Large scale ape trafficker admitting to have sold more than 500 chimps given one year imprisonment sentence.
A horrendous wildlife trafficker from Guinea just got handed one year imprisonment. Personally I think he should have got life imprisonment… he is a thieving slave trafficker.!
News from Charlotte Houpline of WARA Conservation Project Galf:
The landmark prosecution of one year imprisonment was handed this week after 6 months of battle. The trafficker was recorded admitting to have sold more than 500 chimpanzees since 1994, also hyenas, leopards, a baby lion and thousands of birds. He worked with specialized dealers in the export of chimpanzees between Guinea and China.
Congrats to Naftali Honig that participated in the initial arrest and got the two accomplices that were slammed 6 months in jail yesterday.
The principle trafficker is a fugitive and we hope the GALF team manages fast to get him and apply the sentence.
To use the Jane Goodall Institute ratio of live orphans to killed chimps in the process – this one criminal is in charge of around 5,000 killed chimps. I believe this is the biggest ape trafficker ever prosecuted in Africa.
The investigation has been carried by Charlotte Houpline and the GALF team for several months, and includes 10 hidden camera videos that reveal much on the illegal trade in great apes.
The operation was carried by the Ministry of Environment and Interpol with the participation of state councils from the ministry of justice. As you recall I mentioned this operation as a personal failure a few months back as we lost a chimp and did not catch the trafficker in the act, but at least this ended well, now.
This is the first time that we see animals being imported out of the continent to these parts of Africa – Aras, Cacatoe, etc. so we start understanding new trends in illegal wildlife trade in Guinea.
If only we could have done more arrests like these in Nigeria, DRC or Egypt. There are several more traffickers at this scale in Guinea that need to be arrested and more stable enforcement to be carried to have a real impact.
Here is an insight to an ape trafficker’s mind from hidden recording:
Sure, I sold more than 500 chimpanzees from 1994
Sometimes, I can sell 10 or 15 chimpanzees. We have clients for this.
The ship Las Palmas in Spain… every time they come to Guinea for fishing they raise …Chimpanzees with parrots. They buy in big quantities now.
(following this 2 chimps were gone and reported to have left to Spain, Interpol NCB transmitted the information following this recording, but no reaction from Spain)
I am not yet a multi-millionaire but I am a millionaire.
1986 till 1990 till 2000, in god’s name, I can tell you that in Conakry you couldn’t find anyone as rich as me.
Yes they are protected, it is forbidden, even in export they mix them with many birds…the whites also know how to pass them there, you understand?
If you want papers from the Ministry I can do it in my name, that is simpler, I know well Christine Sagno.
Lions and leopards, we get them but they are sold fast
GALF project now has a new website www.WARA-enforcement.org
You can contact Charlotte at – firstname.lastname@example.org