Battle in opposition to vulture physique elements commerce gathers tempo in Guinea‑Bissau

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In current occasions, the entire of West Africa has seen a drastic decline in vulture populations, primarily pushed by belief-based use. For the reason that discovery of a mass killing of vultures in 2020, the place greater than 2000 Hooded Vultures Necrosyrtes monachus (Critically Endangered) have been discovered poisoned, BirdLife Worldwide, along with different stakeholders, has been supporting ODZH to research these deaths and the vulture commerce in Guinea-Bissau. By this assist, ODZH and native companions have been actively conducting market investigations, risk surveys, neighborhood engagement and capacity-building workshops since 2020, along with different vulture conservation efforts as a part of the IUCN Save Our Species undertaking.

The investigation that led to those arrests began on February third, 2022 when ODZH realized how merchants have been promoting vulture elements hidden within the horns of different animals. They found that heads have been being bought for 15,000 XOF (25 US {Dollars}) and ft for 10,000 XOF (17 US {Dollars}).

Govt Director of ODZH, Francisco Wambar, stumbled upon this commerce in Bandim market when he discovered a vulture wing on the market at a stall. “I used to be stunned when the woman overtly shared with me that the animal half I used to be pointing to was certainly the wing of a vulture, as I had suspected,” said Wambar.

Hooded Vulture, copyright Package Day, from the surfbirds galleries

Wambar realized that the unlawful commerce in vulture elements could possibly be rife available in the market, and he instantly reported the incident to the native judicial police, who shortly swung into motion. Along with the judicial police officer educated at one of many capability constructing programs carried out by ODZH and IBAP (Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Areas), they visited the location pretending to be patrons considering wildlife elements. Throughout this undercover operation, they discovered extra vulture elements on the tables close to the earlier one. As they talked to the merchants, they have been supplied with the pricing, and this helped the police kick-start the investigation that resulted within the seizures and arrest of the 2 merchants.

This occasion marks an vital and important breakthrough in vulture conservation within the nation, and ODZH is following up with the police carefully to see what additional help they may present. Mr I.Q. Turere from the police power was eager to pursue a conviction, stating: “We hope that we are able to comply with by means of on these arrests with a good trial and conviction based mostly on the legal guidelines of the land to be able to set a precedent that can act as deterrent for different merchants of wildlife elements.”

“These arrests wouldn’t have been attainable with out the collaboration of stakeholders on the bottom, together with the judicial police, Dr. Alfredo Simão Da Silva from IBAP, and the GPC (Workplace of Coastal Planning),” famous Wambar. He additional thanked BirdLife Worldwide and The Rufford Basis, whose monetary and technical assist has been key to this work.

BirdLife Worldwide is keenly following the result of those investigations and appears ahead to persevering with supporting ODZH’s efforts in furthering vulture conservation efforts in Guinea-Bissau and throughout the area. Salisha Chandra, Vulture Conservation Supervisor for Africa at BirdLife Worldwide, additionally feels {that a} conviction might show to be a turning level for vulture conservation within the area, bringing much-needed consciousness and emphasis to the position and worth of vultures. “The dedication and diligence of Wambar and his staff, along with different key stakeholders, has been exemplary. They’ve been working in opposition to the chances, and it’s efforts corresponding to these that can assist to start out turning the tide for vultures in Africa,” she concluded.

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