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Using SMART Technology to Stop Wildlife Poachers

Using SMART Technology to Stop Wildlife Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Several major wildlife organizations collaborated on a free, open-source Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool to help park rangers improve their anti-poaching patrols.
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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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Sea Shepherd Rescues Poachers After Strange Sinking

Sea Shepherd Rescues Poachers After Strange Sinking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The crew of a vessel believed to be engaged in illegal fishing was rescued by members the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct-action ocean conservation group founded by the controversial Canadian activist Paul Watson. According to a news release recently published by Sea Shepherd: At 1152 GMT today, the notorious poaching vessel, Thunder, sank at 0˚ 20′ North 05˚ 23′ East inside the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Sao Tome. The Sea Shepherd ships Bob Barker and Sam Simon are in the proc
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Drones are saving wild elephant populations from poachers in Africa

Drones are saving wild elephant populations from poachers in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Drones haven't had the best run of things lately. They have been criticised for their use in warfare in Pakistan and Yemen, they crash often and everywhere...

 

A partnership between the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Kenyan Wildlife Service has led to the creation of a drone protection program targeted at identifying and discouraging poachers...

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Mumbai Crime: Duo nabbed at T2 trying to smuggle 183 live turtles

Mumbai Crime: Duo nabbed at T2 trying to smuggle 183 live turtles | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Customs officials nabbed Sayyad Ibrahim Sikandar and Shahjahan Naina Mohammed before they boarded a flight to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night; said the turtles are worth Rs 1.83 lakh
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Malaysian mammals face extinction

Malaysian mammals face extinction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
PETALING JAYA: At least a fifth of Malaysia’s mammal species, including the Sumatran serow, dugong and the Malayan tiger, face extinction, making the country one of the most dangerous for endangered animals.
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Sad stats, but not surprising!

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George Clooney Uses Satellite Sentinel Project To Catch Elephant Poachers

Although actor and activist George Clooney co-founded the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) as a way to systematically monitor threats to human security over Sudan and South Sudan, it is now also being used, in cooperation with ENOUGH Project and DigitalGlobe, to keep watch over elephants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Inside the war to save Africa's elephants - CNN.com

Inside the war to save Africa's elephants - CNN.com | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Ninety-six elephants are killed each day in Africa. But this group of park rangers in Chad are ready to die to protect their herd from destruction.
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Wash. Army vet uses training to fight poachers in Africa

Wash. Army vet uses training to fight poachers in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Kinessa Johnson, a gutsy, sharp-shooting veteran from outside Olympia, recently joined fellow veterans to fight poaching in East Africa.
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Jeweller sentenced over endangered species

Jeweller sentenced over endangered species | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A jeweller from Sheffield has been sentenced after she was caught selling jewellery containing tiger claws and teeth on eBay. 
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What They're Saying: Environmental Advocates Point to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

What They're Saying: Environmental Advocates Point to the Trans-Pacific Partnership | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) offers a substantial opportunity to advance American interests and values, including a once-in-a-generation chance to protect our oceans, wildlife, and the environment.
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Livelihoods, Jobs, and the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Livelihoods, Jobs, and the Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The illegal wildlife trade is big business. Not including the illegal trade in timber, it exceeds $19 billion annually. The trade is heavily capitalized and is part of the same criminal networks that are involved in drugs, weapons, and human trafficking.

 

The impacts on wildlife populations – including elephants, tigers, and fish species – are widely known. We are losing 35,000 African elephants a year. Tiger populations have been extirpated from Vietnam and Cambodia...

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Botswana activists call on UN to address poaching

Participants at the just-ended Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference have called upon the UN General Assembly to address the illegal wildlife trade at its 69th
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China plays important role in global fight against illegal wildlife trade

As home to treasured species like giant panda, tiger and Tibetan antelope, China has a profound variety and abundance of wildlife, which makes wildlife protection an important work for the country.
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Africa: UN Conference Stresses Grave Need to Combat Wildlife Crime

Africa: UN Conference Stresses Grave Need to Combat Wildlife Crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
With wildlife and forest crimes on the rise, yielding enormous profits for criminal networks, United Nations high-level officials at a major anti-crime meeting under way in Doha, Qatar, stressed the gravity of the scourge, saying that it fuels violence, corrupts supply chains and undermines the rule of law.
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Turning African Wildlife Into Moneymakers Rather Than Dinner

Turning African Wildlife Into Moneymakers Rather Than Dinner | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A grassroots group in Kenya is rescuing zebras and giraffes from poachers’ snares and helping communities profit from preserving animals.
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South Sudan conflict placing millions of wildlife species at risk

South Sudan conflict placing millions of wildlife species at risk | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Millions of species of wildlife are said to be at risk in South Sudan, especially in its Jonglei state where poaching is rampantly carried out by armed elements searching for meat, skin and tusks...

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U.S. National Statement to the UN Crime Congress - Plus Meeting Tomorrow!

U.S. National Statement to the UN Crime Congress - Plus Meeting Tomorrow! | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The United States will host an ancillary meeting on “Combating Wildlife Trafficking on the Internet” on April 14. The panel will feature representatives of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), TRAFFIC Asia, INTERPOL, and Etsy, an online marketplace. The urgent problem of wildlife trafficking is emblematic of the critical contributions that civil society can make, from tracing the DNA of illegal ivory and investigating incidents of poaching, to raising public awareness of wildlife trafficking and lending their expertise to multilateral efforts in the United Nations and other fora.

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Wildlife trafficker to face the music for smuggling songbirds

Wildlife trafficker to face the music for smuggling songbirds | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, April 11, 2015: The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) nabbed a major wildlife trafficker on the day he was about to leave the country. The suspect, said to be in his 40s, was caught red handed by Perhilitan’s Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) while he was driving a van in Bentong, Pahang …
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Namibian elephant poached in Bwabwata National Park

No arrests have been made, but the Namibian police service are investigating a case of illegal hunting...

 

An African elephant was found dead with two gunshot wounds in the Namibian Bwabwata National Park in the very north of SA's neighbouring country. The elephant carcass was found by villagers at the Muit’jiku village of Kavango East in the Buffalo core area of Bwabwata West on Easter Friday, last week....

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SCSU philosophy professor charged with smuggling rhino horns and elephant ivory

SCSU philosophy professor charged with smuggling rhino horns and elephant ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A philosophy professor at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) was arrested last week and charged with smuggling rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory into and out of the United States and China, according to an indictment.
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Photos - Environmental Investigation Agency - Stuffed Tiger Heads

Photos - Environmental Investigation Agency - Stuffed Tiger Heads | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

US warehouse of 1.5 million stuffed animals stands as reminder of horrific illegal wildlife trade

US authorities say the $40 billion illegal wildlife trade is both a conservation and global security issue, as tiger and elephant populations decline and reports suggest the trade is used to fund world-wide terrorist activities.

The glass eyes stare out from the head of the tiger. Its mouth is painted a garish red, its tongue glued in place — one more victim of wildlife trafficking now sitting on a shelf in a warehouse in Colorado....

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Malawi First in SADC to Torch Ivory Stockpiles

Malawi’s decision to torch four tonnes of ivory on Thursday has been hailed as brave and groundbreaking, standing out in stark contrast against other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, some of which resolutely demand the right to the sell their stockpiles.

 

“Put simply, in deciding to burn their ivory, this small, deeply impoverished country has stolen the moral high ground from the rest of its SADC peers when it comes to publicly saying ‘so far and no further’ to poachers and traffickers of wildlife,” said Jason Bell, Director of IFAW Southern Africa....

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Bond girl in fight to save Malaysian wildlife

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KOTA KINABALU - Malaysian movie star Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh is taking on the role as spokesman for wildlife conservation in her homeland.For a start, the Ipoh-born Bond girl will be involved in a documentary on Sabah's wildlife conservation efforts."I hope to get this off the ground soon," she said after addressing the ASEAN Regional Forum's workshop on combating wildlife trafficking at Tuaran near here.
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M'sia-US workshop on combating wildlife trafficking

Putra Jaya: Malaysia and the United States (US) will co-host the three-day Asean Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, beginning March 30 in Tuaran.
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Under Secretary Novelli Travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia

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Under Secretary Novelli Travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia...

 

She will launch the bilateral Wildlife Trafficking Action Plan at @america and later sit down with experts on oceans issues....

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A year after the president promised a national ivory ban, we're still waiting

A year after the president promised a national ivory ban, we're still waiting | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

An elephant is killed in Africa every 15 minutes, and since 2002, their population in central Africa has seen a 76 percent decline. 

 

In February 2014, President Obama announced plans to impose a complete ban on the commercial sale of ivory in the United States, part of an executive order against the illegal wildlife trade. Owning ivory would still be OK—assuming it was purchased legally in the first place—but selling the white stuff would be a big no-no, unless it’s a “bona fide antique” of more than 100 years old (a fact sellers would have to prove).

 

Restrictions on ivory imports took effect immediately, but regulations regarding sales within the United States have yet to be realized, due mostly to administrative delays. The National Rifle Association, however, has been busy fighting state bans and pushing Congress to weaken the proposed rules and roll back the ones already in place. NRDC (disclosure) is concerned that, when issued, the regulations may be weaker than promised. (NRDC advocates are calling attention to the delay by asking supporters to urge the White House to make good on its pledge.)...

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