Namaste, Jack here. I’ve had a few people message me saying they want to read my blog but not at Facebook (fully understand many people don’t like to use Facebook) where I do have some posts that are not here. We’re streamlining our online platforms including here at wildleopard.net as well as at wildtiger.org, hopefully this will be finished soon. Many thanks to those who care about these issues and take the time to read these blogs and updates. You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental crime is an illegal act which directly harms the environment.
#WildlifeCrime – OUR SYSTEM IS FLAWED… How do we know it’s flawed? Because poachers, traders and buyers are acting with impunity.
A Dutch court has just handled out a sentence of one year in jail to a man caught in possession of five rhino horns and four other horn objects. The man was caught by customs officials at Schiphol airport in December as he traveled through Amsterdam on his way from South Africa to the Chinese city of Shanghai. (From THE GUARDIAN: https://www.theguardian.com/…/chinese-man-caught-smuggling-… – I’m currently trying to get more information on the sentencing). Those of you who follow this page will know of the Jagari case here in Nepal, Pragati will have a follow up soon, there’s first up comment at wildtiger.org
Rhinos are keystone species, just like tigers, leopards and elephants. Globally our judicial systems are not recognizing the seriousness of taking keystone species out of ecosystems. My argument is that environmental science is not being applied to the overall process, perhaps we have now got to the stage where we have too many people involved combating wildlife crime just not fully understanding what they are dealing with. A one year sentence for smuggling rhino horns is a slap on the wrist as is the fine of few hundred dollars in the Jagari case.
Environmental crime affects us all and the mistakes we are making now are going to play havoc with future generations. Yes, perhaps I have seen too many dead animals but I’m witnessing forests emptying. If we don’t get tough now on ALL components of the wildlife crime thread including traders, couriers, buyers etc, this loss will continue.
My own feeling is that the Dutch Court should have had the capacity to hand down five years. Dreams are free but we need an international standard/guideline. More on these issues and the Jagari case soon.