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Key Smuggler in Major Wildlife Trafficking Operation Busted - Wildlife Alliance

ecently the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) acted on a long running investigation involving the illegal transportation of wildlife from outlying provinces to Phnom Penh....
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Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa

What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Part 2 in the Nikela Series on Animal Poaching, and what its doing to endangered species, rhino, leopards, and primates in South Africa.

 

The most comprehensive understanding of animal poaching and its impact on wildlife was found in Mike Cadman’s, “Consuming Wild Life...

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Marines Join Anti-Poaching Rangers in Tanzania to Stop Wildlife Crime

Marines Join Anti-Poaching Rangers in Tanzania to Stop Wildlife Crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Two years ago, Mason Ellis was a ConVal senior who played hockey, did his homework, and hung out with friends.

 

Last month, the Hancock native and lance corporal chased elephants away from his drinking water in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, an East African country known for its vast savannas and mountainous regions.

 

Mason was one of 16 Marines who spent March training park rangers in tactics to fight illegal human, drug, wildlife and other trafficking...

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Conservation stakeholders hammer out priority actions to fight wildlife crime in Kenya

Conservation stakeholders hammer out priority actions to fight wildlife crime in Kenya | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Nairobi, Kenya, 28th April 2015—In a significant effort to scale up Kenya's fight against wildlife crime, public- and private-sector partners have joined forces to address dangerously high levels of poaching and trafficking. 

In a two-day workshop, representatives of government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector identified targeted, practical interventions to fortify wildlife laws and policies and enhance a range of community and law-enforcement initiatives....

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Indonesian National Police Seize Major Shipment of Pangolins, Arrest Smuggler

Indonesian National Police Seize Major Shipment of Pangolins, Arrest Smuggler | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Indonesian National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (BARESKRIM MABES POLRI), the Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) today announced the seizure of a shipment of pangolins headed to China and valued at approximately 1.8 million US dollars (USD). The pangolin smuggler involved in the case has been arrested.
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Microsoft co-founder backs initiative to crack down on wildlife trafficking

Microsoft co-founder backs initiative to crack down on wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen would make it a crime in the state to sell or trade elephant ivory, shark fins and other animal parts from several species.

 

Initiative 1401 would cover 10 species threatened with extinction in part due to poaching, The Seattle Times reported Sunday. Violators would face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

 

On the list are elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, marine turtles, sharks, rays and pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters...

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The perils of having tiger 'farms'

The perils of having tiger 'farms' | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The attempts by Thailand's Department of National Parks to investigate Kanchanaburi province's Tiger Temple have thrown a spotlight on the controversial practice of breeding tigers in the country.The practice is big business in South-east Asia and China, where there may be more than 7,000 of them in tiger "farms" or facilities - like the Tiger Temple - many of which entertain tourists for a fee.
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Business community encouraged to protect wildlife by Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and TRAFFIC

Business community encouraged to protect wildlife by Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and TRAFFIC | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Signing the MoU © TRAFFIC Hanoi, 24th April 2015 – To empower the business comm...

 

Hanoi, 24th April 2015 – To empower the business community in Viet Nam to lead the fight against illegal wildlife trade and consumption, the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), in collaboration with TRAFFIC, is equipping business leaders with the tools they need to become “champions” of wildlife protection through corporate social responsibility (CSR) training....

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Revolting hummingbird case brings illegal wildlife trade in Texas to light

Revolting hummingbird case brings illegal wildlife trade in Texas to light | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The revelation last week that a Dallas resident was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and restitution for trafficking in dried hummingbird carcasses seems revolting to those of us who keep feeders to attract the tiny, supercharged birds to our backyards.
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How financial power can be used to save iconic species from extinction

How financial power can be used to save iconic species from extinction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The US and its partners can prevent the world's worst armed groups from profiting off of wildlife trafficking...

 

This is not just a conservation tragedy.  It’s also a national security crisis.


Wildlife trafficking is a big business that's fueling conflict and terror. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has estimated that wildlife trafficking, forestry and other environmental crime nets approximately $8 to $10 billion USD annually...

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Poachers nabbed with 138 crayfish

Poachers nabbed with 138 crayfish | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Cape Town - Members of the City of Cape Town’s Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit have arrested five alleged poachers and confiscated West Coast rock lobster valued at R6 000.

 

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said two members of the marine law enforcement unit had been conducting sea patrols along with Table Mountain National Parks staff, between Cape Point and Witsand, on Monday when they noticed suspicious activity...

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Citizens Spur States to Ban Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn

Citizens Spur States to Ban Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

From Vermont to California, grassroots efforts drive state actions to protect elephants and rhinos....

 

Two states, New Jersey and New York, have passed such laws. Bills are currently before the legislature in ten others: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Seven more states—Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas—as well as the District of Columbia—are also considering taking action.


In six other states—Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington—similar bills have died recently, largely because opponents weakened them significantly. Their champions decided to try again next year rather than accept less effective bills now....

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Fighting ivory smuggling through capacity building in Central Africa

Fighting ivory smuggling through capacity building in Central Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Wildlife law enforcement officers and other agencies involved in law aw enforcement including police, Customs, gendarmerie and magistrates from five Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) countries—Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo—participated in a three day workshop earlier this month in Limbe, South West Region, Cameroon, to learn about the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS)...

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Sumatran Authorities Arrest Wildlife Dealer Caught with Young Orangutan

Sumatran Authorities Arrest Wildlife Dealer Caught with Young Orangutan | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A small victory in efforts to stem Asia’s booming illicit trade in orangutans and other rare wildlife....

 

A man allegedly using Facebook and text messages to find buyers for orangutans and other endangered wildlife caught in Sumatra, Indonesia, has been arrested, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which was involved in the investigation through its Wildlife Crimes Unit and an Indonesian affiliate...,

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Leaked statistics confirm scale of Tanzania’s elephant poaching crisis

Leaked statistics confirm scale of Tanzania’s elephant poaching crisis | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In November 2014, the Environmental Investigation Agency released its report Vanishing Point, revealing how a combination of criminality and corruption in Tanzania had caused the country to lose more elephants to poaching than any other African nation. Figures...
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Police put heat on poachers with hi-tech gear

Police put heat on poachers with hi-tech gear | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Illegal hunters could soon become the hunted thanks to a piece of hi-tech gear on offer to police.
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Sumatran Rhino Is Extinct in the Wild in Malaysia

Sumatran Rhino Is Extinct in the Wild in Malaysia | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
There are no Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in the Malaysian state of Sabah officials report. There are only a few left in captivity also.
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Antique Groups Feel Pressure of Anti-Ivory Rules

Antique Groups Feel Pressure of Anti-Ivory Rules | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
As states and the Obama administration crack down on the sale of ivory, antique groups hope to ensure the exemption of legally obtained ivory goods.
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How Craigslist Contributes to the Killing of Elephants

How Craigslist Contributes to the Killing of Elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Wildlife Conservation Society revealed a thriving ivory and wildlife trade on Craigslist with a new report
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Craiglist users beware!

 

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Edwin Sabuhoro: Turning poachers into eco-warriors

Edwin Sabuhoro: Turning poachers into eco-warriors | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
When Edwin Sabuhoro found out that poachers were rife in his community, he came up with a unique program, using his own money, to get them to stop.
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Canadian DNA expertise helping catch poachers in East Africa

Canadian DNA expertise helping catch poachers in East Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Six members of the Kenya Wildlife Service came to a Canadian DNA lab in a bid to set up a tracking database to stop poachers in East Africa
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PHOTOS 10 Animals the President’s Trade Deal Will Help Protect from Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

PHOTOS 10 Animals the President’s Trade Deal Will Help Protect from Illegal Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A look at a few animals that the TPP gives us a historic opportunity to protect from illegal wildlife trafficking...

 

Traffickers seek out pangolins for their scales and blood — which are boiled off or drained to use in traditional medicine — and their meat, which is considered a delicacy. Thousands of pangolins are trafficked each year, making them among the most critically endangered species in the world and liable to go extinct if we don’t take action.

 

This is where the President’s trade deal comes in. A trade deal may not seem like an obvious way to help protect pangolins from illegal trafficking, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not an ordinary trade deal. As the most progressive trade deal in history, the TPP will put in place environmental standards that combat wildlife trafficking in countries that sign on as our trading partners....

 

Read on  https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/04/22/10-animals-president-s-trade-deal-will-help-protect-illegal-wildlife-trafficking ;

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Poachers targeting baby sharks along Southern California coast

Poachers targeting baby sharks along Southern California coast | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Shark poachers are targeting baby sharks along the coast, which can harm the ocean's delicate ecosystem.
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USAID launches wildlife crime tech challenge in Vietnam

 VietNamNet Bridge – The US Agency for International Development
(USAID) has launched the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge to reward
innovative science and technology solutions that help combat wildlife
trafficking in Vietnam.
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Illegal Wildlife Trade: Multibillion Dollars of Cruelty, Destruction

Illegal Wildlife Trade: Multibillion Dollars of Cruelty, Destruction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
eBook Review. An insiders perspective on illegal wildlife trade, the buyers, channels and crime syndicates driven by greed and profit.
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The myths about illegal wildlife trafficking

The myths about illegal wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

There are direct links between wildlife trafficking and the financing of terrorists...

 

Poaching has a long history in the US and abroad, with armed conflicts dating back to the Oyster Wars of the 1800s. But the illegal wildlife trade has skyrocketed in recent years, and the threat of species loss looms large. The illicit business has changed as it has grown and misconceptions about who is perpetuating it and why abound. As Earth Day (April 22) approaches, let us dispel some myths about wildlife trafficking....

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Vietnamese customs seize 18 elephant tusks and 3 rhino horns

Vietnamese customs seize 18 elephant tusks and 3 rhino horns | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

France – Vietnamese customs have seized elephant tusks and rhino horns worth millions of dollars on the black market from a flight arriving from France, officials said Friday.

 

The haul weighed around 65 kilogrammes and included 18 pieces of elephant tusk and three rhino horns, which are believed to have come from Africa, a customs official said.

 

“The shipment was seized Thursday at Noi Bai international airport (in Hanoi) on a Vietnam Airlines flight arriving from France,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity....

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