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Ammon Covino, head of Idaho Aquarium, gets year for trafficking sharks

Ammon Covino, whose family operates three aquariums, was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally taking marine animals from a federal refuge in Florida.

 

Covino, 40, was barred for life from buying or selling wild animals, the Key West Citizen reported. A co-defendant, Christopher Conk, 40, was given a four-month sentence and also barred from the wildlife trade.

Covino's family operates aquariums in Boise, Idaho; Portland, Ore.; and Austin, Texas....


Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/12/04/Founder-of-Idaho-Aquarium-gets-prison-for-trafficking-in-sharks/UPI-50901386138420/#ixzz2mWExRiKd

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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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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.

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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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Great Elephant Survey To Commence in Mozambique

Great Elephant Survey To Commence in Mozambique | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Wildlife Conservation Society (http://www.wcs.org/) is partnering with the government of Mozambique, Paul G. Allen, and USAID (http://www.usaid.gov/) to conduct a national elephant survey to collect data essential to protecting Mozambique's highly threatened and diminishing savannah elephant population.
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Kathryn Bigelow’s PSA Targets Elephant Poachers

Kathryn Bigelow’s PSA Targets Elephant Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow has directed her enormous talents to address a huge issue. Bigelow has made an effective and affecting three-minute PSA to support the cause of saving elephants in Sub-Sahan Africa, where poachers are slaughtering entire herds of the wonderful creatures for their ivory tusks — although international trade in ivory is universally illegal. Entitled Last Days, the PSA premieres at New York Film Festival on September 27 at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at NYC’s Lincoln Center...

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Report Reveals How Kenya Foils Poaching Networks

Kenya Wildlife Service increased surveillance at the port of Mombasa has been recognised in a new report.

 

The report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, by Born Free USA, has tabulated the global ivory supply chain figures says that the Mombasa port registered the most illegal ivory seizures worldwide in 2013-2014.

 

The volume of seized ivory replaced Dar Es Salaam port, which had the highest number of seizures globally....

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Military-grade radar network watching for oyster poachers

Military-grade radar network watching for oyster poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In the 1860s, poachers struck at night, sometimes in black-painted ships with darkened sails, outlaws raiding protected oyster beds.

 

Today, cannons are out and military-grade radar is in to protect Chesapeake Bay oysters.


Radar towers and infrared cameras form a surveillance network fully implemented for the first time last oyster season, October to March. It will be watching again Wednesday when oyster season reopens for tonging and diving (dredging begins Nov. 3)....

 

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Pangolin smuggling: Chinese approach customs to release seized animal scales

Amid the wildlife departments’ failure to determine the locations at which pangolins are being poached and whose hands are behind the smuggling of the animals’ scales, two Chinese citizens have approached customs officials to release the scales seized five months back.

Pakistan Customs officials had confiscated 145 kg of pangolin scales from the luggage of two Chinese nationals — Luo-Ruiyuan and Ying — at Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad (BBIA) in April.  The pair was later allowed to leave the airport after clearing customs formalities. According to an estimate, the value of the seized scales is approximately $150 million in international markets...

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Aren't these the cutest little guys?

Hard to see how humans can be so heartless... boiling them alive!

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Sniffer dogs head to Africa to fight illegal ivory trade

Sniffer dogs head to Africa to fight illegal ivory trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
By the end of this week, a pair of ebony dogs from Montana will be hunting for ivory relics in Africa, joining the battle against illegal poaching and trafficking.
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Angelina Jolie Set To Make Film About Ruthless Conservationist Who Ordered Poachers Shot On Sight

Angelina Jolie Set To Make Film About Ruthless Conservationist Who Ordered Poachers Shot On Sight | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
As a fellow conservationist, Jolie will most likely empathize Leakey’s contribution to saving African elephants and his heroic efforts to fight corruption. Nevertheless, some critics have ...
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Poachers turn gamekeeper to guard Rwandan gorillas

Poachers turn gamekeeper to guard Rwandan gorillas | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
KINIGI, Rwanda - For four decades Leonidas Barora was a renowned hunter, tracking animals in the lush forests of Rwanda. Now he only fires arrows to impress tourists, and to help protect the wildlife.Hundreds of ex-poachers have been persuaded to put down their weapons and support efforts to protect endangered mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, where thick jungle hills are shrouded in mist.
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Some good things are happening!

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Hat-off to these folks.

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Interactive Map of Elephant Poaching

Interactive Map of Elephant Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?
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Revealing interactive map of where elephants are loosing ground and ivory poaching trail.

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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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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

Wildlife Trafficking: Who does it, allows it? - YouTube | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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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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Wildlife trafficking in focus at German UN event

Wildlife trafficking in focus at German UN event | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The German Foreign Minister and the President of Gabon will jointly chair a high-level luncheon today at the UN Headquarters in New York on “Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking.” The main goal of the event will be to gain momentum for action by the international community to combat poaching and wildlife trafficking.
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Germany picking up the torch... Way  to go....

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Sea Shepherd to Protect Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Sea Shepherd to Protect Sea Turtles in Costa Rica | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Latin American Sea Turtles Association asked for Sea Shepherd’s help in protecting green, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles’ nests in Costa Rica.
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Australia: Illegal traders of dugong, turtle meat targeted

Australia: Illegal traders of dugong, turtle meat targeted | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The Federal Government is warning anyone involved in the illegal trade of dugong and turtle meat that they will be caught.

 

The Government has allocated $5 million to a dugong and turtle protection plan that involves the Australian Federal Police (AFP),

 

Customs and Border Protection, and the Australian Crime Commission.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the Crime Commission has been given $2 million to investigate the illegal trade....

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Study finds 73 districts as tiger poaching hotspots

Nagpur: Poaching, prey depletion and habitat destruction have decimated the world's wild tiger population to fewer than 3,200. Poaching continues to be the key threat to tigers in India - home to more than half of the world's tigers, finds a latest study conducted by Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) and Snow Leopard Trust. The study identified 73 districts in central and south India as current crime hot spots.

The study - Tiger poaching and trafficking in India: Estimating rates of occurrence and detection over four decades - by wildlife biologist Koustubh Sharma and Belinda Wright, Tito Joseph, Nitin Desai of WPSI, attempts to ascertain the probability of occurrence of tiger crime and detection between 1972 and 2012 in the 605 districts of India....

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For the U.S., a New Challenge: Keeping Poachers Out of Newly Expanded Marine Reserve in the Pacific

For the U.S., a New Challenge: Keeping Poachers Out of Newly Expanded Marine Reserve in the Pacific | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has created the world's largest protected area. Now how will it police these waters?
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"Saving Africa's Giants with Yao Ming" Premieres November 18 on Animal Planet

"SAVING AFRICA'S GIANTS WITH YAO MING" PREMIERES NOVEMBER 18 ON ANIMAL PLANET; NARRATED BY EDWARD NORTON

 

--Docu-feature Announced During Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting As Part of Commitment to Action to Save Africa's Elephants--

 

-- WildAid and World-famous Basketball Star and Wildlife Advocate Yao Ming Expose the African Poaching Epidemic, Which Fuels a Multi-billion-dollar, International Black Market--...


 

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Bear Bile Demand Plummets As Pharmacists Boycott Products

Bear Bile Demand Plummets As Pharmacists Boycott Products | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In the wake of revelations of animal abuse within the bear bile extraction industry, pharmacies are quickly joining a fast-growing boycott of the product. In roughly a year, the number of Chinese pharmacies that are boycotting bear bile products for animal welfare reasons went from 260 to 1,945.

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Bill Honoring Slain Elephant Could Help Fight Ivory Trafficking

Bill Honoring Slain Elephant Could Help Fight Ivory Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Earlier this summer the heartbreaking story of Satao, one of Kenya's most well-known and beloved elephants, made headlines after he was killed by poachers in Tsavo East National Park. Now legislation introduced in his honor could impose trade sanctions on countries that continue to facilitate the bloody ivory trade.
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Rampant online wildlife trafficking a dilemma

US EMBASSY Manila -- The internet has added a burden to the enforcement of tracking down wildlife traffickers, a top official of the Biodiversity Management Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (BMB-DENR) said.

 

"It's more difficult now because these are being sold in the internet, like in Facebook," BDM-DENR director Theresa Mundita S. Lim said during the 3rd US Embassy Seminar held here with the theme "US-Philippines Relations: Good for the environment today, promoting resilience for the future"....

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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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