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Obama – “I see Africa as the world’s next major economic success story” | Celebrating Progress Africa

Obama – “I see Africa as the world’s next major economic success story” | Celebrating Progress Africa | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
Obama highlights Africa's prospects as the world's next major economic success story
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TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Traditional medicine industry strengthens commitment to protect endangered species

TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Traditional medicine industry strengthens commitment to protect endangered species | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
Representatives from the traditional medicine industry met to discuss how they can help further pr...
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Local man convicted of smuggling ivory figures - Global Times

Local man convicted of smuggling ivory figures - Global Times | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
Local man convicted of smuggling ivory figures Global Times Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court sentenced an antique store owner to seven years in prison Tuesday for smuggling 2.98 million yuan ($486,150) worth of items made of ivory and...
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Avaaz counters accusations of clicktivism and takes on the lion bone trade (Wired UK)

Avaaz counters accusations of clicktivism and takes on the lion bone trade (Wired UK) | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
Campaigning community Avaaz got 750,000 people to sign up to an online petition to ban South Africa's lion bone trade. But how has it turned those clicks into action?

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CNN: What we can do about the poaching crisis

CNN: WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE POACHING CRISIS http://www.scoop.it/t/rhino-poaching/p/4003267109/cnn-what-we-can-do-about-the-poaching-crisis

 

 

MORE ON THE TRAGEDY OF WILDLIFE POACHING http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?page=1&q=POACHING


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, January 19, 2013 2:54 PM

Cousteau says we can:

1) Get the leaders of our nations to demand putting a stop to the poaching that is creating economic instability and national security risks

2) Be more aware of the products we purchase to make sure they do not contain illegal wildlife body parts

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What's at stake for countries allowing wildlife trafficking

Devastating reports of wildlife poaching has once again surfaced in the media. Poaching is seen as a perennial problem as the report also illustrates that environmental crimes are among the most serious and profitable forms of transnational organised crime in Asia.

 

Many countries in the region are richer in natural resources than they are in their capacity to protect them. Growing local demand, as well as growing export markets, have placed great strain on resources unique to the region. Criminal opportunists have placed the global environmental heritage in jeopardy....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, June 13, 2013 12:33 PM

If more countries would only realize that they are undermining their economies by allow wildlife trafficking... but then, some of these leaders are only concerned about personal gain?

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"God's Ivory" - Reportage by Getty Images

Despite the CITES Treaty of 1989, which banned the global trade in ivory and rhino horn, the illegal business of killing elephants and maiming rhinos continu...
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Can Drones Save African Wildlife From Poachers? - Mashable

Can Drones Save African Wildlife From Poachers? - Mashable | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
Can Drones Save African Wildlife From Poachers?
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Poaching has always been a dangerous operation, and yet despite the odds, it's increased twofold in the past 18 months.
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Why Are African Lions Disappearing?

Why Are African Lions Disappearing? | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
The savannah habitat, home of African lions has shrunk by 75% over the past 50 years, and the population of lions has dropped from 100,000 to roughly 32,000.

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Leopards in Uganda Need Protection from Illegal Poaching --NTDTV.org

Animal protection groups in Uganda have become increasingly worried about the growth of illegal poaching of leopards recently, two were killed by poachers within one month, which is an usual phenomenon, said Uganda Wildlife Education Center.

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Incessant Killing of Elephants Is Killing Africa's Future

Bonn — More civil unrest in Africa, another coup d'état, more reports of child soldiers in the front line, involvement of foreign troops, the poorest of the poor losing what little they have - and all the while the proceeds of a country's wealth are diverted from much-needed social and economic development to financing death and destruction. It is an all too familiar tale, a previous though somewhat different chapter of which was brought to the attention of a wider audience through Edward Zwick's film "Blood Diamond".

 

Zwick recounted the story of the civil war in Sierra Leone, where the conflict was financed through the illegal trafficking of precious stones. National Geographic and World Wide Fund for Nature have already likened this trade to recent developments...


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Leopards in Uganda Need Protection from Illegal Poaching --NTDTV.org

Animal protection groups in Uganda have become increasingly worried about the growth of illegal poaching of leopards recently, two were killed by poachers within one month, which is an usual phenomenon, said Uganda Wildlife Education Center.

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Mmegi Online :: Wildlife director mum over predator smuggling

Mmegi Online :: Wildlife director mum over predator smuggling | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
The Director of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) Dr Oduetse Kobotwe has remained tight-lipped about the illegal smuggling of predators and wildlife in the Southern Kgalagadi District.
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Elephant kills poacher for HIS ivory - Catholic Online

Elephant kills poacher for HIS ivory - Catholic Online | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
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... 6/17/2013; Catholic Online (www.catholic.org). Elephant tramples poacher in vengeful rampage.
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Good for the elephant!

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Captive breeder/poacher of national bird in old city goes scot-free

Captive breeder/poacher of national bird in old city goes scot-free | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it

It was just over a month since forest officials seized 12 peacocks from the old city residence of a pet shop owner and slapped cases against him. Sleuths of the anti- poaching squad could not arrest him then, for violation of the Wildlife Act, 1972, by breeding the national bird in captivity. Any action against him now appears quite unlikely...


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Conservationists on the spot over poaching

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Kenya Wildlife Service is accusing some ranchers of colluding with poachers.

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Tanzania: 25 Suspected Poachers Arrested in Kigoma

Tanzanian police have arrested 25 suspected poachers carrying 22 illegal firearms, bullets, bush meat, rabbit hides and hippopotamus teeth, Tanzania's The Citizen reported Wednesday (June 12th).

 

The suspects were apprehended in collaboration with game wardens at the Gombe Stream, Katavi and Mahale National Parks, said Kigoma Regional Police Commander Fraser Kashai.

 

The suspects, all Kigoma residents, will be arraigned in court when investigations are complete.

 

Meanwhile, non-profit organisation Friends of Serengeti has donated 35 million shillings ($21,400) in funds and materials to help Tanzania fight poaching, Tanzania's The Guardian reported.

 

The donation includes 3 million shillings ($1,840) in cash and equipment including two-way radios, binoculars, lights, cameras and tents.


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Giving the nod to Amboseli's elephants to define their landscape space needs

Giving the nod to Amboseli's elephants to define their landscape space needs | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
The backdrop couldn’t have been more apt. The vast savannah landscape of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, is home to about 1,400 elephants.
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Thai pet shop owner with 14 rare lions arrested - News - Standard Speaker

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NGOs Advocate Reinforced Laws on Illegal Poaching - AllAfrica.com

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NGOs Advocate Reinforced Laws on Illegal Poaching
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A recent study has indicated that 62 per cent of forest elephants in the Central African Sub-Region have been massacred by poachers using sophisticated weapons since 2002.
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West African lions on verge of extinction, report says

West African lions on verge of extinction, report says | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
Conservation group LionAid says as few as 645 lions remain in the wild in western and central Africa (RT @Camz99: West African lions on verge of extinction, report says
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SA farmers fingered in lion smuggling

SA farmers fingered in lion smuggling | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it

South African lion breeders are alleged to be part of an illegal network smuggling lion and cheetah cubs from Botswana to stock their farms.

At least five South African lion farmers have been fingered in investigations in which lionesses are killed in Botswana and their cubs smuggled to lion farms in South Africa, where a multimillion rand industry caters to the international trophy-hunting market.

 

"I don't want to say lion breeders as a whole are involved but there are definitely five or six people that I know of," said conservationist Sarel van der Merwe, chairman of the African Lion Working Group.

 

About 700 lions are killed in trophy hunts in South Africa each year, with the average price for a lion hunt being R360000, said Adri Kitshoff of the Professional Hunters' Association of SA...

 

Continue reading... (it isn't pretty)

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/05/27/sa-farmers-fingered-in-lion-smuggling


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, May 28, 2013 11:50 AM

This is why it is important to support Chris Mercer and his Campaign Against Canned Hunting.

Please consider doing so.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/campaign-against-canned-hunting?show_todos=true

Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, May 28, 2013 11:51 AM

This is why we support Chris Mercer and his Campaign Against Canned Hunting

Please consider joining...

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/campaign-against-canned-hunting?show_todos=true

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US rewards for African militants

US rewards for African militants | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
The US offers rewards of up to $7m for information about Islamist militants in North and West Africa, the first time it has used the policy in the region.
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'Canned hunting': Lions bred for petting and slaughter

'Canned hunting': Lions bred for petting and slaughter | Wildlife Trafficking | Scoop.it
In South Africa, there has been a disturbing rise in the practice of breeding lions and tigers in captivity only for trophy-hunters to shoot them dead.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, June 3, 2013 5:04 PM

Farmed for Profit! 

Ripped from their mothers lion cubs are put on display for photos and petting

Once too large to make money like this they're offered up for canned trophy hunting

After the hunter has gotten the prized lionhead to hang on the wall the rest of the bodyparts may well end up in the wildlife crime network for an additional profit. 

Nothing is wasted!