Archive for the ‘ Poaching and Pelts ’ Category

 

Smartphone app developed to identify illegal wildlife products

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A WCS scientist has developed a smartphone app that helps law enforcement and military personnel identify illegal endangered species products in China, Afghanistan, and Viet Nam. The app allows the user to narrow the product down to the likely species, and also provides advice from expert taxonomists in eight hours. Heidi Kretser thought of the […]

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Snow Leopard Poachers Arrested in Mongolia

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Thanks to Snow Leopard Network member Enkhbayar for sharing this news story: http://www.mongolia.panda.org/en/?216190/Offenders-who-illegally-hunted-snow-leopard-have-been-arrested

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Online Shopping Site Etsy Bans Endangered Species Products

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After SLN Steering Committee member Sibylle Noras found a product claiming to contain snow leopard fur on the online shopping site etsy.com, pressure to stop offering endangered species products was exerted on Etsy by the Snow Leopard Trust, along with many other members of the SLN and the general public, using the online petition website care2.com. Etsy has now […]

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Snow Leopard populations in decline due to illegal trade

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The trading of big cat pelts is nothing new, but recent demand for snow leopard pelts and taxidermy mounts has added a new commodity to the illegal trade in wildlife products, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Traditionally, the market for large cat products has centered around tiger bones and parts for traditional Chinese […]

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Snow leopard skin seized by police in Dehradun

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Thanks to SLN member Belinda Wright for this information: “A snow leopard skin was seized by police in Dehradun on Wednesday morning, 5 December 2012. The Special Task Force of the Uttarahand Police arrested two people.” Zeenews.india.com elaborates: Poacher arrested with snow leopard’s skin “Dehradun: A suspected poacher was arrested on Wednesday by the special […]

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Crime chiefs agree to get tough on illegal tiger trade

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By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17041183 Crime chiefs from countries with populations of wild tigers have agreed to work together in order to combat the illegal trade in the big cats. Heads of police and customs from 13 nations agreed to tighten controls and improve cross-border co-operation at a two-day meeting in Bangkok. […]

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Dutch Father & Son Caught with Snow Leopard Bones

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http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/dutch-news/dutch-police-find-40-boxes-of-rare-animal-bones_202642.html Dutch police find 40 boxes of rare animal bones Two Dutch men were arrested after police discovered 40 boxes filled with animal bones, including those of a rare snow leopard, in the northeastern city of Emmen, a police spokesman said Friday. “Police received a tip-off about the men and when they searched two homes […]

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Russian officials cleared of poaching charges (shooting argali from helicopter in Altai)

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Russian officials cleared of poaching charges 23 May 2011 A court in southern Siberia’s Altai Republic on Monday acquitted three high-ranking officials whose hunting of endangered animals led to a deadly helicopter crash two years ago. Judge Nikolai Lubenitsky said the prosecution had failed to prove the defendants’ guilt. He also said all the three […]

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Putin’s animal antics questioned in Russia

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By Maria Antonova (AFP) – 19 hours ago MOSCOW — “There’s a good kitty, a pretty kitty,” Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was shown by state media telling snow leopard last weekend, who stared back at him, covered in fresh blood. The rare species is the latest to go under “personal control” of the Russian leader, […]

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Gilgit-Baltistan Wildlife department to probe leopard death, Pakistan

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Snow Leopard dies in Wildlife Dept’s custody DAWN.COM February 26, 2011 (2 days ago) The villagers claimed that they had caught the wild cat alive.—File photo SKARDU: A Snow Leopard which had spread terror among villagers allegedly died in the custody of the Wildlife Department on Saturday. The wild-cat had come out of a forest […]

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