Thailand recently destroyed over two tons of illegal ivory as a symbol of their movement toward protecting animals from poaching and illegal trade. In addition, the country established new laws to reduce illegal ivory trade and protect African elephants (whose products are traded through Thailand).
Poachers in Canacona’s heavily forested area operate effectively as they evade forest officials to obtain the meat of wild animals which they then consume and/or sell to exotic meat eaters in the state.
The study represents an effort to better understand what motivates people in the United States and Asian countries to continue purchasing ivory, despite years of efforts to raise awareness about how the illegal trade is fueling the mass slaughter of elephants....
Nobody is better at combating illegal wildlife trade than the U.S. Here’s how it can stem the crisis.
The streets of Nairobi, Kenya, have been repaved, painted, and planted with flowers in anticipation of President Barack Obama’s visit this weekend. While in the country of his father’s birth, the president will appear at the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, where he will discuss job opportunities with investors, business owners, and African leaders. He will also hold a press conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta and, later, address the Kenyan people, using the opportunities to speak about economic growth and development, security, and religious extremism in the region.
Obama is also expected to discuss a topic that ties all those others together: wildlife trafficking. Half of Africa’s elephants have been killed over the past 10 years to feed demand, chiefly in Asia, for ivory. Rhino poaching, which was nearly nonexistent nine years ago, was up 21 percent in South Africa in 2014. More than a million pangolins have been poached from Africa and Asia over the past decade. Criminal gangs and terrorist groups funded by the illegal trade threaten the stability of Kenya and other African countries....
Lovers of frogs legs pay exorbitant rates to eat the meat. Due to the ban under the Wildlife Act of 1972, the amphibian’s meat is not served to unknown people for fear of authority but environmentalists fear that the dwindling number of frogs could soon see them classified as endangered
NAIROBI, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways has partnered with International Air Transport Association (IATA), Kenya Wildlife Service and global conservation organization, Freeland, to curb smuggling of wildlife products through commercial airlines.
Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV), Vietnam’s first NGO focused on the conservation of nature and environmental protection, launched a short film on August 18 to increase awareness of the illegal consumption of endangered species and their products in Vietnam
The study represents an effort to better understand what motivates people in the United States and Asian countries to continue purchasing ivory, despite years of efforts to raise awareness about how the illegal trade is fueling the mass slaughter of elephants.
Over the past several months, the confiscation of several large shipments of ivory has once again shed light on the troubling persistence of both illegal wildlife trafficking and demand for ivory—a collective tragedy that costs the lives of more than 32,000 elephants every year....
NEW YORK, New York, July 30, 2015 (ENS) – Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the UN General Assembly today urged its Member States to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, “on both the supply and demand sides.”
NAIROBI, July 24 (Xinhua) -- African conservation firm said Friday rangers from Kenya and Tanzanian wildlife agencies have completed a two-month intensive training on how to detect ivory hidden in vehicles, buildings and luggage.
The training organized by Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF) will see the detection dog teams from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Tanzania's Wildlife Division be deployed to Port of Mombasa and Port of Dar es Salaam, where they will aid both countries in disrupting the flow of illegal ivory smuggled to markets abroad....
By Adam Cruise Pohamba Shifeta, Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, said the country will not destroy its stockpile of ivory and rhino horns...
Shifeta expects Namibia to make a windfall if the CITES-enforced international bans on trading ivory and rhino horn are lifted.
“We will get a lot of money, and the proceeds will go to state coffers to alleviate poverty,” he said...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Adam Welz, African rep or WildAid says...
"If countries are allowed to sell their stockpiles of rhino horn and ivory, it “will undo all the hard work to reduce demand that WildAid have been conducting in China and other Asian countries over the past two years.”
That hard work centers on a consumer-awareness campaign involving celebrities like Hollywood film stars Jackie Chan and Leonardo diCaprio.
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