Day: November 6, 2018

The “soft gold” of Tibet…

These animals are dying out.

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And all because the lady loves Shahtoos!!

The exceptionally fine subcutaneous tissue of the Tibetan antelope isolates it against the harsh climate of the Tibetan plateau.

Unfortunately, this coat, known as Shahtoosh, also makes the Tibetan antelope a target for illegal hunters. Last week, two Chinese “tourists” were arrested for smuggling the fur of this endangered Tibetan antelope at Delhi airport, for which they could have earned a “nice” price at home! Estimated value of “Shahtoosh scarves”: 574,000 US dollars!!  They now face a prison sentence of 7 years!!

Trading in “Shahtoosh scarves” is strictly prohibited by international law, but it can be quite profitable on the black market. Customs officials confiscated 15 scarves, valued at $ 574,000, from women’s checked baggage.

The men weaving the coveted Shahtoosh take months to make a single cloth. After that they need a long time to restore their eyesight. The scarf is a typical symbol of wealth in the world: wool is more valuable than gold or platinum. While it costs the eyes of the weaver, the rich in Europe are willing to pay thousands of euros to own a Shahtoosh scarf.

The sale and possession of Shahtoosh scarves is prohibited in India and many other countries

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The incident prompted the Chinese embassy in New Delhi to exhort Chinese visitors to the country to obey the laws of the country and not purchase Shahtoosh scarves.

The Tibetan antelope, also known as Chiru, has long been hunted for its undercoat, known for its quality and traditionally transported to Srinagar, where it is made into an extremely fine fabric for scarves. Three to five skins are needed to make a single cloth. Since the wool can not be sheared or combed, the animals must be killed.

The Tibetan antelope is now extinct in Nepal and only about 75,000 – 100,000 live on the border between China and India in the Himalayas.

Since 1975, Shahtoosh trade has been prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). High prices are therefore achieved on the black market. Every year, up to 20,000 Tibetan antelopes are killed to meet the demand for Shahtoosh cloth among wealthy buyers outside of India.

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The ultimate reason for the drastic decline of antelope is human greed.

Poachers kill the animals for skins because the exceptionally fine and soft undercoat can be woven into a luxury scarf – Shahtoosh. Illegal poachers smuggle the fur, called “soft gold”, usually to Nepal and India and finally to countries like Italy and France. In addition, the pitch-black antlers of male antelopes are used for Chinese healing arts. Their heads serve as a trophy, making antelope a target for illegal hunters and smugglers.

Chiru are often caught and slaughtered in Tibet. Their hair is then smuggled to North India by Tibetan and Nepalese traders. Production then takes place in regions such as Jammu and Kashmir, where many local craft and textile communities rely on the home industry.

Murder as a sign of prosperity ..
Murder as a status symbol.
Murder as possession of a natural rarity that costs the lives of a thousand defenseless animals.

Cruelty, criminal energy and barbarism are the modern basic instincts of our society.

My best regards, Venus

EU Naval Force: Illegal Whaling Ship ‘Neutralized’ by Spanish Navy off Somalia Coast.


Illegal Whaling Ship ‘Neutralized’ by Spanish Navy off Somalia Coast

Posted by Carly Day | November 3, 2018

 Illegal Whaling Ship ‘Neutralized’ by Spanish Navy off Somalia Coast

Image Credit: EU NAVFOR

An illegal whaling ship was apprehended and neutralized off the coast of Somalia this week by military personnel from the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR).

The discovery of the pirate whaling ship followed a reported pirate attack on another vessel in the area earlier this month. After deploying anti-pirate forces — including aircraft and ships — to further investigate, officials confirmed that the whalers were active, not only slaughtering these marine giants illegally but posing a direct threat to legitimate vessels in the area.

The crew of ESPS Castilla tracked this illegal vessel to a small bay, where they seized it, removed the crew, and towed it out to sea to be destroyed.

“Using the resources of Op Atalanta we were able to identify, track and destroy the equipment of a Pirate Action Group making it harder for them to attack maritime shipping in the future,” said Admiral Nanclares of EU NAVFOR. “We will continue to deter and prevent acts of piracy with every chance we get in order to ensure vulnerable shipping and their crews remain safe while they transit the Western Indian Ocean”.

Operation Atalanta is a European counter-piracy military initiative aimed at fighting the massive problem of piracy around the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden. In addition to this, they monitor illegal fishing activity in the area.

The Gulf of Aden was once teeming with marine life, home to a wide variety of whales and dolphins. Now, only a handful remain, thanks to decades of overhunting by countries like Japan and the Soviet Union.

Commercial whaling was banned by the International Whaling Commission in 1986, but Iceland and Norway continue the process in objection to the mandate, while Japan exploits the loophole of “scientific whaling,” slaughtering hundreds of whales every year under the guise of research.

While both commercial and illegal whale hunting are barbaric, at least there’s one fewer ship roaming the oceans, thanks to Operation Atalanta.



Indonesia: Officially Opened – Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary – the world’s first orangutan island sanctuary.



Dear Mark

We are delighted to announce that we, together with government and private sector partners, have officially opened Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary – the world’s first orangutan island sanctuary, complete with natural forest vegetation!

We also saw the transfer of the first six «unreleaseable» orangutans to call the island their new home. Read the full success story here.

This achievement gives us much hope for future orangutan conservation efforts.

We are so grateful for your support. Thank You!
With gratitude,
Dr. Jamartin Sihite 
CEO of BOS Foundation

[PRESS RELEASE] Orangutan Sanctuary Island Opened by BOS Foundation with Indonesian Government and Private Sector Partners

November 5, 2018


BOS Foundation together with government and private sector partners, has officially opened Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary, located on one of the islands in the Salat Nusa island cluster, in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan. The official opening of Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary—the world’s first orangutan island sanctuary complete with natural forest vegetation— and saw the transfer of the first six unreleaseable orangutans that will call Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary their new home.

Pulang Pisau, November 5, 2018: Rehabilitated orangutans must meet certain criteria before they can be reintroduced to the wild: They must be of suitable age, be in good health, possess the appropriate survival skills, and exhibit natural, wild behaviours. At the BOS Foundation’s Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, there are a number of orangutans who, despite being of suitable age and in good health, lack the skills and behaviours required to be released to the wild. The under-development in these orangutans, who are categorised as ‘unreleasables’, is the direct result of being kept in captivity for too long. However, this does not mean these orangutans are destined for a life behind bars; the BOS Foundation has helped secure a better future for them by working in cooperation with a number of stakeholders to prepare Badak Kecil Island as a special, orangutan sanctuary island with natural forest vegetation for ‘unreleasable’ orangutans.

Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary was officially opened, immediately followed by the transfer of six ‘unreleasable’ orangutans to the new sanctuary. By Law, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia should ensure that all protected wildlife can live freely and prosperously in their respective habitats. Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary is a haven for orangutans that was carefully prepared through cooperation between the BOS Foundation, the Indonesian Government, and PT. Sawit Sumber Mas Sarana (SSMS) Tbk., with support from BOS Foundation’s international partner organisations and WAP. Being ‘unreleasable’ does not mean that we should give up on these orangutans. On the contrary, we should be locating safe environments for them to thrive in.

Badak Kecil Island is a 104-hectare, forest-covered island in the Salat Nusa Island cluster, which covers a total area of ​​2,089 hectares. It is jointly managed by the BOS Foundation and PT. SSMS, with the aim of creating semi-natural island facilities for the final stage of the orangutan rehabilitation process (pre-release islands), and creating a sanctuary for orangutans that cannot be released to the wild. The area chosen has a large carrying capacity and well-maintained vegetation; is isolated by river waterways throughout the year; does not have an existing wild orangutan population; and can facilitate orangutan adaptation and socialisation.

Vallauthan Subraminam, President Director of PT. Sawit Sumbermas Sarana Tbk., added; “Through this collaboration, the BOS Foundation has implemented best practices in terms of orangutan rehabilitation and sanctuary management. Meanwhile, PT. SSMS has the role of providing thousands of hectares of land and infrastructure for conservation activities, including platforms, buildings, and canals to separate the islands.”

Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite, MSc., CEO of the BOS Foundation said; “We have been planning to use Badak Kecil Island as a sanctuary for unreleasable orangutans since 2016, and now we will finally get to see the first group of unreleasables moved there.

We are delighted that these orangutans will get the chance to enjoy life on Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary, but we must stress that we still need more sanctuary facilities, we still need more release sites, and we need increased commitment and the participation of all stakeholders to better protect our forests to prevent orangutans from being driven away from their natural habitats in the first place.”

The six orangutans to be released in the first transfer to this sanctuary island include Moncos (a 20-year-old male), Yasmine (female, 23), Manis (female, 22), Caesar (male, 28), Mama Lasa (female, 26), and Pepsi (female, 21). All six will be protected, observed, and supplemented with food by our team of BOS Foundation technicians for the rest of their lives.

The establishment of the Badak Kecil Island Orangutan Sanctuary has created economic opportunities for local communities who are providing the transportation services for the orangutan food and water, and managing the accommodation facilities (provided by PT. SSMS) for staff and visitors coming to the sanctuary and the surrounding islands in the Salat Nusa island cluster.



Nico Hermanu

Communications Officer



Editor’s Note:


Founded in 1991, the BOS Foundation is a non-profit Indonesian organisation dedicated to the conservation of Bornean orangutans and their natural habitats, working together with local communities, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, and international partner organizations.

The BOS Foundation currently cares for almost 550 orangutans in two rehabilitation centres, with the support of 440 highly dedicated staff members and experts in the fields of primatology, biodiversity, ecology, forest rehabilitation, agroforestry, community empowerment, communications, education, and orangutan welfare. For further information, please visit


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WAV Comment – What fantastic news – congratulations to all involved.

Lets hope the first of many !