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Poachers Poison Watering Holes—African Elephants In Danger of Extinction!

(ANIMAL WELFARE/POACHING) Just when you thought people couldn't sink any lower...poachers are now poisoning African elephants to fuel the illicit ivory trade.
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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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Business community encouraged to protect wildlife by Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and TRAFFIC

Business community encouraged to protect wildlife by Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and TRAFFIC | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Signing the MoU © TRAFFIC Hanoi, 24th April 2015 – To empower the business comm...

 

Hanoi, 24th April 2015 – To empower the business community in Viet Nam to lead the fight against illegal wildlife trade and consumption, the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), in collaboration with TRAFFIC, is equipping business leaders with the tools they need to become “champions” of wildlife protection through corporate social responsibility (CSR) training....

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Revolting hummingbird case brings illegal wildlife trade in Texas to light

Revolting hummingbird case brings illegal wildlife trade in Texas to light | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The revelation last week that a Dallas resident was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and restitution for trafficking in dried hummingbird carcasses seems revolting to those of us who keep feeders to attract the tiny, supercharged birds to our backyards.
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How financial power can be used to save iconic species from extinction

How financial power can be used to save iconic species from extinction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The US and its partners can prevent the world's worst armed groups from profiting off of wildlife trafficking...

 

This is not just a conservation tragedy.  It’s also a national security crisis.


Wildlife trafficking is a big business that's fueling conflict and terror. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has estimated that wildlife trafficking, forestry and other environmental crime nets approximately $8 to $10 billion USD annually...

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Poachers nabbed with 138 crayfish

Poachers nabbed with 138 crayfish | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Cape Town - Members of the City of Cape Town’s Marine and Environmental Law Enforcement Unit have arrested five alleged poachers and confiscated West Coast rock lobster valued at R6 000.

 

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said two members of the marine law enforcement unit had been conducting sea patrols along with Table Mountain National Parks staff, between Cape Point and Witsand, on Monday when they noticed suspicious activity...

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Citizens Spur States to Ban Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn

Citizens Spur States to Ban Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

From Vermont to California, grassroots efforts drive state actions to protect elephants and rhinos....

 

Two states, New Jersey and New York, have passed such laws. Bills are currently before the legislature in ten others: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Seven more states—Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas—as well as the District of Columbia—are also considering taking action.


In six other states—Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington—similar bills have died recently, largely because opponents weakened them significantly. Their champions decided to try again next year rather than accept less effective bills now....

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Fighting ivory smuggling through capacity building in Central Africa

Fighting ivory smuggling through capacity building in Central Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Wildlife law enforcement officers and other agencies involved in law aw enforcement including police, Customs, gendarmerie and magistrates from five Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) countries—Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo—participated in a three day workshop earlier this month in Limbe, South West Region, Cameroon, to learn about the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS)...

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Sumatran Authorities Arrest Wildlife Dealer Caught with Young Orangutan

Sumatran Authorities Arrest Wildlife Dealer Caught with Young Orangutan | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A small victory in efforts to stem Asia’s booming illicit trade in orangutans and other rare wildlife....

 

A man allegedly using Facebook and text messages to find buyers for orangutans and other endangered wildlife caught in Sumatra, Indonesia, has been arrested, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which was involved in the investigation through its Wildlife Crimes Unit and an Indonesian affiliate...,

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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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Edwin Sabuhoro: Turning poachers into eco-warriors

Edwin Sabuhoro: Turning poachers into eco-warriors | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
When Edwin Sabuhoro found out that poachers were rife in his community, he came up with a unique program, using his own money, to get them to stop.
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Canadian DNA expertise helping catch poachers in East Africa

Canadian DNA expertise helping catch poachers in East Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Six members of the Kenya Wildlife Service came to a Canadian DNA lab in a bid to set up a tracking database to stop poachers in East Africa
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PHOTOS 10 Animals the President’s Trade Deal Will Help Protect from Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

PHOTOS 10 Animals the President’s Trade Deal Will Help Protect from Illegal Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A look at a few animals that the TPP gives us a historic opportunity to protect from illegal wildlife trafficking...

 

Traffickers seek out pangolins for their scales and blood — which are boiled off or drained to use in traditional medicine — and their meat, which is considered a delicacy. Thousands of pangolins are trafficked each year, making them among the most critically endangered species in the world and liable to go extinct if we don’t take action.

 

This is where the President’s trade deal comes in. A trade deal may not seem like an obvious way to help protect pangolins from illegal trafficking, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not an ordinary trade deal. As the most progressive trade deal in history, the TPP will put in place environmental standards that combat wildlife trafficking in countries that sign on as our trading partners....

 

Read on  https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/04/22/10-animals-president-s-trade-deal-will-help-protect-illegal-wildlife-trafficking ;

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Poachers targeting baby sharks along Southern California coast

Poachers targeting baby sharks along Southern California coast | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Shark poachers are targeting baby sharks along the coast, which can harm the ocean's delicate ecosystem.
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USAID launches wildlife crime tech challenge in Vietnam

 VietNamNet Bridge – The US Agency for International Development
(USAID) has launched the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge to reward
innovative science and technology solutions that help combat wildlife
trafficking in Vietnam.
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Illegal Wildlife Trade: Multibillion Dollars of Cruelty, Destruction

Illegal Wildlife Trade: Multibillion Dollars of Cruelty, Destruction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
eBook Review. An insiders perspective on illegal wildlife trade, the buyers, channels and crime syndicates driven by greed and profit.
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The myths about illegal wildlife trafficking

The myths about illegal wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

There are direct links between wildlife trafficking and the financing of terrorists...

 

Poaching has a long history in the US and abroad, with armed conflicts dating back to the Oyster Wars of the 1800s. But the illegal wildlife trade has skyrocketed in recent years, and the threat of species loss looms large. The illicit business has changed as it has grown and misconceptions about who is perpetuating it and why abound. As Earth Day (April 22) approaches, let us dispel some myths about wildlife trafficking....

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Vietnamese customs seize 18 elephant tusks and 3 rhino horns

Vietnamese customs seize 18 elephant tusks and 3 rhino horns | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

France – Vietnamese customs have seized elephant tusks and rhino horns worth millions of dollars on the black market from a flight arriving from France, officials said Friday.

 

The haul weighed around 65 kilogrammes and included 18 pieces of elephant tusk and three rhino horns, which are believed to have come from Africa, a customs official said.

 

“The shipment was seized Thursday at Noi Bai international airport (in Hanoi) on a Vietnam Airlines flight arriving from France,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity....

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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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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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