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Kenya Wildlife Agency Seizes 228 Elephant Tusks in Port City

Kenyan authorities seized 302 pieces
of ivory, including 228 elephant tusks, in a raid in the port
city of Mombasa, the Kenya Wildlife Service said.
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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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Wildlife crimes Facebook page offers critters hope in Cambodia

Wildlife crimes in Cambodia can now be reported through a newly established Facebook page, providing users of the social network a one-stop portal to the various organisations involved in protecting the Kingdom’s flora and fauna.
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Indian police seized 10 tonnes of pangolin scales after routine car check

Indian police seized 10 tonnes of pangolin scales after routine car check | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
10 tonnes of pangolin scales have been discovered following a routine vehicle check.
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China seizes ivory from smugglers who tried to hide it in wine boxes

China seizes ivory from smugglers who tried to hide it in wine boxes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Operation Guardian was set up in China to discover smuggler’s using travel visas and courier services to move ivory without being detected. So far, more than 270kg of ivory has been found.
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CITES Secretary-General's remarks on the destruction of confiscated elephant ivory in Beijing, China

CITES Secretary-General's remarks on the destruction of confiscated elephant ivory in Beijing, China | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

This is the third public destruction of confiscated elephant ivory in China since January 2014.  It follows the crushing of 6.2 tonnes of seized ivory in Dongguan and the incineration of 28 tonnes in Hong Kong SAR....

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TV Episode: Earth Focus - Illicit Ivory

TV Episode: Earth Focus - Illicit Ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In honor of an investigative report from "Earth Focus," our critically acclaimed environmental TV newsmagazine, on the illegal ivory trade, here's a collection of videos and articles about wildlife and environmental conversation. 

The episode, "Illicit Ivory," streaming online indefinitely beginning May 27, uncovers the devastating effects of the illegal ivory trade, its impact on the dwindling African elephant population, and the link between this illicit activity with insurgency groups and organized crime. The program will also be broadcast on our national channel, Link TV (channel 375 on DirecTV and channel 9410 on DISH Network), on May 28 at 9 p.m. PST/EST. 

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Uganda ponders buying container scanners to catch wildlife traffickers

KAMPALA, Uganda - The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has asked Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to install container scanners at all border posts and help limit trafficking in illegal wildlife products.


Dr. Andrew Sseguya, the UWA ED told a training workshop to increase the expertise of law enforcement officers in Kampala that the absence has created a loophole for traffickers.

 

“The traffickers have changed tactics now. They carry ivory and label it as Shea butter. Recently, ivory was seized in Mombasa, but it was labeled as vegetables which is perishable,” Sseguya said....

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What's happening in Kruger is so much more than poaching

What's happening in Kruger is so much more than poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
South Africa seems to be in something of a mess. The international media regularly reports disputes within the ruling ANC. Allegations of inappropriately high amounts of public money being spent on the President's private residence remain unresolved. The nation's mining industry, a vital source of revenue, has been plagued by industrial disputes; resulting in terrible levels of violence. Video footage of South Africa Police Service personnel, captured by onlookers, showing apparent brutality har
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Iran multiplies fines for poachers to save Cheetah

Iran multiplies fines for poachers to save Cheetah | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

TEHRAN- Iranian officials at the Department of Environment will introduce new bill with tougher penalties for wild animal poaching, Mehr news-agency reports on Saturday. 

 

The new law will be announced within the next week and will increase the penalties for killing the Asiatic Cheetah from the current 20 Million Tomans ($6,000) to 100 Million Tomans (about $30,000) and Persian leopard from five million ($1,500) to 80 million (about $24,000), Ali Teimoori confirmed.... 

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Singapore: Biggest seizure of illegal elephant ivory, other wildlife parts

Singapore authorities seized the biggest illegal shipment of ivory and other exotic animal parts in more than a decade Tuesday, with the haul from Kenya worth an estimated Sg$8 million ($6 million)....

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Penalties simply must be more equal to the reward!

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U.S. Trade Reps Tackling Environmental Challenges Through Trade

Today’s environmental challenges are staggering in their severity and scope. Iconic animals such as elephants and rhinoceros, as well as lesser known species, such as the pangolin, saola, vaquita, and totoaba are under threat from wildlife trafficking.  Illegal fishing is driving global economic losses in the billions each year while depleting treasured marine resources. While illegal logging is damaging ecosystems and undercutting sustainable, regulated business....

 

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Weapons trafficking experts target criminal wildlife trade networks

An outfit usually associated with investigating arms dealers and weapons traffickers is applying its advanced network mapping capabilities to go after wildlife trafficking syndicates.

 

This week Washington D.C.-based C4ADS unveiled the Environmental Crimes Fusion Cell, a unit which consists of a team of analysts, network mapping technology provided by software company Palantir, and a network of NGOs and enforcement agencies. The unit analyses wildlife trade data to provide actionable intelligence...

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Shocking; Chinese trafficker arrested with 340 tusks and 65 rhino horns in Mozambique

Shocking; Chinese trafficker arrested with 340 tusks and 65 rhino horns in Mozambique | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
At least 235 animals would have been killed to gather that amount of horns and ivory.
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Poaching falls slightly while elephant population declines by almost half in Mozambique

Poaching falls slightly while elephant population declines by almost half in Mozambique | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Poachers slaughtered 40 elephants in Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve, in the northernmost province of Niassa, from this January to May, local radio
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Notorious wildlife criminal arrested from Bijnor forests

A notorious poacher, wanted in a number of wildlife crimes, was arrested from Bijnor in Corbett landscape around Saturday midnight.
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Elephant numbers plunge in Mozambique because of poachers

Elephant numbers plunge in Mozambique because of poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Poachers slaughtering elephants in Mozambique cut their population almost in half from 2009 to last year, but in Uganda, elephant numbers are increasing as a result of anti-poaching measures, according to aerial surveys.
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China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching

China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Conservationists hail China’s first ever commitment to phase out legal, domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products as a victory in the fight to save Africa’s elephants
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Participate in ending wildlife crime by sharing ideas

Participate in ending wildlife crime by sharing ideas | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Dear Friends,In line with our goal of involving the public widely iin conservation matters, I have created an editable document and am inviting the public to subit suggestions to Richard Leakey, the  new Chairman of Kenya Wildlife Service, on how to end wildlife crime in Kenya. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OFCcrHTEmTggOaakH28ooYVj7gFNY_FpG0IVY9CJeaw/editThe document will remain live until COB on 3rd. We will present it to him on 5th World Environment Day. I would appreciate help of one or
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Hong Kong rocked by anti-poaching protests

Hong Kong rocked by anti-poaching protests | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Over three-quarters of citizens living in key ivory market support a comprehensive ban on ivory sales
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Animal Poaching Lands Chinese police officer In Jail

Animal Poaching Lands Chinese police officer In Jail | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A police officer from northwest China’s Qinghai Province was detained Sunday for being suspected of poaching endangered animals, local authority said. The
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VIDEO: Canadian Poachers killing black bears for Asian market

VIDEO: Canadian Poachers killing black bears for Asian market | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The recent discovery of a black bear carcass missing its paws and gall bladder near Sechelt serves as a grim reminder that a black market for bear parts still thrives in B.C. Sgt. Murray Smith of the Conservation Officer Service’s Sunshine Coast detachment said he believes the mutilated carcass, found on a forestry road just over two weeks ago, is the work of poachers.
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Can A Treasured Sea Snail Come Back After Being Poached To Near Extinction?

Can A Treasured Sea Snail Come Back After Being Poached To Near Extinction? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In a dark fish tank at a government-run lab, a bright sea snail scuttles out from its hiding place.

 

It’s a pinto abalone, and its numbers are dangerously low in Washington state after decades of overharvesting and poaching. This little-known animal is a delicacy, still served in U.S. restaurants; its shell is a source of mother-of-pearl...

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IFAW starts training of African law enforcement officers to tackle wildlife trafficking

IFAW starts training of African law enforcement officers to tackle wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Animal Welfare (IFAW) said that it has started training of African law enforcement officers in order to deal with wildlife trafficking that is out of control in the continent.

 

According to the IFAW, the training is related to a larger strategic framework to support the law enforcement reply to tackle wildlife crime at the regional level by making cooperation among African countries' law enforcement authorities better....

- See more at: http://perfscience.com/content/2141832-ifaw-starts-training-african-law-enforcement-officers-tackle-wildlife-trafficking#sthash.8o9k8dxc.dpuf ;

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Zim poacher tried to sell pangolin on Facebook conservation group

Zim poacher tried to sell pangolin on Facebook   conservation group | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Sentenced to nine year jail term. A poacher in Zimbabwe who tried to sell an endangered pangolin on Facebook for $7 000, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says....

 

The Tikki Hywood Trust, which is dedicated to the protection of the pangolin in Zimbabwe, said on Friday it welcomed news of the sentences.

 

"Zimbabwe is certainly leading the way in pangolin conservation," the Trust said in Facebook post....

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10 suspected poachers arrested for killing giant panda in China

10 suspected poachers arrested for killing giant panda in China | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Police in southwestern China arrested 10 people for killing a female wild giant panda and buying and selling its parts, state media said Wednesday.
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Texas Antiques Appraiser Sentenced to 25 Months in Prison for Rhino and Ivory Smuggling Conspiracy

Ning Qiu, 43, of Frisco, Texas, an appraiser of Asian art, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield, in Beaumont, Texas, to 25 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horns and objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory, worth nearly $1 million, from the United States to China. Qiu was also directed to pay a $150,000 fine, which was directed to the Lacey Act Reward Fund.
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