Wildlife crime can push rare animals and plants closer to extinction. It can cause suffering to animals and be linked to other serious crimes like drug trafficking. You can help by reporting suspected wildlife crime to the police and being careful when buying souvenirs made from animals or plants

There are many types of wildlife crime, but most involve:
•  people being cruel to wild animals
•  people buying, selling, harming or disturbing wild animals or plants that are protected by law
Cruelty to animals
Cruelty to wild animals is often a crime. Cruelty can include illegal snaring and violence towards animals, like badger baiting. Animals kept by people are also legally protected against cruelty.
Crimes against protected animals and plants
Many types of animals and plants are protected by law because they are rare, are becoming rarer or are in danger of extinction. Crimes against protected animals and plants can include:
•  buying or selling them, including in shops and on the internet
•  damaging or disturbing the places where they live, like nests, ponds, bat roosts or nature reserves
•  killing animals or taking them from the wild, including poaching or illegal poisoning
•  taking eggs, or parts of animals like skins or feathers, for personal collections
•  taking protected plants from the countryside
In some special cases, killing or taking protected animals and plants is allowed, for example when someone has received a licence. People who are investigating reports of suspected wildlife crime will check whether a licence has been given.
Why stopping wildlife crime matters
It’s important to stop wildlife crime because it can:
•  reduce numbers of rare animals and plants and push them closer to extinction
•  cause animals pain and suffering
•  be linked to other serious crime, like drugs, money laundering and firearms offences
Punishment for wildlife crime
Wildlife crime is taken seriously by the police and courts, with fines and even prison sentences for convicted offenders. Some recent examples of punishments received by people responsible for wildlife crimes include:
•  sentence for ivory smuggling
•  fine for destroying a bat roost
•  fine for interfering with a badger set
•  fine for illegally selling protected fish
Help stop wildlife crime
Members of the public can play an important part in stopping wildlife crime. The information below tells you how to report wildlife crime and what to be aware of when buying animals, plants or items made from them.
If you witness a suspected wildlife crime
If you witness something you think is a wildlife crime while it is taking place, then you should contact the police straight away : Attn:  Head of the Egyptian Management Authority for CITES and Standing Committee
Egyptian Wild Life Service Tel: +20 (2)3 774 04 44              +20 (2)3 774 04 44     
Fax: +20 (2) 3572 76 12

 . Do not leave it until it is too late. For your own safety, do not approach suspects yourself.
If possible, provide the police with:
•  the exact location where suspected offenders were seen, with a map reference if possible
•  a brief description including details like clothing, any tools being carried or any dogs
•  the make, colour and registration number of any vehicle involved
Report information about suspected wildlife crime
If you have any information about wildlife crimes, or about people who have carried out wildlife crimes, report it to your local police. Many police forces have special wildlife crime officers. Check the website of your local police force, where details about the wildlife crime officer may be shown. You can also ring your local police station using their usual non-emergency number and ask to speak to the wildlife crime officer (Al Mosatahat Police Department).
If you do not wish to give your name you can contact us. We will pass on details about wildlife crime to the correct police force.
Report smuggling of protected animals and plants
If you have any information about protected animals or plants being smuggled, call the confiscation police department (Al Mosatahat).
Report suspected pesticide poisoning
If you find an animal that you think may have been poisoned, or other evidence of poisoning, report this to the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme. They can be contacted on: (002) 2 37740444
Be aware when buying animal and plant items
Some protected animals or plants are sold illegally in this country, overseas or on the internet. This can include:
•  live animals sold as pets
•  dead animals or parts of them, like stuffed animals, reptile skins, birds' eggs and feathers
•  items made from animals and plants like coral, ivory, caviar or some medicines
International trade is banned for the rarest animals and plants. <?Egypt has signed and is part of CITES international convention.  Protected plants and animals that are less rare can sometimes be brought into the country if a permit has been given. The law can be complicated, but if you are in doubt, check with us.
Please visit link:  Egyptian Authorities (to file complaints)

Subject: Re Zoo
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:21:25 +0100

(Please forward)
To the authorities at Giza Zoo
I was very shocked to see some appalling photos on the internet of the conditions the animals are kept in at your zoo. I have rarely seen such a sadder collection of animals. Such cruelty & suffering of our fellow beings is totally wrong in the 21st Century.
These photos are circulating widely across the US and Europe & and certainly present Egypt as a very backward & inhumane country, which I m sure this is not the image you want. With tourism already badly affected by the recent unrest, you should consider how such treatment of animals & the resulting publicity is very off putting for many overseas people such as myself who would otherwise be interested in coming to Egypt for the history, culture & scenery etc.
 However , I can assure you that while these conditions persist in the Zoo, which evidences the brutal & unfeeling treatment of animals in your country , Egypt will be boycotted by large numbers of  people  who want to see human & animal rights advanced.
Please let me know what your plans are to update the conditions at the Zoo. For example , why are people allowed & encouraged to poke sticks through the fence to torment the animals?To all caring & thoughtful people , this is pure sadism. And why is it necessary to have animals chained & tethered so harshly?
I hope you will seek advice from zoologists as to what measures can be put in place to bring the zoo up to the standards required for the modern age. Surely you dont want the world to view Egypt as living in the Dark  Ages?
Yours faithfully, Linda Newman


 Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 02:32:05 -0700
Subject: Zoo letter

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to urge you to strongly consider taking all necessary steps to bring the Giza Zoo up to internationally held standards for animal welfare.

The great nation of Egypt finds itself at an extraordinary moment, poised as it is on the brink of a bright new future for its people and for its place in history...

...and in stepping forward into its destiny, Egypt has an unprecedented opportunity to remember and honor its animal cousins, put on earth by our Creator to make our lives better and happier-- they are His precious creations, His little children-- just as we ourselves are.

Please show the world this additional face of "the new Egypt"-- a new openhearted compassion and consideration for our "fellow travelers" in this life on our beautiful planet that we all share.  Making such a step at your Zoo-- making such a gesture, at such an exciting and wide-open time in Egypt's history, under the watchful eyes of the whole world, will have repercussions that will last many lifetimes beyond our own-- our children's children will remember this turning point in your country's evolution.  Please take this step of contributing to a culture of compassion and mercy toward the animals at your Zoo, with a result for all to see and enjoy.

Just imagine a day in the future-- hopefully soon-- when your Zoo would be able to show off its renewal to both the local inhabitants of the great city of Cairo-- as well as the international tourists coming to see for themselves the exciting progression of your country from the old repressive era, to the new hopeful era full of promise.  On that wonderful day, all will find the values of new Egypt reflected in the skill, professionalism, and dedication with which your Zoo's animals are housed and cared for, for all to enjoy for generations.

Let that day be soon.  There is nothing to lose and heaven's blessing to gain.  Make Giza Zoo a shining example to zoos everywhere.

Elizabeth DuVall

Zen Judaism:
If there is no self
Then whose arthritis is this

Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:35 pm


what happens in souk el gomaa is terrible . lasr week i had 11 tourists as
visitors and i was in a very bad situation, 1 st incident while going out rom 4
seasons giza we found a cart pulled by a donkey and a horse the donkeys back is
with no skin at a part and this is the place the savage was beating him on , we
had a quarell but nothing happened , 2nd was while parking the car at kempenski
hptel garden city there is a poor golden retriever who fetch the cars the savage
holding him is tighing him to the fence with a very short leash that the poor
dog cannot even sit or lay down , why ? i donot know another quarrel and nothing
happened , the third the saida aish a was crowded and we stopped over the bridge
and from a young girl saw happening o dogs at souk el gomaa she fainted . they
were very appy to be in egypy but they swore o me they will never come again
unless this torturing o animals stops , ah one last thing we went to nazlet el
seman for horse ridingand they saw the savage people whipping the horses for no
reason , impossible ,despite all religions , manners , humanity i felt that this
will affect the tourism industry and therefore all the economic , so the
governament must do something about this . thanks god they didnot come with me
to october city were there is crimes against dogs there