Tagged: elephant poaching

What difference will closing the Chinese domestic ivory market make? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jan 13, 2017

The recent decision by China to close its domestic ivory trade industry has been welcomed by many conservationists. Nonetheless, I remain skeptical it will be a significant move to curb poaching.  This is generally accepted to have peaked in around 2011, albeit it is uncertain whether wild populations can sustain the illegal off-take.  The overall picture is still murky.  While … Read More

No, the Ivory Trade in Australia and NZ is not “thriving” - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 02, 2016

One can always tell when the parties to the CITES convention are meeting, or just about to meet.  Numerous NGOs start promoting their views and solutions to the problem to the media. It came as no great surprise to read this in today’s Stuff webpage “A first-ever comprehensive investigation into the sale of ivory and rhino horn in Australian … Read More

Counting Ivory: Does it add up? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 22, 2015

The publicity the illegal trade in ivory gets is at the moment, running high.  By way of background, the estimated numbers of elephants being illegal killed in African range states, ranges from 25,000 to 35,000 a year.  That means- roughly- there is about 250-350 tons of raw ivory being harvested by poachers annually.  The average weight of a tusk is … Read More

The Bangle Distraction - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 20, 2015

One of the recent reports on the illegal trade in ivory has implicated Hong Kong as a smuggling node into China.  The claim is that Hong Kong is failing to impact the illegal trade, and this is contributing to the demise of elephant populations in Africa. The level of retail trade is indicated by the number of items available … Read More

I read it on the internet- so it must be true - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle May 07, 2015

Isn’t the internet wonderful?  You can find all sorts of information from the comfort of a keyboard.  I have been assured many extraordinary things are true, because someone found them on the internet.  Homeopathy works, vaccines don’t, Noah’s Ark has been found again for real. But it isn’t just those fond of wild-conspiracies that can conjure facts up. Here’s one … Read More

Singapore makes second largest seizure of illegal raw ivory - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Mar 09, 2015

Singapore customs has reported a seizure of 1099 tusks and pieces of raw ivory.  This is the second largest seizure they have made since 2002, when six tonnes was intercepted (a reminder that poaching is not technically a recent problem) .  The ivory is reported to have been packed into 65 gunny sacks.  They are being discrete on the … Read More

Royal Malaysian Police capture Nepalese wildlife criminal - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 17, 2015

INTERPOL in 2014 launched a coordinated campaign to arrest a number of criminals involved in wildlife crimes.  One of these criminals, a Rajkumar Praja,  involved in rhino poaching, has been apprehended in Malaysia. Rajkumar Praja, the ringleader of a rhino poaching network in Nepal, is wanted to serve a 15-year sentence for rhino poaching and trading internationally in rhino horns. Read More

The Hangzhou Meeting: Combating the Illegal Demand For Ivory - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 12, 2015

Reducing the illegal demand in ivory is an important strategy to bring elephant poaching in Africa down to sustainable levels.  With that in mind, the CITES Secretariat and the CITES Management Authority of China organised a workshop in Hangzhou.  This was held over the the 28 and 29th of January.  As I’ve previously posted, I was there presenting some … Read More

The new ivory crime organisations: did we create them? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jan 14, 2015

One aspect of the current elephant poaching crisis is the contribution of organised crime.  If we look back to the last time elephants were being decimated in the 1980s, this was not the case.  So understanding these criminal organisations and their motivations is important.  So far I’ve been able to show that smuggling levels, are in part, driven by shipping … Read More

Where is the poached ivory going? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 03, 2014

One of the enduring questions we have with respect to the black-market in ivory, is where the raw ivory is going.  The somewhat glib answer is that it is being churned into carvings to be sold to East Asian (i.e. mostly Chinese) buyers.  This is regarded as glib as to date, evidence of this eruption in carvings for sale has … Read More

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