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Poaching - the cheetahs of the Serengeti face extinction

Poaching - the cheetahs of the Serengeti face extinction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Wildlife crime is a multi-million dollar globalised business, ranked fourth in transnational crime in the world, with an international network sprawling across continents. Verity Largo reports from Tanzania ...

 

Though rarely poached, Cheetahs are on the 'at risk of extinction' list of the IUCN. Some of the subspecies are in critical danger. People, climate change, agricultural cultivation, ignorance, roads, lions - all contribute to their fragility.

 

In June 2011 three live cheetahs were 'discovered' in a local garden in Arusha, Tanzania, in a cramped cage, after a tip off from local Tanzanian neighbours. As Mordecai Ogada, Head of the East African Regional Office Cheetah Project says.

 

"This is the first case of illegal cheetah trafficking in Tanzania, it is happening in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland, Eritrea, and North Eastern Kenya, and it is disturbing to see demand growing.


"The key issue is more than the local poaching or capture of cheetahs in Tanzania is the trade that fuels the demand. The culprit caught with these cheetahs was not a poacher, as far as I can tell, but a courier because the animals were in small cages suitable for transport."...

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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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All-female team clinches anti-poaching tournament

THE WAR on poaching has been given a record $14 750 boost by a fundraising golf tournament, coordinated by Africa Albida Tourism
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How India's First Wildlife Cyber Crime Cell Helped Nab Tiger Poachers

How India's First Wildlife Cyber Crime Cell Helped Nab Tiger Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
It's a one of a kind cybercrime cell, unique because it focuses on tracking cases of wildlife poaching. The Melghat wildlife crime cell in Maharashtra is the first in the country under the forest department and was instrumental in arresting 34 people in one case of tiger poaching.
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Kenya Wildlife Service claims success in fight against poaching

"Statistics show a decline in poaching cases since 2012 and there is a different trend contrary to what some lobby groups have been portraying," KWS Director William Kibet Kiprono said.

 

"Kenya is doing far better as recent census show increase in wildlife numbers, compared to other countries such as Uganda and South Africa who had to deploy their military forces to fight poachers," Kiprono added....

 

The lobby group Kenyans United Against Poaching (KUAPO) has gathered 20,000 signatures on a petition asking President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare poaching a national disaster...

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Spain is Africa's animal-trafficking gateway to Europe

Spain is Africa's animal-trafficking gateway to Europe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
One of the largest global illegal trades is 'less risky than smuggling drugs or women.'
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Newspaper catches Vietnam's forest rangers trading wildlife in uniform

Newspaper catches Vietnam's forest rangers trading wildlife in uniform | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A Tuoi Tre newspaper investigation caught provincial forest rangers in Dong Nai Province negotiating supplies and prices for illegal wildlife products in uniform.
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Film: Yao Ming Works to Save Africa's Elephants and Rhinos from Poaching

Film: Yao Ming Works to Save Africa's Elephants and Rhinos from Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Yao Ming wants to use his star power to save elephants from the ivory trade.
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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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Bizarre lizard newest victim of reptile pet trade

Bizarre lizard newest victim of reptile pet trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
If you've never heard of the earless monitor lizard, you're not alone: this cryptic lizard has long-escaped the attention of the larger public. But over the past couple years its bizarre appearance has been splashed across social media sites for reptile collectors. While this decidedly-quirky attention may seem benign, it could actually threaten the species' existence.
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Poachers sought in death of bear near Canon City

Wildlife officials are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the poacher or poachers responsible for killing a black bear with a series of arrow strikes. The bear was shot several times and was found
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Wildlife trafficking is a $19 billion annual business

Wildlife trafficking is a $19 billion annual business | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The trade in illegal wildlife is a $19 billion annual business with ties to the Russian mob and Islamic extremists, and there’s one place the world turns to investigate the crime: a federal forensics lab (and curiosity cabinet) in a hippie town in Oregon.
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New Zealand: Armed farmers confront poachers

Coromandel farmers fed up with trespassers are taking things into their own hands, police say.
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Mozambique cracks ivory poaching ring

Mozambique cracks ivory poaching ring | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife campaigners in Mozambique say police have cracked an ivory poaching ring believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 39 elephants.
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Highest Penalty Ever for Illegal Possession of Ivory

Highest Penalty Ever for Illegal Possession of Ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Cape Town - The highest penalty ever imposed in South Africa for the illegal possession of ivory was handed down in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Friday when a man was sentenced 10 years’ jail and a R5 million fine for possessing one ton of poached elephant tusks.

 

Cheng Jie Liang was told three years of his jail sentence would be suspended - provided he pay the R5m fine within a year.

 

Observers say the severity of the fine is a reflection of the courts recognising that, although elephant poaching occurs outside South Africa, the courts still regard ivory smuggling a serious a crime....

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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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