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PHOTO: Africa Poaching! - Reuters

PHOTO: Africa Poaching! - Reuters | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Members of the Pilanesberg National Park Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) stand guard as conservationists and police investigate the scene of a rhino poaching incident April 19, 2012. Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal piece of Asia's scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of the region's newly affluent classes.

 

In South Africa, nearly two rhinos a day are being killed to meet demand for the animal's horn, which is worth more than its weight in gold.

 

Picture taken April 19, 2012.

To match Feature AFRICA-POACHING/ REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA

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12 Nat Geo Stories That Exposed Wildlife Exploitation

12 Nat Geo Stories That Exposed Wildlife Exploitation | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Here’s a look back at some of our most powerful reports that revealed how wild animals (and trees) are being threatened.
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Malawi President Peter Mutharika launches “Stop wildlife crime films”

Malawi President Peter Mutharika launches “Stop wildlife crime films” | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
President Peter Mutharika has Thursday, April 14 strongly warned the perpetrators behind the illegal wildlife trade especially on ivory in Malawi that his government has put measures to arrest the vice and that the law will take its course.

President Mutharika sent the warning when he launched the “Stop Wildlife Crime” film as a strong resolution to combat illegal wildlife trade in Malawi.
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Highly Endangered ‘Indochinese’ Tiger Species Declared ‘Extinct’: Report

Highly Endangered ‘Indochinese’ Tiger Species Declared ‘Extinct’: Report | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The magnificent Indochinese tiger that once prospered in the pristine forest habitats of Thailand, Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, and Vietnam is now believed to have been hunted to extinction. A shocking decline in the number of subspecies had been recorded across its range in recent times, owing to crumbling habitats, unprecedented human encroachment, and more particularly, massive poaching and illegal tiger trade ubiquitous in the region.
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The Laos Macaque Attack

The Laos Macaque Attack | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species suspends Laos trade in the monkeys that are used in research worldwide.
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Tanzania tries again! New anti-poaching effort to halt corruption and mega-elephant slaughter 

Tanzania tries again! New anti-poaching effort to halt corruption and mega-elephant slaughter  | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Two years ago, torture, extortion and murder brought down Tanzania’s infamous anti-poaching campaign. The Operesheni Tokomeza Ujangili campaign was so badly managed that government heads rolled. A new anti-poaching campaign that will be less militarised was unveiled yesterday. 


 Talking to the Guardian, the permanent secretary for tourism and Natural resources Major General Milanzi said that the new campaign will be a “special” one and will “address the poaching problems” in the country. 


 The new campaign will be aimed at gathering intelligence. There are already sniffer dogs in airports and other intelligence operations will bring poachers to book without the threat of military violence. The new approach is to try and effectively get ahead of the poaching gangs without the intimidation, violence and death that took place under the failed Ujangile operation.

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Kenya prepares to torch largest ivory stockpile in April - Capital News

Kenya prepares to torch largest ivory stockpile in April - Capital News | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

By MARGARET WAHITO, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday visited the Nairobi National Park ahead of the April event when he will preside over the destruction of massive stockpiles of ivory. 


At the event, Kenya will torch 120 tonnes of ivory, just 17 short of Kenya’s total stockpiles and 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn; the entire stockpile. The ivory will be burnt on April 30 in the Park, in an event organised by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) with the support of the anti-ivory trade charity Stop Ivory....

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Rise in number of birds of prey crimes

Rise in number of birds of prey crimes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
There has been an increase in the number of birds of prey crimes according to the latest crime maps by Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland.
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Shipping companies join Prince William bid to shut wildlife trafficking routes

Shipping companies join Prince William bid to shut wildlife trafficking routes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Prince William-led initiative to be signed by 40 organisations, including port operators and transport groups to curb $19bn illegal poaching trade
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Robot animals are catching poachers in the act

Robot animals are catching poachers in the act | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Maryland Wildlife officials use this technology to catch poachers hunting out of season or on protected lands.
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Malawi Burns 2.9 Tons of Smuggled Ivory 

Malawi Burns 2.9 Tons of Smuggled Ivory  | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The action settles a cross-border dispute with Tanzania over whether seized elephant tusks should be saved as legal evidence against poachers.
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Robotic Animals Are Helping To Catch Poachers

Robotic Animals Are Helping To Catch Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Wildlife officials in the United States use robotic animals to catch poachers....

 

The officers set up the animals in environments where shooting them is illegal and then wait out of sight for poachers who attempt to shoot. They can control the robots with a remote. Although the robotic animals can’t walk or run, they are capable of more subtle movements like lifting their leg or turning their head. And asrecent reports suggest, they’re realistic enough to be effective at luring in poachers....

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When I first came across this article I thought it seemed interesting because I would not think that anybody would want to hurt animals and especially endangered ones at that. I totally agree that these endangered species should not be hunted. In the U.S. most people take animal endangerment very serious so to see that some people want to make this bill is really shocking and horrible. I feel that hunters already have enough leniency for their hobby and should be grateful for that. I was very shocked when I read that terrorist groups in Africa sell elephant ivory to buy their weapons. This is very concerning and should be very concerning to everyone.

I think this was a good source for this article. It was probably bias because the name of the website was The Humane Society of The United States. Even though it is biased, I feel they had enough facts to back up their point.  

8a Jason's curator insight, March 7, 8:21 AM
This article was about how the wildlife officials are planning to use robotic animals to catch poachers. These animals are robotic and they look very life like. These animals are remote controlled.The problem is that these animals cannot just get up and walk around. But, these animals can do basic movements like scratching it's back raise it's arms and legs.

This article makes me think of how these people that are hunting animals would react after they shot the robotic animals, and eventually get busted. I think that this invention is a great invention because, it will stop people from hunting down animals.
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Tanzanians jailed after British wildlife pilot murder

Tanzanians jailed after British wildlife pilot murder | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Tanzanians facing trial for the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down have been jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms, lawyers said Friday.


Roger Gower, 37, died when suspected poachers gunned down his helicopter during a patrol of the Maswa Game Reserve in northern Tanzania, close to the world famous Serengeti National Park, on January 29. Photographs of the crashed helicopter show twisted metal, apparent bullet holes in the fuselage and smears of blood on the pilot’s seat.


Four men have been charged with Gower’s murder: Shija Mjika, 38, Njile Gunga, 28, Dotto Pangali, 42, and Moses Mandago, 28....

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Tanzania: Manhunt Closes On Poachers Behind Chopper Shooting

Tanzania: Manhunt Closes On Poachers Behind Chopper Shooting | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The government is closing in on key suspects behind the killing of a British pilot, Roger Gower, whose helicopter was gunned down by poachers in Maswa Game Reserve last Friday.
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NAMIBIA: Trophy ban spells trouble for conservancies

Several conservancies across the country are in the process of preparing written submissions to be s
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India poachers kill rhino after royal couple visit

India poachers kill rhino after royal couple visit | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
GUWAHATI: Poachers shot dead a rhinoceros at a wildlife park in northeast India hours after Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate visited the sanctuary, a wildlife official said Friday. Rangers found the dead rhino with its horn missing on Thursday-the day the royal couple left the Kaziranga National Park in Assam state, home to …
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Hong Kong must not be the weak link in the global effort to stop wildlife trafficking

Hong Kong must not be the weak link in the global effort to stop wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
John Sellar says the city’s role as a key transit point and destination for smuggled wildlife obliges it to step up its enforcement and toughen up penalties to deter criminals
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The Man Trying to Save the Philippine Tarsier from the Black Market

The Man Trying to Save the Philippine Tarsier from the Black Market | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Plucked off trees and sent to market, the endangered primate faces a highly uncertain future.
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Botswana's 'shoot-to-kill policy' against suspected poachers

Botswana's 'shoot-to-kill policy' against suspected poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
On a chilly night near Ihaha Camp, in the Chobe National Park, Corporal Joel Mathe of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) set out with his team on an antipoaching patrol.

Making use of special assault rifles and night-vision equipment, he and the three other members of the unit mounted a listening post and picked up the sound of a canoe being paddled on the Chobe River.

Using the night-vision equipment, they observed two figures carrying rifles disappear into the park. The men, they later testified, returned carrying “whitish objects”, allegedly elephant tusks.

Mathe told his junior to illuminate the scene. The two figures were frozen in the moment, and BDF assault rifles stuttered along the river bank.

A bullet hit one of the men in the chest, killing him instantly. The other vanished beneath the waters of the Chobe River, which acts as Botswana’s northern boundary with Namibia’s Caprivi Strip.

This account of the incident, given by Mathe and his comrades at the inquest into the death
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After 80 million years on earth, a shy and scaly wild animal is rapidly dying out in India

After 80 million years on earth, a shy and scaly wild animal is rapidly dying out in India | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A handful of animals hold public attention when it comes to wildlife conservation in India. The lion, tiger, rhino, and elephant receive overwhelming focus, partly because of the drama attached to their sightings in the wild and partly owing to their tourism potential. A few birds such as the great Indian bustard and the Indian vulture, too, get talked about. Yet, India's—an
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Two Chinese poachers jailed for 30 years for the slaughter of 226 elephants

Two Chinese poachers jailed for 30 years for the slaughter of 226 elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Two Chinese nationals were yesterday sentenced to 30 years in jail by a court in Tanzania after being found guilty of possessing 707 pieces of ivory. 


Xu Fujie and Huang Qin were given the choice of imprisonment or paying a record Sh100.7 billion ($46 million) fine, which local publication The Citizen says is "one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal trade." 


The magistrate in charge of court proceedings reportedly had to adjourn the court session half way through pronouncing the judgement after Xu almost fainted in shock at the court's decision. The poachers entered the country in 2010 and stayed for three years before they were arrested in Dar es Salaam. The pair were also convicted of attempting to bribe the police and government officials with Sh30.2 million (almost $14,000)....

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Happy Ending for Smuggled Scaly Anteaters

Happy Ending for Smuggled Scaly Anteaters | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
16 rare pangolins are back in the wild after being rescued from Vietnam’s illegal wildlife trade.
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Anti-poaching volunteers shot dead after being mistaken for elephant poachers in Zimbabwe

Anti-poaching volunteers shot dead after being mistaken for elephant poachers in Zimbabwe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Claudio Chiarelli and his son Max were members of the Zambezi Society, a volunteer anti-poaching organisation.
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Malawi – Funding Enables Massive Strike Back against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Malawi – Funding Enables Massive Strike Back against Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The fight to win the war on wildlife crime in Southern Africa has been given a massive boost in Malawi thanks to an initiative supported by the UK Government through the IWT Challenge Fund.
Malawi ha
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Poachers and wildlife traffickers to face prison sentences across Europe

Poachers and wildlife traffickers to face prison sentences across Europe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
New sentencing policy would end legal loopholes that leave wildlife crimes in many central and eastern European countries punishable by non-custodial sentences
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Malaysia’s Lax Enforcement is failing Endangered Species

Malaysia’s Lax Enforcement is failing Endangered Species | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The new year began just as last year ended: bad news and then some more bad news for several critically endangered species. Within the space of just three weeks this year, as many wild Malayan tigers perished – two lost to poachers, one killed in a car accident while she was crossing a highway at night. The three tigers’ deaths, which alarmed environmentalists, encapsulated two of the primary threats to wild animals’ lives in Malaysia’s forests: poaching and habitat fragmentation due to deforestation....

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Three arrested over death of pilot who was trying to protect elephants

Three arrested over death of pilot who was trying to protect elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of killing a British helicopter pilot shot down by gunfire as he tried to stop a group of elephant poachers make off with ivory in Tanzania.
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