Singapore Part of Ongoing Widespread Illegal Bear Trade in Asia

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In TRAFFIC’s latest report Brought to Bear: an Analysis of Seizures across Asia (2000–2011) (PDF, 1.1 MB), close to 700 seizures of bears and bear parts indicated a minimum of 2801 individual bears that were traded between 2000 – 2011 in Asia.  Singapore is a key market country and “has recorded moderate frequencies of bear seizures consistently over the period of analysis (Foley et al., 2011) indicating a continual trade route for processed bear products”.

One country serving as a good example of law enforcement in the bear trade is Cambodia: “This high level of sustained enforcement and efficacious seizure reporting by Cambodia is most likely attributable to the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT), a highly effective collaboration between the Cambodian Ministry of the Environment, the Cambodian Forestry Administration, and the NGO Wildlife Alliance, responsible for apprehending and reporting 93% of bear seizures within Cambodia. Since 2002, this specialized team of law enforcement officials have responded to information from public wildlife crime hotlines to help track down poachers, sellers, and middlemen in various streams of illegal wildlife trade. The WRRT has the power to impose fines at the time of seizure that are equivalent to three times the value of whatever is confiscated (N. Marx in litt., to TRAFFIC, October 2012). Furthermore, a number of significant busts have been made by police and Forestry Administration officials catalysed by the WRRT. The WRRT is well recognized across Cambodia and with that comes an improved awareness of wildlife legislation due to its active, continued presence which may contribute to a deterrent effect. Similarly, there has been a marked reduction in the open availability of wildlife for sale since the WRRT has been operational, although, inevitably an element of displacement will have occurred with some trading likely driven underground (N. Marx in litt., to TRAFFIC, June 2014).”
Chinese version of Bear report: http://www.traffic.org/news-chinese/2014/8/22/122800.html

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