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“On the Trail“ n°23, the defaunation bulletin

“On the Trail“ n°23, the defaunation bulletin [1]
(pdf, 166 pages – 13.6 Mo)

Information and analysis report on animal poaching and smuggling
from the 1st October 2018 to the 31 of January 2019
1112 poaching, smuggling and rescue casese

16 dead persons: 10 rangers, 2 civilians and 4 poachers

Some quotations :
1 kg of abalones = 315 US$ in South Africa
1 kg of dried sea cucumbers = 188 US$ in China.
1 kg of shark fins = 670 US$ in USA, 800 US$ in India
1 kg of totoaba swim bladders = 59,000 US$ in China
1 kg of sperm whale ambergris = 275,000 US$ in India
1 Indian star tortoise = 55 to 680 US$ in India
850 ml of snake venom = 23,420 US$ in India
1 amazon chick = 10 to 20 US$ near the poaching place and 150 to 200 US$ in São Paulo, Brazil
1 kg of pangolin scales = 430 to 3,200 US$ in Asia
1 leopard skin = 14,000 US$ in India
1 kg of rhino horn = 28,570 US$ in Thailand
1 kg of raw ivory = 170 to 1,960 US$ in Africa,
120 to 2,715 in Asia

Some tricks:
– Lion and leopard skins cut into bands to cross borders.
– Rhino horns 30 horns hidden in a container full of mats and plywood plates or hidden in cake and chocolate packages.
– Poachers disguised as tourists.
– The “Plastic waste” and “Tea leaves” networks are still in operation.
– Conures, parrots and green iguanas hidden in plastic bags behind the door trim of a Chevrolet.
– Turtle hidden in a passenger’s crotch.
– Lion teeth ans claws in a thermos flask and wrapped in foil.
– Small boas among toys.

[2]19 bird of prey eggs wrapped around his abdomen.
8 eggs have hatched after.
p. 62

[3]Logs partially dug and filled with ivory and pangolin scales drowned in wax blocks. The tips of the logs are then reconstituted with wood, sawdust and ankles by a cabinetmaker.
p.68

[4]70 finches stuffed into 70 hair curlers.
p.43

[5]216 venomous frogs hidden in 194 film canisters.
p.37

[6]Seizure of 6 bear claws hidden in a cigarette pack following their discovery by Laura, a Russian customs dog.
p. 98

[7]Five seizures in 9 days in passenger’s luggage from Addis Ababa. Overall seizure of 82 worked ivories (2,064 g), some hidden in candy boxes.
p.129

[8]Abalones hidden in potato bags in a compartment under the trailer.
p. 7

[9]23 tarantulas hidden in vials inside of cereal boxes.
p.38

[10]Pangolin scales in plastic bags tied around her ankles.
p.65

[11]Common marmoset concealed in a brick of milk.
p.73

The belief of # 23:
An Indian eagle-owl is reputed to bring wealth… and keep away agents from the tax authorities.

The one without complex :
“The Czech CZ is launching a second version of its 550 Safari Classic rifle for hunting dangerous animals from
the Black Continent“

 

[16]

Ramphastidae p. 147

[17]

The myth of the fortress of Southern Africa is further crumbling
71 elephants killed in Kruger Park in 2018

 

“On the Trail” n°23  [1](pdf, 166 pages – 13.6 Mo)
Carried out by Robin des Bois (Robin Hood)
with the support of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation,
the Franz Weber Foundation
and of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, France