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Illegal wildlife trade worth €15bn

Illegal wildlife trade worth €15bn | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Trafficking of wildlife and products such as timber and rhino horn is one of the world’s biggest illegal trades, worth €15 billion a year, conservationists have warned.
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That's well over $19 Billion! 

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Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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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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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in Three Years

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in Three Years | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
NAIROBI, Kenya, August 19, 2014 (ENS) - Some 100,000 elephants were illegally killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012, finds the first verifiable estimate of the impacts of the ongoing ivory crisis on Africa’s elephant populations.
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Kenya: Reserve tests drones to fight poachers

Kenya: Reserve tests drones to fight poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a 36000-hectare rhinoceros reserve in Kenya, has teamed up with company which develops drone autopilot systems.
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Canada: Fish & Wildlife officers bust meat smuggling ring

Canada: Fish & Wildlife officers bust meat smuggling ring | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Seven people face 23 wildlife trafficking charges after meat smuggling ring busted...

 

On July 14, the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Special Investigations branch concluded a two-year investigation following the seizure of 322 packages of moose and elk meat along with $1,105 cash and a 2013 F-150 pickup truck.

 

Fish and Wildlife officials estimate the value of the meat to be about $6,500.

 

Alberta Justice spokesperson Brendan Cox said the Fish and Wildlife officials started to look into the alleged offences after receiving tips from the public that meat from wild game was being illegally bought and sold in the Lac Ste Ann area.

 

Fish and Wildlife officials decided to launch an undercover operation targeting several identified suspects....

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India's wildlife under threat as illegal poaching threatens lesser-known animals

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller.
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Sad news but not unexpected.

Once wildlife trafficking took hold it was only a matter of time that other species would be targeted.

No species is safe as long as a price tag can be put on their head!

As long as governments do not have the will to enforce the law and citizens of the world fail to do what is right by all living beings and our environment.

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Trade routes and killing fields - Africa Geographic Magazine

Trade routes and killing fields - Africa Geographic Magazine | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Corruption and poverty make Africa an ideal haven for the bloody trade in elephant tusks. Looking at these maps one might get the impression that everyone is in on it. It certainly involves the entire spectrum of African society, from corrupt businessmen and government officials to people so poor they use primitive spears to bring down elephants. Be it legal or not, as long as there is demand for ivory, this graphic portrayal is unlikely to change....

 

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Trade routes and more following the wildlife trafficking trails... so why can't we stop it?

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The key to some big endangered species crime investigations is a small lab in Oregon

The key to some big endangered species crime investigations is a small lab in Oregon | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Trying to figure out where that confiscated rhino horn came from? Is that guitar made from a piece of endangered tropical hardwood?
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Coast Guard Catches Poachers, 153 Sharks

Coast Guard Catches Poachers, 153 Sharks | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews intercepted and seized a Mexican boat and crew illegally fishing in U.S. waters Sunday, continuing the seventh busy day for federal fisheries enforcement officers.
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West Africa: U.S. to Host Meeting On Combating Trafficking

West Africa: U.S. to Host Meeting On Combating Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Trafficking from Latin America through West Africa has morphed into a multinational criminal business that trades in narcotics, people, wildlife and arms, the United States said in announcing a meeting on Friday with 15 West African governments to...
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I taught him to laugh! Brit saves gorilla after poacher attack

I taught him to laugh! Brit saves gorilla after poacher attack | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
TRAGIC orphan gorilla Shufai has always been a jungle VIP in the eyes of award-winning British animal aid worker Rachel Hogan.
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Idaho Fish and Game uses K-9 unit to catch poachers

Idaho Fish and Game uses K-9 unit to catch poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Idaho tries K-9 pilot program to help game wardens
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Failing to grasp dire consequences of Africa's wildlife trade

Failing to grasp dire consequences of Africa's wildlife trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
As a conservation biologist from Hong Kong doing research in Central Africa, I am often asked a question some find surprising: "Will Hong Kong and China work to save the wildlife here?"...
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How killing off wildlife causes social chaos and why it must be stopped

How killing off wildlife causes social chaos and why it must be stopped | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The decline of wildlife can cause hunger and unemployment and, consequently, fuel increased crime and political instability, report researchers.
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Although I'm in because my primary love is wildlife the battle against trafficking is about so much more...

“We are not just losing species; we are losing children, breaking apart communities, and fostering crime. This makes wildlife conservation a more important job than it ever has been.”

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Wildlife group raises alarm over Asia's bear trade

Wildlife group raises alarm over Asia's bear trade The Nation Kuala Lumpur - At least 2,800 bears in Asia were traded for their parts over the past decade, according to a report issued Thursday by an...
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Poachers Are Now Killing Elephants at a Faster Rate Than They Are Born (Video)

Poachers Are Now Killing Elephants at a Faster Rate Than They Are Born (Video) | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory by poachers at an alarming rate: more than 100,000 killed in just three years.
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Alarming!

Did you know that when the older elephants are killed the younger elephants may die also? Because they aren't yet familiar with were to find food and water as they migrate.

Similar to when we drive through a new town, we don't know yet were the best shopping is (unless you use Yelp of course ;) )

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Animals Beware: Now Gangs Are Getting in on Wildlife Crime, Too

Animals Beware: Now Gangs Are Getting in on Wildlife Crime, Too | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Organized crime has begun to view wildlife crime in the U.K. as a handy means of making money with low risk, according to a surprising new report.
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More 'bad guys' discovering how easy it is to traffic wildlife!

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Are Wildlife Declines Fueling Slavery And Armed Conflict?

Are Wildlife Declines Fueling Slavery And Armed Conflict? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Crashing wildlife populations and social conflict are frightening enough on their own, so you could be forgiven for finding connections between the two a bit of a downer. But this dark cloud has a silver lining....
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Help fight illegal wildlife trade with new App

Help fight illegal wildlife trade with new App | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Australian travellers are being enlisted to help fight illegal wildlife trade with a new free mobile app.
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Philippines DFA lauds guilty verdict on 12 Chinese poachers in Tubbataha

Philippines DFA lauds guilty verdict on 12 Chinese poachers in Tubbataha | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday expressed support for the guilty verdict handed down by a local court on 12 Chinese poachers, saying the decision was “based on applicable Philippine laws.”...
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Is there a link between the Ebola virus and Wildlife Trafficking?

Is there a link between the Ebola virus and Wildlife Trafficking? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The vicious Ebola outbreak that has already killed over 800 people this year was not a strain endemic to the region as initially believed.
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Protecting wildlife goes hi-tech and gets harder

Protecting wildlife goes hi-tech and gets harder | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
THOSE who want to protect elephants and rhinoceroses in Africa often face dangerous criminal traffickers who are bold, enterprising and well-equipped, leaders said at the US-Africa summit this week.
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Drones to monitor wildlife in 10 Indian sites

Drones to monitor wildlife in 10 Indian sites | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In what could be a major boost to technologically-empowered wildlife surveillance and research in India, plans are afoot to introduce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones in 10 biodiversity-rich sites across India by January 2015.
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New Zealand: Alleged poachers deny 'jurisdiction'

Two men facing poaching charges refuse to enter pleas, saying they did not recognise the court's jurisdiction.
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Kenya : Poachers now turn to spearing to avoid detection

Poachers are now using traditional methods such as spearing as opposed to shooting to avoid detection by security agents, Kenya Wildlife Service Director William Kiprono has revealed.
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Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again

Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A second elephant has been butchered for its tusks by poachers in Parfuri, northern Kruger National Park, 10km in from the Mozambican and Zimbabwean borders. SANParks officials discovered the two day old carcass with its tusks hacked out yesterday morning. No further details regarding the age or sex of the elephant were available and no suspects have as yet been arrested in connection with the crime....

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Earlier this year during our Africa Wildlife Tour several wildlife conservationists predicted that it was on the horizon.... elephant poaching in the Kruger. Well, it seems the day has dawned!

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Discussing Wildlife Trafficking at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Discussing Wildlife Trafficking at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

What is the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit?
It’s the largest engagement a U.S. president has ever had with African leaders and governments. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will bring together 50 heads of state, along with a range of U.S. and African civil society and business leaders, to discuss the future of Africa.

 

What issues will the Summit address?
The summit leader sessions will focus on topics such as trade and investment, peace and regional stability, and good governance. The signature events will address issues such as civil society, women’s empowerment, global health, resilience and food security, and wildlife trafficking....

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