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Online wildlife sales curbed

Online wildlife sales curbed | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

More than 150 people face federal and state charges after authorities disrupted online wildlife trafficking operations involving tiger, leopard and jaguar pelts, elephant ivory and live birds.


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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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India: Wildlife Protected By UAV Technology

India: Wildlife Protected By UAV Technology | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Drones will be protecting ten of India's most diverse hotspots, following a successful pilot project in in Madhya Pradesh. The drones will deter poaching.
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Elephant Poachers Also Targeting Vultures

Elephant Poachers Also Targeting Vultures | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Vultures are being targeted by elephant poachers in Africa...

 

Elephant populations aren’t the only ones being threatened by unsustainable poaching. Elephant poachers are also targeting vultures. As Madeline Bolin reports at Environment 360, it is becoming increasingly common for poachers to poison the carcass of elephants they hunt, so that the circling birds don’t give away the location of the kill. 

 

Park rangers and other law enforcement officers (who are themselves occasionally murdered by poachers) can use circling vultures to figure out where a large kill has taken place, so it’s in the best interest of the poachers to get rid of the aerial evidence. Last summer, as many as 600 vultures died after feeding on a single poisoned carcass in Namibia....


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Kenya : Elephants ‘die in hands of white-collar KWS wardens’

Kenya : Elephants ‘die in hands of white-collar KWS wardens’ | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A security consultant and a former top KWS officer have cited inadequate staffing, inept leadership, indiscipline, poor attitude and low morale among rangers as the main reasons why poachers have been running rings around the organisation’s anti-poaching unit.
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Hmm! One source says that rangers "do not need sophisticated weapons to fight back, but merely good intelligence, basic technology and the right calibre of askaris (people hired)" 


Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000132330/elephants-die-in-hands-of-white-collar-kws-wardens/

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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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Asia: Summit to prepare action plan against wildlife crimes

Summit to prepare action plan against wildlife crimes...

 

KATHMANDU, Aug 25:Senior officials of the governments of South Asian countries, and regional and international experts working in combating wildlife crime have descended on Kathmandu to formulate an action plan to combat wildlife crimes in South Asia.

Over 50 participants from the governments of South Asian countries and other international experts will be attending the 2nd annual summit meeting of South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) that kicks off Tuesday...

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The elephant whisperer: the man saving baby elephants from poachers

The elephant whisperer: the man saving baby elephants from poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Peter Mbulu is on a mission to save Kenya's orphaned baby elephants. In a country where poaching runs rampant, this man's quest is particularly admirable.
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Russian ministry voices new anti-poaching efforts

Russian ministry voices new anti-poaching efforts | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

MOSCOW, August 21 (RAPSI) – The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment suggests to block access to websites promoting poaching and offer a reward for information about illegal hunting or capture of rare animals, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

“Widespread poaching and illegal trade still have an extremely negative impact on the survival of rare and endangered species,” the agency quoted Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi as having said at the government meeting on Thursday....

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Oakland couple fined, sentenced to jail for poaching dozens of Dungeness crabs in Half Moon Bay

Oakland residents Minh Tran, 54, and Mai Tran, 52, were arrested Feb. 15 after authorities discovered 108 commercial-grade crabs aboard their speedboat in Half Moon Bay -- more than five times the legal limit
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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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