Online pet trade in Southeast Asia poses a major new threat to otters

Posted On Feb 10 2020 by

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Environment, Human-wildlife Conflict, Illegal Trade, Mammals, Pet Trade, Poaching, Research, Wildlife, Wildlife Crime, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Poaching of otters, especially juveniles, for the online pet trade is so widespread in Southeast Asia that it has emerged as a major new threat to the survival of Asia’s otter species.A report from the wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC and the IUCN Otter Specialist Group released today details the results of a two-year investigation that uncovered hundreds of otters for sale on Facebook and other online platforms. Sales of juvenile otters were especially prominent: over 70 percent of the animals found for sale online were under one year old, according to the report.The report identified a lack of strong national legislation to protect these species in many of their range countries as a major reason the illegal exploitation of otters has been able to flourish online. Poaching of otters, especially juveniles, for the online pet trade is so widespread in Southeast Asia that it has emerged as a major new threat to the survival of Asia’s otter species.A report from the wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC and the IUCN Otter Specialist Group released today details the results of a two-year investigation that uncovered hundreds of otters for sale on Facebook, commercial trade portals, and other online platforms. Sales of juvenile otters were especially prominent: over 70 percent of the animals found for sale online were under one year old, according to the report.There are four otter species that call Southeast Asia home: the Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra), the Hairy-nosed Otter (Lutra sumatrana), the Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinereus), and the Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata). “While information on the prevalence of all four species in this region is sparse, it is generally considered that populations are in decline due to the increasing loss of suitable habitat, the impact of pesticides on their wetland biomes and human-otter conflicts caused by perceived or actual threat to local and commercial fisheries,” according to the report.The poaching of otters for online trade can now be added to that list of significant threats. In fact, the report states that the online pet trade is now “the most pressing threat to the survival of otters.” The animals are in demand as pets as well as for their fur and for their parts that are used in traditional medicinal practices.Between August 2015 and December 2017, investigators with TRAFFIC and the IUCN Otter Specialist Group spent just one hour a week monitoring online otters sales in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. In that time, they discovered at least 560 advertisements by wildlife traders who were offering somewhere between 734 and 1,189 otters for sale. The majority of those otters on offer — more than 700 — were for sale in Indonesia, while just over 200 were in Thailand. The Philippines was the only country where the investigation did not find any otters being advertised for sale online.“The fact that so many otters can be so easily acquired and offered for sale to thousands at the click of a button and subjected to little or no regulation, is a serious problem,” Kanitha Krishnasamy, Acting Regional Director for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia, said in a statement.A pair of Asian Short-Clawed Otters cuddling. © IUCN-OSG.The researchers behind the report also examined records of 13 different seizures of otters in the region that occurred between August 2015 and December 2017, in which a total of 59 live otters were confiscated by authorities. Indonesia and Thailand were again the main culprits, followed by Malaysia and Vietnam.But while Indonesia and Thailand were thus identified as the chief source and demand countries for otters in Southeast Asia, both countries are also apparently trafficking hubs for otters that are exported to Japan: According to the report, seizure records show that Japan was the destination for at least 32 live Small-clawed Otters smuggled out of Thailand.The report identified a lack of strong national legislation to protect these species in many of their range countries as a major reason the illegal exploitation of otters has been able to flourish online. “Weak national laws hinder enforcement action and widespread trade in otters online throws the survival of remaining wild populations in Southeast Asia into question,” Krishnasamy said.The Small-clawed Otter is especially vulnerable to the online pet trade, as at least 700 individual animals were observed for sale during the online survey period, more than any other species. The Small-clawed Otter is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to threats like habitat loss and poaching. The IUCN reports that the species’ population in Southeast Asia has declined by more than 30 percent over the past three decades, and continues to decline today.Nicole Duplaix, chair of the IUCN-SSC Otter Specialist Group, said she hopes that the report will serve as a wake up call for authorities to rein in the uncontrolled trade of juvenile otters.“The online commerce of very young otter cubs for the pet trade adds a new dimension of concern,” Duplaix said in a statement. “The appeal of these cute animals is undeniable, but otter cubs are difficult to hand rear and susceptible to the same diseases as cats and dogs.”The report urges Southeast Asian governments to adopt tougher laws that protect all four Asian otter species from exploitation and punish online wildlife crime, and recommends that governments work with conservation NGOs to educate consumers about threats to otters’ survival in order to reduce demand for the animals as pets.A Small-clawed Otter pup for sale in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in November 2017. © Gomez.L/TRAFFIC.last_img read more


LRA Confiscates, Turns Over 7 Stolen Vehicles to US Embassy

Posted On Jan 17 2020 by

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has intercepted and confiscated seven vehicles that were stolen from the United States and imported to Liberia, and has turned over those vehicles to the US Embassy, consistent with international trade and relevant customs conventions and the laws of Liberia.The Anti-Smuggling and Intelligence Section (ASIS) of the LRA, working in collaboration with the Liberian National police and the US Embassy near Monrovia, intercepted and seized the vehicles at the Freeport of Monrovia on Thursday, October 13, 2016, while they were being offloaded from two containers.The stolen vehicles were allegedly falsely declared by the consignee, Sheak K. Brown Building Materials, Inc., while Mr. Sam Ford Bass has claimed to be the owner of the vehicles. One container had four vehicles and only three were declared. The other container was discovered through extensive data mining in ASYCUDA, notwithstanding internal collaboration. The seized vehicles include two 2016 Mercedes Benz, two Jeeps (a Grand Cherokee and Wrangler, both 2016 models), a 2014 Toyota Rav V4, a 2016 Dodge Ram 1500, and a 2016 Audi Q5.The US Embassy has written the Liberian government through the Foreign Affairs Ministry, seeking assistance for the immediate transfer of the stolen vehicles to the United States.In a Diplomatic Note, the Embassy said the United States of America has had a history of vehicles being stolen and transported to Liberia and other West African countries illegally. “The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has been our primary contact in confiscating, detaining and repatriating said vehicles,” the Diplomatic Note stated, adding, “We have had a successful working relationship with the LRA and have ensured the proper rules of law are followed.”LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba said while the Authority is in the business of collecting lawful revenue for the Liberian people, it is also under legal and lawful obligation to promote fair trade, consistent with its mandate and in keeping with the International Convention on Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters.CG Tamba said the LRA remains committed and will not be perturbed in executing its mandate for the national good of the people of Liberia, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Thunder in the Valley

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Arrest made in Granada Hills house fire

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_imgGRANADA HILLS – A 43-year-old unemployed woman has been arrested in connection with burning a Granada Hills house in a domestic dispute, officials said today. Zelda DeSantiago, of San Fernando, was booked Tuesday night into the Los Angeles County Jail on arson charges. Bail was set at $250,000. The fire was reported 8 p.m. Thursday in the 15600 block of West McKeever Street. It took 30 firefighters 26 minutes to douse the flames. Damage estimates were put at $275,000. Eugene Aranda, who rented the house, had been dating DeSantiago, and said she retaliated after he told her he no longer wanted to see her and that she had to leave. “She wanted to stay,” said the 56-year-old man. “I told her she couldn’t.” He said DeSantiago left the house, returned with gasoline and set his bedroom ablaze while he was out, he said. Another woman who was living in the house and was inside at the time the fire broke out managed to escape unharmed. There were no injuries. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


DONE DEAL! Wolves sign former Tottenham youngster on three-year deal

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_img Nathan Byrne in action for Swindon Town 1 Wolves have completed the signing of Swindon Town winger Nathan Byrne for an undisclosed fee.The 23-year-old has signed a three-year contract with Kenny Jackett’s side.Byrne had been at Swindon since 2013, having joined the club from Tottenham on a free transfer after a successful loan spell.Transformed from a full-back to a forward at the County Ground, Byrne has caught the eye of numerous clubs with some impressive displays for Town.Huddersfield and QPR were linked with moves for Byrne earlier this summer, but Wolves have now landed his signature.“Nathan is an exciting young player who can play wide on either side, or as number 10 behind the striker,” said Molineux boss Jackett.last_img


Barcelona-Real Madrid: Where can I watch it, listen to it, and at what time?

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_imgIt’s the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday – and it promises to be a cracker!Real Madrid currently sit top of the La Liga table, six points ahead of their arch-rivals Barcelona, so the Catalans will be keen to make the most of home advantage at the Nou Camp.What time is kick-off?The game kicks-off at 3.15pm UK time (4.15pm in Spain)Where can I watch it?If you’re in the UK, the bad news is… you can’t! There will be no TV coverage because it clashes with the 3pm Premier League kick-offs.Nightmare! Is there any way I can listen to it?Ah, now for the good news. Yes, you can. The ONLY place in the UK where you can hear full 90 minute commentary from the Nou Camp is on talkSPORT.com and via our app. The final 15 minutes of each half will also be available on talkSPORT 2 via your DAB radio.Team news:Barcelona have been boosted by the return of midfield maestro Andres Iniesta from a knee ligament injury, but left-back Jordi Alba is doubtful due to ankle and knee problems.Real Madrid have been rocked by the news Gareth Bale will be out for around four months, while Toni Kroos remains sidelined with a fractured metatarsal. Defender Rafael Varane could be back in contention following a spell out with a knee injury.*Commentary is only available in the UK Listen to Barcelona v Real Madrid on talkSPORT.com 1last_img read more


Brendan Rodgers says Jock Stein anniversary helped inspire Celtic

Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has revealed that he used the memory of iconic Celtic manager Jock Stein in his pre-match team talk ahead of his side’s 5-1 victory over Rangers.Rodgers saw his players deliver an impressive attacking performance to take three points from their city rivals in emphatic fashion. The result came on the 31st anniversary of Stein’s death and the European Cup-winning boss featured in Rodgers’ motivational talk.“I said that in my team talk,” he said. “There was two today, my father who is five years dead today, so it was ironic we scored five goals, and Jock Stein who died 31 years today. “And Jock, one of his quotes he talked about at the time about how a football game was only about getting the two points, because back then it was only two points for a win. “Obviously for us today it was about getting three points, but when you beat one of your rivals it’s even sweeter. “The message was primarily about the guy looking down who set the tone and the template for this club. I hope he is looking down, making sure we do him proud.”Rodgers has enjoyed a successful start to his time at Celtic, leading the team into the Champions League group stages and winning all their domestic games. He said that the attacking style was down to the players’ belief.“I think it’s given confidence to the players to believe that they can play that way,” he said. “I think what happens is that in pressure situations and pressure moments in games you can go defensive but this is a football club that’s been based around Jock Stein, a guy who created a template of playing football here. “To this day I hope looks down proud and sees a team with that mentality, still to this day. On the front foot, aggressive, no fear and when things go against you you’ve got that mentality to bounce back.“It’s still very early, we’ve only been in a few months and there’s still a lot of adjustments that we want to make but with the players we have and the new faces we brought in we’re working at a very good level.”last_img read more


Austin Man Arrested After Attempted Entry into Medora Home

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgAn Austin man was arrested Monday after police were called to the 200 block of Poplar Street after a report of a man attempting to gain entry into a home.The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department received the call just before 2 a.m. Deputies attempted to arrest Clark, but he began resisting. A Brownstown police officer arrived to assist in the arrest.Clark was arrested on charges of residential entry, battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. When deputies arrived, they found 30-year-old Johnathon Clark on the front porch of the house.last_img


Sligo Rovers to play UCD in FAI Cup quarter-final

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgHolders Dundalk have been drawn away to Waterford, while non-league Crumlin Utd will play Bohemians.FAI Cup quarter-final draw:Galway United v Shamrock RoversSligo Rovers v UCDWaterford v DundalkCrumlin United v Bohemians.The ties will be played on the weekend of September 6-8th. Fixture details will be confirmed by the FAI in the coming days. Sligo Rovers will play UCD in the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup.Monday morning’s draw gave Liam Buckley’s side a home draw against the students.UCD beat St Patrick’s Athletic 3-1 last Friday to reach the last eight, while Rovers came from 2-0 down to beat Limerick 6-2 on Saturday night.Listen back to the highlights from Ocean FM Sport’s match commentary last Saturday, as described by Austin O’Callaghan and Jessica Farry: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Sligo Rovers 6 Limerick 2 – FAI Cup commentary highlights 24/08/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. last_img read more


Read/Write Daily: An Army of Robot Fish

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#science#web jon mitchell Related Posts Today’s theme is R&D. Even in seemingly calamitous times, there’s still mind-boggling technological progress rolling out. It hasn’t saved the world yet, but some pieces are falling into place.Look at these new inventions and imagine the possibilities.Fox News (sorry) reports on a new scientific ghost town, the Center for Innovation, being built in New Mexico to test the next generation of everyday technologies.Here’s the press release from Pegasus Global Holdings, which is financing the project, to get a sense of the ambitions.Many of our next decade’s inventions will be made out of superstrong, light materials like graphene. To make things out of graphene with precision, it looks like we’ll have to use microscopic robots!We’ll also need renewable power supplies for our inventions, and new kinds of solar cells are showing some promising efficiency ratings.Our future technologies will have to be much cleaner than our present ones. Researchers are building artificially intelligent robotic fish (!!!) to help with the clean-up.Speaking of artificial intelligence, here’s a great essay about why human intelligence is overrated.Image via ShutterstockPast entries from Read/Write Dailycenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more