Trafficked cheetah cubs flaunted on Instagram

Sad picture of cheetah cub saved from being trafficked to the Middle East to be a pet to the rich

NEWS AND COMMENT-SOMALILAND: Calum Cairns, a former veterinarian working in rural North Yorkshire, UK, is today a cheetah rescuer operating out of a facility on the edge of Hargeisa, in the capital of Somaliland in East Africa. The cheetahs that he rescues are often in a bad way being malnourished and dehydrated. The Cheetah …

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China is a CITES contracting party but should they be?

Tiger farms, China

Yes, China is a CITES contracting party. But is China playing the game with a straight bat? Is China doing what it should be doing under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora? CITES has some strengths. Its existence is an indication of the concern we have over …

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CITES in relation to cats – is it effective?

Introduction The second part of this page (after the long introduction) was written about 12-13 years ago. I need to warn people about that. Details can change over this sort of timeframe. It does not mean that they have changed because in the world of conservation and protecting wildlife under these sorts of treaties, …

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Multiple misdeeds over Saudi gift to Trump of cheetah and white tiger robes

What were presented to Donald Trump as genuine cheetah and tiger fur robes turned out to be fake following an inspection by the US Fish and Wildlife service

NEWS AND COMMENT: For me, this is a story of multiple misdeeds as I have described it. During Trump’s tenure of the presidency of the United States he visited Saudi Arabia and was given expensive gifts. The gifts were presented to him during his 2017 trip; his first overseas presidential visit. They included cheetah …

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Vietnamese woman smuggler carried 127 lion claws and 36 lion teeth in her luggage

Sasa a wildlife body parts sniffer dog

NEWS AND VIEWS (COMMENTS): Tran Kieu Trang, 30, a Vietnamese smuggler, attempted to smuggle 127 lion claws and 36 lion teeth through Mozambique’s international airport together with, incidentally, 4.3 kg of rhino horn. She tried to confuse Sasa, a six year old German Shephard sniffer dog trained to detect this sort of contraband by …

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Grinning, senseless, obsessive hunter kills snow leopard and imports it into USA

Soudy: Hossein Soudy Golabchi obsessive trophy hunter

He is originally from Iran, now an American businessman. He’s Hossein Soudy Golabchi. His nickname is ‘Soudy’. He is a self-declared obsessive trophy hunter. His specialty is killing wild sheep and goats of various species. The Beijing Museum of Natural History almost worship him as he has donated a lot of his trophies to …

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Laos government worked with illegal animal trafficking businesses in corrupt deals for profit

The Guardian newspaper has published a lengthy and very admirable report about how senior Laos officials, going all the way up to the Prime Minister’s office, worked with businesses involved in the mass importation and exportation of the body parts of endangered species for financial profit. The government took a cut of the profit …

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Three Tiger Temple Buddhist Monks Charged: Allegedly Attempting to Smuggle Tiger Skins and Parts

Merriam-Webster defines “Sanctuary” as, “A place where someone or something is protected or given shelter: the protection that is provided by a safe place.” However, according to NBC News, Tiger Temple, a supposed sanctuary located west of Bangkok, Thailand is far from safe and is not protecting this highly endangered species. In fact, the …

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