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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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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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Malawi First in SADC to Torch Ivory Stockpiles

Malawi’s decision to torch four tonnes of ivory on Thursday has been hailed as brave and groundbreaking, standing out in stark contrast against other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, some of which resolutely demand the right to the sell their stockpiles.

 

“Put simply, in deciding to burn their ivory, this small, deeply impoverished country has stolen the moral high ground from the rest of its SADC peers when it comes to publicly saying ‘so far and no further’ to poachers and traffickers of wildlife,” said Jason Bell, Director of IFAW Southern Africa....

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Bond girl in fight to save Malaysian wildlife

Bond girl in fight to save Malaysian wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
KOTA KINABALU - Malaysian movie star Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh is taking on the role as spokesman for wildlife conservation in her homeland.For a start, the Ipoh-born Bond girl will be involved in a documentary on Sabah's wildlife conservation efforts."I hope to get this off the ground soon," she said after addressing the ASEAN Regional Forum's workshop on combating wildlife trafficking at Tuaran near here.
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M'sia-US workshop on combating wildlife trafficking

Putra Jaya: Malaysia and the United States (US) will co-host the three-day Asean Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, beginning March 30 in Tuaran.
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Under Secretary Novelli Travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia

Under Secretary Novelli Travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Under Secretary Novelli Travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia...

 

She will launch the bilateral Wildlife Trafficking Action Plan at @america and later sit down with experts on oceans issues....

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A year after the president promised a national ivory ban, we're still waiting

A year after the president promised a national ivory ban, we're still waiting | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

An elephant is killed in Africa every 15 minutes, and since 2002, their population in central Africa has seen a 76 percent decline. 

 

In February 2014, President Obama announced plans to impose a complete ban on the commercial sale of ivory in the United States, part of an executive order against the illegal wildlife trade. Owning ivory would still be OK—assuming it was purchased legally in the first place—but selling the white stuff would be a big no-no, unless it’s a “bona fide antique” of more than 100 years old (a fact sellers would have to prove).

 

Restrictions on ivory imports took effect immediately, but regulations regarding sales within the United States have yet to be realized, due mostly to administrative delays. The National Rifle Association, however, has been busy fighting state bans and pushing Congress to weaken the proposed rules and roll back the ones already in place. NRDC (disclosure) is concerned that, when issued, the regulations may be weaker than promised. (NRDC advocates are calling attention to the delay by asking supporters to urge the White House to make good on its pledge.)...

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B.C. man gets 2.5 years for smuggling ivory, rhino horns

B.C. man gets 2.5 years for smuggling ivory, rhino horns | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A Richmond, B.C. man has been sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison for smuggling rhinoceros horns, elephant ivory and coral from the United States to Canada.

 

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain ordered Xiao Ju Guan, aka "Tony Guan," 39, to forfeit wildlife items found during a search of his antiques business.

 

Guan was arrested in March 2014 for his role in smuggling and attempting to smuggle rhinoceros horns, as well as items carved from elephant ivory and coral, from auction houses throughout the United States to Canada....

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Ivory dealers busted thanks to German travellers

Ivory dealers busted thanks to German travellers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
On Monday the 16th of March 2015, two German travellers, Martin and Christin Kotthoff, led to the arrest of two ivory dealers near Kasane, Botswana.
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TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Southeast Asia in illegal ivory trade spotlight

TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Southeast Asia in illegal ivory trade spotlight | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20th March 2015 – Ivory related news dominated headlines in Southeast Asia over recent days as authorities announced the arrest of major players, revealed seizure and prosecution figures and stopped at least one ivory consignment bound for the region.

In Bangkok yesterday, Thai authorities announced the arrest of a 51-year-old Malaysian and a 47-year Thai man in connection with a seizure of 135 kg of African Elephant ivory in Surin province on 31st December, 2014....

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Wildlife Crime Detectives Receive Training with Cutting Edge Software

Bangkok, Thailand, March 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The fight against criminal syndicates and wildlife trafficking
was recently propelled into the next generation at a high level
Special Investigations Group (SIG) training course held in Cebu,
Philippines, thanks to the launch of a cutting edge software
platform that enables mobile evidence collection and the
digitization of the SIG training material, while allowing data to
be shared instantaneously with law enforcement officials in the
field.
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Ethiopian govt burn 6.1 tons of ivory to discourage poaching

Ethiopian govt burn 6.1 tons of ivory to discourage poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Black smoke billowed into the air of the Ethiopian capital Friday as 6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry went up in flames on a wooden pyre. Government officials had started the blaze to discourage poaching and the ivory trade.
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All those elephants who died for these! May they rest in peace...

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High-end Laos resort serves up illegal wildlife for Chinese tourists

High-end Laos resort serves up illegal wildlife for Chinese tourists | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Jeremy Hance: Shocking undercover investigation finds restaurants offering live bear cubs ‘to eat on request’ washed down with tiger bone wine in the ‘lawless playground’ of Laos’ Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone
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Most alarming investigation results! 

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As price of illicit tusks and rhino horn trumps gold, Africa needs to go to war for its wildlife

As price of illicit tusks and rhino horn trumps gold, Africa needs to go to war for its wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife is not just a source of pride for Africa, but it is also the backbone of tourism, an industry valued at $34bn and employs 8 million people.
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Jeweller sentenced over endangered species

Jeweller sentenced over endangered species | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A jeweller from Sheffield has been sentenced after she was caught selling jewellery containing tiger claws and teeth on eBay. 
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What They're Saying: Environmental Advocates Point to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

What They're Saying: Environmental Advocates Point to the Trans-Pacific Partnership | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) offers a substantial opportunity to advance American interests and values, including a once-in-a-generation chance to protect our oceans, wildlife, and the environment.
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Livelihoods, Jobs, and the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Livelihoods, Jobs, and the Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The illegal wildlife trade is big business. Not including the illegal trade in timber, it exceeds $19 billion annually. The trade is heavily capitalized and is part of the same criminal networks that are involved in drugs, weapons, and human trafficking.

 

The impacts on wildlife populations – including elephants, tigers, and fish species – are widely known. We are losing 35,000 African elephants a year. Tiger populations have been extirpated from Vietnam and Cambodia...

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Botswana activists call on UN to address poaching

Participants at the just-ended Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference have called upon the UN General Assembly to address the illegal wildlife trade at its 69th
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China plays important role in global fight against illegal wildlife trade

As home to treasured species like giant panda, tiger and Tibetan antelope, China has a profound variety and abundance of wildlife, which makes wildlife protection an important work for the country.
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Poachers slaughter 30 elephants in DR Congo

Ivory-hungry poachers have killed 30 elephants in a Congolese national park in the past two weeks, park authorities said Monday, adding that the culprits were likely Sudanese militia.
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African Elephant Summit – Where to Next?

With the spotlight now on today’s conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kasane, Botswana conservationists said while that Tuesday’s African Elephant Summit had shown significant progress by some countries, notably African countries to address the elephant crisis, there appeared to be glaring differences in the commitment by others to halt the killing of elephants and illegal ivory trade.

 

Yesterday, representatives from about 20 countries, gathered to take stock of pledges made by them in December 2013 to put in place urgent measures to save elephants from a crises that sees up to 50,000 elephants a year being poached for their ivory. During the meeting the IUCN said the African elephant population currently stood at 470,000 down from 550,000 in 2006....

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Tanzania: We Can't Afford to Lose the War Against Poachers

"The word 'ivory' rang in the air, was whispered and was sighed. You would think they were praying to it." - British writer Joseph Conrad in the novel Heart of Darkness, known for his nature and existence themes...

 

Tanzania, one of the world's last great repositories of elephants, has been described as the key battleground. Some 70,000 to 80,000 elephants roam the country's immense sanctuaries, amounting to perhaps a quarter of all African elephants....


Tourists come in their thousands each year to sample our rich wildlife heritage, bringing in the much-needed foreign exchange. We can't, therefore, afford to lose the war.

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Officials Return Illegally Trafficked Animals To Jungle

Officials Return Illegally Trafficked Animals To Jungle | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Colombian conservationists are now returning 149 illegally trafficked animals back into the wild. The animals include 13 mammals like wild cats and Capuchin monkeys, 53 birds, and 83 reptiles. The animals underwent 10 months of rehabilitation. The process of getting the animals ready to be re-released into the wild included surgery to heal skin and plumage. They were also checked for diseases, so that when they would not endanger or infect other members of their species.

Read more at Clapway: http://clapway.com/2015/03/20/illegally-trafficked-animals123/#ixzz3V2H1WVkA ;

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Botswana hosts wildlife summits as elephants fight for survival

Elephant population in the Tanzanian reserve of Selous dropped from 70 000 to 13 000.

 

Between 420,000 and 650,000 African elephants survive, but more than 100,000 have been killed in the past four years, according to a study published in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.

 

The African elephant is rated as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature index, while the Asian elephant is rated as “endangered” — a cause of serious concern....

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Another Billionaire Comes to the Defense of Africa's Elephants and Rhinos

Since its founding in 1998, the Wyss Foundation has been known for its conservation grants, but until recent years, the awards have primarily reflected founder Hansjörg Wyss’ personal experience in the American wilds....

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Colombia Rehabilitates And Releases 149 Trafficked Animals Into The Amazon

Colombia Rehabilitates And Releases 149 Trafficked Animals Into The Amazon | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Colombia released 149 trafficked animals back into the wild Amazon on Tuesday after seizing them from animal traffickers. Prior to returning to their natural habitats, the animals — 83 reptiles, 53 birds and 13 mammals including wild cats and Capuchin monkeys — were rehabilitated with some even having undergone surgery to recover skin and plumage, according to the Valle del Cauca department environmental authority.

Read more at: http://www.immortal.org/6510/colombia-releases-trafficked-animals-amazon/

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Undercover Pics of Baby Elephants Reveal the Trauma of Capture and Captivity

Undercover Pics of Baby Elephants Reveal the Trauma of Capture and Captivity | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Experts say the treatment these young elephants are receiving in Zimbabwe could cut short their lives by decades.
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