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Turtle troubles: undercover officers after poachers and smugglers

Turtle troubles: undercover officers after poachers and smugglers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The meeting of strangers in a parking lot looks like a typical undercover bust until the dealer reaches for his Tupperware container.

 

Inside is a northern map turtle and before the turtle snatcher can tuck more than $100 into his pocket, he’s being arrested.

 

If it was a rarer turtle, he’d have wanted a trade, maybe a couple of endangered snakes. And that could tip off undercover officers to a larger black market poaching or smuggling operation warranting more surveillance or a joint investigation with U.S. officials.

 

Whether it’s a poacher involved in the illegal pet trade or a cottager unwittingly snatching an endangered turtle, these are the types of scenarios undercover officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources have confronted as they stepped up their enforcement in the last decade....

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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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Western Conservationists Are Ignoring Local Communities in Mission to Save 'Cuter' Animals

At a wildlife crime meeting in South Africa, activists said poaching could not be tackled without addressing the needs of the people that live with wildlife, who are often disregarded or mistreated.
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"Not knowing what to do, the project's co-ordinator, Dr. Susan Canney, said that that was when they turned to local people for help.

 

Young, unemployed men were being persuaded to join the jihadis, with generous salaries of $30-$50 per day — a fortune in northern Mali. So the Mali Elephant Project started its own recruitment drive: it wanted a network of young people to look out for the elephants, and report killings or anything suspicious. It proved an incredible success.

 

The project could only pay them in food for looking out for the elephants and reporting their killers — far less than the jihadis were offering."

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Tourism development in Africa challenged by wildlife crime

Tourism development in Africa challenged by wildlife crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In support of international efforts to tackle unprecedented levels of poaching and to strengthen the role of tourism vis-a-vis wildlife crime, UNWTO is spearheading efforts to increase knowledge on the economic value of wildlife watching in Africa.
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Cooperation vital to combating wildlife crime: UN Assembly President

The President of the United Nations General Assembly called on Wednesday for a coordinated international response to the trafficking of wildlife that took aim at the both the supply and demand side of poaching and the illegal trade in animals.

 

"We need to strengthen our commitment and enhance cooperation among Member States, the United Nations system, NGOs and civil society to curb wildlife crime," said Sam Kutesa (Uganda) as the Assembly commemorated World Wildlife Day. ...

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Where the U.S. Government Keeps Confiscated Animal Parts

Where the U.S. Government Keeps Confiscated Animal Parts | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The black market wildlife trade is growing—as is the stock at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
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Joshua bryson's curator insight, March 2, 9:16 PM

Wow that's a lot of dead animals to have, and 100,000 African elephants in only 2 years why is ivory so valuable that people slaughter elephants or rhinos for it but why would you crush it then let people feel it? That part doesn't seem to make much sense to me how does that help save them. Whatever i never knew how little the amount of wildlife rangers there were if its so little how would they catch and stop poachers?  Think about this all the animal goods they have are what they found and confiscated theirs probably 10 times more than that smuggled in the past ten years i don't think that tigers or lions will live much longer with the threat of poachers.

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The world must crack down on wildlife trade - UN Secretary

It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime – this statement from the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon for World Wildlife Day, to be observed tomorrow,
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Thailand's drive against illegal ivory trade bolstered by forensic tools

Thailand's drive against illegal ivory trade bolstered by forensic tools | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Bangkok, Thailand, 23rd February 2015—Ivory traffickers be warned: the Thai authorities have a powerful forensic tool in the country’s drive to detect ivory of illegal origin entering its markets and ensure domestic traders are complying with new laws.

A collaborative project between Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has trialed forensic DNA examination of ivory products to assess the origin of elephant ivory products commonly available in local markets. ...

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Birds at risk from 'rampant' poaching on Chilika Lagoon

Birds at risk from 'rampant' poaching on Chilika Lagoon | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
According to Chilika Divisional Forest Officer Bikash Ranjan Das, about 20 poachers have been arrested from areas surrounding the lake in the last five months.
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Shark Poaching Boat Sunk By Indonesian Government

Shark Poaching Boat Sunk By Indonesian Government | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A large Vietnamese ship containing two tons of drying shark fins or more was sunk by the Indonesian government. The ship had been illegally collecting a tremendous number of sharks to get their fin...
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Extinction threat to Manas rhinos

Extinction threat to Manas rhinos | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The rhino population in Manas National Park faces the threat of extinction in the next two to three decades if effective management steps are not taken, a specialist group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has warned.
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Mozambique jails policeman for releasing poachers

Mozambique's Central Office for the Fight against Corruption (GCCC) has said a police officer attached to the border services in the southern province of G
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US Unveils Anti-Poaching Strategy

US Unveils Anti-Poaching Strategy | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The U.S. government has unveiled its strategy to fight the illegal wildlife trade. President Obama says wildlife trafficking undermines security, while decimating iconic animal populations.

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Chady Lolosoli's curator insight, March 5, 3:17 AM

The move by president Barack Obama, is a step froward to root and flash out the poaching industry as may term it. Thanks for the strategies that you have calculated about.

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Record jail sentence for serval poacher

Record jail sentence for serval poacher | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife criminals received a stark warning when Malawi's Kasungu magistrates handed out a record sentence recently.
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Looks like this is heading in the right direction!

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World Wildlife Day & the Problem with Poaching

World Wildlife Day & the Problem with Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
ECO NEWS: World Wildlife Day, Wildlife Poaching Stats & #JustOneRhino Results. UN says Organized Crime threat to wildlife increasing. Time to get serious!
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Prince William tackles illegal wildlife trade in China

Prince William tackles illegal wildlife trade in China | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Duke of Cambridge feeds carrots to elephant rescued from poacher’s trap in Xishuangbanna as he gives speech on illegal wildlife trade on final day in China
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Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Kenya's president set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day Tuesday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory.

 

Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new demand from emerging markets threatens Africa's elephants and rhinos, President Uhuru Kenyatta said at the event. African countries are concerned about the scale and rate of the new threat to endangered wildlife species, he said....

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What’s Happening to All Our Giraffes? The Disappearing Species Faces Silent Extinction

What’s Happening to All Our Giraffes? The Disappearing Species Faces Silent Extinction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In what perhaps may be the most shocking upset in the news this week, ecologist revealed last Friday, Dec. 5, that giraffes may be headed towards extinction – and it’s in part due to a lack of awareness of dangers facing the African species. While contemporary studies in Africa’s central savannahs have revealed the collected threats that human encroachment , habitat loss and black market poaching has posed to wildlife communities, researchers say that giraffes are amongst some of the hardest hit
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Eating giraffe cures HIV/AIDS?

Another sad myth putting another species at risk of being wiped out!

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PI: 300 boats of foreign poachers spotted daily in Kalayaan Island Group

PAG-ASA ISLAND, Palawan – More than 300 boats carrying foreign poachers can be seen every day in the Kalayaan Island Group but could not be arrested by government forces due to lack of equipment, officials said.
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Elephants trained to sniff bombs, poachers and landmines in South Africa

Elephants trained to sniff bombs, poachers and landmines in South Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

And then afterwards, just like sniffer dogs, they're rewarded with a treat. Read more about how elephants are being trained in the art of "bio-detection"...

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Joshua bryson's curator insight, February 27, 1:54 AM

A very interesting article will it work probably not elephants are just to big and poachers usually hunt the elephants i mean elephants are a massive target and there wanted for there tusks while dogs are a small fast target that can take someone down faster than an elephant also dogs are loyal and easier to take care of while elephants require a ton of food and space will elephants take the place of dogs no but will they help find explosives and poachers definitely that's all I have to say today.

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EXCLUSIVE: Obama acts on wildlife after Prince William’s plea

EXCLUSIVE: Obama acts on wildlife after Prince William’s plea | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
PRESIDENT OBAMA has declared war on wildlife traffickers after meeting Prince William and hearing his impassioned plea to stamp out the illegal trade.
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Uganda to revise laws against wildlife trading

Uganda to revise laws against wildlife trading | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

KAMPALA, Uganda - Uganda is set to revise laws that deter the trade in wildlife products.

According to Grace Mbabazi Aulo, the acting Director of Tourism at the Ministry of Tourism, there are ongoing efforts to revise laws to provide for stiffer penalties for the offenders....

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Poachers' live wire trap kills two girls?

A live electric wire allegedly kept by poachers to catch wild animals resulted in the death of two girls at Shanigakunta village in the Agency mandal of Mangapeta in Warangal district late on Saturday night.
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Not only is the wildlife at risk, so are domestic animals and now even children!

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Poacher who killed ‘20’ rhinos nabbed

Poacher who killed ‘20’ rhinos nabbed | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has made public a notorious poacher who reportedly killed 20 one-horned...
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Illegal poachers of Australian wildlife to be fined up to 750,000 USD

Illegal poachers of dugongs and turtles in northern Australia now face fines up to 750,000 U.S. dollars as the federal government shores up its protection of endangered species.
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Academy Award Winning Actor Jared Leto Becomes WWF Global Ambassador

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11 /CSRwire/ - WWF today announced Academy Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto as a WWF Global Ambassador, focusing on the most urgent, pressing issues facing our planet. To start, Mr. Leto will bring attention to wildlife crime – a pivotal issue for WWF and the U.S. government. Today marks the one year anniversary of President Obama’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking....

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US, Germany provide Equipment, Training for Tanzania Rangers

US, Germany provide Equipment, Training for Tanzania Rangers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Government officials from the United States and Germany attended a media event to present new field equipment to Tanzania rangers at the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania on Jan. 21, 2015.
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