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Tigers Resurgent in Thailand, India, and Russia As Poachers Surrender Legal Loopholes

Tigers Resurgent in Thailand, India, and Russia As Poachers Surrender Legal Loopholes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
As low as 3,200 tigers roam in the wild in 2012, but the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced that the endangered animal is making a comeback in Asia.
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This is good news. However, the demand for tiger bones and tiger skins must still be curbed.

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12 Nat Geo Stories That Exposed Wildlife Exploitation

12 Nat Geo Stories That Exposed Wildlife Exploitation | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Here’s a look back at some of our most powerful reports that revealed how wild animals (and trees) are being threatened.
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Three arrested over death of pilot who was trying to protect elephants

Three arrested over death of pilot who was trying to protect elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of killing a British helicopter pilot shot down by gunfire as he tried to stop a group of elephant poachers make off with ivory in Tanzania.
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Meet the Winners of the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

Meet the Winners of the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife Trafficking: A Crisis for Nature and Humanity. We called on the global community to share bold ideas that deliver innovative solutions to stem the slaughter of the world’s wildlife and 300 applicants from around the world responded.
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Way to go all of you! Congrats.

Here are the top 16 innovative ideas to end wildlife trafficking.

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Illegal Ivory Market Starting to Tank, Regulators Say

Illegal Ivory Market Starting to Tank, Regulators Say | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Global efforts to crack down on ivory trafficking are eating away at prices.

 

“We’re seeing the price of ivory start to tank,” said John Scanlon, head of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

 

“You’re seeing the bottom fall out of the market,” he told AFP on the sidelines of a meeting in Geneva this week focused on illegal wildlife trade....

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Poaching of many animals on the rise

Despite ongoing, concerted efforts by officials, illegal hunting of wild animals in nature reserves is still on the rise. 

 

It is estimated that dozens of animals are poached every month, according to the City of Cape Town’s environmental resource management department.

 

The main types of animal targeted and caught are small antelope, such as Cape grysbok, porcupine and Cape hare. However, any mammal, including caracal and mongoose, is vulnerable.

 

While the exact figure is unknown, the marked decrease or even absence of particular animals at some sites is evidence of the impact of this illegal activity....

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‘Of all the things I’ve investigated, wildlife crime was the most difficult’ says retired Tayside police officer

‘Of all the things I’ve investigated, wildlife crime was the most difficult’ says retired Tayside police officer | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Scotland has the strongest wildlife legislation in the UK. And yet the difficulties securing wildlife crime prosecutions remain very real, according to retired Tayside police officer Alan Stewart, who was Scotland’s first full-time wildlife crime officer.

Between April 2014 and February 2015, almost 250 wildlife crimes were recorded by Police Scotland.

The research, published by the Scottish Environment Link charity, showed that only 20 (13.5%) of the 148 confirmed wildlife crimes reported to the police during 2008-2013 resulted in a prosecution.
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Wins for Chimps, Elephants, Lions Mark the Biggest Federal Policy Gains in 2015

Wins for Chimps, Elephants, Lions Mark the Biggest Federal Policy Gains in 2015 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
This year, we helped secure an extraordinary series of gains in the federal policy-making realm — gains ushered in by Congress and federal executive agencies. More broadly, the government banned the use of chimps in experiments, saw new rules to protect elephants against the ivory trade, established new protections for African lions from American trophy hunters, . . . 
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Johor Perhilitan chief nabbed for alleged rhino horn theft

Johor Perhilitan chief nabbed for alleged rhino horn theft | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The director of the Johor Wildlife and Natural Parks Department (Perhilitan) has been arrested for allegedly stealing a 100-year-old rhinoceros horn from the Johor Royal Museum, The Star Online reported.

 

Johor police chief, Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the 46-year-old director who was transferred to this state in August, was detained after he surrendered himself at the JB Sentral police station, here, at about 9pm yesterday....

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U.S. aids South Africa anti-poaching effort

President Barack Obama's administration is stepping up efforts to combat wildlife poaching, an expanding criminal enterprise in South Africa that has driven several animal species toward extinction.
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Illegal ivory price drops dramatically in China

Illegal ivory price drops dramatically in China | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Waning Chinese demand has seen a serious drop in the value of illegal raw ivory, according to a Kenya-based conservationist group.
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Could this be good?

"Kenya-based conservation organisation Save the Elephants said Monday that the price of illegal raw ivory in China had fallen to $1,100 per kilogramme, down from a record high last year of $2,100 per kilo."

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2 Men Charged In Portland With Smuggling Endangered Wildlife

2 Men Charged In Portland With Smuggling Endangered Wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The two men allegedly co-owned an online business that regularly smuggled endangered wildlife into the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
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From Victim to Villain: A New Way To Report on Wildlife Crime

From Victim to Villain: A New Way To Report on Wildlife Crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Investigative reporter Bryan Christy discusses how he took on wildlife trafficker Anson Wong—and won.
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The Ego got him!

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VIDEO: A brief history of the elephant ivory trade

VIDEO: A brief history of the elephant ivory trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Africa is in the midst of an elephant poaching crisis. But how did we get here? To answer that question, we need to look back at the history of the ivory trade.
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Must watch, must share video...

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Tanzania: Manhunt Closes On Poachers Behind Chopper Shooting

Tanzania: Manhunt Closes On Poachers Behind Chopper Shooting | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The government is closing in on key suspects behind the killing of a British pilot, Roger Gower, whose helicopter was gunned down by poachers in Maswa Game Reserve last Friday.
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Man selling monkey heads on eBay sentenced, supplier in Indonesia arrested

Man selling monkey heads on eBay sentenced, supplier in Indonesia arrested | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
63 year-old illegal wildlife trader, George Bush, was sentenced to 14 months in prison (suspended for two years) for offering to sell two leopard cat skulls, 134 monkey parts including hands and heads, and a skeleton of an infant crab-eating macaque, according to London Metropolitan Police Service's Wildlife Crime Unit.
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Hong Kong bans import and export of ivory

Hong Kong bans import and export of ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Activists welcome ‘historic’ move to crack down on trade that is seen to help fuel rampant elephant poaching across Africa
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LRA warlord Joseph Kony uses ivory trade to buy arms

LRA warlord Joseph Kony uses ivory trade to buy arms | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Former Lord's Resistance Army fighter tells the Telegraph how the wanted Ugandan warlord runs an ivory poaching and smuggling operation to fund his depleted forces...

 

The ivory trade is providing a final “lifeline” for Joseph Kony, the Ugandan warlord responsible for abducting tens of thousands of children.

 

After waging war for three decades – and being indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court – Kony has been forced back to a last refuge in a remote area of South Sudan called Kafia Kingi....

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Even if Hong Kong says they will start to curb the import and export of ivory, we still have an uphill battle with everyone else on the planet interested in ivory, from Africans to Americans.  Your money can help make a difference today, not tomorrow when it will be too late.

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Poacher killed by Botswana army

Poacher killed by Botswana army | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A Botswana conservation group says at least one poacher has been shot and killed by the Botswana Defence Force during a contact inside the Chobe National Park.
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3 poachers let off in sloth bear case

Nagpur: Days after three dreaded poachers and tiger skin traders were convicted for killing a big cat in Dhakna in Melghat tiger reserve (MTR), another three poachers were acquitted by Amravati additional chief judicial magistrate SB Bhajipale.


Interestingly, the judgment comes a few days after a sensitization workshop was organized for judges by the forest department in Chikhaldara. Recently, another additional CJM had sentenced two poachers Ranjit Bhatia and Dalbir Bawariya, and a tiger skin trader Sarju Bawariya from Haryana for seven years....

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Malawi: Two poachers given four-year jail terms

The Nkhotakota magistrate court on Thursday sentenced two Malawian men to four years in prison with hard labour   after being found guilty of possessing a gun with live bullets and poaching in a restricted area.

 

According to Nkhotakota police spokesperson Sergeant Williams Kaponda, the two, Yotam Chimaima and Kumpaliro Abraham were caught poaching on September 17 at Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

 

Kaponda said on this day, the two went to the wildlife reserve and killed bush bucks, a development that angered some people who saw them killing the animal...

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These Odisha bird poachers transform into protectors

These Odisha bird poachers transform into protectors | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In a major transformation at Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lake in Odisha and the largest winter resort for migratory birds in the subcontinent, a group of poachers has become a protector of birds, inspiring others in their neighbourhood to follow suit. They have even formed a bird protection committee which the forest department is banking on to protect birds flocking to Chilika.....

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PODCAST The endangered pangolin is in good hands at this Center

PODCAST The endangered pangolin is in good hands at this Center | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Do you know what the endangered Pangolin is? Did you know that it is the most endangered mammal on the planet? Neither did I, until I met Lisa Hywood.
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Why Gorillas are Critically Endangered, and Whats Being Done to Protect Them

Why Gorillas are Critically Endangered, and Whats Being Done to Protect Them | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Quick facts on why the iconic gorillas are on the critically endangered list, their importance to the ecosystem and campaigns to save them.
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Uganda seizes five tons of ivory in three years

Uganda seizes five tons of ivory in three years | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Uganda has seized about five tons of ivory from traffickers since 2013 in a flourishing illegal trade
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Report reveals booming trade in illegal wildlife trafficked from Latin America to US

Report reveals booming trade in illegal wildlife trafficked from Latin America to US | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

From steamy lowland jungle and lush cloud forests to rich coastal mangroves and underwater oases, Latin America is home to a cornucopia of diverse plants and animal species. This verdant region, however, is being plundered of its rich wildlife. ...

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Not good news!

"As one of the world’s largest consumers of illegal wildlife products, the U.S. is a key actor in the global wildlife trade, accounting for some $6 billion of legal and $2 billion of illegal wildlife trade annually. A majority of the contraband flowing into the county is coming from the country’s neighbours in the south: the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America."

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How Black-Market Poison Is Helping Poachers Kill Animals

How Black-Market Poison Is Helping Poachers Kill Animals | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In Zimbabwe, there’s no effective way to track cyanide—and elephants are paying the price.
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