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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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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Heavy fines for Grizzly poachers in Canada

Heavy fines for Grizzly poachers in Canada | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Poaching is poaching, regardless of the animal.

 

Whether it be a grizzly bear or a fish, poachers who come through Stony Plain court can expect to leave with a hefty fine.

 

A year and a half ago, in December 2012, three hunters were sentenced in Stony Plain provincial court for killing a grizzly bear. They were handed a total of $30,500 in fines and hunting suspensions from three to six years.

 

A month earlier, an Edmonton couple were ordered by Stony Plain provincial court to pay a combined $100,000 in fines after poaching a deer within city limits....

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Poachers have killed the world's largest elephant

Poachers have killed the world's largest elephant | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
One of the largest living elephants was killed by poachers recently, a blow to Kenyans who had come to greatly respect the elephant for his cunning, in addition to his stature. That and more in today's Global Scan.
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New York State Assembly approves bill banning ivory trade

New York State Assembly approves bill banning ivory trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The New York State Assembly has passed a bill that would ban the purchase and sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which played a key role in pushing the legislation.
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High-level report calls SA wildlife trade policy reckless

High-level report calls SA wildlife trade policy reckless | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Report says governments, economists and conservationists who think they can curb poaching by selling rhino horn and ivory legally have little understanding of macroeconomics or the sophistication of international crime syndicates
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Poaching Onslaught In Garamba National Park

Poaching Onslaught In Garamba National Park | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In mid-May, African Parks reported that 33 elephants had been killed in the five weeks prior, indicating a concerted attack on the park’s elephant population. Despite intensified anti-poaching efforts since then, the total has risen to 68 elephants in the past two months, at least nine of them shot from a helicopter. On one occasion hand grenades were used against the Park’s rangers by Sudanese poachers. For the first time the brains of elephants have also been removed, together with tusks and genitals.


African Parks’ investigations have revealed that the poaching is emanating from four different sources:  Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgents, armed groups from South Sudan, poachers operating from a helicopter, and renegade members of the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC). In the past few weeks Garamba’s anti-poaching teams have exchanged fire with several of these groups and five poachers have been killed. "The situation is extremely serious,” said Garamba park manager Jean-Marc Froment. "The Park is under attack on all fronts.”  ....

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Actor Peter Dinklage Urges New York Lawmakers to Pass Ivory Trade Ban

Actor Peter Dinklage Urges New York Lawmakers to Pass Ivory Trade Ban | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Actor and New York resident Peter Dinklage released the following statement urging state lawmakers to ban the trade of illegal ivory in New York:
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WildLeaks attracts major wildlife crime leads in first three months

WildLeaks attracts major wildlife crime leads in first three months | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

WikiLeaks-style website yields 24 tip-offs including elephant poaching, tiger killing, illegal fishery and forest destruction.

 

The WildLeaks website, which uses Tor technology to ensure anonymity, has been set up by Andrea Crosta, a security consultant who first revealed how the al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia generated funds via ivory smuggling.

 

The slaughter of elephants, rhinos, tigers and other species has surged in the last decade, part of an illicit wildlife trade worth $10-20bn a year according to Interpol. Only drugs, people and arms trafficking earn more for criminals and the corruption and violence accompanying wildlife crimetakes a heavy toll on local communities.

 

“We had our first tip within 24 hours and the response has been beyond our wildest imagination,” said Crosta, now executive director of theElephant Action League. He said the pervasive corruption means that whistleblowers frequently fear that contacting local law enforcement could put their lives in danger. “You can’t, for example, export containers full of ivory from Mombasa without bribing people left, right and centre,” Crosta told the Guardian. “We definitely feel we are filling a gap.”...

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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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Poachers nabbed, animals rescued

Poachers nabbed, animals rescued | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Imphal, June 15 2014: Four poachers along with large number of birds were apprehended yesterday at Uchekon area in Imphal east district, following a raid by a team of People for Animals (PFA) after getting information regarding poaching activities in the area.

According to a release of PFA Thoubal, the arrested poachers identified as Khongbantabam Brojen(45) S/o (L) Kh....

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Poachers massacre 4% of the elephants in Africa's oldest park

At least 68 elephants - about 4% of the population of one of Africa's oldest parks - have been slaughtered by poachers over the last two months using chainsaws and helicopters, the non-
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Clintons honored at Wildlife Conservation Society gala

Clintons honored at Wildlife Conservation Society gala | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton were given awards by the Wildlife Conservation Society last night for their efforts to stop the slaughter of elephants in the ivory trade. 
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UK: Tiger claws and teeth found at house, woman arrested

UK: Tiger claws and teeth found at house, woman arrested | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of breaking laws prohibiting the sale and export of endangered species.

 

Wildlife officers made the discovery during a search of the house on Gleadless Road on Monday, South Yorkshire Police said.

The woman has been released on bail....

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Efforts to Curb Ivory Trafficking Spreading, but Killing Continues

Efforts to Curb Ivory Trafficking Spreading, but Killing Continues | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Despite recent groundbreaking efforts to curb the illegal ivory trade, the slaughter of elephants in Africa goes on.
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Despite poaching, Indian rhino population jumps by 27 percent in eight years

Despite poaching, Indian rhino population jumps by 27 percent in eight years | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The world's stronghold for Indian rhinos—the state of Assam—has seen its population leap by 27 percent since 2006, despite a worsening epidemic of poaching that has also seen 156 rhinos killed during the same period. According to a new white paper, the population of Indian rhinos in Assam hit 2,544 this year.
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Enforcement training for KNP staff

Enforcement training for KNP staff | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In order to tackle low conviction rates in wildlife crimes in the country, the International Fund for Animal Welfare - Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI) has initiated a pioneering training to facilit
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