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.
May 17, 2013, marks the 8th annual national Endangered Species Day, with special events and other programs throughout the United States to recognize conservation efforts aimed at helping the country’s imperiled species. This year also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Endangered Species Day is celebrated on the third Friday in May. It honors the importance of protecting America’s
A federal judge has sentenced Vinh Chuong “Jimmy” Kha, and Felix Kha, to 42 and 46 months in prison for their involvement with a rhino horn trafficking ring operating in the United States. In addition to serving prison time, the Khas must pay a total of $20,000 in criminal fines and pay a $185,000 tax fraud penalty and assessment. Jimmy Kha’s Win Lee Corporation was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. They must also pay
Shusen Wei, the founder of Dongying Yisheng Petroleum Product Sales Co. Ltd. and Vice Chairman of the local Dongying Chamber of Commerce, has pleaded guilty to charges arising from his involvement with a rhino horn trafficking ring operating in the United States. Wei was arrested on February 2nd, 2013, at JFK airport — en route to China — shortly after he was questioned by USFWS agents at the Original Mia
The 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP16) to CITES concluded in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 14th, 2013, with mixed results for the world’s most threatened species. After experiencing the spectacle of a CoP firsthand, I can say with certainty that overcoming the wildlife trade cartels who have exploited the Convention to line their pockets will take some strategic maneuvering! We were proud to add our voice to
Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) rallied around Thailand’s proposal to designate March 3rd as “World Wildlife Day” to raise awareness about the importance of conserving wildlife. Speaking at the CITES 16th Conference of the Parties currently under way in Bangkok, the Thai delegate said World Wildlife Day “would help to promo
The United States, China, Vietnam, and Japan have submitted a total of 11 proposals to amend the CITES Appendices for nearly 50 tortoise and freshwater turtle species adversely affected by trade. An estimated 48 — 54% of the world’s 328 tortoise and freshwater turtle species are significantly threatened. Millions of turtles end up in China each year, where they are eaten and used in traditional medicines.
Manhattan antiques dealer David Hausman will spend six months in jail followed by one year of supervised release for his role in the trafficking of rhino horns in the United States. Hausman was arrested along with six other suspects in February 2012 as a result of “Operation Crash”, a nationwide multi-agency crackdown on rhino horn smuggling. In addition to prison time, Hausman is ordered to pay a $10,000
Three suspects identified as Zhifei Li, Shusen Wei, and Qing Wang have been arrested and charged as a result of “Operation Crash”, an ongoing nationwide effort led by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Justice Department to crack down on rhino horn trafficking. The arrests of Li, Wei, and Wang bring the number of “Operation Crash” arrests to ten. In February 2012, David Hausman, Felix and
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the African lion’s status in order to determine whether this species (Panthera leo leo) requires protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Listing the African lion under the ESA would prohibit the import of lion trophies and parts (“specimens”), unless such imports enhance the propagation or survival of the species or are for scientific purposes. Se