Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
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Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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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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'Slavery' driving apes to extinction as multi-million dollar illegal trade prospers: conservationists

'Slavery' driving apes to extinction as multi-million dollar illegal trade prospers: conservationists | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Thousands of great apes are killed or trafficked into "slavery" each year in a multi-million dollar illegal trade that is driving some of man's closest relatives towards extinction, conservationists said on Tuesday.
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Rhino to Elephant Poaching Prompts Namibia to Deploy Army Unit

Namibia has deployed soldiers to combat the threat posed by poachers to elephants and the world’s largest population of black rhino in national parks that stretch along the country’s borders with Angola and Botswana.
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Nigeria pushes for adoption of resolution on illegal trade in wildlife

WorldStage Newsonline-- The Federal Government of Nigeria has called for the adoption of a resolution on illegal trade in wildlife at the United Nations General Assembly billed to hold later in the year.
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Sharks killed by Mexican poachers off Padre Island

A U.S. Coast Guard airplane crew spotted 65 dead sharks entangled in about a mile of nylon gillnetting 20 miles offshore of South Padre Island.
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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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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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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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Newfoundland: Investigations lead to charges for salmon poaching

Four people have been charged with various offences related to illegal salmon fishing in central Newfoundland.
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Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique over Elephant, Rhino Poaching

Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique over Elephant, Rhino Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, Jul 2 2014 (IPS) - Environmentalists are formally urging President Barack Obama to enact trade sanctions on Mozambique over the country’s alleged chronic facilitation of elephant and rhinoceros poaching through broad swathes of southern Africa.

 

Investigators say substantial evidence exists of Mozambique’s failure to abide by international conventions against wildlife trafficking, including to back up allegations of state complicity....

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Let Freedom Ring for All Living Beings, Rhino, Elephant, Lion

Let Freedom Ring for All Living Beings, Rhino, Elephant, Lion | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In the USA the Fourth of July is a celebration of FREEDOM. May we find ways to free all living beings incl rhino, elephant, lion to live in nature.
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Elephant tusks confiscated in Kavango

WINDHOEK- The Ministry of Environment and Tourism officials in the Kavango East Region over the weekend confiscated six elephant tusks suspected to have been poached in the Bwabwata National Park.


A game warden in Kavango East, who refused to be named, said six poachers have since Friday been arrested in connection with the incident.... 

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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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