Latest Poaching Stories

2008-10-28 08:30:00

For almost ten years, it has been illegal to sell ivory in southern Africa, but all that changes Tuesday. The ivory trade was banned globally in 1989 because poaching was decimating elephant populations.Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe will auction more than 100 tons of ivory from stockpiles to buyers from China and Japan. The money raised from ivory will go into elephant conservation projects. Environmentalists say the move encourages poachers in Africa to kill elephants for...

2008-08-23 11:25:00

Congo poachers have destroyed twenty percent of the elephants in Africa's oldest national park due to China buying more ivory. During the past ten days alone, Rwandan rebels have killed seven Savannah elephants in the Virunga National Park. That's located along Congo's eastern border with Rwanda and Uganda, said Emmanuel de Merode. "We've definitely lost 20 percent of the population this year and probably more," he said. "We have rangers with them, and we're trying to reinforce them. But...

2008-08-03 11:35:00

African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory at a pace unseen since an international ban on the ivory trade took effect in 1989. But the public outcry that resulted in that ban is absent today, and a University of Washington conservation biologist contends it is because the public seems to be unaware of the giant mammals' plight. The elephant death rate from poaching throughout Africa is about 8 percent a year based on recent studies, which is actually higher than the 7.4 percent...

2008-07-18 00:00:20

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman rejected any criticism of his government's fight against illegal ivory trade. Commenting on an NGO report critical of China's program, Liu Jianchao said it is unfair and twists facts, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Conservation groups have come out strongly against this week's decision by the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species approving the sale of African elephant ivory to China. In its decision, the U.N. agency...

2008-07-16 09:00:45

By Michael McCarthy; Colin Brown China was given permission to become a licensed buyer of ivory yesterday, provoking widespread condemnation from environmentalists and politicians, who said the move was a grave threat to the future of wild elephants in Africa and Asia. The British Government came in for fierce criticism after voting - as forecast by The Independent - for China at a UN meeting in Geneva, despite opposition from several African countries. The Green MEP Caroline Lucas...

2008-07-16 03:00:29

Despite strong objections from conservation groups, a United Nations agency has approved the sale of African elephant ivory to China. Meeting in Geneva, the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species by a majority vote said China qualified for the import because it has dramatically improved its enforcement of ivory rules, Xinhua reported Wednesday. The decision will allow China to bid on a stock of more than 100 tons of ivory obtained from culling and from elephants that...

2008-07-15 03:00:34

A Geneva meeting on endangered species will decide whether to let China import elephant ivory but the issue has already raised alarm among animal rights groups. Among the issues on the agenda of the five-day meeting of the U.N. Convention on Endangered Species is whether China should be allowed to import about 108 tons of African elephant ivory. The stockpile, offered for sale by Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, has come from culling operations in overpopulated areas, natural...

2008-07-02 16:05:00

Illegal wildlife trade decimates tigers in Nepal's wildlife reserve WASHINGTON D.C. -- World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is alarmed by the dramatic decline of at least 30 percent in the Bengal tiger population of Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal, once a refuge that boasted among the highest densities of the endangered species in the Eastern Himalayas. The recent survey of April 2008 showed a population of between 6-14 tigers, down from 20-50 tigers in 2005. The Government of Nepal made a...

2008-07-01 18:00:13

By From Staff Reports/ms, Picayune Item, Miss. Jul. 1--PICAYUNE -- A Picayune resident was among two men who have been sentenced for wildlife crimes after being caught in a federal sting operation called Operation Stone Duck. Samuel Necaise of Picayune, was sentenced to 3 years on one count of the sale of methamphetamine and two wildlife violations by Senior United States District Judge David C. Bramlette in federal court in Natchez, said Dunn Lampton, United States Attorney for the...

2008-06-28 09:02:19

By Robin Fitzgerald, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 28--Two Coast men were sentenced to prison in a federal probe of illegal deer kills by spotlighting and poaching. Both men pleaded guilty to charges that include selling methamphetamine to undercover agents in an ongoing investigation known as Operation Stone Duck. U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette on Thursday sentenced Mark "Scope" Necaise of Kiln to 10 years and a month. Necaise pleaded guilty to selling meth and four...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.