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Interpol Conducts 'War' on Poaching in Africa

Interpol Conducts 'War' on Poaching in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
During 2011, more than 20,000 elephants were slaughtered for an estimated 24,000 kilograms of ivory, and wildlife officials also noted a drastic increase in large-scale seizures (more than 800 kg in a single transaction) since 2009.

 

The large-scale shipments, experts say, indicate the presence of organized crime. While some Africa-based wildlife officials point to primarily Asian-led crime syndicates, they refuse to provide further details for fear of jeopardizing on-going investigations.

 

Ivory seized by year, worldwide, from 2008 to 2012.


With ivory's market value reaching $900 per kilogram in China, the financial stakes are high, and it appears sponsors are adopting bold new tactics to satisfy demand....

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Spotlight on Species Campaign to Save Endangered Wildllife

Spotlight on Species Campaign to Save Endangered Wildllife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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It started as an idea to get organized and ended up as a collaborative campaign, a Spotlight on Species.

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US, China Step Up Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

US, China Step Up Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
U.S. and Chinese officials have met on the margins of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington to discuss ways to broaden cooperation in fighting illegal wildlife trafficking.

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Crime Museum Offers Drone Building Workshop

In recent years, many people have heard of “drones” being used in various places around the world. Yet many people are not quite sure what they are and their practical uses. The Crime Museum, in partnership with the Kashmir World Foundation, is giving visitors a hands-on approach to learning the important role drones play in illegal wildlife trafficking around the world....

 

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Trans-Pacific Partnership a chance to protect dwindling wildlife

Trans-Pacific Partnership a chance to protect dwindling wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Lost amid the noise surrounding the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been the fact that the deal's environment chapter can potentially help curb one of the severest transnational crimes: wildlife trafficking.
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Global movement to protect elephants felt at Times Square Ivory Crush

Global movement to protect elephants felt at Times Square Ivory Crush | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Any time of day, the atmosphere in New York City’s Times Square is electric—never more so for me than this morning as I represented the International Fund for Animal Welfare (
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Cayman: Poachers disturbed - Turtle rescued

Cayman: Poachers disturbed - Turtle rescued | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Poachers were disturbed in the act as they attempted to drag a 400-pound nesting turtle off a West Bay beach.The three men fled the area, leaving the turtle lying
on its back, after they were interrupted by a fisherman, out with his
dog, at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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Celebs get Involved in Tanzania: Poaching Steals from Us All

Celebs get Involved in Tanzania: Poaching Steals from Us All | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

DAR ES SALAAM — African Wildlife Foundation and WildAid, in partnership with Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, are launching a new public awareness campaign, one aimed at educating the Tanzanian public about the severe poaching crisis and building widespread support to protect elephants and other species from the illegal wildlife trade.

 

Tanzania has lost 60 percent of its elephants in the last five years, mainly because of poaching for ivory. Demand in China and other ivory consuming nations is fueling a black market in ivory, which has lead to the decimation of the East African country’s once thriving elephant herds. Only those criminals and corrupt individuals at the very top of the illegal ivory supply chain in Africa and Asia have benefited from this destruction and are reaping huge profits, while everyday Tanzanians are being robbed of their natural heritage...

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U.S. looks for new ways to fight illegal wildlife trafficking

U.S. looks for new ways to fight illegal wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The federal government is looking to technology to help combat illegal wildlife trafficking.
The U.S. Agency for International Development is hosting the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, awarding up to $500,000 for the person or team who comes up with the best idea to stamp out wildlife crime, according to the challenge's website.
Wildlife trafficking worldwide is leading to endangered species. As of February, only 3,200 tigers were left in the wild and 100-1,000 Proboscis monkeys were still alive
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Poacher's delight: Technology is a double-edged sword for wildlife

Poacher's delight: Technology is a double-edged sword for wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Mobile phones and big data help conservationists stop poaching, but they also let unwitting tourists accidentally lead poachers to endangered animals.
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Please becareful with your GPS and location settings on your SMART phones and digital cameras.... they can be deadly for wildlife.

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Researchers find a way to identify key nodes in illegal wildlife trade network

Researchers find a way to identify key nodes in illegal wildlife trade network | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with affiliations to several institutions in the U.S. has found a new way to track import, export and connecting countries in the illegal wildlife trade network. As they describe in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their work ...
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Mounting up against poaching

Mounting up against poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

How horses help save Africa's wildlife...

 

Since man tamed the horse, the majestic animal has gone from being a means of transport to a tool of industry and war. Human society has advanced on the backs of horses, but we have since dismounted, finding little use for horses other than leisure. However, in some remote corners of Africa, the horse plays a crucial role in conservation. Perhaps it’s time we mounted up again....

 

 

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Vietnamese poachers warned as Palau burns their boats

Vietnamese poachers warned as Palau burns their boats | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Palau sets fire to Vietnamese fishing vessels caught poaching and delivers a stern warning that it will not be tolerated.
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Can You Use Big Data to Track an Elephant Poacher?

Can You Use Big Data to Track an Elephant Poacher? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Why looking at a map of news headlines could help us see critical patterns and trends in wildlife crime.
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More than 1 million pangolins sold for food, medicine

More than 1 million pangolins sold for food, medicine | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Viet Nam hopes to co-operate with countries and international
organisations to protect endangered wildlife species, Deputy Minister of
Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan said at the First
Pangolin Range States Meeting in Da Nang yesterday.
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Police seize exotic animals in crackdown on wildlife smuggling

Police seize exotic animals in crackdown on wildlife smuggling | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A staggering 300 seizures were made during a six-week operation by Border Force and UK police, including ivory ornaments, claws from black bears, threatened orchids and stuffed crocodiles.
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Watch a Ton of Ivory Get Crushed in NY's Times Square

The United States is the second largest market for ivory, trailing only China, and conservationists crushed a ton of it on Friday in the heart of New York City.
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WildAid Launches Major Elephant Campaign in Tanzania with Alikiba

WildAid Launches Major Elephant Campaign in Tanzania with Alikiba | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
WildAid launched a major campaign for Tanzania’s elephants and the severe poaching crisis in Dar es Salaam on June 18.
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Zimbabwe: afro-jazz artiste Reginald "Mr Regie" Murinda releases anti-Poaching Video

Upcoming afro-jazz artiste Reginald "Mr Regie" Murinda released a new video last Friday for his song "Stop Killing the Animals".
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This Russian man fights poachers to save a species

Russian antipoachers help save the endangered Siberian tigers from being killed by poachers.
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Global Raids Lead to 600 Seizures of Wildlife Contraband

A series of raids conducted across Asia, Africa and Europe resulted in more than 300 arrests and over 600 seizures of assorted wildlife contraband — from several tons of ivory and rhino horns to whale ribs and sea horses, authorities said Thursday. Law enforcement agencies from 62 countries...
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What do China, Kenya and India have in common? Wildlife trafficking

What do China, Kenya and India have in common? Wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
When it comes to trafficking rhino, elephant, and tiger parts the biggest players are China, Kenya, India, Vietnam, South Africa and Thailand, according to a new paper in PNAS. Examining news media reports aggregated by HealthMap: Wildlife Trade, researchers were able to pinpoint the most important countries for exporting, moving and importing illegal wildlife parts worldwide.
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Wildlife officials to crush ivory in Times Square as a symbolic gesture

Wildlife officials to crush ivory in Times Square as a symbolic gesture | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The Wildlife Conservation Society says elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades.

 

A ton of confiscated ivory will be crushed in Times Square this week to draw attention to elephant poaching and wildlife trafficking.

 

The U.S. Department of the Interior, the Wildlife Conservation Society and New York's state environmental department are among the participants in Friday's event.

 

The Wildlife Conservation Society says elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades and is causing significant declines in the population...

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U.S. man fined for wildlife trafficking, unlawfully exporting wildlife

The U.S. owner of a hunt farm in Saskatchewan has been banned from hunting in the province for five years after pleading guilty to wildlife act charges.
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Fencing Etosha to prevent poaching

IN a move to control rhino poaching, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism started constructing a proper boundary fence to protect animals in the Etosha National Park.
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Africa in Transition » The Danger of False Narratives: Al-Shabaab’s Faux Ivory Trade

Africa in Transition » The Danger of False Narratives: Al-Shabaab’s Faux Ivory Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Elephants are being slaughtered and their tusks sold, in order to finance deadly attacks by Somalia’s terrorist group al-Shabaab. This narrative linking poaching and al-Shabaab financing has been widely touted. It hit the international spotlight thanks to high profile attention from U.S. congressmen, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow also released a short film on the topic in 2014....

The only problem with this narrative is that it is unfounded...

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