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Social media helping investigators hunt down poachers

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When you have something you're proud of and you want to share it with others, chances are, you post it on Facebook. Criminals do that, too.
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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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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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Africa: Organized Crime Threatens Elephant Herds

The illegal killing of elephants for their ivory is now at "critically high levels" in Africa with increased involvement by organized crime groups, leading to their possible extinction in parts of the continent, the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today.
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Tanzania to impose tougher penalties against wildlife poachers

Tanzania is seeking reviewing wildlife legislation to impose stiffer regulations and penalties against wildlife poachers and ivory smugglers, a senior government official said on Saturday.


Lazaro Nyalandu, Tanzania’s Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, disclosed the new development in Arusha when speaking alongside the ongoing regional summit on stopping wildlife crime and advancing wildlife conservation....

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Nearly 2,000 suspected poachers have been arrested in Tanzania and some of their cases are in different country’s courts.


Poachers kill an estimated 30 elephants every day in Tanzania, or about 850 every month. 

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If the Wildlife Disappears so do the Tourists

If the Wildlife Disappears so do the Tourists | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Africa for eons has attracted explorers, hunters and today tourists because of its wildlife. If the wildlife disappears so do the tourists.
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UN: Protecting Wildlife Backbone of Economic Development

UN: Protecting Wildlife Backbone of Economic Development | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Protecting natural resources is the backbone of socio-economic development in any country, tourism stakeholders have said. 

 Commenting on the importance of wildlife and natural resources management at the regional summit in Arusha over the weekend, UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, Alvaro Rodriguez said that poaching poses serious threat to the country’s tourism. ...
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Elephant Poachers give Moz cops the slip or where they let go?

Elephant Poachers give Moz cops the slip or where they let go? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Two alleged elephant poachers in Mozambique escaped from a police station while awaiting trial, undermining efforts to implement a new anti-poaching law in the southern African country, a conservation group said this week....

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Big game poachers creating havoc among elephant populations in Tanzania

Big game poachers creating havoc among elephant populations in Tanzania | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
ACROSS Africa the illegal slaughter of elephants is accelerating at such a pace—recent estimates put the number killed at 100,000 in just three years—that it...
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US Under Secretary Novelli Travels to Africa to Discuss Wildlife Trafficking

US Under Secretary Novelli Travels to Africa to Discuss Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli will travel to Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa, November 6-17....


In South Africa, Under Secretary Novelli will ... meet with the minister of environmental affairs, and present to South African authorities State Department-provided equipment to combat wildlife trafficking.

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“Traditional” Chinese medicine isn’t even a century old—and it’s killing wildlife

“Traditional” Chinese medicine isn’t even a century old—and it’s killing wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
“How Chairman Mao’s bogus medical system doomed tigers and other wildlife.”
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Tourism Is Important, But It’s Not the Only Reason to Save Elephants

Tourism Is Important, But It’s Not the Only Reason to Save Elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Those who believe that ecological and moral grounds aren’t sufficient justification to protect elephants and other wildlife in Africa often tout tourism as the most important reason to do so....

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Pay off poachers, save wildlife?

In Namibia, the question of who owns the wildlife has often been fraught with difficulties.

In 1967 -- one year after the United Nations demanded South Africa leave Namibia -- the ruling South African apartheid government gave ownership of the local ...
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Like the concept except for the trophy hunting part.

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WildScan Species Identification App

WildScan Species Identification App | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
WildScan is a comprehensive species identification and response mobile application designed to combat wildlife trafficking. The application is designed to help frontline wildlife law enforcement agencies correctly identify, report and handle marine, freshwater and terrestrial animals caught in the illegal wildlife trade. WildScan places critical information on endangered species, provided by leading experts in many fields, at the fingertips of those who need it most.WildScan is available for free on Android devices and will have multiple language support available in 2015.
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Have an Android SMART phone?

Consider downloading this App and using it next time you visit a pet store or exotic animal/bird shop.

You might just help stop wildlife trafficking.

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Stricter law brings stiff sentence for abalone poacher

A repeat abalone poacher pleaded guilty to new charges this month, and this time, Wildlife Officer Pat Foy said, he faces landmark penalties. In 2013, with the abalone under siege in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, state wildlife officers made enforcing strict new laws, such as lower limits, a point of emphasis by putting up road checkpoints where every vehicle was stopped. Wildlife officers charged Nguyen with poaching abalone and selling them for personal profit, Foy said.
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Symposium on wildlife crime – call for abstracts

Symposium on wildlife crime – call for abstracts | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The symposium aims to evaluate whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use and trade of wildlife (both plants and animals). Outputs from the meeting will be presented at the inter-governmental Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Botswana in March 2015.
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You or someone you know an expert in the field of wildlife crime?

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Wildlife groups post $15,000 reward to catch wolf poacher after female killed

Wildlife groups post $15,000 reward to catch wolf poacher after female killed | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
An alliance of wildlife groups, including the Woodland Park Zoo, are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons who killed a breeding female wolf in the state's Teanaway wolf pack.

The dead wolf was discovered in the Salmon la Sac area, n
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Here Is The Picture That Brought Down An Entire Poaching Ring (Photo)

Here Is The Picture That Brought Down An Entire Poaching Ring (Photo) | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A Facebook photo helped lead Nevada game wardens to a poaching ring.

 

In June of 2013, the Nevada Department of Wildlife received a tip about the photo, which featured a man posing with a dead mule deer slung over his shoulder near Hiko, Nev. It was clear that the photo wasn’t taken during the fall hunting season, and authorities launched a 16-month investigation....

 


 

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Another photo leads to good things...

Did you read about the lion cubs that got rescued because Linda spotted a suspicious photo on FB and acted?

http://www.nikela.org/rescued-luckiest-lion-cubs-cach/ ;

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New 42 new Troop members for Anti-wildlife crime

New 42 new Troop members for Anti-wildlife crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The journey against poaching should be for everyone, we have lost more than what we can repair back to our motherland, Every single breathe we make, we should recall they is an Elephant, rhino, or any wildlife needs our help. Stand for them Now....

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Zimbabwe: Anti-Poaching Efforts Under Pressure From Corruption

POLICE in Dete recently arrested two suspects on allegations of killing three elephants by cyanide poisoning. However, the real kingpins behind wildlife gangs remain untouchable, even after previous convictions, due to alleged corruption within the justice system.
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India: Bears killed for Sex Organs

India: Bears killed for Sex Organs | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
According to the government, on an average 4 to 5 sloth bears are killed by poachers every year for sourcing their reproductive organs and gall bladders which are the key ingredients of aphrodisiacs in Chinese medicine.
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Kenya calls for joint efforts to save wildlife species

NAIROBI, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Thursday called for a collaborative approach among wildlife stakeholders in the fight against rampant poaching and illegal ivory trade....

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Nanjing Sends Meat that Meows to Guangzhou

Nanjing Sends Meat that Meows to Guangzhou | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
To support it culinary tradition of cat eating, Guangdong Province imports more than 1,000 cats each day kidnapped from all across China.
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Jone Zuazo Ibarra's curator insight, November 10, 3:43 AM

Activists denounced cats-trafficking in Guangzhou. In this activity, the principle of the 5 freedoms of animal welfare is disrupted; the immoral and careless transportation of these pets, and even more, the poaching of these kind of animals, wild and stray, have injuries and diseases that can be transmitted to humans through its consumption. Furthermore, the lack of regulation in animal practice in these countries leads to the consent of this activity being unfair and inhumane. Moreover, It is important to keep in mind that high demand for meat cat joing to uncontrolled traffic can cause health problems in the population. Personally, there is a legal emptyness on the aspects related to animal rights and badpractice which directly influences healthcare.

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Fujian poachers ravaging Japan’s coral

Fujian poachers ravaging Japan’s coral | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
XIAPU, China — Many of the Chinese fishing boats that poach scarce coral, dubbed “jewelry coral,” in waters around the Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo cast off from Xiapu County in Fujian Province, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
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Report Estimates Enormous Economic Value of Living Elephants

Report Estimates Enormous Economic Value of Living Elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

When a young elephant dies at the hands of an ivory poacher, according to a recent report, the commercial loss to the tourism industry is more than $1.6 million–­–the amount the animal would have contributed to the economy had it lived a full and happy life...

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Is depletion of wildlife causing social conflict?

Decline in biodiversity is a source of social conflict rather than a symptom, according to a UC Berkeley report. Zoe Loftus-Farren elaborates the issue
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This confirms it...

"Obviously it is bad to be losing some of these species and impacting some of these populations, but it is much worse if we are losing these species…and on top of that, we are also seeing increased violence and increased social injustices like forced labour practices.” says Doug McCauley who participated in a recent study regarding resource depletion and its impact on social conflict. 

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Wildlife Trafficking: Who does it, allows it? - YouTube

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Travelers advised not to buy wildlife products while on holiday

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2014 – Thousands of holidaymakers at Southeast Asia’s largest travel and tourism fair earlier this month secured not just great deals, but also important advice – don’t ruin your holiday by getting caught with a souvenir made from wildlife parts....

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