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  • CAMBODIA
June 6, 2016: Authorities seized nearly a ton of wildlife. The 364 kilograms of turtles, 16 kilograms of pythons and 433 kilograms of cobras were found alive and stuffed into plastic bags in Prek Chrey commune, Koh Thom district. No suspects were arrested.
 
August 10, 2016: 50+ animals from wildlife sanctuary rescued and released from traders. https://goo.gl/Uv3Ou7
 
August 19, 2016: Chinese man from Namibia arrested afterrhino horn seized. http://bit.ly/2bvFbHN
 

Tue, Dec 13, 2016 Military Official, Three Others Charged Over Illegal Logging

A military official and three businessmen involved with a company in Preah Vihear province were charged on Thursday over their alleged involvement in logging illegally on the site of a world heritage-listed, 11th century temple, authorities said.

A raid on the premises of Hong Sopheap Development—carried out by hundreds of military police officials and local authorities on Sunday—found the firm had been in possession of illegally logged timber, officials said on Monday. More than 500 cubic meters of wood was seized.

 

Say Sopheap, 51, and Bun Hong, 52, co-presidents of the company; Say Sina, 45, a company foreman; and Khai Hoeu, 45, an officer in the military’s Division 3, were charged on Thursday by provincial court officials, said prosecutor Ly Lun, but he refused to name the specific offenses for which they were charged.

“The court sent them to provisional detention and charged them over their involvement with forestry crimes” under Article 98 of the Forestry Law, Mr. Lun said, declining to comment further.

Article 98 lists 15 offenses, including the use of machinery to harvest wood without a permit, all punishable by one to five years in prison and a fine of 10 million to 100 million riel, or about $2,500 to $25,000.

Investigators concluded that 54 of the 186 logs seized had been felled within the boundaries of the firm’s land concession, which covers thousands of hectares granted to the military as a land concession, according to a statement posted to the military police’s Facebook page on Thursday.

Another 90 had been illegally logged from protected grounds surrounding Preah Vihear temple on the Thai-Cambodian border, while an additional 42 smaller-sized logs and tools had also been confiscated by authorities, the statement said.

Preah Vihear governor Un Chanda said he had reported the company’s illegal activities to the military police task force charged with cracking down on forestry crimes.

“They logged illegally because they went to log inside the protected area surrounding Preah Vihear Temple,” he said.

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/military-official-three-others-charged-illegal-logging-121747/

 

  • INDONESIA
April 7, 2016: Police discover illegal wildlife trade in Java. The Central Java Police have confiscated hundreds of protected sea creature shells from a store in Cilacap, Central Java. The confiscated parts and products included eight hawksbill sea turtle carapaces, three turtle shells, 342 turtle carapace-made bangles, 40 carapace-made rings, 33 horned helmet shells, 42 Triton’s trumpet shells, 68 pearly nautilus shells, 155 trochus shells, 40 fluted giant clam shells and 25 maxima clam shells, which had been carved into ashtrays. The police also confiscated four largetooth sawfish
 
May 1,2016: Illegal wildlife traders arrested in Riau. Officers from the Riau Police’s special crime investigations unit have arrested two traders of rare and
protected species parts. The police chief further explained that from the two suspects, they confiscated several pieces of evidence, comprising a tiger skin, which was still in the preserving process, several sheets of dried snake skins, one set of tiger bones, one set of bear bones and two bird skulls. They were worth a total of around Rp 100 million (US$7,577.20). 
 
May 24, 2016: Five suspects named in Riau ivory trade case. Following intensive questioning, Riau Police’s special crime investigation directorate named five suspected members of a wildlife trading syndicate over their alleged involvement in the illegal trade of Rp 920 million (US$67,610) worth of elephant tusks, Weighing
 
May 26, 2016: Indonesia arrests 3 men accused ofpoaching Sumatran tigers. Police in Jakarta, Indonesia, nabbed three men accused of poaching Sumatran tigers, the New Strait Times reported. The police seized animal hides, bones, and teeth during raids of the suspects’ homes.
 
June 18,2016: Authorities Foil Pangolin Smuggling Attempt Involving TNI Member N. Sumatra. The authorities managed to arrest two perpetrators, including a member of the Indonesian Military (TNI), with eight critically endangered pangolins (worth around USD3,000) on the backseat of their
 
July 19, 2016: Arrested with 10 pythons in trousers. https://goo.gl/su2zb9
 
July 21, 2016: Lampung: 20 Black-sh Kites siezed from Facebook dealer suspect. https://goo.gl/WyJ19i
 
August 18, 2016: Police seize birds & other wildlife en route Kalimantan to Sulawesi http://bit.ly/2bL5EWk
 
August 26, 2016: Java police seize 657 frozen pangolins. http://bit.ly/2bUjCSv
 
September 10, 2016: members of a #tiger trade syndicate sentenced to 4 years in jail. Read more: http://bit.ly/2c571i7
 
September17, 2016: Man selling parts of protected animals as souvenirs is jailed and fined. http://bit.ly/2db1ZO9
 
September 20, 2016: Two found with a >sack of 9 Slow Lorises for sale: may face fines & prison. http://bit.ly/2cKqBiG
 
 
  • MALAYSIA
April 12, 2016: Four men held, exotic animals worth RM1.5m seized in Tok Bali. The Kelantan Marine Operations Force (MOF) detained four men, including two Thai nationals, and seized RM1.5 million worth of live and frozen exotic animals at Limbungan Sireh, Tok Bali in Pasir Puteh. The live and frozen exotic animals, which included tortoise, turtle, civet cat and wild boar, are believed to be smuggled to a neighbouring country due to their high demand there.  https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/337511  
 
April 14, 2016: 120 protected birds seized, foreigners held. A total of 120 White Rumped Shama birds, locally known as Murai, were confiscated by a team of enforcement officers from the state Forest Department at Serian Bus Terminal. Two Indonesians aged 38 and 33 were arrested in
 
May 24, 2016: Poachers still targeting Sabah’s endangered wildlife. Sabah Wildlife Department rangers discovered three carcasses of bearded pigs and that of a mousedeer when they stopped a pickup truck along the Paitan-Kanibonganroad in northern Sabah. Three people who were inside the vehicle have been detained for further investigations after they were found to be in possession of the carcasses of a civet cat, a flying fox and bearded pigs.
 
May 25, 2016: Over 100 birds of different species seized from Kluang house. Police seized hundreds of birds in Johor, in southern Malaysia, and arrested the man allegedly in possession of the creatures, according to The Star Online. The species ranged from the vulnerable grey parrot to the plum-headed parakeet, a bird threatened by the pet trade. Law enforcement officials say the suspect has a permit to breed birds for commercial purposes, but they believe he’s been smuggling them instead. The 136 birds that were recovered are worth RM180,000.
 
May 27, 2016: Bangladeshi fined RM30k for smuggling 35 black tortoises. A Bangladeshi man was fined RM30,000 in default of three months jail by the Sessions Court here today for smuggling 35 black tortoises, or Geoclemys hamiltonnii, which are endangered wildlife species protected by law, at the KL
International Airport (KLIA) two months ago.
 
June 3, 2016: Nabbed for selling protected  birds. A motorcycle workshop mechanic who sold protected birds via the Internet and social media platforms such as Facebook has been arrested. The raiding party seized two protected birds and seven totally protected birds worth a total of RM50,000 from the
 
July 21, 2016: Filipino smugglers found with 19000 turtle eggs. https://goo.gl/zO0Gf8
 
July 27, 2016: 4 arrested after 1011 Star Tortoises & 23 Indian Roofed Turtles seized. https://goo.gl/oVMG4G
 
August 9, 2016: 2 men arrested & parts of protected #SunBears seized. May face fines and/or jail. http://bit.ly/2bihpPG
 
August 20, 2016: Fine for man found with 24 pangolins and 900g of pangolin scales in Feb. http://bit.ly/2bG7UK8
 
August 23, 2016: Cargo parcels labeled 'cereals' revealed to contain 111kg of ivory from Uganda. http://bit.ly/2bvCdTf
 
Fri, Jan 6, 2017  RM7.2 million in ivory seized at KLIA Sheith Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar | January 4, 2017
New-Ivory-3SEPANG: Ivory worth RM7.2 million smuggled from Democratic Republic of the Congo, was seized by Customs officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday. The New Year’s Day seizure included 254 elephant tusks, weighing more than 840kg. Selangor Customs director Hamzah Sundang said the ivory was flown in via
Turkish Airlines from Kinshasa International Airport. “We received an anonymous tip that 17 crates containing illegal items were being flown into the country,” Hamzah told reporters at the KLIA Customs Complex here today. He said the crates had the words “wood samples” pasted on them and the address given was fake. The case is being investigated under the Customs Act 1967, which carries a minimum penalty of 10 times the cost of the items seized and a maximum of 20 times the cost, or no more than three years jail, or both. Hamzah said smuggling of elephant tusks was becoming more rampant. He said there were six such cases in 2015 where the department seized more than RM2.3 million worth of ivory weighing 259.9kg. Last year, there were nine cases. The seizure, valued at RM10.9 million, weighed 1,054kg. Hamzah, however, does not believe the cases are related as unlike the previous cases, there were no arrests in this latest seizure. Last year, Traffic — the wildlife trade monitoring network — labelled Malaysia the world’s “paramount ivory transit country”, with its ports a major gateway for the flow of tonnes of illicit ivory between Africa and
Asia. Traffic’s ivory seizure records from January 2003 to May 2014 linked Malaysia to 66 confiscations worldwide, totalling 63,419kg. Malaysia-linked seizures, it revealed, involved the import, export and re-export of ivory from at least 23 countries. The Customs Department had also last year promised to intensify measures to combat the illegal ivory trade at all entry and exit points nationwide, including enhancing enforcement efforts, setting up roadblocks and conducting joint operations with other agencies.
http://www.freemalaysiatoday. com/category/nation/2017/01/ 04/rm7-2-million-in-ivory- seized-at-klia/

 

Wed, Jan 4, 2017  109 pangolins rescued from cooking pot
BUKIT KAYU HITAM: Over 100 pangolins bound for the cooking pot in Thailand were rescued by the Border Security Agency (Aksem) from a village house near here.
Most of the 109 pangolins, comprising both adults and young ones, were alive when they were seized at noon yesterday from a house in Kampung Kubang Airang, Titi Kerbau in Changlun.
They were found in sacks which were covered in nets inside a shed beside the house.
Only a few small ones, weighing about 1kg each, were dead. The adults weigh about 6kg each.
Kedah Aksem Commander Abdul Latif Abd Rahman said the animals, worth a total of RM196,200, were to be served as an exotic dish after being smuggled out of the country.
He said the raiding party arrested the house owner in the vicinity of the building, adding that the 49-year-old suspect admitted to keeping the animals while they were on transit from Penang to Thailand.
He said the suspect told the raiding party that the pangolins will be picked up by Thai nationals to be smuggled into Thailand where they could fetch up to RM300 per kilo.
Abdul Latif said the pangolins would be handed over to the Wildlife Department for further action, adding that the offence came under Section 68 of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 which carries a maximum fine of RM100,000 and five-year jail term.

 

  • MYANMAR
May 4, 2016: DENR takes custody of seized Pangolins, Palawan Cobras. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has taken custody of four Pangolins and three Palawan Cobras, which were seized during an operation in Clark Freeport Zone. National Bureau of Investigation Regional Director Ricardo Diaz disclosed that a Chinese suspect named Peimin Zhang was caught in possession of these animals inside a Mitsubishi Grandis with plate number ZHG- 475 bound for Tarlac.
 
May 6, 2016: 123 kg pangolin scales recovered. About 123 kg of pangolin scales were seized from a Myanmar national at Thingdawl in Kolasib district of Mizoram. The 44-year-old Myanmarese identified as Vanlalena of Tahan in Myanmar was arrested and the pangolin scales worth around Rs 19.68 lakh
recovered from him.
 
June 3, 2016: 93 kgs of pangolin scales seized. About 93 kgs of pangolin scales were seized from a person in Champhai town along Mizoram-Myanmar border. The seized pangolin scales are worth around Rs 20 lakh in the local market.Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/93-kgs-of-pangolin-scales-seized-116060300561_1.html
 
  • PHILIPPINES
May 19, 2016: Police nab 5 for illegal logging in Mt. Province. Five persons were arrested and more than P500,000 worth of assorted lumber and by-products were recovered in a five-hectare suspected illegal logging site in Sitio Bataan, Barangay Balintaugan. 
 
May 30, 2016: Chinese caught poaching black coral. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine Coast Guard accosted a Chinese fishing vessel with ten Chinese nationals on board while gathering protected black coral along Babuyan Claro, Calayan.http://www.mb.com.ph/chinese-caught-poaching-black-coral
 
 
Dried sea horse, pangolin, other species seized in Manila An undetermined quantity of dried seahorse, pangolin and other marine species was confiscated by the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila on Friday, January 13. http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/01/13/dried-sea-horse-pangolin-other-species-seized-in-manila/
 
 
  • SINGAPORE
June 13, 2016: Singaporean man jailed three months for smuggling live birds from Malaysia. A Singaporean man has been jailed three months for illegally importing three red-whiskered bulbul birds from Malaysia to Singapore in a Malaysia-registered private taxi.
 
Two Vietnamese sentenced to six months imprisonment for smuggling 12 birds of protected species By Neyla Zannia on December 29, 2016 Crime
Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has announced that two Vietnamese who smuggled 12 Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus) into Singapore were each sentenced to six months imprisonment today (29 December). AVA said that the two men were also sentenced to four months imprisonment for subjecting the birds to unnecessary pain or suffering. Both sentences have been backdated to 15 December 2016 and will run concurrently. On 9 December 2016, AVA said that it was notified by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on the detection of 12 live birds in passengers’ luggage bags, which arrived on a flight from Vietnam to Singapore. The birds were concealed in white plastic containers and covered with personal belongings in two luggage bags. The two Vietnamese men were detained, and the birds and luggage bags were seized for AVA’s investigation. AVA stated that its investigation identified the birds to be Chinese Hwamei, a protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The investigation found that the birds had been confined for approximately twelve hours in the plastic containers without food and water. One of the birds did not survive. As part of the investigation, AVA said that the remaining 11 birds were tested for avian influenza. One of the birds was found positive for antibodies against Influenza A virus (H3N8). This means that the bird was exposed to the virus before its arrival in Singapore. As a precautionary measure, the bird was euthanized and the remaining 10 birds are being monitored in quarantine for signs of exotic or zoonotic diseases.

AVA noted that the Singapore Government has zero tolerance on the use of Singapore as a conduit to smuggle endangered species. Animals that are smuggled into Singapore are of unknown health status and may introduce exotic diseases, into the country. Singapore is one of the few countries in the region free from bird flu. AVA maintains its bird flu-free status through strict import regulations and enforcement. For example, ornamental birds can only be imported from countries that are free from bird flu, and must undergo a 21-day pre-export isolation in the country of export. The birds must be tested free from bird flu before import. Upon arrival in Singapore, the birds are checked again for clinical signs of diseases, and samples are taken for bird flu, amongst other diseases.

AVA also stressed that the importation of any animals or birds without an AVA permit is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year. Importation of any CITES-protected species, including their parts and products, without a CITES permits is also an offence. Offenders can be fined up to $50,000 per scheduled species (not exceeding a maximum aggregate of $500,000) and/or up to two years imprisonment. In addition, if the animals or birds were subjected to
unnecessary suffering or pain, the offender may also be liable, on conviction, to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or imprisonment for a term of up to 12 months.
 
  • THAILAND
April 5, 2016: 87 smuggled African ivory pieces seized in Thailand. Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation director general Thanya Netithammakul said 87 elephant tusks, weighing 315.2 kilograms and worth over 28 million baht, which had been allegedly smuggled from Africa, have been seized by police and Customs officials. http://thainews.prd.go.th/website_en/news/news_detail/WNPOL5904050010013
 
April 12, 2016: Navy seizes 5 more Vietnamese dolphin boats. The Royal Thai Navy impounded another five Vietnamese fishing boats caught hunting dolphins in Thai waters. Sailors arrested 47 crewmembers after they intercepted the five boats about 40 nautical miles off Koh Kut in Trat Province. Several dolphins were found in cold storage on the boats.  http://www.pattayamail.com/news/navy-seizes-5-more-vietnamese-dolphin-boats-57542#sthash.WBvpvZmf.dpuf
 
May 3, 2016: Raided Nakhon Pathom Mafia, found weapons and wildlife. At least 36 live protected animals were found along with at least 103 guns and numerous bullets. Source: http://m.naewna.com/view/breakingnews/214287#sthash.6dgLIV1D.dpuf
 
May 17, 2016: 800 Turtles/500 Lizards Seized. KHON KAEN - A large number of protected turtles and lizards were seized from a truck abandoned by the driver after evading attempts to stop him at two police checkpoints along the Mitraparp highway. The driver of the truck, obviously aware he would not be able to finish his delivery, abandoned the truck near Ban Nam Kliang village in Non Sa-ad district and escaped. The police found the truck shortly afterward. Its cargo included 800 turtles and 500 water lizards.  http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crime/976577/hundreds-of-protected-reptiles-seized-from-truck
 
June 2, 2016: Three Buddhist monks were arrested at Thailand’s Tiger Temple after authorities raided the facility and began confiscating tigers.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-tigers-idUSKCN0YO16A
 
June 2, 2016: Thai authorities found 40 tiger cub carcasses in a freezer at the Tiger Temple after the authorities raided the facility.
 
June 8, 2016: 78 rare tortoises disappeared from a breeding center in Thailand, and it’s an open question as to where they went. Authorities seized them from
illegal wildlife traders and took them to Bang Phra Water Bird Breeding Station, a state-run facility in eastern Thailand’s Chon Buri province. The creatures were worth a total of USD$85,000 (THB3 million) http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1004421/hunt-starts-after-rare-tortoises-go-missing
 
August 18, 2016: Hornbills & owls among wildlife seized from Bangkok house http://bit.ly/2bp5nYA
 
August 22, 2016: 248 endangered animals in four bags seized. https://goo.gl/JGUAqO
 
  • VIETNAM
Johannesburg, South Africa, 2nd October 2016—in the midst of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17), more than 300 kg of ivory has been seized in Viet Nam.  
 
HANOI: Around two tonnes of ivory hidden in a timber shipment from Mozambique has been seized in Vietnam, customs authorities said Friday (Oct 7), the second large haul of the illegally-trafficked product in a week.
 
April 13, 2016: Man caught in HCMC airport with endangered birds in trouser legs. The man, whose name was not disclosed, was found with 18 live birds inside his trouser legs and checked baggage packed in special pouches. Source:http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/man-caught-in-hcmc-airport-with-endangered-birds-in-trouser-legs-61166.html
 
April 23, 2016: Vietnam seizes 100kg of ivory at Hanoi airport. More than 100 pieces of tusks were seized as customs officers checked a suspicious cargo in Noi Bai International Airport. The ivory weighs a total of 98kg.
 
May 10, 2016: Vietnamese man arrested with 4 frozen tiger cubs. Vietnamese law enforcement officers arrested a man who allegedly smuggled four frozen
 
May 11, 2016: Police in the Dien Chau district, in north-central Vietnam, busted a man accused of smuggling 680 tiger claws into the country from Laos, Thanhien News says. The suspect confessed that he bought the claws in Laos for USD$15,250 and intended to sell them to others to be made into jewelry. Source: http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/ vietnamese-man-arrested-with-680-tiger-claws-62060.html
 
June 6, 2016: 4 Vietnamese convicted of trafficking endangered pangolins. A court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced four people to up to one and a half years in
 
June 9, 2016: Vietnamese police arrested a man and confiscated 32 bear paws (58 kilograms) at a checkpoint in Mong Cai town in Hanoi, Vietnam. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Nearly-60-kilos-of-bear-paws-seized-in-Vietnam-30287781.html
 
June 21, 2016: Online wildlife trafficker, selling douc langurs and leopard cats to pangolins, marine turtles, otters, and lorises, gets five years in prison.  
 
July 18, 2016: Hanoi: police seize ca 200kg of ivory. https://goo.gl/Br2yKU
 
August 3, 2016: Eighteen Sunbear legs confiscated after being found on a bus. http://goo.gl/1VncHq
 
December 24, 2016 The dead tiger weighs as much as 120 kilograms.

Police in the central province of Ha Tinh said on Friday they found a tiger carcass in a house of a local man.
The 120kg dead tiger was stored in an ice box in the house belonging to Nguyen Van Thanh from the mountainous commune of Huong Son.
The police have seized the carcass for further investigations. 
In October, police in another central province of Nghe An also seized a tiger carcass, a tiger skin and a tiger head, which were all frozen and weighed 64 kilograms in total.
The most common use of tigers in Vietnam is to make tiger bone medicine, a form of traditional medicine used for the treatment of bone or joint-related ailments.
The tiger bones are boiled down until they form a glue-like substance, which is then dried in cake-like blocks and sold at around VND20 million ($880) per 0.1 kilogram.
However, no scientific basis in this medicine has been found, according to experts.
Locally-based conservation group Education for Nature-Vietnam estimated that from 2006 to September this year, the organization has investigated 971 cases of trading, transporting, selling and advertising tigers or tiger products. They have helped rescue 14 live tigers and confiscated 69 dead tigers.
 
 
Wed, Jan 4, 2017 50kg of rhino horns shipped from Kenya seized in Hanoi airport
50kg of rhino horns shipped from Kenya seized in Hanoi airport

Customs officers at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Thursday seized a 50 kilogram shipment of rhino horns en route from Kenya with dubious recipient.
The illicit shipment was being transported in a suitcase aboard a plane serial numbered KQ 870/28 DEC 16 from Nairobi, Kenya to Hanoi.
There was no receiver’s name on the suspicious package.
According to the Hanoi Customs Department, authorities became aware of the shipment after collecting information regarding the flight and doing a baggage scan.
Around 7:00 pm the same day, investigators opened the suitcase to reveal what appeared to be a large number of rhino horns, totaling 50 kilograms and carrying an estimated black market value of VND20 billion (US$879,097).
The horns have been sealed to support further investigation.
In accordance with Vietnamese law, the import of rhino horns, as with all animals protected by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in prohibited.
 
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