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EIA response to Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking study

EIA response to Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking study | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Arriving on the heels of what appears to be another major haul of smuggled ivory the EIA welcomes the the 'Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking’ study,
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Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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Spotlight on Species - The Elephant

Spotlight on Species - The Elephant | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

All of July we will focus on the Elephant by sharing facts, photos and videos about this majestic animal.

Here are some Elephant Facts you may not know!

Thanks to Anneth for this great infographic

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In Indonesia, Tackling Poaching with Mobile Games

In Indonesia, Tackling Poaching with Mobile Games | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Indonesia’s booming smartphone penetration is opening a new front in attempts to save the country’s wildlife.
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GPS in fake tusks tracks ivory poaching to terrorists

GPS in fake tusks tracks ivory poaching to terrorists | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Novel technology used in a National Geographic investigation into illegal poaching of elephants' tusks has found that the criminals seeking the valuable ivory aren't just jewelry traders.
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Ivory Crush: Thailand Destroys Illegal Ivory, Too

Ivory Crush: Thailand Destroys Illegal Ivory, Too | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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).
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Goa’s illegal meat market has a sinister story

Goa’s illegal meat market has a sinister story | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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.
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The Sumatran rhino is extinct in the wild in Malaysia

The Sumatran rhino is extinct in the wild in Malaysia | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Leading scientists and experts in the field of rhino conservation state in a new paper that it is safe to consider the Sumatran rhinoceros extinct in the wild in Malaysia.
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Reducing Demand For Ivory: International Study 2015

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....

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UK pledges £5m to combat gangs poaching African and Asian wildlife to point of extinction

UK pledges £5m to combat gangs poaching African and Asian wildlife to point of extinction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
ELEPHANTS, rhinos and tigers are getting a £5million lifeline from British taxpayers to keep them from the clutches of wildlife crime syndicates.
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Tanzania: Americans Promise U.S.$30 Million for Tanzanian Conservation Efforts

The United States government has promised $30 million during the next five years to boost wildlife and environment conservation efforts in Tanzania.writes ELISHA MAYALLAH.
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Canine Cops Target Ivory Smugglers in Africa

Canine Cops Target Ivory Smugglers in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
An international team of police dogs will try to protect elephants by guarding ports and border crossings in Tanzania and Kenya.
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Obama in Kenya: What the President Can Do This Weekend to Help End Poaching

Obama in Kenya: What the President Can Do This Weekend to Help End Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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....

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Pushing Ivory Out of Africa: A Case Study from the Field

Pushing Ivory Out of Africa: A Case Study from the Field | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
This case study takes data directly from the field collected by Global Eye and Elephant Action League assets who infiltrated four elephant poaching and ivory trafficking networks in East Africa.
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Wildlife Trafficking of Species Great and Small

Wildlife Trafficking of Species Great and Small | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world, with an estimated 960,000 having been taken from the wild and illegaly traded in the last decade.
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Frog trade on a high in Canacona despite ban on meat

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
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Chinese Fishermen Sailing Closer to Coast of Western Philippines

Chinese Fishermen Sailing Closer to Coast of Western Philippines | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Philippine maritime police say the fishermen a threat to their country’s security
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Kenya Airways launches campaign to curb illegal wildlife trade

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.
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U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa

U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Measures to counter the trafficking of wildlife in a proposed Pacific trade pact should help to discourage animal poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.Speaking at a conference
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Short Film to Air in Viet Nam to Stop Wildlife Consumption

Short Film to Air in Viet Nam to Stop Wildlife Consumption | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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
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VIDEO: Who Buys Ivory? You’d Be Surprised

VIDEO: Who Buys Ivory? You’d Be Surprised | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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.
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Chelsea Clinton: To protect Africa's elephants, stop the demand

Chelsea Clinton: To protect Africa's elephants, stop the demand | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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....

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UN puts wildlife crime on a par with drug and people trafficking

UN puts wildlife crime on a par with drug and people trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife crime is now considered as serious as drug trafficking – tackling it may help countries beat other illegal activities in the gangs and syndicates responsible
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UN General Assembly Resolves to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

UN General Assembly Resolves to Combat Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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.”

 
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You may be supporting drug dealers by buying exotic pets

You may be supporting drug dealers by buying exotic pets | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Illegal trade in wildlife also linked to arms drugs and human trafficking says International Fund for Animal Welfare
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Kenyan, Tanzanian rangers trained on ivory detection

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....

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Namibia Says No to Destroying Its Huge Ivory and Rhino Horn Stockpile

Namibia Says No to Destroying Its Huge Ivory and Rhino Horn Stockpile | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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...

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"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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Elephant freed from snare after 2 years - Africa Geographic

Elephant freed from snare after 2 years - Africa Geographic | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A 35 year old elephant in northern Zimbabwe gets nicknamed 'Lucky' after finally having a snare removed from its leg.
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