Elephants and Ivories

En 1986, Robin des Bois publie « Eléphants et ivoire végétal ». Un an plus tard, une élégante bande d’éléphants masqués tout droit sortis d’Art Déco et de Sherwood envahit les trafiquants d’ivoire à Paris. En 1988 les éléphants masqués saluent à Lausanne la décision d’interdire le commerce international de l’ivoire. Une victoire colossale. En 1997, le cartel de l’ivoire réussit à rouvrir les vannes du commerce international. Une défaite abyssale. C’était à Harare capitale du Zimbabwe. Le journal gouvernemental titre « L’Afrique australe gagne la guerre de l’ivoire ». Robin des Bois répond par « Harare humanum est ». De cette erreur, les éléphants ne se remettent pas.

On the Trail n°32 – the defaunation bulletin

12 Apr 2022

On the Trail n°32 – the defaunation bulletin

On the Trail n°32 – January, February, March and April, 2021
pdf, 306 pages – 24 Mo

We leave no endangered wild animal by the wayside.
Our team of profilers has been scrutinising photos of the cruelties, the attacks on the diversity, beauty and musicality of the Earth. From goldfinches to tigers, animals go through torture and then receive the posthumous glory of being sold online or in markets, or they end up imprisoned for life.
We also identified, compiled and analysed newspaper articles, social media posts and videos, customs and police news releases on poaching at sea, in trees and swamps, and on smuggling at sea ports, air terminals, bus and railways stations.
So, we went around the world in 120 days – from January to April 2021 – and discovered, in the containers and luggage compartments of big and small human affairs, thousands of sharks, peacocks and lions, with only fins, feathers and bones remaining.
On the border between Viet Nam and China, a truck was even spotted at night carrying big bags of pangolin scales and human hair. In the first 4 months of 2021, at least 11 tons of pangolin scales were seized, which corresponds to at least 30,000 specimens.

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On the Trail n°31, the defaunation bulletin

23 Dec 2021

On the Trail n°31, the defaunation bulletin

On the Trail n°31 – October-November-December 2020
1,294 events with references, along with analyses, 469 iconographic documents, maps and historical archives.
222 pages (pdf – 12.2 Mo)

Winter 2020, curfews and lockdowns. Some are poaching for survival or for a bit of money, others by idleness. Zebra meat dries on ropes in the savannah. In the United States, 17-year-old teenagers are poaching deer with the spotlights of their parents’ GMC truck. There are traps everywhere and of all kinds from north to south, east to west, on land and at sea. No wildlife can escape them, from the biggest ones like bears to the smallest ones like Berthe’s mouse lemur. Birds by hundreds of thousands are captured to brighten up the stay-at-home holiday season. The Ganges river dolphins are lynched, people need to unwind.

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The International of Elephant and Rhino Gravediggers sentenced

8 Sep 2021

The International of Elephant and Rhino Gravediggers sentenced

Rennes

The Criminal Court of Rennes (France) today imposed exemplary sentences on eight men of Irish, English, Chinese and Vietnamese origin guilty of trafficking in elephant ivory and rhino horn on French territory and, for some of them, of exporting it to Asia. Seven were found guilty of having committed these offences in conspiracy.

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The International of Elephant and Rhino Gravediggers on Trial in Rennes, France

6 Sep 2021

The International of Elephant and Rhino Gravediggers on Trial in Rennes, France

Rennes

The trial of nine defendants charged with importing, possessing, transporting and exporting elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn as part of an organized gang opens this September 6, 2021 in the Rennes Criminal Court. Three defendants are on the run and an arrest warrant has been issued against them. The investigation also led to the discovery of two workshops processing raw ivory and rhino horn on French soil. The 9 defendants are of Irish and English, Vietnamese and Chinese origin. They declare to be second-hand dealers, antique dealers, employees in the construction industry, manager of an import-export company, cook, computer specialist or unemployed.

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On the Trail n°30 – the defaunation bulletin

6 Aug 2021

On the Trail n°30 – the defaunation bulletin

On the Trail n°30 – July, August and September 2020
1040 events with references, along with analyses, iconographic documents, maps and historical archives
201 pages (pdf), 12 Mo

“On the Trail” is going on with its analysis of the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on poaching and animal smuggling through one thousand or so genuine examples from around the world. In the third quarter of 2020, rumours are taking hold about pangolin meat, feline meat and lion organs being considered miracle cures for Covid-19. The pandemic causes a surge in wildlife plundering. As soon as the pandemic emerged, it caused an upsurge in trapping. In India and Africa, people from the cities returned to the villages, there were many mouths to feed, and poaching increased. In rich countries, recreational hunting is in full swing; people kill deer, bears, moose and birds of prey to kill time. Wildlife trafficking is on the rise on social networks. In Myanmar, transit and force-feeding centres for pangolins waiting to be smuggled to Thailand are full because of the border closures and transport paralysis. Destocking of raw ivory and other wildlife products accumulated during the full disruption of supply chains are beginning to appear. The global market for wild birds is expanding. The Covid-19 crisis has opened up new opportunities with a confined humanity in need of nature.

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On the Trail n°29 – The defaunation bulletin

30 Mar 2021

On the Trail n°29 – The defaunation bulletin

On the Trail n°29 – April, May and June 2020
990 events with references, along with analyses,
iconographic documents, maps and historical archives
182 pages (pdf), 11.6 Mo

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“On the Trail” n°28 – the defaunation bulletin

1 Oct 2020

“On the Trail” n°28 – the defaunation bulletin

“On the Trail ” n°28
The defaunation bulletin
January, February and March 2020
816 events
137 pages (pdf), 7.5 Mo

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(Français) Terrassés par qui ou quoi ?

26 Aug 2020

(Français) Terrassés par qui ou quoi ?

Only in French.

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“On the Trail” n°27 – the defaunation bulletin

7 Jul 2020

“On the Trail” n°27  – the defaunation bulletin

“On the Trail” n°27
The defaunation bulletin
773 events from the 1st October to the 31th December, 2019
460 source
132 pages, 9.5 Mo (pdf)

Orangutans always knocked down
The orangutans are brought down by palm oil, clearing fires and retaliation from small and large producers. The rescuers do not know which way to turn and during these months of ashes and want for the adult and baby orangutans, the Nutella maker poses in a suit with a big smile on the front page: “We’re coming out of the Covid-19 crisis even stronger. During the stay at home order, we all ate Nutella”. The orangutans hate it. To be found pages 66 to 68.

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“On the Trail” n°26 – the defaunation bulletin

30 Apr 2020

“On the Trail” n°26,
The defaunation bulletin
739 events from the 1st July to the 30th September, 2019
470 source of information
116 pages, 13 Mo
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