Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

Museum professionals trying to come to grips with the scale of risk of their collections might well pay attention to the scale of the problem of wildlife trafficking itself. Earlier this month, an enormous crackdown on illegal wildlife and wildlife products shines a light on the scale of the issue. From Yahoo! UK A global … More Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

Canadian Antiques Dealer Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 30 Months In Prison For Smuggling Rhinoceros Horns, Elephant Ivory, And Coral

UNITED STATES – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Cruden, the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, and Dan Ashe, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director, announced that XIAO JU GUAN, a/k/a “Tony Guan,” 39, of Richmond, … More Canadian Antiques Dealer Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 30 Months In Prison For Smuggling Rhinoceros Horns, Elephant Ivory, And Coral

Illegal trade : Rhino theft in Offenburg: gang boss behind bars

GERMANY 31 March 2015 – Three years ago in Offenburg (Detmold) valuable rhinoceros horns were stolen from the Ritterhaus Museum http://www.museum-offenburg.de/. Now the police have arrested the alleged mastermind of the internationally active gang. The Criminal Investigation Unit of Offenburg and the State Prosecutor in Karlsruhe in cooperation with the District Police Lippe/North Rhine-Westphalia has … More Illegal trade : Rhino theft in Offenburg: gang boss behind bars

NOAH Fine Art of Exterminating Rhinos

So many decisions are made on the basis of popular opinion that it’s hard to pass by campaigns that send an effective emotive message about illicit trafficking of wildlife. This newly launched campaign gives a haunting and powerful message, targeted at end users, about the plight of rhinoceros hunted for their horns. NOAH Menschen für … More NOAH Fine Art of Exterminating Rhinos

BBC News report – the Pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal

5 February 2015, BBC News reported that the Pangolin Manis spp. is the world’s most trafficked mammal, with roughly 100,000 pangolins a year are being taken from the wild and sent to China and Vietnam. They are taken for their meat (which can fetch US $250 per kilo as a status dish) and their keratinous scales, … More BBC News report – the Pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal

Stolen Dinosaur Skull Can Go Back to Mongolia says U.S. Court

On 4 December 2014, NBC News reported that the New York Attorneys’ Office said that the remains of a 70-million-year-old dinosaur that was falsely labeled as a replica and smuggled into New York City earlier in the year. The skull and vertebrae was of an Alioramus, a relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex, and these must be forfeited by the … More Stolen Dinosaur Skull Can Go Back to Mongolia says U.S. Court

African white rhino horn stolen from Italian Museum

Modena, Italy – an African white rhinoceros horn was stolen from Zoological Museum and Comparative Anatomy of the University of Modena. The theft took place Tuesday, January 20 2015 about 1pm. The 5.1kg horn, valued at 300,000 Euro on the black market, was taken from the collection store, not long after being visited by a … More African white rhino horn stolen from Italian Museum