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WWF drones raise serious questions for international security

WWF drones raise serious questions for international security | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The World Wildlife Federation's proposed plans to utilise drones in anti-poaching efforts raise serious concerns....

 

First and foremost, we need to ask whether it is ever in society's best interest to have non-state actors increasingly undertake direct and indirect security missions in lieu of states.

 

In the aftermath of the Blackwater incidents in Iraq, there was a strong argument against the privatisation of military and policing operations by commercial companies. Yet, private military contractors continue to operate in conflict zones around the world and many officials call them essential components to security and commercial operations in destabilised countries....

 

Finally, we cannot ignore the very real possibility that these surveillance programmes will raise suspicions among foreign government security agencies. Many will be concerned as to whether such activities will be limited solely to their stated purpose. Whether we are talking about anti-poaching programmes in Africa or anti-piracy operations in Southeast Asia, their concerns will be heightened wherever the surveillance overlaps with one of their national interests regardless of who is operating the surveillance platform and with what intent....

 

Ultimately, the point of raising this inquiry is not to criticise the WWF (and Google) for out-of-the-box thinking on how best to tackle anti-poaching, which is an important issue that should draw more international coverage. Instead, it is to point out that these new types of surveillance programmes raise serious questions that require more consideration by the international community....

 

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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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Animal Poaching Lands Chinese police officer In Jail

Animal Poaching Lands Chinese police officer In Jail | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A police officer from northwest China’s Qinghai Province was detained Sunday for being suspected of poaching endangered animals, local authority said. The
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VIDEO: Canadian Poachers killing black bears for Asian market

VIDEO: Canadian Poachers killing black bears for Asian market | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The recent discovery of a black bear carcass missing its paws and gall bladder near Sechelt serves as a grim reminder that a black market for bear parts still thrives in B.C. Sgt. Murray Smith of the Conservation Officer Service’s Sunshine Coast detachment said he believes the mutilated carcass, found on a forestry road just over two weeks ago, is the work of poachers.
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Can A Treasured Sea Snail Come Back After Being Poached To Near Extinction?

Can A Treasured Sea Snail Come Back After Being Poached To Near Extinction? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In a dark fish tank at a government-run lab, a bright sea snail scuttles out from its hiding place.

 

It’s a pinto abalone, and its numbers are dangerously low in Washington state after decades of overharvesting and poaching. This little-known animal is a delicacy, still served in U.S. restaurants; its shell is a source of mother-of-pearl...

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IFAW starts training of African law enforcement officers to tackle wildlife trafficking

IFAW starts training of African law enforcement officers to tackle wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Animal Welfare (IFAW) said that it has started training of African law enforcement officers in order to deal with wildlife trafficking that is out of control in the continent.

 

According to the IFAW, the training is related to a larger strategic framework to support the law enforcement reply to tackle wildlife crime at the regional level by making cooperation among African countries' law enforcement authorities better....

- See more at: http://perfscience.com/content/2141832-ifaw-starts-training-african-law-enforcement-officers-tackle-wildlife-trafficking#sthash.8o9k8dxc.dpuf ;

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Zim poacher tried to sell pangolin on Facebook conservation group

Zim poacher tried to sell pangolin on Facebook   conservation group | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Sentenced to nine year jail term. A poacher in Zimbabwe who tried to sell an endangered pangolin on Facebook for $7 000, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says....

 

The Tikki Hywood Trust, which is dedicated to the protection of the pangolin in Zimbabwe, said on Friday it welcomed news of the sentences.

 

"Zimbabwe is certainly leading the way in pangolin conservation," the Trust said in Facebook post....

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10 suspected poachers arrested for killing giant panda in China

10 suspected poachers arrested for killing giant panda in China | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Police in southwestern China arrested 10 people for killing a female wild giant panda and buying and selling its parts, state media said Wednesday.
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Texas Antiques Appraiser Sentenced to 25 Months in Prison for Rhino and Ivory Smuggling Conspiracy

Ning Qiu, 43, of Frisco, Texas, an appraiser of Asian art, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield, in Beaumont, Texas, to 25 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horns and objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory, worth nearly $1 million, from the United States to China. Qiu was also directed to pay a $150,000 fine, which was directed to the Lacey Act Reward Fund.
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Prince William to attend United for Wildlife meetings in Switzerland

Prince William to attend United for Wildlife meetings in Switzerland | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
As President of United for Wildlife, Prince William will take part in the organisation’s meetings to discuss collaborations and the task force in Gland, Switzerland, on 18th May.
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Vietnam begins to use WildScan app for wildlife protection

Vietnam begins to use WildScan app for wildlife protection | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A training course dedicated to WildScan, a mobile app for wildlife protection, kicked off in Hanoi on Monday, under the joint organization of Vietnamese wildlife authorities and Freeland, an Asia-based organization devoted to wildlife protection, local media reported....   

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Endangered cockatoos found crammed into plastic bottles

Endangered cockatoos found crammed into plastic bottles | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
At least 21 critically endangered yellow-crested cockatoos were found stuffed into bottles at an Indonesian port during an anti-smuggling organization.
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Illegal Animal Trafficking Tough to Stop Despite East San Jose Bust

Illegal Animal Trafficking Tough to Stop Despite East San Jose Bust | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A rare conviction of an East San Jose woman who admitted to illegal animal trafficking highlights the challenges in stopping the illicit wildlife trade.
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Uganda ponders buying container scanners to catch wildlife traffickers

KAMPALA, Uganda - The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has asked Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to install container scanners at all border posts and help limit trafficking in illegal wildlife products.


Dr. Andrew Sseguya, the UWA ED told a training workshop to increase the expertise of law enforcement officers in Kampala that the absence has created a loophole for traffickers.

 

“The traffickers have changed tactics now. They carry ivory and label it as Shea butter. Recently, ivory was seized in Mombasa, but it was labeled as vegetables which is perishable,” Sseguya said....

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What's happening in Kruger is so much more than poaching

What's happening in Kruger is so much more than poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
South Africa seems to be in something of a mess. The international media regularly reports disputes within the ruling ANC. Allegations of inappropriately high amounts of public money being spent on the President's private residence remain unresolved. The nation's mining industry, a vital source of revenue, has been plagued by industrial disputes; resulting in terrible levels of violence. Video footage of South Africa Police Service personnel, captured by onlookers, showing apparent brutality har
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Iran multiplies fines for poachers to save Cheetah

Iran multiplies fines for poachers to save Cheetah | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

TEHRAN- Iranian officials at the Department of Environment will introduce new bill with tougher penalties for wild animal poaching, Mehr news-agency reports on Saturday. 

 

The new law will be announced within the next week and will increase the penalties for killing the Asiatic Cheetah from the current 20 Million Tomans ($6,000) to 100 Million Tomans (about $30,000) and Persian leopard from five million ($1,500) to 80 million (about $24,000), Ali Teimoori confirmed.... 

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Singapore: Biggest seizure of illegal elephant ivory, other wildlife parts

Singapore authorities seized the biggest illegal shipment of ivory and other exotic animal parts in more than a decade Tuesday, with the haul from Kenya worth an estimated Sg$8 million ($6 million)....

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Penalties simply must be more equal to the reward!

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U.S. Trade Reps Tackling Environmental Challenges Through Trade

Today’s environmental challenges are staggering in their severity and scope. Iconic animals such as elephants and rhinoceros, as well as lesser known species, such as the pangolin, saola, vaquita, and totoaba are under threat from wildlife trafficking.  Illegal fishing is driving global economic losses in the billions each year while depleting treasured marine resources. While illegal logging is damaging ecosystems and undercutting sustainable, regulated business....

 

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Weapons trafficking experts target criminal wildlife trade networks

An outfit usually associated with investigating arms dealers and weapons traffickers is applying its advanced network mapping capabilities to go after wildlife trafficking syndicates.

 

This week Washington D.C.-based C4ADS unveiled the Environmental Crimes Fusion Cell, a unit which consists of a team of analysts, network mapping technology provided by software company Palantir, and a network of NGOs and enforcement agencies. The unit analyses wildlife trade data to provide actionable intelligence...

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Shocking; Chinese trafficker arrested with 340 tusks and 65 rhino horns in Mozambique

Shocking; Chinese trafficker arrested with 340 tusks and 65 rhino horns in Mozambique | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
At least 235 animals would have been killed to gather that amount of horns and ivory.
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China works jointly with African countries to combat illegal ivory trade

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WILDLIFE: Harsh penalties rare in trafficking cases

WILDLIFE: Harsh penalties rare in trafficking cases | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife crime in the United States is almost always prosecuted as a misdemeanor. "Somebody could take an AK-47 and just shoot up a pod of pilot whales," said Paul Raymond, a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration investigator. "That's the same as a traffic offense." According to Fish and Wildlife Service data obtained by Greenwire, federal agents have seized 16,885 ivory specimens and an additional 92 kilograms of elephant ivory since 1999. But criminal charges are rare. The a
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Indian airport officials seize 700 smuggled tortoises in two months

Indian airport officials seize 700 smuggled tortoises in two months | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
On March 24 this year, officials noticed some suspect baggage during screening at the Mumbai airport. When Customs officials and CISF officials opened it, they found 161 tortoises stacked inside.
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Preserving the Future – digital campaign illuminates illegal trade in non-charismatic species

Preserving the Future – digital campaign illuminates illegal trade in non-charismatic species | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Stripe-necked Moogoose, hunted for its hair, used in paintbrushes...

 

The campaign Preserving the Future: Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade was jointly run by TRAFFIC, WWF-India and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB). 

The growing demand for wildlife from India that threatens the existence of the Tiger, Elephant, Rhino and various other flagship species has been well publicized. However, the illegal trade in non-charismatic species such as pangolins, monitor lizards, Tokay Gecko, turtles and tortoises, lorises, birds, corals, sea cucumbers and others has remained largely unreported...

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Thailand: More Work Needed to Bust Rohingya Trafficking Ring

Thailand: More Work Needed to Bust Rohingya Trafficking Ring | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Thailand's recent effort to uncover a massive human-trafficking network is a step in the right direction, according to rights groups, which have long criticized the kingdom for failing to comba...
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Where Have All The Cheetahs Gone?

Where Have All The Cheetahs Gone? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
It may surprise you that there are less than 10,000 Cheetahs left in the wilds today!

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