How Many Times Has This Happened?

Hey,

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Sunday Greetings.

I hope that you are being greeted today with a bright and sunny summer day, but that is probably a step too far if you reside in the UK.

In my particular patch we are still enjoying grey skies and heavy rain….so what’s changed!

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Never mind, because all is well here.

The church bells are ringing and once Big H arises there will be Sunday papers, followed much later on by a roast chicken Sunday dinner.

Could definitely be a lot worse!

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For instance, did you hear about the woman who was caught at Bangkok airport last Sunday when there was difficulty with a large bag at check-in.?

She was a Thai national trying to get through the check-in to board a plane to fly to Iran.

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The bag in question was full of stuffed toy tigers, but when the airport staff X-rayed it they thought that they could actually see an image of a real animal on the screen.

The staff then called in Wildlife Officers about their suspicions, and they then discovered a 2 month old sedated tiger cub hidden in amongst the toys.

This little animal is now being properly cared for, while experts try to decide if has been bred in captivity or is from the wild.

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Traffic is the wildlife trade monitoring network.

Their Deputy Regional Director, Chris Shepherd, says that smugglers obviously have no fear of being caught if they are doing things like smuggling animals in their luggage, so is calling for tougher penalties for those who do such things in the future.

Other officers have said that it is not enough to deal only with the poachers, there must be efforts to close down the middlemen and the buyers too.

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Unfortunately this is not a rare occurrence.

In Kenya recently there was a seizure of 2 tonnes of elephant ivory and 5 rhino horns.

This illicit hoard was on it’s way to Malaysia, which is a transit point for the worldwide trade in illegal ivory, such as the 2006 seizure of approximately 3,000kg of ivory found in Japan after leaving Malaysia.

In 2009 5,647kg was found in Viet Nam, also having arrived from Malaysia.

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The effects of this trade are catastrophic.

This year alone 180 rhinos have been killed in South Africa to feed this trade.

It is sickening both on a global scale…and for single animals being badly treated all over the world.

What is wrong with us!

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J.

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