Prince Charles and Prince William are calling upon world leaders to place the battle against wildlife trafficking at the top of the global agenda. At a May 21st, 2013, event in London hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and the UK government, Prince Charles said: “As a father and a soon-to-be grandfather, I find it inconceivable that our children and grandchildren could live in a world bereft of these animals.
A comprehensive report commissioned by WWF and TRAFFIC confirms that the illegal wildlife trade — with an estimated value in excess of US $20 billion annually — poses a serious threat to global security. The study, released in December 2012, found that the illegal wildlife trade, including fisheries and timber, comprises the fourth largest global illegal trade after narcotics, humans and counterfeit produ
December 4th marks Wildlife Conservation Day — and the launch of a global outreach campaign in conjunction with United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call for a multilateral coalition against wildlife trafficking. Our embassies will use every tool at their disposal to raise awareness about this issue, from honoring local activists, to spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter. We want
Kai Kin Ng of Richmond, British Columbia, has reportedly been fined $40,000 CAD/$38,962 USD for abalone trafficking. The Vancouver Sun explains that Ng’s fine was the result of an arrest in December 2010. Marketwire reports that $35,000 CAD/$34,092 USD will be paid to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to fund research into the illegal trafficking and distribution of Northern abalone. Ng was caught with Northern Abalo
The California Department of Fish and Game used a random checkpoint in Jenner, California, to confiscate abalone from divers who took more than their daily limit. The Press Democrat reported that two dozen Fish and Game and state park rangers executed a checkpoint search on over 198 vehicles over the course of 4 1/2 hours on Wednesday. Divers were surprised and upset to say the least. California Fish and Game officia
California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens have arrested two abalone poachers and booked them into Mendocino County Jail. The arrests were the result of “Operation Scoop and Run”, an extensive undercover investigation by the Department of Fish and Game. Lake County News reported that Paul Chak Po Mak, 61, and Samuel Xing Sin, 41 were arrested with an illegal catch of 84 abalone. The Department of