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Betw 25k & 50k elephants killed in 2011 as China fuels 'White Gold' trade

Betw 25k & 50k elephants killed in 2011 as China fuels 'White Gold' trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are being smuggled into China from Africa in growing numbers by transnational gangs in spite of law enforcement efforts, pointing to a need for greater public awareness to reduce demand for the prized items sought for their ornamental value or for traditional medicine, activists and officials say.

 

In October, a major ivory seizure in Hong Kong uncovered roughly four tons of ivory products valued at more than U.S. $3.4 million, and believed by animal welfare groups to have been taken from as many as 500 elephants.

 

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), with offices in China, estimates that 25,000-50,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in 2011, says IFAW Asia Regional Director Grace Ge Gabriel.

“Rhino poaching is also on the rise,” Gabriel said.

 

“South Africa has seen over 300 rhinos killed in 2010, 400 rhinos killed last year, and this year already 400 rhinos slaughtered by poachers.”...

 

African governments are working hard to reduce the traffic, but in many cases find themselves “outgunned” by the well-organized criminal gangs supplying the trade, said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert Hormats.

 

“It’s clearly a bigger problem than many of us even a year or two ago had thought it was, in terms of volume, in terms of the number of animals killed, in terms of just the sheer amount of money that is made with illegal wildlife trafficking.”

 

“After the arms trade and the drug trade, this is the third most lucrative trade of illegal items around the world,” Hormats said.

To help reduce the trade, Hormats said, the United States assists in awareness and enforcement efforts with groups such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Wildlife Enforcement Network and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored Asia’s Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST)....

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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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Hong Kong Customs seizes $14 million suspected pangolin scales (with photos)

Hong Kong Customs seizes $14 million suspected pangolin scales (with photos) | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Hong Kong Customs today (July 19) detected a sea-bound cargo smuggling case and seized about 7 300 kilograms of suspected pangolin scales from a container at the Kwai Chun
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This Arrow actor needs your help in saving animals, rhino & elephant

This Arrow actor needs your help in saving animals, rhino & elephant | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Paul Blackthorne Of TV's Arrow finds interesting things in the unexpected.
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Poached jumbos’ cruel deaths

Poached jumbos’ cruel deaths | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The sight of a face of an elephant and trunk lying on the ground, ripped off its skull by poachers, is horrifying.
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Closing the Gaps in Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Latin America | Inter Press Service

Closing the Gaps in Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Latin America | Inter Press Service | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Because of their biological wealth, Latin America and the Caribbean are a source and destination of trafficked species. In the photo, trafficked parrots in a cage after being seized.
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Thai police charge 22 with wildlife trafficking from tiger temple

Thai police charge 22 with wildlife trafficking from tiger temple | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Three monks among those charged as police remove more dead animals from tourist temple, including bear and leopard
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3 Things People In The USA Can Do To Stop Wildlife Trafficking

3 Things People In The USA Can Do To Stop Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Three practical things we learned from a group of Fifth Grade students that will help stop wildlife trafficking of endangered animals and birds in Africa.
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Portable Nanopore DNA Sequencers Fight Wildlife Trafficking

Portable Nanopore DNA Sequencers Fight Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Researchers aim to develop a test using DNA to identify species at crime scenes in as little as an hour.
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Portable Nanopore DNA Sequencers Fight Wildlife Trafficking

Portable Nanopore DNA Sequencers Fight Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Researchers aim to develop a test using DNA to identify species at crime scenes in as little as an hour.
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Interpol cracks down on organised crime networks trafficking ivory and rhino horn

Interpol cracks down on organised crime networks trafficking ivory and rhino horn | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Latest news from South Africa, World, Politics, Entertainment and Lifestyle. The home of The Times and Sunday Times newspaper.
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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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Why did the herd reject this baby elephant? #WorldElephantDay

Generally elephants take care of their own... what happened here with this baby elephant at Hwange National Park? Russ thinks it may be blind. Curiou
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Massive relocation of 500 elephants begins in Malawi

Massive relocation of 500 elephants begins in Malawi | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Around 250 elephants are being moved over July and August, and another 250 will be moved in 2017 from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, all in Malawi.
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China to have timetable by year's end to cease all domestic trade in ivory|Top Stories|chinadaily.com.cn

China to have timetable by year's end to cease all domestic trade in ivory|Top Stories|chinadaily.com.cn | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
China will publish a timetable by the end of the year to halt its domestic commercial trade in ivory, a senior official said on Monday.
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Bear found near L.A. with paws, gallbladder removed from body

Bear found near L.A. with paws, gallbladder removed from body | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A highway maintenance crew in Canyon Country came across the dead body of a young bear Thursday. A state game warden discovered the bear's paws and gallbladder had been removed.
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Airline Industry Pledges to Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 72nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously endorsed a resolution denouncing the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products and pledging to partner with government authorities and conservation organizations in the fight against the traffickers of endangered animals.
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US Takes Bold Step for African Elephant Conservation To Cut Off Opportunities for Traffickers

US Takes Bold Step for African Elephant Conservation To Cut Off  Opportunities for Traffickers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
USFWS News Releases. Agency manages National wildlife refuges, protects endangered species, manages migratory birds, restores nationally significant fisheries and enforces federal wildlife laws.
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Is the lion the new rhino?

Is the lion the new rhino? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Is poaching coming to the domain of the lion? This is the third of these brutal incidents in less than a week.
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Sick wildlife trafficker arrested after being caught with frozen tiger cubs

Sick wildlife trafficker arrested after being caught with frozen tiger cubs | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A WILDLIFE trafficker has been arrested after police seized the frozen carcasses of four tiger cubs.
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Video shows historic $172M ivory burn cover sky in smoke and ash

Video shows historic $172M ivory burn cover sky in smoke and ash | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK, Kenya -- Twelve ivory towers burned in Kenya on Saturday, sending thick plumes of ash and smoke over Nairobi National Park as elephant and rhino tusks smoldered.
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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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