Rhino Poacher Jailed For 40 Years In South Africa

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“Below are links to video & a more detailed look into this illegal racket. I was going to post it, had it all set up, then I saw this lighter version! But it’s worth reading, sounds to me like others got off Scott free; make me wonder if this guy hasn’t taken the rap for a few others!!”

A Thai man who organised illegal rhino poaching trips has been given the country’s strongest illegal wildlife sentence to date.

Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai is sentenced at Kempton Park magistrates court, South Africa. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

A Thai national has been sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to charges of exporting rhino horns from South Africa, in the country’s strongest illegal wildlife sentence to date.

Chumlong Lemtongthai admitted to playing a large part in a scheme that used white rhino trophy hunts in South Africa as a cover for smuggling horns to black markets in Asia. He employed Asian nationals to pose as hunters and take part in organised hunts on game farms in the North West province.

Charges against three South Africans and two others Asian nationals, the co-accused, were however dropped without explanation.

Lemtongthai told Johnannesburg’s Kempton Park magistrates court: “I humbly apologise to the court and to the people of South Africa for my role in this matter. I appreciate that the emotions of all animal lovers in South Africa are running very high and that I was part of the problem.”

Jo Shaw, rhino co-ordinator for WWF-SA, said: “These higher-level arrests and convictions are critical to disrupting the illegal trade chains used to move rhino horns into illicit markets in Asia.”

Areas of Asiain particular Vietnam, have increased their demand for white rhino horn powder in recent years. Wrongly believed to enhance sexual performance, cure hangovers and even cancer, a growing wealthy class in Asian society have begun to pay more than ever for rhino horns. The result has been a rapid rise in rhino horn poaching in South Africa, culminating in a record rise in 2012, with more than 450 rhinos killed in the country this year already.

Around half of the poaching occurs in the Kruger national park, in the country’s north-west.

News Link:-http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/09/rhino-poacher-40-years-south-africa

Chumlong Lemtongthai is the most senior figure in a smuggling ring ever convicted in South Africa

More Indepth view of trial:-http://mg.co.za/article/2012-11-08-rhino-butchers-caught-on-film

Video of above rhino hunt:-http://www.mg.co.za/multimedia/2012-11-08-inside-a-legal-hunt

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Brent Parker gets 45 days in jail for killing dog, discharging firearm (with video)

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When Kirtland resident Brent Parker shot and killed his neighbor’s dog in November, it was not out of fear for his life, a jury determined on Monday.

Brent Parker with his model of what the dog looked like when he shot it!

Following the second day of the trial in Willoughby Municipal Court, the jury deliberated for about an hour before convicting Parker of killing/injuring an animal and pointing and discharging a firearm. Parker will spend 45 days in jail as a result.

Parker, 26, took the witness stand Monday morning to testify.

While Parker admitted to shooting the dog, he said he did so in self-defense. Parker said he had never been approached by a dog in an aggressive way like that before. “I was terrified,” he said.

When Parker described loading his rifle and shooting the black Labrador, who was named Thai, the dog’s owner Dave Davison quickly and loudly left the courtroom.

Parker also created a model of the dog, which he said represented what the dog looked like when he shot it, complete with a raccoon skin in its mouth that Parker had recently skinned.

In addition to Parker, three other witnesses took the stand on Monday, including Patrolman Michael Valenti with the Kirtland police.

Valenti was the officer interviewing Parker when he first admitted to shooting and killing Thai.

The video was shown in court on Friday. (Video at link below)

During closing arguments Monday, defense attorney David Lynch focused on medication Thai had been taking as well as the nearby animal skin — both of which, experts testified, could have theoretically made Thai, normally a gentle dog, aggressive at that particular time.

City Prosecutor Michael Germano, meanwhile, said Parker’s actions following the shooting, including failing to tell anyone — including his own wife — about the incident, were indicative of a guilty man.

Thai, the dog’s owner Dave Davison

“If you were claiming self-defense, wouldn’t you tell somebody what had happened?” Germano said.

Prior to sentencing, Judge Harry Field allowed Parker to address the court as well as the dog’s owner. Parker was apologetic and said he would have told the man about the shooting eventually.

Davison also was allowed to speak, but did so with much more emotion than Parker, who he addressed directly.

“You have no idea how this has impacted anyone but yourself,” Davison said. “You need to grow up, be a man, own what you do, think before you do.”

“My 2-year-old daughter, when she sees pictures of Thai, she still asks ‘Where’s Thai?’”

 Germano asked for a 180-day sentence, though the judge opted instead for the 45-day sentence for Parker, who had no prior convictions.

Video & News Link:-http://news-herald.com/articles/2012/06/19/news/doc4fdf6a541564e897909274.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Tiger Temple death accidental: Says Temple Vet

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The veterinarian at the “Tiger Temple” – Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, in Kanchanaburi‘s Sai Yok district -said yesterday that the death of a tiger on May 26 resulted from a freak accident, but the temple treated its tigers well and cooperated with Thai authorities. The mysterious death of the tiger had led to fears animals at the temple were being mistreated.

Veterinarian Somchai Wisetmongkolchai said temple staff hung a tyre on a chain for tigers to play with, but next morning found the one-year-old female tiger dead with the chain around its neck. It had sustained serious neck wounds as it apparently tried to chew the chain off its neck.

Somchai checked and photographed the wounds, alerted the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and submitted a report on the tiger’s death to the Conservation Area 3 Office (Ban Pong). Authorities came to inspect the death as per normal procedure, he said.

Insisting the tigers were well taken care of and that each tiger had a microchip implanted and registered with the department, he said a Mahidol University (Sai Yok) vet checked on the tigers on a regular basis. He had suggested the department stuff the tiger carcass for educational purposes, rather than burn it, he said.

Conservation Area 3 Office (Ban Pong) director Yutthachai Pattamasonthi said the department instructed his office to work with the Tiger Temple to examine the carcass for the cause of death at the Mahidol University (Sai Yok)’s livestock and wildlife hospital.

News Link:-http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120603-350247.html

“I’m not so sure I believe the tigers are micro-chipped,  nor am I sure regular vet checks are made! The following  is  just one of many videos, taken by Sybelle Foxcroft, an undercover investigator who exposed the abuse at the temple. ….so when I saw this particular news snippet, I thought what better time than to show one of the videos I’m talking about. Watch the other videos, see the homepage & Facebook page ‘Behind the cloak of Buddha’ which show’s the abuse is continuing today, then please sign the petition!”

 

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Tiger Temple – A walk through the lives of the tigers from cubs to adults to the unethical tourism of the Tiger Temple. Please help save the lives of these tigers from suffering and abuse by joining http://www.cee4life.org and become a voice for these tigers. You can also join us on Facebook Cee4life where you will find various links to the petition and other information on the tigers of the temple and ethical travel. Refuse to be a part of this exploitation and abuse of these magnificent creatures or any other creature, sybelle xo Link to petition –http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/The-Wildlife-Trade-Tiger-Temple-Behind-the-C…

Home page:– http://www.cee4life.org/tigertemple.php

Facebook page:-https://www.facebook.com/BehindtheCloakBuddha

Petition :http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/The-Wildlife-Trade-Tiger-Temple-Behind-the-Cloak-of-Buddha/

WFFT. Help return the confiscated wildlife animals to Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand – YouTube

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A group of animal lovers and friends of WFFT protest in front of the Thai embassy in London to ask for the confiscated animals to be returned home.

A petition with 53,000 signatures will be handed over to the ambassador. 70,000 signatures are sought, please sign, tweet petition athttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/urgent-plea-for-rescued-thai-wildlife/ and share widely, thanks.
facebook http://www.facebook.com/WildlifeFriendsFoundation
website http://www.wfft.org

Breaking News- Raid on WFFT continues – YouTube

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Breaking News- Raid on WFFT continues – YouTube.

This information has been received directly from Sandi Thompson, the United States contact person  for the Wildlife friend Foundation Thailand.

February17TH, 2012  Petchaburi, Thailand. Today and for the past several days armed Thai officials have laid siege to two widely respected wildlife sanctuaries in Thailand.  The raids have impacted Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) and Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in an apparent attempt to silence the park’s Founders efforts to curtail poaching of elephants.

Both WFFT and ENP appear to have been targeted for speaking out on the recent elephant killings at Kaengkrachan National Park and Kuiburi National Park, and the involvement of Thai officials, politicians and wealthy businessmen.

According to WFFT Founder, Edwin Wiek the raids have occurred in response to his efforts to raise awareness about elephant poaching in Thailand, a practice that results in orphaned young elephants being sold to tourism facilities that offer elephant rides.

‘The situation is desperate’, says Mr. Wiek. ‘Armed Department of National Parks enforcement officers have forced their way onto our properties and have begun confiscating animals. They claim we don’t have necessary paperwork but this is a lie.’ Mr. Wiek continues. ‘I’m horrified that innocent animals are now paying the price for my commitment to preventing illegal poaching.  The DNP personnel are not properly trained or prepared to move or manage the animals we have in our facility and many are likely to be injured or killed as a result of these unjust actions. Further, the last time DNP confiscated animals they were never seen again.’

According to the DNP, the raids are being conducted as the result of an anonymous phone call, however they have failed to provide additional details about their plans for the animals or the specific reasons for the confiscation of the animals from the preserves.

Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/urgent-plea-for-rescued-thai-wildlife/
Resource Site: http://www.wix.com/anoelle45/wffthelp
WFFT: http://www.wfft.org/

Continue reading on Examiner.com Endangered animals confiscated in Thailand after sanctuary founder speaks out – Los Angeles Dog Training | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/dog-training-in-los-angeles/endangered-animals-confiscated-thailand-after-sanctuary-founder-speaks-out#ixzz1odMrDJny

A life of bliss at BLES – Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, Thailand

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BLES located in Sukhothai, Northern Thailand was founded by English animal lover Katherine Connor after she travelled across Asia. During her time spent volunteering at a Thai elephant hospital she formed a very strong bond with a premature baby elephant.

Instead of finishing her travels she decided to stay in Thailand to rescue her new friend from being sold to a notorious animal tourist show. After the elephant sadly passed away Katherine sold her possessions in England and with the help of her now husband (a Thai elephant handler) set up Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in his memory.

All the elephants at Boon Lott have been rescued from abuse or mistreatment and visitors enjoy a chance to interact with the elephants in a peaceful and secluded location. Staying guests are asked to be involved in all aspects of sanctuary life ranging from collecting food from the jungle to repairing pens.

Located in Thailand, BLES is devoted to creating a safe and natural environment for elephants. BLES is the only sanctuary in Thailand that puts the well-being of elephants first. There are no performances — just elephants being elephants. “Voted one of the top 10 animal rescue sanctuary’s”

Some of the rescued elephants by Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary. Another elephant named Pang Dow is disabled and badly treated. She is now in need of rescue. http://www.blesele.org

via A life of bliss at BLES – Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, Thailand – YouTube.

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