Tortoise Trafficking raging out of control in Madagascar

Ploughshare tortoise endemic to Madagascar.

NEW YORK / May 2, 2013 — Illegal trafficking of two critically endangered tortoise species from Madagascar has reached epidemic proportions, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Turtle Survival Alliance, Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, Turtle Conservancy, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund and other groups who urge authorities to clamp down on wildlife smuggling before some species are collected out of existence. According to the groups, more than 1,000 radiated and ploughshare tortoises have been confiscated from smugglers in the first three months of 2013 alone. In late…

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Rhino horn smuggler sentenced to 40 years in prison in South Africa

November 11 – Just two days ago, WWF reported that a man charged with illegal trading of rhino horns in South Africa was pleaded guilty for this felony and sentenced to 40 years behind the bars by the Johannesburg’s Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court. This is the harshest sentence given for a wildlife crime in the country to-date. Chumlong Lemtongthai, a Thai national, was accused for running syndicate which used white rhino trophy hunts as a cover to illegally export rhino horns to Asian black market for commercial use. The syndicate used…

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