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Arresting 6 and releasing almost one thousand

A significant parrot’s trafficker arrested in Dakar! Last Friday, after 12 months of investigation, a major trafficker in African wild parrots was arrested in Dakar during an operation of the Police, the Ministry of Water and Forest and SALF / WARA.

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Arresting 6 and releasing almost one thousand

2 traffickers with 26 sea turtle shells arrested

2 traffickers in marine turtles arrested with 26 shells of sea turtle, a species, which is strictly protected in Benin and globally endangered. The arrest operation took place in the town of Grand Popo, it was carried out by AALF-B team and local gendarmerie.

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2 traffickers with 26 sea turtle shells arrested

2 traffickers with 14 sea turtles shells arrested

2 traffickers were arrested with 14 sea turtles shells in an operation, carried out by AALF-B, local police and Water and Forrest Ministry. The traffickers face a prison sentence ranging from 6 months to 5 years and / or a fine of 50 thousand to 1 million CFA francs.

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2 traffickers with 14 sea turtles shells arrested

The former director of wildlife and former head of CITES in Guinea arrested

In August, the former director of wildlife and former head of CITES in Guinea - Ansoumane Doumbouya - has been arrested. Different reports, including one from the CITES secretariat, implicated him in illegal exports, but he is still holding a position within the ministry of environment as the coordinator of the team controlling illegal logging. The shocking hidden footage in the link below shows a major trafficker explaining in details the corrupt system. (The trafficker has been arrested two days ago)

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The former director of wildlife and former head of CITES in Guinea arrested

Former CITES authority of Guinea in prison

Last week the former wildlife head and the CITES authority of Guinea - Ansoumane Doumbouya – has been arrested by the Interpol NCB, with the assistance of GALF – EAGLE, following an investigation against a wildlife ring involved in large scale wildlife trafficking and corruption.

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Former CITES authority of Guinea in prison

2 traffickers arrested, over hundred skins seized

2 traffickers arrested with chameleons, genets skins, 2 python skins and more than 50 antelopes skins. The house search, carried on the next day, brought even more of the contraband. The operation was carried on by police and officers of eaux-et-forêt and with support of the AALF-Benin team, when the traffickers were trying to sell the contraband. They remain arrested and will be prosecuted according to the Benin law.

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2 traffickers arrested, over hundred skins seized

Drunken police officer arrested with leopard skin

PALF activists and their sniffer dogs get another criminal! A trafficker arrested in Congo with leopard skin and illegally held gun. When Cama and Rick, the dogs, entered a bus they immediately found the suitcase of the drunk police officer trafficking the leopard skin. He threatened the activists, and tried to scare them by calling a colonel, just before vomiting and getting arrested. His “friend” colonel refused to support him, and the police did not hesitate to arrest him immediately.

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Drunken police officer arrested with leopard skin

3 traffickers of totally protected species arrested

3 wildlife traffickers were arrested in Benin last week with 4 elephant feet, 2 leopard skins and scales of 2 pangolins.

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3 traffickers of  totally protected species arrested

A trafficker arrested with leopard skins

A trafficker was arrested red handed in Gabon with 3 leopard skins, 7 teeth and one head in an operation by forces of order (B2) and Eaux et Forêts with support of our AALF team. He arrived to Mouila in the morning with his contraband hidden in a bag of rice. This case is yet another example to confirm the extent of illegal trafficking of wildlife organized in the province of Ngounié.

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A trafficker arrested with leopard skins

Des peines peu dissuasives face aux crimes contre l'environnent au Gabon

Low deterrent sentences deal with crimes against surround in Gabon – coverage at Kanal7, a Gabonese Channel but broadcast also on Canalsat, available in all Africa. In Gabon, killing an elephant, ivory or leopard skins trafficking, as well as any other wildlife crime, leads only to low sentences. The prison sentences are 22 days on average, the maximum possible penalty is six months. AALF denounce this form of impunity that is likely to encourage any kind of trafficking. (in French)

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Des peines peu dissuasives face aux crimes contre l'environnent au Gabon

Emission à Kanal7 sur le trafic de faune et l'exploitation forestière illégale

Luc Mathot, the co-founder of EAGLE Network spoke, about illegal logging at Kanal7, widely watched in African countries.

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Emission à Kanal7 sur le trafic de faune et l'exploitation forestière illégale

An ivory trafficker arrested with 2 elephant tusks

An ivory trafficker arrested with 2 elephant tusks during an operation, carried out by the TALFF team and OCTRIB. The trafficker is kept behind bars, waiting for the trial. The punishment for illegal trade of protected wildlife species is up to 2 years imprisonment and 8,300 USD fine according to the law.

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An ivory trafficker arrested with 2 elephant tusks