The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has asked the Government to amend the Wildlife act and introduce stiff penalties of fines not less than sh200m and a 20 years’ imprisonment sentence for poachers and traffickers of wildlife and its products.
Addressing the conference on illegal wildlife trafficking in London, Prince Charles said it “broke new ground”, while Prince William said it represented an “unprecedented gathering” that has “never before…
In 2007, we followed photojournalist Patrick Brown into the vast, dangerous world of Asia’s wild animal market in Black Market. At the time some 30,000 primates, up to five million birds, and ten million reptile skins were a part of the third-largest smuggling operation in the world. Seven years later, illegal wildlife trading is still a global issue, raking in $19 billion a year from the trafficking of endangered animals. -
WCS and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) announced today an online tool that will allow law enforcement officials to access a database that tracks offenders of wildlife crime in real-time and across the country.
Sanctions that target and cut off support for armed wildlife traffickers were recently approved by the United Nations. Commend this step toward protecting vulnerable animal species in Africa.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Thank you for this Alyssa... like the civil approach. With so much barbaric cruelty it is so easy for us to become aggressive too. Though anger and outrage are absolutely natural responses... taking the higher road and maintaining a professional demeanor will gain more ground with the people that have the power to turn this frightening trend around. Please consider signing....
Terrorist organizations are turning to wildlife trafficking for money. It's a global problem. Transnational criminal syndicates, terrorist organizations and Islamic extremists are increasingly turning to wildlife trafficking to bankroll their operations. Specifically, elephant and rhinoceros ivory accounts for an increasing share of the budget of Somali militant groups and al-Qaeda affiliates. So far, the White House and international agencies have failed to effectively address this emerging threat.
KAMPALA, Uganda – The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has said it will start using spy drones as one of the measures to curb the increasing levels of poaching in its national parks. Dr. Andrew Sseguya the UWA Executive Director told Media Owners and Editors in Kampala that they intend to take up the measure before the end of the year. “The new plan we have is zero tolerance to poaching. We launched a tourism intelligence unit to curb poaching which I can report is doing very well. Very soon we shall use spy drones to protect our parks from poachers,” said Sseguya. He said the drones will be able to capture images/footage of poachers while in the act, for further review. “We can have one drone with all the necessary equipment including spying cameras,” he said.
World Wildlife Day is an occasion to remember that in spite of protections provided by CITES much of the world's wildlife remains in crisis. The many threats they face include habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation, and unregulated development...
The United Nations does a great job declaring days in the year for commemoration or celebration. There is International Women's Day, World Water Day, World AIDS Dayand more than 100 other special days. So why does it matter that the UN General Assembly last December declared March 3rd as World Wildlife Day -- a day, according to the UN, to "celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people?"...
Scientists have developed a new, low-cost way to save rare animals and plants from poachers and plunderers - using maths. Researchers from The University of Queensland used a mathematical model to outwit poachers in Africa's Greater Virunga
You don't have to travel to Africa or Asia to see wildlife populations under severe pressure by illegal market hunting. According to wildlife law enforcement officials speaking at an online press event Tuesday, several California wildlife species are heavily targeted as well. But with law enforcement officers stepping up investigations, poachers are facing heavy fines and serious jail time.
Whistle-blowers now have a secure venue for providing tips about wildlife and forest crime. WildLeaks leader Andrea Crosta explains......
What is WildLeaks?
WildLeaks is a venue for those with pertinent information to share their knowledge while remaining anonymous and without going directly to law enforcement officials. We're hoping to receive information that can help us launch or continue an investigation.
That might include things like the names and personal details of wildlife traffickers, information on specific events, documents that demonstrate a financial transaction linked to a crime, names of ships or shipping companies involved in the traffic, names of international buyers, names of businesses linked to illegal logging, corrupt public officials, and even shops and factories that deal with illegal wildlife products, like ivory, for example....
Chinese led wildlife trafficking operation Cobra 2 has led to over 400 arrests, recovery of 3 tonnes of ivory and 36 rhino horns and other wildlife products. Details of the success of Cobra 2 were released today by authorities in Beijing.
Cobra is the name of a series of operations led by China and involving the United States, South Africa, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network, and the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network....
A suspected Chinese ivory smuggler had been apprehended in Kenya after coordinated efforts between the two countries, China's wildlife authorities said on Monday.
The suspect, surnamed Xue, was caught in Nairobi on Jan. 17 by Kenyan authorities, and extradited to China the next day, said the China Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office.
It is the first time China has arrested a wildlife crime suspect overseas.
Xue is said to have led an ivory trafficking group in Kenya for a long time, and hired couriers to smuggle ivory into China.
The rest two suspects of the group, surnamed Zheng and Li, were netted on Jan. 16 and 17 when they were entering China. So far, all the suspects in the group have been caught.
The arrests were part of the operation, dubbed Cobra II, launched by China as well as several countries in Asia, Africa and north America to crack down on wildlife crimes from the end of 2013 to the beginning of 2014....
In recent years, Tanzania has witnessed a steep rise in poaching and other forms of crime targeting elephants and other wild animal species. The rate of killings is significantly greater than the elephants’ capacity to reproduce.
This has led many wildlife experts to declare the situation as a crisis, worse than the mass slaughter in the 1970s and 1980s, which led to the global ivory trade ban by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1989.
Currently, the selling of ivory is done only with the approval of CITES; moreover, raw ivory sales are expected to resume after the expiry of a nine year moratorium in 2017. The CITES approved ivory auction which was held in 2008, saw ivory selling at least US$1,700 per kg....
A Battersea man has been fined just £1,375 despite admitting to illegally trading ivory, whale and dolphin bone and marine turtle shell online. Detectives from the Met Police's Wildlife Crime Unit began investigating Alick Brown, 30, from Worfield Street, Battersea, in May 2012 after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) raised concerns about two companies. The companies, Arctic Antiques and Ice Antiques, were being run by Brown under an assumed name and traded on eBay.
25 January 2014 (SSCS) – The Japanese whaling fleet has abandoned its plans to out-run the Sea Shepherd Fleet, with its factory vessel, the Nisshin Maru, slowing down to 12 knots after a 36 hour chase at full speed. At approximately 1300 AEDT today, the Nisshin Maru, flanked by the harpoon vessels, Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru No. 2, reduced its speed and changed course for due west. The Sea Shepherd Fleet now surrounds the whale poachers, with The Bob Barker six nautical miles ahead of the whalers, The Steve Irwin six nautical miles to the eastern side of the poachers, and The Sam Simon approaching from the south.