Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
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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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A Local Economy Solution to Africa's Poaching Problem

A Local Economy Solution to Africa's Poaching Problem | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Communities that enjoy the economic benefits of wildlife tourism don’t harbor poachers.
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Wildlife Patrols Save Elephants in N. Tanzania

Wildlife Patrols Save Elephants in N. Tanzania | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The number of elephants has been increasing in the vast wilderness stretching over 500-km borderline, separating Tanzania and Kenya, according to wildlife officials.

Head of Enduimet Wildlife Management Area, in Longido District, Komolo Simeli said on Friday that elephants and other wild animals have started replenishing in the wilderness where Wildlife Management Areas in Longido, West-Kilimanjaro and Engaresero (Lake Natron) operate....

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Stop Poachers from Poisoning Vultures

Stop Poachers from Poisoning Vultures | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Vultures are being poisoned because they alert game rangers to the presence of poachers. The decline of these scavengers fuels the spread of deadly disease. Urge officials to invest more resources into stopping this brutal slaughter.
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Global environmental crime amounts to $213 billion: UN report

Global environmental crime amounts to $213 billion: UN report | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The money finances criminal, militia and terrorist groups, threatening the security of several nations
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Old Cellphones Become Poaching Detector in Real Time

Old Cellphones Become Poaching Detector in Real Time | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Old cellphones could become the key to stopping rainforest tree poaching in real time, detecting chainsaw frequencies and relaying to authorities in Central Africa....

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Poaching in Africa: Selous Game Reserve warning highlights scale of epidemic

Poaching in Africa: Selous Game Reserve warning highlights scale of epidemic | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Addition of Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve to Unesco's danger list should come as no suprise - two-thirds of its elephants have been poached in the last five years
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Two thirds of its elephant poached in the last five years!

Unbelievable!

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Joint Law Enforcement Effort Leads to Issuance of First Ever Interpol Purple Notice from the United States

Joint Law Enforcement Effort Leads to Issuance of First Ever Interpol Purple Notice from the United States | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON - A joint investigation between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and Interpol Washington (U.S. National Central Bureau) has led to the publication of the first-ever Interpol Purple Notice issued by the United States for a vessel believed to be engaged in illegal fishing activities.

 

According to the Purple Notice, the fishing vessel named 'Stellar' was sighted twice in May 2014 operating on the high seas of the North Pacific Ocean by the USCG. It appears to change its name, national registration and other identifying characteristics in order to hide illegal activity. 'Stellar' is suspected of engaging in illicit fisheries transshipment activities near the Russian Exclusive Economic Zone.

 

'Stellar' was last known to have arrived in the port of Busan, Korea on June 3, 2014. The USCG provided information to the Korean authorities regarding the suspicious activities of 'Stellar' and recommended the vessel be inspected for potential violations....

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Government, rescuers join hands for wildlife

Government, rescuers join hands for wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
For the first time, a Ministry of Environment and Forests workshop with wildlife NGOs and rescuers is being held in the state to ensure adherence to best practices
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Elephant suffers identity confusion, joins buffalo herd

Elephant suffers identity confusion, joins buffalo herd | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Nzou, 46, has lived on the Imire Black Rhino and Wildlife Conservation area in Zimbabwe since her parents were killed in the 1970s. She was placed with the buffalo and refused to leave them.
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Everyone needs a place to belong, a family... an orphaned elephant is no different

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Billy Joel's Incredibly Convincing Argument Against Ivory Piano Keys

Billy Joel's Incredibly Convincing Argument Against Ivory Piano Keys | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
For the love of animals. Pass it on.
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Poacher Psyche

Professional poachers undoubtedly give little thought to anything beyond the desired immediate response to their nefarious acts, namely a monetary return. Aside from not dwelling on skirting the law, they are unlikely to care about their inhumane treatment of wildlife. The odds are also against them being concerned about potentially triggering an ecological chain reaction culminating in species extinction....

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Record hauls of elephant tusks seized in Africa

Record hauls of elephant tusks seized in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Large-scale ivory hauls in Africa have exceeded those in Asia for the first time, a report released last week says.
 The report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora says the increase in seizures in Africa could be a result of stepped-up law enforcement efforts on the continent.
 Last week, police in Mombasa arrested two suspects for having 314 elephant tusks weighing 2,152kg. Eighty per cent of the seizures occurred in three countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
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Birdlovers protect rare birds nest from poachers

Birdlovers protect rare birds nest from poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A recent sighting in Yilan of the protected Maroon orioles (Oriolus traillii) has prompted birdwatchers to stake out the site against poachers.
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UN chief 'adopts' lion cub to support efforts against wildlife trafficking

UN chief 'adopts' lion cub to support efforts against wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today adopted a lion cub in Nairobi National Park as a sign of support for efforts against the trafficking of animals around the world, following a week of high-level United Nations discussions on the environment.
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Commercial drones: Catch poachers, shoot videos, deliver pizza

Commercial drones: Catch poachers, shoot videos, deliver pizza | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Mumbai: It sounds pretty shocking but yes you can actually buy an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone at Chandni Chowk in Delhi for the price of a smartphone, however, the civil aviation is yet to issue strict guidelines its use.


A Mumbai-base pizza outlet claimed to use an unmanned drone to execute a delivery by taking the aerial route in May this year.

The claims created quite a buzz, but to our disappointment it was fake and the video was a promotional gimmick by the owners. ...

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Really?

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China’s Blood Ivory Bazaar

China’s Blood Ivory Bazaar | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Beijing claims to oppose the illicit traffic in the tusks of elephants butchered by poachers. In fact, it’s created a booming market.
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Listen: The World in Two Minutes: Wildlife Trafficking and More

Listen: The World in Two Minutes: Wildlife Trafficking and More | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Today we turn to the issue of illicit wildlife trading. Think elephant poachers, illegal woodcutting, or in the Horn of Africa, coal smuggling. All of this was highlighted in a new report this week from the U.N. and INTERPOL.


Christian Nellemann heads the U.N. Environment Programme’s rapid response unit, and was the lead author of that report....

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Scorpion: New device to trap a poacher used in New Zealand

Scorpion: New device to trap a poacher used in New Zealand | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Police are catching illegal deer hunters with the sting of a man-made scorpion.
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Good work guys!

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Former First Lady Hillary Clinton Honored by WCS

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton Honored by WCS | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

NEW YORK - The Wildlife Conservation Society honored Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton, and WCS Trustee Diane Christensen for their commitments to saving elephants and protecting wildlife and wild places....

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Satao suspected killers arrested

Three suspects have been arrested by Kenya Wildlife Services rangers in Mackinon in relation with the killing of Satao.
Satao, the biggest elephant in Tsavo National Park, was killed by a poacher’s poisoned arrow on June 2.
KWS deputy spokesperson Paul Muya said the three were tracked down by KWS security personnel following intelligence.
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Two States Get Serious About Protecting Elephants and Rhinos From Poaching

Two States Get Serious About Protecting Elephants and Rhinos From Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Following the announcement of the death of a beloved elephant in Kenya, two states in the U.S. have stepped up to help both elephants and rhinos survive by passing bills that will ban the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horns....

 

“New Jersey has a chance to be a global leader in elephant and rhino conservation by ending the ivory and rhino horn trade and setting an example for other states and nations to follow with the swift signing of this bill,” said Senate Economic Growth Chairman Raymond Lesniak.

 

New York  – which is believed to be the biggest importer of ivory into the U.S. – also just passed legislation of its own today. New York’s bill will ban the buying and selling of elephant ivory and rhino horns, with a few exceptions, and has also gone to the governor for a signature....


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/two-states-get-serious-about-protecting-elephants-and-rhinos-from-poaching.html#ixzz35VMFuxf8

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New UN high-level body on environment opens inaugural session in Nairobi

New UN high-level body on environment opens inaugural session in Nairobi | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

 A United Nations body that focuses on the environment and has representatives from all 193 UN Member States is meeting for the first time today in Nairobi, to discuss issues such as illegal wildlife trade, chemical waste and air pollution, and new universal development goals.

 

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) “places environmental concerns on the same footing with those of peace, security, finance, health and trade for the first time,” the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a news release from its headquarters in Kenya. “For many, the creation of UNEA is the coming of age of the environment as a world issue.”...

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Drones Bring Fight and Flight to Battle against Poachers [Slide Show]

Drones Bring Fight and Flight to Battle against Poachers [Slide Show] | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Drones are the latest weapon in the antipoaching fight but their deployment remains dogged by security fears, lack of regulations
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Tanzania receives R44 helicopter for counter-poaching duties

Tanzania receives R44 helicopter for counter-poaching duties | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has taken delivery of an R44 helicopter from the Howard Buffet Foundation to provide aerial support for combating the escalating poaching in its game reserves.
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Officials: Crackdown on wildlife-product trafficking at NY airport; some may finance terrorism

Officials: Crackdown on wildlife-product trafficking at NY airport; some may finance terrorism | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
NEW YORK - The U.S. government is stepping up its crackdown on the illegal trafficking of wild animal products across the nation's borders, saying some may be linked to terrorists, federal officials said Monday.
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This is very good news!

As the second largest importer of wildlife products (according to former Sec. Hilary Clinton) it is crucial for the US to take wildlife trafficking very seriously.

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