Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Two very good stories, recently published in the LA Times, illustrating the extreme ends of the trade in endangered species. In the first story, two men were charged with importing parts illegally taken from poached animals, while in the second story a collector was charged and convicted for attempting to sell a skull from a long ago deceased zoo animal, that he legally obtained and in fact saved from a rendering plant.

Man Indicted on Ivory Smuggling Charges.
Doughnut shop owner Moun Chau, who lives in Montclair, faces federal charges regarding elephant tusks bought on EBay. An alleged accomplice in Thailand also has been indicted.
By Kim Christensen, January 20, 2010.

Elephant Skull a Big Headache.
When money trouble led a collector to put his prized possession up for sale, he had no idea what lay ahead.
By Thomas Curwen, January 26, 2010

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