429   29 April   Russia - Rare Leopard
                      Stolen in Russian Car-
20090428   28 April   Democratic Republic of
                      Congo – Baby Gorilla
                      Rescued from Suspected
20090427   27 April   Traffickers
                      Kenya - Kenyan Wildlife
                      Service Seize 512kg of
                      Ivory States - Owner of
20090424   24 April   Korean Commercial
                      Cargo Vessel & Chief
                      Engineer Plead Guilty to
20090424   24 April   Thailand - Governemt
                      Orders Halt to Elephant
                      France - INTERPOL
20090421   21 April   Receives Award in
                      Recognition of Activities
                      to Combat Wildlife and
20090415   15 April   United Kingdon - Rare
                      Animal Parts Seized at
20090415   15 April   INDONESIA - Illegal
                      Orangutan Trade on the
                      United States - Border
20090414   14 April   Patrol Agent Pleads
                      Guilty for Attempting to
                      Receive Protected
20090414   14 April   Malaysia - Malaysian
                      Commission Arrests Five
20090414   14 April   over Bribery - Three
                      South Africa in
                      Separate Convictions for
                      Illegal Wildlife Trading
20090413   13 April   Result in-Fines Totalling
                      Somalia Toxic Waste
                      Argued to be behind
                      Somali Piracy
20090412   12 April   Thailand - ASEAN
                      Countries Make Major
                      Progress on Wildlife,
20090409   09 April   Nigeria Conservation
                      Habitat - 'Serious
                      Contamination' Threat
                      from Africa's Mounting E-
20090408   8 April    Waste
                      Australia - Illegal Fishing
                      Continues to Devastate
                      Northern Stocks
20090406   6 April    United States - US
                      Protection Agency
20090406   6 April    Iran - Most Wanted List
                      Sturgeon in Danger of
20090402   02 April   Malaysia – Customs
                      Intercept 9.5 Tonnes of
                      Smuggled Logs
20090401    1 April   South Africa – Police
                      Arrest Man Suspected of
                      Slaughtering Lions and

20090325   25 March   Tanzania/Vietnam –
                      Tanzanian Government
                      Begins Investigation into
                      Smuggled Elephant Ivory
                      Recovered in Vietnam

20090325   25 March   Thailand - Airport Staff
                      to be Trained in Tackling
                      the Illegal Wildlife Trade

20090324   24 March   Indonesia/International -
                       International police
                      operation co-ordinated
                      by INTERPOL nets
                      alleged leader of wildlife
                      smuggling network

20090324   24 March   United Kingdom - Police
                      Deposit Box Raids Nets
20090315   15 March   United Kingdom –
                      Environment Agency
                      Targets Cartels Behind
                      Hazardous Waste

20090315   15 March   India – NGO Head Calls
                      for Integrated Approach
                      in Combating Wildlife

20090314   14 March   Tanzania – Suspects
                      Remanded for Illegal
                      Fishing, Document
                      Falsification, Pollution
                      and Degradation of the
                      Marine Environment

20090312   12 March   United States – Former
                      INTERPOL Pollution
                      Crime Officer Mark
                      Measer to Head EPA’s
                      Criminal Investigation
                      Program in Pacific

20090311   11 March   Philippines – Crackdown
                      on Illegal Logging
                      Operations Seizes Tools
                      and 6,872 Feet of Wood
20090311   11 March   Brazil - Brazil Cracks
                      Down on Global Wildlife

20090311   11 March   Thailand – Thai
                      Authorities Request
                      Australian in Help in
                      Combating Wildlife Crime

20090311   11 March   India / The United
                      Kingdom – New
                      Software to Match
                      Poached Skins to Tigers

20090309   9 March    The Maldives – Maldives
                      Moves to Protect its

20090307   7 March    Vietnam – Customs
                      Officials Seize Five
                      Tonnes of Elephant Ivory
20090302    2 March      Zambia – Four Arrested
                         for Trafficking Elephant
                         Ivory and Rhino Horn

20090302    2 March      Congo - Protecting
                         Mountain Gorillas Diary

20090302    2 March      United States – Oldest
                         Sample of Bomb-grade
                         Plutonium Found in

20090225   25 February   United States – Deadliest
                         US Environmental Crime
                         Goes to Trial

20090214   14 February   France – Seizure of 33
                         Smoked Animals
20090223   23 February   Endangered Reptiles
                         Saved by Customs and
                         Border Protection

20090221   21 February   Poachers Drive Balkan
                         Lynx to Brink of

20090220   20 February   Japanese Corporate
                         Operator of Cargo Vessel
                         Sentenced to Pay $1.75
                         Million for Conspiracy
                         and Falsifying Records

20090219   19 February   Shipping Company, Chief
                         Engineer and Second
                         Engineer Indicted for
                         Covering up Pollution

20090219   19 February   Tiger Skulls and Drugs
                         Bound for China Seized
                         in the Indian State of
20090219   19 February   Man Arrested in
                         Crackdown on E-waste

20090217   17 February   Illegal Loggers Utilising
                         Child Labour

20090217   17 February   Environmental
                         Investigation Agency
                         Warns Black Market in
                         Gases Could Flourish

20090216   16 February   Ivory Trade Hits Asia's

20090213   13 February   Man Arrested for
                         Smuggling Coral
20090106   6 January    Fourth pipeline facility
                        bombed in British
                        Colombia - Person
                        responsible for attacks a
                        brazen amateur, eco-
                        terrorism expert says

20090206   6 February   9 Tiger Deaths in 3
                        Months in Indian
                        National Park

20090203   3 February   Harvesting Trees to
                        Make Ecstasy

20090202   2 February   Global CITES operation
                        nets over 4500
                        endangered species in
                        one day

20090114   14 January   Chilean Navy seize
                        ‘Noah’s Ark’ of illegally
                        smuggled animals
20090102   2 January    Inside the World of
                        ‘Wildlife CSI’

20090203   3 February   Pigeons found down
                        traveller's trousers

20090205   5 February   Exotic animals trapped
                        in net of Mexican drug

20090205   5 February   EU Laws to protect
                        endangered ‘Jaws’

20090208   8 February   Malaysian Customs join
                        ‘Green Customs’
20090130   30 January   Protecting Mountain
                        Gorillas in the Congo

20090129   29 January   Britain Warned by EU
                        over Air Quality

20090125   25 January   Wildlife experts suspect
                        cartels take advantage
                        of ineffective law

20090123   23 January   The Environment Strikes

20090128   28 January   Provide more resources
                        to fight global
                        environmental crime,
                        EIA tells governments
20090121   21 January   Workshops on Ecological
                        Protection Launched

20090123   23 January   Diary: Protecting
                        Mountain Gorillas in the

20090113   13 January   Greek-based Ship
                        Operator Pleads Guilty to
                        Falsifying Records

20090119   19 January   Vietnam’s Environmental
                        Police record largest-
                        ever seizure of wildlife

20090115   15 January   Record seizures of
                        illegally trafficked
                        animal products
20090113   13 January   European MPs vote to
                        tighten pesticide controls

20090109   9 January    International Police
                        Group to tackle Asian
                        smuggling routes

20090112   12 January   Democratic Republic of
                        Congo – Gorilla Ranger

20090106   6 January    Argentina – Threats to
                        the world's largest
                        parrot colony

20090106   6 January    USA – Marine protection
                        zone for Pacific islands
20090102   2 January   Brazil – Clamping down
                       on wildlife trafficking
News text

Officials from Viet Nam‘s Environmental Police, Customs and Forest
Protection Department visited Thailand from 13-17 July, to observe the
country‘s anti-wildlife crime measures, in particular the mechanisms which
support es Salaam residents were yesterday charged with illegal export of
Six Dar effective interagency co-operation.
more than 11 tons of elephant tusks worth over 684 million Shillings
(Approx 516,000) The accused who are officials of three clearing and
forwarding Companies,police accused of illegally exporting 11,061 kg of
Hanoi's environmental were have seized a frozen young tiger and several
kilograms of tiger bones, the third seizure of tiger related products this
year in Hanoi.
An Irishman accused of environmental crimes in the state of California has
been arrested in Malta and remanded in custody after a Maltese court
denied his request for bail this week. The United States Environmental
More than 1,400 tonnes of potentially hazardous California and INTERPOL
Protection Agency, the Southern District Court of waste, including nappies,
condoms, syringes and bags of blood, will be returned to Britain from
Brazil as UK authorities investigate whether they were illegally exported.
The Pakistani railway police have arrested officials from the Wildlife
Department under suspicion of attempting to smuggle dired turtle meat to
A joint Customs initiative across Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa
has netted more than 30,000 tons and 1,500 pieces of illegal hazardous
waste in 57 seizures, ranging from household waste and scrap metal to
discarded electronic goods and used $1 million worth of elephant ivory and
The Kenyan government has seized vehicle parts.
black rhinoceros horns which were on their way from southern Africa to
Asia. This incident comes on the heels of a report last week from
conservation groups that illegal rhinoceros poaching is at a 15-year high.
Italian police say they have arrested 32 suspected mobsters with ties to
the Naples based Camorra crime syndicate. Authorities have said the
mobsters' clan, the Casalesi, are involved in the illegal transport and
disposal and flow of thousands from the industrial north to the are to be
The ebb of tons of toxic waste of pieces of household rubbish
tracked using sophisticated mobile tags. It is hoped that making people
confront the final journey of their waste will make them reduce what they
One of India's main tiger parks - Panna National Park - has admitted will
throw away. Initially, 3,000 pieces of rubbish, donated by volunteers,it no
longer has any tigers. A report has suggested that most of the park's
tigers were lost to poaching.
Rising demand for pangolins, mostly from mainland China, compounded
by lax laws is wiping out the unique toothless anteaters from their native
habitats in Southeast Asia, according to a group of leading pangolin
A man has been convicted of stealing 600kg of Sandalwood, one of the
world's most valuable timbers, from an Australian national park. The
timber - dubbed "wooden gold' - can fetch up to $10,000 a tonne on the
black market. officials in the Zimbabwean Zanu-PF government have
Two high profile
been implicated in a Rhino Horn smuggling operation which also involves a
number of other nationals from South Africa and China.
Four suspects, including a businesswoman and three airport officials
employed by the Government, have been arrested at the Julius Nyerere
International Airport (JNIA) for allegedly trying to smuggle ivory and other
Government developed by a British company and like those on
Plastic tags, trophies to China.
supermarket groceries, have been nailed to a million trees across Africa,
Southeast Asia and South America to help countries keep track of timber
A report on the dangers posed by the growing amount of toxic electronic
waste (e-waste) being dumped around the world. This report focuses on
Investigations by Thai wildlife authorities have confirmed that some of the
tiger parts confiscated in Thailand last year belonged to the Malayan tiger,
a species found only in the Malaysian Peninsula.
A report on how organised crime has moved into the recycling industry - a
development that has become clear over the past few months after a
series of raids to enforce the EU's Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE) directive . across Europe, the Asia/Pacific region and
A joint global Customs initiative
Africa netted more than 30000 tons and 1,500 pieces of illegal hazardous
waste in 57 seizures, ranging from household waste and scrap metal to
Mozambican police goods and used vehicle parts.
discarded electronichave arrested two European professional hunters for
killing an elephant belonging to the Gorongosa National Park (PNG), in the
central province of Sofala, according to a press statement from the park‘s
communication department.
Three U.N. bodies and INTERPOL have teamed up to fight smuggling and
organized crime in West Africa where it is corrupting governments, aiding
insurgents and polluting the environment.
A suspected pangolin smuggler thought to have links with a major wildlife
trafficking gang has been arrested in Muang district as he was transporting
10 live pangolins to his home.
A report detailing the efforts of the Chinese government and organizations
such as Greenpeace to regulate the dumping of electronic waste in China.

Police are investigating the dumping of hazardous medical waste at a
popular recreational facility on the South African coast. Since February,
Casu-arina Park Beach in Tongaat, a picnic spot frequented by locals, has
been used as a officers were surprised to find waste, including blood
Polish customs make-shift dump for medical live scorpions in a parcel
from Hong Kong supposed to contain toys. The small parcel held 39
scorpions, 32 of them still alive, customs officials told AFP news agency.
Life on Earth is under serious threat, despite the commitment by world
leaders to reverse the trend, according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN
Red List of Threatened Species™.
A leading conservationist has been attacked in what she described as
revenge for her "involvement in anti-poaching efforts and attempts to
break into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade."
One of Thailand's major wildlife traffickers has been sentenced to two
years in jail for trying to smuggle 245 Malayan Pangolins and 63 Black
Marsh Turtles into Bangkok three years ago, police sources said Tuesday.
A man has been convicted and fined for charges of illegal trade and
possession of native reptiles in a landmark decision in the Ringwood
Magistrates‘ Court last week. Meyndert Bornman was convicted and fined
$30,000 and ordered to environmental crimes committed costs. Brazilian
Some 86 percent of the pay an additional $1490 in court in the
Amazon region go unpunished, the O Globo newspaper reported Sunday,
citing a study by the non-governmental organization Imazon.
At least 24,550 hectares of land in the Halimun Salak Mountain National
Park located in the border between Banten and West Java provinces are in
damaged condition due to illegal mining and logging, an official was
quoted as saying. the boom in legal and illegal e-waste disposal in the
A report detailing
state of Utah.
Logging in Madagascar, an island nation off Africa's southeast coast, is
endangering ancient animal and plants species, notably lemurs, primates
only found in the region.
The director of enforcement and training at the endangered species' office
of the Chinese State Forestry Administration has said that a rising appetite
for wildlife and its increasing use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is
Despite the fact that the illegal imports of endangered animals.
fueling an increase indumping old computers in developing countries has
been declared as violation of international law, Pakistan has been being
used as dumping ground for over 50,000 tons of e-waste that hurts local
industry being officially illegal, the international trade in whale meat
Despite and also creates environmental and health hazards.
between the whale-hunting nations is quietly picking up again, say
enviromental campaigners.
An interview conducted by the United States' National Public Radio with
the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Deputy Director regarding
their investigations into and pursuit of environmental criminals.
The Obama administration‘s announcement on Wednesday of a public
health emergency in the Rocky Mountain community marks the start of an
extensive, home-by-home cleanup and better health protections for those
with asbestos-related illnesses.
Bangkok still harbours the largest illegal ivory market in Asia despite
efforts to stamp out its reputation as an illegal wildlife trade hub, says a
study by the Britain-based wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. The
network found more than 70% of souvenir shops in Thailand have ivory
Pollution in South-east Asia's Mekong River has pushed freshwater
dolphins in Cambodia and Laos to the brink of extinction, an international
conservation group said on Thursday. The World Wide Fund For Nature
(WWF) said only 64 to 76 and Planning Authority has begun Mekong after
The Maltese Environment Irrawaddy dolphins remain in the a number of
operations against outstanding violations of the country's environmental
laws. These have included interventions against an illegal scrapyard and
actions against illegal construction along the coastline.
The deforestation of Yang Bay, a protected forest in Khanh Hoa Province‘s,
continues unchecked despite a barrage of media reports on the illegal
logging. Local authorities found dozens of valuable but endangered trees
cut down during a recent inspection of this area, most of them with trunks
Kuwait carried out its first animal confiscation last month, seven years
after signing up to an international convention to clamp down on the trade
in endangered species, a move hailed by conservationists as an important
step towards stemming a growing tide of animals trafficked into the Gulf
A raid of a 30-hectare farm of a mayor suspected to be supportive of
illegal logging activities has yielded several pieces of undocumented
lumber and outlawed logging equipment.
The US EPA filed a Complaint and Compliance Order late last week against
EarthEcycle, an electronic waste handler for several charity e-waste
collection events held in Pennsylvania. The complaint follows an
Authorities in southern China seized a van they which tracked 7 sea-
investigation by the Basel Action Network (BAN)suspected was hauling
drugs but found it packed with what may be a different kind of
contraband: bear paws, a python skin and a pangolin carcass, an official
said Tuesday.
A four day workshop, held in Guyana and attended law enforcement and
customs officials from the Carribean, has recently concluded. The seminar
aimed to teach participants the skills to enforce laws more efficiently and
Six sought the three conservation organizations have network against
alsonations and creation of a regional law enforcement issued a statement
calling for action against illegal logging in Madagascar‘s protected areas.

The Environment Agency has revealed it has taken its "most significant"
action yet against suspected illegal exports of waste electrical and
electronic equipment (WEEE) to Africa, with raids on sites in east London
and Essex on Friday 5 June.
The growing problem of marine litter is harming oceans and beaches
worldwide and authorities must act now to reverse and prevent further
environmental degradation, said a report released Monday, World Oceans
Day. The newconfirms uncontrolled waves of Challenge‖ is a result of a
A new report report ‖Marine Litter: A Global violent, eco-damaging and
illegal fishing worldwide, but with some of the biggest offences connected
to the European market. Pirate fishing is out of control, depriving some the
most world's most vulnerable communities of food and leading to into
A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
the relation between organised criminal gangs dealing in drugs and the
destruction of the environment.
A plan to pay tropical countries not to chop down trees risks being
discredited by opportunists even before it starts.

A report by the Times of India alleging that the country is becoming the
developed nations' favourite dumping ground as over 50,000 tonnes of e-
waste, including old PC's, mobiles and television sets, is dumped in the
Nepali and Indian wildlife conservation authorities have recommended
trans-border cooperation as an urgent requirement to tackle illegal wildlife
trade across the porous Indo-Nepal border.
Polish customs at the Ukrainian border Tuesday found 121 Central Asian
tortoises, a threatened species, bound so tightly in black tape that their
heads could barely squeeze out from their shells. Officers arrested a 34-
year-old Ukrainian Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) have been arrested
Six officials of the man allegedly attempting to cross the border with the
on suspicion of involvement in a multi-million dollar organised crime
network smuggling large numbers of elephant tusks through the Dar es
Salaam port to foreign lands.
An interview with Peter Younger of INTERPOL's Project Oasis in which he
discusses the potential for fraud and corruption in the nascent forest
carbon credit market.
Police in Riau foiled an attempt to smuggle overseas more than 50
pangolins — a rare, scaly, ant-eating mammal — and are currently
questioning three men involved in the operation.
A report by the Ghana Business News detailing the illegal traffic and
hazardous disposal of electronic waste in Ghana and other African
countries and the hazards this poses to the populace
A Chinese man in southwest China's Chongqing City was sentenced to
three years in prison for smuggling ivory from Japan. The man who
worked in Japan during 2008 sold 1,510 grams of ivory worth about
62,900 yuan (around 6,500 Euro) through an as old computers, televisions
Electronic waste from Australian homes such online sales website.
and mobile phones are being dumped in China fueling toxic pollution in the
country. According to Australian Customs 12 ships carrying "e-waste" have
been intercepted leaving Australia for Asian ports without hazardous
Philippine customs authorities have seized an estimated 3.5 tonnes of
elephant tusks from two containers sent from Tanzania, one of the largest
such consignments yet found in the country.
The company Viridor has been fined £75,000 (around 86,000 Euro) after
pleading guilty to five charges of shipping waste to Dubai in breach of the
Transfrontier Shipment Regulations.
A 21 year old British man has been jailed for eight months for selling 300
endangered tortoises. After making nearly 40,000 Euro in the space of a
year the man has also become the first person in the UK to be given a
Serious Crime Preventionlaunched after nearly 10 tonnes of dead fish were
Toxic waste inspections, Order for three years in connection with the
found along a 2-km stretch of the Nhue River, discovered that 100 per
cent of surveyed businesses had discharged toxic waste into the river.
Tatana Contracting Limited (TCL) and director Johnston Tatana were fined
$31,000 NZ (approximately 13,700 Euro) for illegally dumping thousands
of litres of sludge, wastewater and industrial liquids.
Raids by wildlife authorities on properties involved in the illegal trade and
breeding of snakes have also discovered drugs and unlicensed firearms.
Authorities have linked drug possession, mainly cannabis or pills, to 38 per
A report by BBC's snake cases in the biggest toxic dumping scandal of
cent of illegal cornNewsnight into 'the state and to 17 per cent of seizedthe
21st century;' the dumping of tons of toxic waste in and around Abidjan.
The report details the toxicity of the waste dumped and the action now
being taken by thousands of those affected to bring the perpetrators to
The Nepalese Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) with support from
Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN) has arrested a man involved in
smuggling an Eurasian eagle-owl, an endangered species.
A man has been questioned after the discovery of a dead golden eagle by
police investigating the illegal trade in rare birds in Europe. This follows
the arrest of two men in Belgium by police targeting people who take birds
and eggs from Court judged has fined the owner oflegitimateyacht
A U.S. District the wild to "launder" them into the a luxury market.
$150,000 US for the possession of the remains of endangered animals.
Among the dozens of remains recovered by investigators from the U.S.
Customs and Borders Authority has seized 100 pieces of ivory jaguar pelt,
The Uganda Revenue Protection were an African lion's skin, a weighing
35kg. The ivory was concealed in a sack under a covering of bananas.

The recent arrest of two suspected Muslim United Liberation Tigers of
Assam (Multa) militants in Assam has indicated a level of collaboration
between rebel outfits and wildlife poachers in the North-East of India.
Forest officials said poaching and trade in indicted partsGarden Grove men
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles today wildlife two was high in the
on charges related to the smuggling of songbirds – including one injurious
species – into the United States. The birds were allegedly concealed on
The European Parliament least one trip plans to make it a crime for
one man‘s body during at has backed EUon a commercial flight from ship
owners and operators to pollute the sea. The rules will seek to prevent a
recurrence of oil spills off European coastlines that have had dire effects
on the environment and will replace the damage caused to indigenous in
A report by the Economist detailing a law that an EU court threw out
ecosystems and human inhabitants by 'illegal aliens,' foreign wildlife
species imported to a country in contravention of laws and regulations.
Australian details the state wildlife authroities have been engaged
The report federal and damage caused by both the accidental and in
operations aimed at breaking up an international crime syndicate. The
group, based in northern Victoria, is making millions of dollars smuggling
endangered and exoticPetersburg in and out of the country.
Police in the city of St bird eggs are searching for a rare missing leopard
which was stolen when thieves ambushed a TV producer and drove off in
his luxury Mercedes 4x4. The amur leopard is one of the world's most
highly endangered species, it is beleived the animal may have been stolen
Undercover officers have rescued a baby gorilla from suspected animal
traffickers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The gorilla, thought to be
about two years old, was hidden at the bottom of a bag and covered with
clothes when Congoleseguilty to Authority officers arrested Kenya after one
Two men have pleaded Wildlife illegal ivory possession in the suspected
of East Africa‘s biggest seizures in recent years, the Kenya Wildlife Service
(KWS) said. A spokesman for the KWS said the two men, a Kenyan the a
STX Pan Ocean Co. Ltd. (STX), headquartered in Seoul, Korea, and and
owner of the commercial with ship, M/V Ocean Jade , pleaded guilty
Tanzanian, were arrested cargo512 kg of elephant tusks near the Kenya-
today to conspiracy as well as falsifying and failing to properly maintain
records meant to ensure compliance with maritime pollution laws. The
The Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has
announced it will suspend all exports of elephants for five years. This
move is to provide time to develop better registration of elephants and
ensure exported elephants are from farms rather than the wild. It is hoped
The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) today presented INTERPOL with its
Heroes for Animals award - the first time an international organization has
received the honour which recognizes individuals or organizations for their
efforts to protect wildlife seized a lion's skull, pieces of ivory and parts
UK customs officers have
of a giant clam which were being brought into the UK through a Suffolk
A report by TRAFFIC has claimed that more of Idonesia's orangutans are
being caught for the pet trade now than since the 1970's. Less than 8,000
Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild. pleaded guilty today in U.S.
A US Border Patrol Agent of Alice, Texas,
District Court in Corpus Christi, Texas, to a violation of the Lacey Act for
attempting to receive fifteen Tanzanian leopard tortoises that were
transported into the United States in violation of a law, regulation or
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested five
people, including two civil servants, over alleged bribery in connection with
illegal logging in the Karak and Bentong forest reserves. If convicted the
suspects face a jail term of up to 20 years and a fineofficials have secured
South African environmental crime law enforcement of RM10,000 or five
fines totalling nearly R770 000 (65,608 Euro) in three separate convictions
of illegal trade in wildlife. The wildlife being traded was a mixture of live
species such as Impala pirates, who have recently carried outfrom killed of
A report that Somalia's and Kudu alongside products derived a number
high-profile hijackings of ships in the Gulf of Aden, are not solely
motivated by profits. Some of those involved are now arguing that their
At the are motivated Enforcement protect (ASEAN-WEN) conference
actionsASEAN-Wildlife by a desire toNetwork Somalia's coastline and fish-
concluded yesterday, Asian governments and international partners made
a strong commitments to coordinate enforcement efforts in a concerted
effort to halt wildlife crime and habitatgrowing problem of hazardous
A report, focusing on Nigeria, into the depletion.
electronic waste exported to Africa. Much of this waste originates from
Europe or America where it is expensive to dispose of. It is estimated five
hundred containers of second-hand electronics are imported to Nigeria
The Australian Institute of Marine Science says illegal fishing in northern
waters is devastating marine life and delicate ecosystems.

The US EPA's Most Wanted list, which was created in December, currently
names 21 people, including two men charged with smuggling ozone-
destroying coolants, who are believed to have fled to Syria; a man
Over-fishing and with building well as pipeline to funnel sewage
charged in Illinoissmuggling, as a secretpollution caused bypollutants into a
dumped in the Caspian Sea, have considerably reduced the Sea's Sturgeon
stock. Iranian scientists now estimate that Sturgeon could be extinct
within 14 years if poaching is not controlled. year, the Royal Malaysian
In their first environmental crime case of this
Customs and Excise Department have seized 9.5 tonnes of smuggled red
sandalwood. The shipment of this rare wood originated in India and is
estimated to be worth almost one million Euros. The sandalwood logs were
seized from a container declared to be carrying a cargo of conveyor belts
and was conducted with the cooperation of the Indian High Commission in
South African Police in the capital city of Pretoria have arrested a man
suspected of slaughtering endangered species, including lions and
rhinoceroses, in his own home. The arrest was made following the
discovery of bones and skulls on the property by an inspector from the
Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals. South Africa has recently
witnessed a surge in rhinoceros killings to meet demand for horns used in
some traditional Asian medicines.

The Tanzanian government has begun an official investigation to
determine whether an international poaching and smuggling network is
behind the 200 elephant tusks seized by Vietnamese customs at the
beginning of March. Early investigations indicated that the container
appeared to have been loaded onto a ship in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,
and transported via Malaysia, before arriving in Vietnam. A spokesman for
the Tanzanian Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources vowed that the
investigation would spare no-one, even government officials, in its attempt
to uncover those responsible.
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is hosting a U.S.-funded training course
for airport staff so they can better spot smugglers and prohibited cargo.
Most of the animals illegally trafficked in Southeast Asia come from
Burma, Indonesia and Malaysia. They then go to markets in China, where
exotic meats and parts from animals like the pangolin are considered to
have medicinal value.

Intensive investigative and surveillance work by Indonesian police officers
has resulted in the arrest of an internationally wanted Czech national who
is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice following his alleged leading role
in a wildlife smuggling network in Brazil. This arrest followed INTERPOL‘s
publication earlier in March of six Red Notices for internationally wanted
persons. Their publication was requested by the Brazilian Federal Police in
connection with Operation Oxossi, the country‘s largest-ever nationwide
operation against the illegal hunting and trade in wildlife, led by the
Brazilian Federal Police in co-operation with INTERPOL‘s Environmental
Crime Programme. among items seized by the British Metropolitan Police
Elephant tusks were
in an operation targeting 3,500 safety deposit boxes used by criminal
gangs. Officers also recovered guns, drugs and child pornography and
arrested 40 people in the course of the raids. A police spokesman said that
the operation would have a dramatic global impact on organised criminal
gangs. More than 60 officers continue to work on the case which follows
an earlier raid on a safe depository business in June.
The UK Environment Agency has created a new National Environmental
Crime Team dedicated to tackling the growing problem of criminal cartels
whicho dump construction waste across the countryside, much of it laced
with asbestos and other dangerous or toxic materials. The new team is
engaged in discerning dumping patterns, studying detailed intelligence
files and creating strategies to target suspects, suspects convicted can
expect five years‘ imprisonment and may also have their assets seized.

Staff Reporter - The head of TRAFFIC – India, Samir Sinha, today
advocated an integrated approach in tackling wildlife crime which was
gaining in dimension every passing year. He described wildlife crime as a
―multi-dimensional phenomenon‖ that required a response at different
levels ranging from law enforcement to addressing the livelihood concerns
of the forest fringe area inhabitants. He also described wildlife crime as an
organised trans-national phenomenon and said that the emerging trends
of the crime in the 21st century had confirmed it as a global challenge and
made imperative its viewing as a crime against society. He concluded that
the response from the authorities toPhilippines, Taiwan, Vietnam a lot to be
Citizens from China, Indonesia, the meet the challenge still left and
Kenya, appeared before a magistrate charged with illegal fishing, pollution
and degradation of the marine environment and falsification of documents.
The State Attorney told the court that the suspects had illegally caught
different species of fish with a total weight of 100 tonnes and were
polluting and degrading the marine environment at the scene of the crime.

Mark Measer, a 33–year federal law enforcement veteran, has joined the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s Criminal Investigation Division in
Seattle, Washington, as the Special-Agent-in-Charge. During his time with
the US EPA, Mr Measer also served as the INTERPOL Environmental Crime
Programme‘s Pollution Crime Officer between 2003 and 2007. In his new
capacity as the top criminal enforcement official in EPA‘s Northwest office,
Measer will supervise environmental crimes investigations Washington,
Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

The Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
seized six heavy-duty Stihl chainsaws and 6,872 board feet of lumber and
flitches during a string of anti-illegal logging operations in Infanta,
Quezon, and Tanay, Rizal, early this month. DENR Secretary Lito Atienza
said the confiscation of the chainsaws bolstered their suspicion that illegal
logging is on the rise with the onset of the summer season in the two
INTERPOL‘s Environmental Crime Programme, has to date resulted in 72
arrests and the seizure of thousands of illegally-held wildlife specimens.
Spanning nine Brazilian states and involving 450 Federal Police Officers,
Operation Oxossi – which was launched on 11 March – has so far resulted
in 102 arrest warrants being issued and 140 search warrants served, as
well as more than 3,500 wildlife specimens seized. At the request of
Brazilian authorities, Red Notices for internationally wanted persons have
also been issued by INTERPOL for six individuals. It is Brazil‘s largest
wildlife crime law enforcement operation conducted in a decade.
Thailand's authorities, including the Minister for Natural Resources and the
Environment, are calling on Australia to provide greater financial support
and training in the regional fight against the multi-billion dollar illegal
wildlife trade. The call for support comes as senior wildlife investigators
say Australian criminal gangs are targeting Bangkok's main international
airport in the trafficking of birds. The investigation is one of several
underway through the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
wildlife enforcement network (ASEAN-WEN) that combines regional police
forces with the backing of international law enforcement operations such
asnew piece of software is able to identify individual tigers by the unique
stripe patterns on their coats and is also able to match skins sold on the
black market to animals photographed in the wild. This tool, the
developers say, will make it easier to estimate tiger populations and aid
conservation efforts. Initially based on software designed to scan the
markings of grey seals allowing identification from photographs, the tool
has also been adapted for use in identifying other species with unique
markings, including leopards, zebras and salamanders.

The Maldives government has made the decision to ban reef shark hunting
throughout its waters, making the Indian Ocean archipelago the first
nation in the region to outlaw the practice. It is planned that he band will
be extended in one year's time to include the hunting of oceanic sharks
such as tiger sharks and whale sharks. Shark numbers have plummeted in
the Maldives in recent years because a significant minority of fishermen
target sharks for their lucrative fins, which are used in shark-fin soup, a
luxury Asian dish.

Customs Officials have seized five tonnes of elephant ivory smuggled from
Tanzania, via Malaysia, in 114 boxes of plastic waste. It is not yet clear if
the ivory was intended for sale in Vietnam or was to be trafficked further.
Vietnam is believed to have the world‘s highest prices for ivory with one
kilogram selling for up to 1,500 US Dollars. Although Vietnam outlawed
the ivory trade in 1992 shops are still able to sell ivory from before the
ban, this allows some to illegally restock with carvings made from recently
poached ivory.
The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has arrested four people, including
two police officers, for trafficking 72 pieces of elephant ivory and five
pieces of rhino horn estimated to be worth over 140,000 Euro. ZAWA‘s
director said that poachers would have killed 36 elephants to obtain such a
large amount of ivory, though he suspected that the elephants may have
been killed in neighbouring countries and not in Zambia. The arrests were
made following a tip-off from members of the public.

The next update in a series of diaries kept by two wildlife rangers from the
Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo describing their
life and work on the front line of Gorilla preservation. This instalment
details the rangers‘ joint patrols with their Rwandan colleagues, the birth
of a baby Gorilla, and the rangers‘ continuing struggles with local militias.

A bottle discarded at a waste site has been discovered to contain the
oldest sample of weapons-grade plutonium created in a nuclear reactor.
The sample is a relic from the early days of the United States‘ nuclear
weapons programme and has been dated to 1944. Scientists used
forensics techniques to determine the sample‘s age and origin. These
forensics techniques are vital in discerning the sources, origins and routes
of smuggled nuclear materials, a crime type that is driven by demand and
believed to be on the rise.

Five former executives of W.R. Grace appeared in court for one of the
most important environmental crime trials ever filed against a corporation.
For 27 years W.R. Grace operated a vermiculite mine in the town of Libby,
providing material for insulation, lightweight concrete, and potting soil.
However, vermiculite contains the carcinogen asbestos and it is estimated
that 1200 inhabitants of Libby have died of asbestos related diseases.
Prosecutors charge that W.R. Grace knew as early as 1976 that mine
employees were experiencing lung abnormalities, but company executives
chose to keep the studies secret, and continued to operate the mine until
1990 androutine vehicle search, French Customsbe used in a school 33
During a donated asbestos tainted materials to Officers discovered
smoked animal carcasses originating from Central Africa and destined to
be re-sold, some in France and some in Switzerland. Among the remains
found were three Boa Constrictors, three monkeys, and 22 porcupines, all
protected species. The case has now been passed to the Prosecutor‘s
office. Note: Original article in French.
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has continued its
crackdown on wildlife smuggling by arresting a man for allegedly
attempting to smuggle 44 native reptiles out of Australia through Sydney
International Airport. Included in the seizure of almost 50 animals was one
Albino Carpet Python, an extremely endangered species with numbers
estimated to be as low as 100, and worth approximately $20,000.

The Balkan Lynx, prized as both a national symbol and for its fur, is facing
extinction due to illegal poaching. Although hunting lynx is punishable by
prison terms of up to eight years, poachers continue to pursue the animal
with impunity, knowing that no one has ever been prosecuted for doing so.
Experts believe that the species numbers may be less than 100 in the
wilds of Macedonia and Albania, with even fewer in Kosovo, Montenegro,
and Serbia.

A United States Judge has sentenced the Japanese corporation Hiong Guan
Navegacion Japan Co. Ltd. to three years probation and $1.75 million in
penalties for conspiring to falsify and falsifying environmental compliance
records. Four hundred thousand dollars of the $1.75 million that Hiong
Guan must pay will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which
partners locally with the Pinellas County, Florida., Environmental Fund
(PCEF). According to court documents, crew of the commercial cargo ship
M/V Balsa-62, operated by the Hiong Guan Navegacion Japan Co. Ltd.,
used a bypass pipe to circumvent the pollution prevention equipment on
board the ship and dump oily water and sludge directly overboard and into
A United States federal grand jury in New Jersey, has returned an eight-
count indictment charging a Liberian company that manages an ocean-
going bulk carrier vessel, M/V Myron N, along with the ship‘s chief
engineer and second engineer for covering up discharges of oil-
contaminated waste at sea. The indictment alleges that between 2004 and
September 2008, Dalnave, and more recently through its two senior
engineers on the M/V Myron N, Stamatakis and Papadakis, directed
subordinate crew members to use a metal pipe to bypass the ship‘s oil
water separator and instead discharge the oil-contaminated waste directly
A large consignment of animal parts was seized by the Assam Rifles in
Manipur's Chandel district on Monday, once again pointing to the the
thriving poaching racket that operates in the North-East. It is suspected
that the animal parts were being smuggled to South-east Asian markets
that have a huge demand for tiger bones and skin. The seized
consignment included two tiger skulls, two tiger paws, 16 kg of tiger
bones, 340 kg of pangolin shell and 191 deer antlers. Poaching and
smuggling of endangered creatures in the region is encouraged by the
soaring demand in Tiger parts and the porous borders in the region.
The Environment Agency‘s new national environmental crime unit
announced yesterday that a 46-year-old man had been arrested as part of
a crackdown on the illegal export of electronic waste from Britain to the
developing world.

The Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc. in Bulacan, the
Philippines, has recently documented child labourers who were being used
in illegal-logging operations. The minors, some as young as nine years old,
were being used to haul the illegally felled timber and charcoal within the
Rizal Province of the Philippines.

The Environmental Investigation Agency has warned that a black market
in ozone depleting substances could develop and thrive following a Europe
wide ban in the substances unless enforcement capabilities and capacities
are strengthened and current stockpiles of existing chemicals are
accurately assessed.

The illegal ivory trade in Vietnam is threatening the survival of South East
Asia's dwindling elephant population with fewer than 150 elephants
believed to be left in the wild in Vietnam. Ivory prices in Vietnam are the
highest in the world encouraging tones of ivory products to be transported
through Vietnam every year.

A German national was arrested in Virginia, the United States, for
attempting to smuggle 40 tons of coral illegally harvested in the
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have described as ‗deliberate‘ an
explosion at an EnCana Coroporation gasline in British Colombia. This
brings the total of number of such attacks to four in three months. An Eco-
terrorism expert has suggested that the attacks may be being carried out
by an individual or a small tightly knit group and may have the support of
the local community frustrated by what they see as the destruction of their
land by gas facilities.

Following the disappearance of large numbers of tigers from Sariska
National Park at the end of 2008, authorities at Kaziranga National Park
have recently confirmed the deaths of nine big cats in the past three
months. This represents the highest casualty figures recorded in a national
park over such a brief period.

A special report detailing the damage done to endangered flora and fauna
in Cambodia by the production of Ecstasy. The main raw material for
ecstasy, safrole, is extracted from various plants and trees in the form of
safrole-rich oils—also known as sassafras oil. The production of these oils
has severely depleted trees from which it is extracted, giving rise to
warnings that unless production is curbed by effective law enforcement the
species may become extinct in the near future.

Approximately 10,000 Customs officers together with the World Customs
Organization‘s (WCO) 11 Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILO)
participated in a global exercise at the request of the WCO Secretariat in
the lead up to International Customs Day on 26 January 2009 which was
dedicated to the theme: ―Customs and the environment: protecting our
natural heritage‖. This one day operation, coordinated by Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
(CITES) and carried out by 90 Customs administrations around the world,
resulted in the seizure of 4,630 examples of protected wildlife alongside
their products patrol vessel from the port of Arica spotted a boat leaving
Chilean Naval and derivatives.
port with it‘s lights off. When the naval authorities checked for registration
documents, the crew discovered what they described as a ‗Noah‘s Ark‘ of
smuggled exotic animals, most from the Amazon. (Video)
The Department of of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA),
alongside the World Wildlife Fund, and the Royal Society for the Protection
of Birds is to provide UK Police with their first forensics unit dedicated to
wildlife crime. The team will use these techniques to establish if samples
have come from endangered species and aim to secure prosecutions of the
ringleaders of smuggling operations, not just the smugglers themselves.

An Australian man was arrested in Melbourne, returning from Dubai, after
being discovered with two live birds strapped to his legs. He was also
discovered to be transporting undeclared eggs and seeds. Although not
endangered, the transport of these pigeons represents a breach of
Australia‘s quarantine laws against the import of foreign flora and fauna.

Leaders of Mexican drug gangs are contributing to the illegal trade in
endangered wildlife by keeping exotic pets in private zoos and show off
rarities such as turtle skin boots. They also enter into partnerships with
wildlife smuggling groups by sharing smuggling routes into the mainland
United States.

The European Commission has unveiled measures aimed at protecting
sharks, many of which are in sharp decline. The proposals would close
loopholes in current shark finning regulations, cut catches of endangered
species and set quotas according to scientific advice.

The Malaysian Customs authorities have joined an initiative set up by the
World Customs Organisation (WCO) alongside INTERPOL, the Convention
on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This is a global initiative
to encourage customs authorities to take part in protecting the
environment, by placing those who smuggle flora, fauna and toxic waste
across borders on the top of their priority lists.
The next update in a series of diaries kept by two wildlife rangers from the
Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo describing their
life and work on the front line of Gorilla preservation.

The European Commission has warned that Britain may face court action
due to its failure to comply with European Union standards on air quality.
The directive, which came into effect in June 2008, aims to limit airborne
particles produced by industry, traffic and domestic heating and can cause
asthma, heart problems, lung cancer and premature death.

Government officials and private landowners in South Africa have
confirmed a massive increase in rhino poaching over the past year, raising
fears of a wildlife killing spree similar to those decimating reserves in
neighbouring countries. Wildlife experts suspect sophisticated poaching
cartels taking advantage of ineffective law enforcement may be one of the
main reasons for this increase.

Police in Nigeria are holding a goat handed to them by a vigilante group,
which said it was a car thief who had used witchcraft to change shape.

TO MARK International Customs Day, the Environmental Investigation
Agency today challenges governments to provide adequate resources to
police, customs and enforcement agencies throughout the world to follow
up ‗green‘ rhetoric with real commitment and to tackle the growing threat
of organised crime against the environment.
The Qatar Ministry of Environment in partnership with the United States
Environment Protection Agency has recently hosted a three day workshop
on ecological protection. The event was attended by officials from other
Gulf countries and Jordan. The event was inaugurated by the Qatari
Minister or Environment, H. E Abdullah bin Mubarak bin Aboud Al
Madahiaboud, Joseph Evan LeBaron, and was hailed by the US
Ambassador, who praised Qatar‘s contributions towards environmental
protection in the region.

Two wildlife rangers from the Virunga National Park in the Democratic
Republic of Congo describe their life and work on the front line of Gorilla
preservation. Their agency has recently been affected by the conflict in the
region, which has claimed the lives of not only the endangered Gorillas,
but also one of their rangers Safari Kakule in an attack by the rebel Mai
Mai militia.

A Greek-based commercial shipping company has been fined $1.3 million ,
a $1,600 special assessment, three years probation, and been ordered to
implement an Environmental Compliance Plan by a United States District
Judge. The falsified document related to the improper management and
disposal of oily waste and ballast from one of the company‘s cargo ships.
Both US Federal Laws and International Laws require ships to comply with
certain pollution regulations regarding the proper handing and disposal of
oil contaminated materials.

Vietnam‘s Environmental Police in Hanoi have seized the largest ever
quantity of wildlife products following the recovering of over two tonnes of
bones, including those from Tigers, from a store in the capital. The case is
the latest in a string of major seizures, and reflects Hanoi‘s improved
enforcement capacity since the Environmental Police were established a
division of the Hanoi Police Department in 2007.

Last year Customs Officers in Dubai seized a record number of animal
products, including furs, stuffed animals and ivory goods. A total of 145
items were seized representing a 20% increase from 2007.
The European Parliament has voted to tighten rules on pesticide use and
ban at least 22 chemicals deemed harmful to human health. The rules are
expected to be approved by the 27 member states' governments.

The ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) is launching a
new International Police Group, involving the INTERPOL Environmental
Crime Programme and senior investigators from six countries, to tackle
the illegal trade in pangolins and big cats.

A wildlife ranger has paid the ultimate price in the effort to protect
endangered mountain gorillas in Democratic Republic of Congo. Ranger
Safari Kakule was killed by a rebel forces during an attack on the evening
of January 8 in the country‘s Virguna National Park.

A colony of some 180,000 burrowing parrots is increasingly at threat from
illegal traders, a booming tourism industry and encroaching agriculture.

The US is to announce plans to protect 500,000 sq km (190,000 sq miles)
of sea around the Pacific islands. Commercial fishing and mining will be
banned in the area, which includes some of the most biologically diverse
marine life in the world.
Authorities in Brazil have launched a public awareness campaign to
highlight the problem of trafficking in wildlife. Around 50,000 animals are
rescued each year – a fraction of the numbers believed to be trafficked.
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