Information and analysis bulletin on animal poaching and smuggling.
An immersion in the war of rhino horn and ivory, a focus on the latest tricks of traffickers who hide ivory in medical plaster or milk powder, stuff reptiles and frogs in books for children and cigarette packet, paint leopard skins in tiger skins to maximize profits. An encounter with torn families of poachers, with teachers, scholars and vicars who teach and preach during the day and traffic at night…
Benchmarks in January, February, March 2015: Seizures. According to Interpol seizures represent 10% of the illegal traffic. Seizures involve 384 elephants and 13,494 pangolins, 7,296 live or dead birds, 101 felines, tigers, leopards, ocelots... naturalized, frozen, dismembered or alive, plus 284.2 kilograms of bones, 12,789 sea and freshwater turtles.
Teachings of this issue 8 of “On the trail" for the first 3 months of the year: There are more and more corruption, collusion between poachers and services responsible for the protection of wildlife in Africa and Asia. There is more and more violence. “Shoot on sight” is allowed in some States on poachers who take more risk and carry war weapons. Bail for poachers and traffickers tend to decrease. Sanctions are strengthened, enforcement remains to be checked. Voluntary destructions of seized ivory increase. Mammoth ivories contributes to the development of traffic. Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) with “On the trail" n°8 wish mammoths could be exceptionally listed in CITES Appendix I or II.
the Trail” n°7, 132 pages (pdf 7.1 Mo)
1st October - 31st December 2014.
In the nuclear industry, the cliff edge effect corresponds to the critical and hopeless phase where operators and authorities realize that all is going wrong and full loss of control is imminent, despite that indicators to that point had been overall reassuring and led them to believe that a crisis situation was on the verge to be managed.
The cliff edge
effect is applicable to the worldwide crisis that faces land and sea biodiversity.
For far too long, it was believed that international treaties of which the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are at the
forefront would be able to protect non-human animal species. Yet, all the
dials are red.
Sea cucumbers, pangolins, African and Asian monkeys, elephants, vultures – they are all sacrificed
at the altar for the unquenchable space and comfort want of mankind.
South Africa is a victim of the cliff edge effect. Rhinos are spiraling down in a panic stage for the profit of speculators and fools around the world. 194 countries and governments, 7.3 billion men and women are unable of joining hands to stop 20,000 rhinos from meeting their doom.
At the end of their
rope, South Africa is fidgeting and once again it’s the rhinos that
get the short end of the stick. They are anesthetized, tossed around from
Natural Park to private reserve, auctioned off, preventively mutilated and
harassed. The fewer there are, the more they are mistreated and poached.
“On the Trail” n°6, 134 pages of beauty and cruelty
1st July- 31st September 2014. 134 pages (pdf 5.8 Mo)
Wildlife is bubbling
Open parcels and find poisonous scorpions, search a shop in Malaysia and stumble on a vial of elephant sperm, find out about the latest trafficker’s tricks, meet the rhino mafia, hunt the MGM lion and discover the Tibetan Wild Ass, or Kiang.
Introduction: Several recent studies suggest that violence on animals and abuse of animal’s weakness show predisposition to violence against humans and that witnessing domestic violence or being submitted to parental harassment leads to a predisposition to violence against animals. Violence is a viral and vicious circle … (read more here)
* In a joint letter, 37 Non-Governmental Organizations from Europe, Africa, America and Asia are asking the Minister of Ecology to stop the sale and exports in and from France of raw and cut ivory. January 20, 2015.
Hassan 1 mystery: solved October 29, 2014
are Robin des Bois' press releases. All
Ship-breaking information and analysis bulletins
on end-of-life ships
are available HERE.
No to Discordia (Towage of the Concordia), 24 juillet 2014
2013 : 1119 ships for scrapping, January 9th, 2014
Atlantic Star Scam, April 4th, 2013.
Atlantic Star : The whole Clemenceau affair for this...?, March 26, 2013 - 10:15 am
Atlantic Star : Illegal export of hazardous waste to Turkey, March 20, 2013 - 9.15
The end of the Probo Koala, February 7th, 2013 - 4 pm
Avoid at all costs the scuttling of the MSC Napoli, July 11th 2007 and the right to reply, July 13th 2007
To-be scrapped vessel stolen in Liberia, May 21st 2007
Shipwreck of an aircraft carrier in the United States, May 3rd 2006
The Love Boat, 13th of January 2006 (Subject: Norway / Clémenceau)
Alarm in Cherbourg n°2, March 23, 2015 – 9:45 a.m.
ship MSC Flaminia Special Page
MSC Flaminia : to remove the doubts about radioactivity, August 23rd,2012 -12 a.m. MSC Flaminia n°4
The MSC Flaminia en route to Germany, August 20th 2012, 6.30 p.m., MSC Flaminia n°3
Lead Medal for the European Union, August 10th 2012, MSC Flaminia n°2
A Shelter for the MSC Flaminia, July 30th 2012.
Arctic Alarm, 25 juillet 2012
The Titanic - From the painting by Willy Stöwer. April 1912.
Editing by Robin des Bois.
The Costa Concordia © Photo Robin des Bois - april 2012
the Gigantics !,
Press release Giglio,
13th April 2012
Report "From the Titanic to the Concordia" html or pdf (20 pages - 466 ko)
Table of contents
I- The passenger ship has become a cruise destination
II - Cruise ships with more than 2,500 passengers
III - Disasters first, then regulation
Rules and exceptions
IV – What to expect
Fire, fire, fire
Crash, crash, crash
The see-saw effect
Cruise ship or floating hospital
V – How will you pollute?
VI - Joseph Conrad
Two ships under early retirement at Marseille, September 19 th 2012
between 'Are you ready?" and "shhh!...The child’s asleep",
Press release, 19 January 2012
Costa Concordia : the worst has been avoided, Press release, 16 January 2012
Arctic: Keep it In My Backyard (KIMBY), May 13th 2013.
July 25th 2012
Polluted Sites in the Arctic, november 2012
(pdf - 1,58 Mo)
See also :
Polar Star n#2. Information bulletin on the Arctic, december 2009
Special issue: 2750 contaminated sites in Arctic
Inventory of radioactive polluted sites in the Arctic will be published by Robin des Bois at the beginning of year 2013
Treaty for the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic needs a treaty and a precautionary international approach. Robin des Bois presented at Grenelle de l’environment an environmental round table a proposition concerning the Arctic.
Trade Ban Essential to Save Elephants (pdf).
February 11, 2014.
Tour Eiffel. Destruction of illegal ivory and Robin des Bois’s elephants. February 6, 2014
Here’s to China for the Elephants! January 6, 2014
French Ivory to be Scrapped. December 5, 2013
Destruction of Ivory : Secret Tusks. November 14th, 2013
Obama, Hollande and Elephants, October 1, 2013
India Burns Smuggled Ivory. And France?, July 30th, 2013
at the International Court of Justice
Science too lethal. Press release - 31st March 2014 - 12.45 pm
Not on the Same Whale Wave. Information note N°8 - 16th July 2013
Australia: Fights Back. Information note N°7 - July 12th 2013
New Zealand: A Collective Vision for Whales. Information note N°6 - July 9th 2013
Poincaré v. Montaigne. Information note N°5 - July 9, 2013
Japan Strikes Back. Information note N°4 - July 5, 2013
Japanese “Scientific Whaling” by its Right Name is “Commercial Whaling”. Information note N°3 - July 2nd 2013
The End of the Japanese Fairy Tale, Information note N°2 - June 28, 2013
Australia v. Japan, Information note N°1 - June 26, 2013
CITES 2013 : special page
Bears Betrayed by the European Union", March 5, 2013
"CITES: Over 40 years old and long in the tooth", March 4, 2013
Is Coca Cola in favor of polar bears trade ? Open letter. Paris, February 21, 2013.
A Dark Future for Polar Bears. February 18, 2013. - French Coalition for Polar Bears.
Polar Bears: Left Out in the Cold, February 5, 2013.
The Nisshin Maru: not to Catch but to Scrap, 26th September, 2012 - 11:20 am
A Taser for Soles, June 14th 2012
Whaling Commission. 11th -14th July, Channel Island Jersey.
=> July 8th 2011, Impacts on whales from radioactive inputs and debris following the tsunami
=> July 13th 2011, Fish Eat Whales
=> July 14th 2011 - 8:45 p.m., Japan Harpoons the International Whaling Commission
Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and its adjacent seas
-- 17th - 27th November, Paris --
=> Press release. November 16th 2010
=> Not the Same Old Tuna #1, November 19th 2010.
=> Not the Same Old Tuna #2 : Robin des Bois Opening Statement, November 24th 2010.
=> Not the Same Old Tuna #3 : Where Are They Now ?, November 26th 2010.
=> Not the Same Old Tuna #4 : ICCAT in its lifeboat, November 26th 2010.
=> Not the same Old Tuna #5: Bigeye Tuna is in the Red, November 27th 2010.
Beijing 2008 : rings made of ivory, 31 st July 2008
The Heat is on the Elephants, 6 th June 2007, The Hague, Netherlands (14 th meeting of the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
Baleineafric, 23th Jun 2005, Ulsan, Korea (57th session of the International Whaling Commission)
Harpoon II, June, 20 th Jun 2005, Ulsan, Korea (57th session of the International Whaling Commission)
Sinking trees, November 26, 2004 (Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia)
Whales in the mud, 19th November 2004, (Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia).
The Samaratin whale, Sorrento, Italy, 20thjuly 2004 (56thsession of the International Whaling Commission).
Condemn or condone ?, Sorrento, Italy, 19th July 2004 (56thsession of the International Whaling Commission).
Caribbean and African states say no to conservation, Sorrento, Italy, 15th July, 2004 (56th session of the International Whaling Commission)
The Whale Advantage, Berlin, Germany, 15th June 2003 (55th session of the International Whaling Commission)
Toothfish below the law, Santiago, Chili, 9th November 2002 (12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Wild Fauna and Flora)
Scuttling Tsunami Debris, Press
release April 10th 2012
- The waste from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Progress report - September 2011, with map of provisional storages of contaminated ash and sludge in the prefectures.
- Press Release n°16, Millions of Stowaway Passengers Circling Around the Pacific Ocean (Marine Litter, with map), May 31st 2011
- Press Release n°15, The After Shock, April 15th 2011
- Press Release n°14, A stream of Information, April 7th 2011, 16.15pm
- Press Release n°13, France is to Blame, March 31st 2011, 16.00pm
- Press Release n°12, The Disaster Domain Expands. March 30th 2011, 9.00am
- Press Release n°11, A disaster for dolphins and whales too. 29 March 2011. 12.00pm
- Press Release n°10, Stress test and crash test. 28 March 2011. 2.45pm
- Press Release n°9, The radioactive contamination of fish.25 March 2011. 11.30am
- Press Release n°8, Rich in nukes, poor in radiation detectors. 24 March 2011. 12.30pm
- Press release n°7, Franco-Japanese nuclear entente, March 22nd 2011
- Press release n°6, Radioactive cows, March 19 th 2011
- Press release n°5, Irreparable Cooling Systems, March 18th 2011
- Press release n°4, The death of the nuclear energy, March 16th 2011
- Press release n°3, Mox. March 14th 2011
- Press release n°2, Contamination of sea resources. March 13th 2011
- Press release n°1, Nuclear reactors and outside threats. March 12th 2011
Curie’s radioactive waste, May
Radium Water fountains: The hunt is open in the Lyon-Villeurbanne region, 2nd May 2012
Freezing. Will they hold out?, February 12, 2012
Return of nuclear waste in Germany, November 23rd 2011.
Nuclear Power Plants Floating Around the World, September 10th 2010
Following "Forest Fires ; Beware the Radioactive Fallout", August 13th 2010
des Bois published a 62 page report on “Space Waste” including
illustrations and maps (pdf). This report is the first inventory to be
published by an environmental NGO on space waste, the associated risks for
space activities, for Earth and the interplanetary environment.
=> Press Release, Plutonium for Martians, November 25th 2011
of Syrian Chemical Weapons
The Cape Ray arrives in Northern Europe Information Note n°7, August 20, 2014
Out of sight, Out of Mind Information Note n°6, June 26, 2014
Information Note n°5, June 26, 2014
Information Note n°4, June 12, 2014
Information Note n°3, January 29, 2014
Information Note n°2, January 16, 2014
Information Note n° 1 - December 26, 2013. 10:40
How Does France Manage Old Chemical Weapons? Information note - 19th September 2013
After 44 years of occupation, the Torrey Canyon liberates l’île d’Er, September 30, 2011
Red Mud in Hungary: A Predictable, International and Major Disaster, October 6th 2010.
Red Mud. Press release n°2. October 20th 2010.
Round Robin # 4. Petrol traps on the Isle of Er. October 3rd 2008
Ship-breaking.com #25 and #24
Latest news : ex-Probo Koala. Press Release 3rd, June2011
Probo Koala To Bangladesh: Refused. Press release 28th May 2011- 11:40 pm
Probo Koala : The Death Boat heading to the Cemetery. May 17th 2011 -13:45 pm.
+ Non exhaustive list of hazardous substances onboard or likely to be onboard. 18 May 2011. (pdf)
Trafigura captured by Mercaptan and Hydrogen Sulphide. July 23, 2010.
Trafigura lies - Probo Koala and Trafigura's trial in Amsterdam. June 28, 2010
#1: Pollution in the Ivory Coast,
September 10, 2006
For the whole story (only available in French):
victims of Industrial Wasteland,
May 31, 2012
Nightmare in the North Sea - Elgin, Information Bulletin April 2nd 2012
Cover Your Eyes!, September 8, 2011
Oil spill in the North Sea, Information Bulletin August 17th 2011
The Nintendo 3DSyndrome, March 24, 2011
Optic 2000 (New harbour Port 2000 in Le Havre), 29th March 2006
A 700 millions euros botch-up (new harbour Port 2000 in Le Havre), October 29, 2003 (abstract in english)
Teak, a colonial tic, April 28, 2006
Beaujolais: a torrent of pollutions, Novembre 19, 2003 (abstract in English)
of Robin des Bois, Non Governmental Organisation for protection of Man
Environment , since 1985.
All pictures © Robin des Bois except Arctic (b29keebird.net) and Safety at Sea (Abeilles).