Theft of Cooking Oil to Make Biodiesel in the United Kingdom

The Treasury of the United Kingdom is estimated to be losing up to $38 Million (£25 Million) in duties each year to the theft of used cooking oil. The oil is being stolen from restaurants and converted into biodiesel. The unregulated fuel is then sold on the black market. The cost to convert used cooking… Continue reading Theft of Cooking Oil to Make Biodiesel in the United Kingdom

Loss of Sea Cucumbers Due to Demand in China

Due to illegal fishing activities, the number of sea cucumbers in the waters of Mexico have been decreasing. In 2009, up to 20 tons of sea cucumbers were available. By 2013, the number dropped to 1,900 tons. Fisherman in Mexico ca earn over $700 a day from harvesting sea cucumbers. The marine animals are then… Continue reading Loss of Sea Cucumbers Due to Demand in China

Crime Groups Control Logging Industries in Tropical Countries

Between 50 to 90 percent of logging activities in tropical countries are done by criminal organizations, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. The areas where organized crime groups have a strong presence in the logging industry is in the Amazon basin, Central Africa and South East Asia. Source:  Achim Steiner, “Opening Statement of the… Continue reading Crime Groups Control Logging Industries in Tropical Countries

Price of a Pangolin for Sale

Pangolins were being sold on the black market in Asia at prices as high as $1,000 for the entire pangolin. The pangolin is considered to be a delicacy in Asia and is scales are used for various medicinal purposes. In a span of 18 months, intelligence reports claim that a criminal trafficking organization in Malaysia… Continue reading Price of a Pangolin for Sale

Over Half of World’s Forest Elephants Killed in 10 Years

Research by wildlife protection organizations have estimated that 60 percent of the world’s forest elephant population was killed by poachers between 2002 to 2012. Up to 25,000 elephants were being killed each year in Africa, with the Congo Rainforest in Central Africa being particularity bad in terms of poaching. Source:  Jeremy Hance, “Prayers for dying… Continue reading Over Half of World’s Forest Elephants Killed in 10 Years

Price Paid to Smuggler to Transport Tortoises to Bangkok

Security officials at Mumbai International Airport in India arrested a man from attempting to smuggled 97 tortoises in his luggage. The man told security officials that he was paid $300 to travel with the bags to Bangkok, Thailand. Source:  “Tortoise smuggling plan foiled at Mumbai airport,” News Track India, March 10, 2013.

Chimpanzee for Sale on the Black Market

According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme, at least 22,218 great apes have been lost to wildlife traffickers between 2005 and 2012. The nearly 3,000 great apes lost each year have been either killed, sold, or died in captivity. 64 percent of the apes that have been lost have been chimpanzees. According… Continue reading Chimpanzee for Sale on the Black Market

Seizures of Ivory at Bangkok Airport

Between 2009 to 2012, customs agents and other law enforcement agencies at Bangkok airport seized a total haul of 7 tons of ivory that was being smuggled into the country. The value of the ivory was estimated to be worth at least $7 Million. Over 70 cargo flights land at Bangkok airport each day. Source: … Continue reading Seizures of Ivory at Bangkok Airport

2012 Gold Smuggling Seizures by Customs in India

Customs in India seized $9.1 Million (500 Million Indian Rupees) worth of gold from smugglers during the April to October 2012 time period. The amount of gold seized during that time period was higher than the $2.7 Million (150 Million Rupees) seized in 2011. Economic Intelligence Agencies in India state that gold smuggling and the… Continue reading 2012 Gold Smuggling Seizures by Customs in India

Leopard Tortoise for Sale

At the weekend market of Jatujak Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand,  many live animals are for sale to the public. According to a report by Al Jazeera, thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, mice and guinea pigs are offered for sale. In addition to the typical pets, exotic animals and protected endangered species are also openly available… Continue reading Leopard Tortoise for Sale