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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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Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon festival to support anti poaching

Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon festival to support anti poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

An international line up of hot air balloons will congregate in Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve between 06th and 08th of December this year, to throw their support behind the growing momentum of Kenya’s anti poaching campaign. Organized by Prestige Travel the event hopes to see dozens of foreign hot air balloons take to the skies over the Masai Mara and the international media is expected to cover the three days of aerial spectacle over the reserve. Several teams from Europe and the United States have already confirmed their participation but as the publicity spreads more confirmations are sure to come....

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Forensic scientist joins fight to stop wildlife trafficking

Forensic scientist joins fight to stop wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
While in Vietnam working to reduce the illegal trade in rhinoceros horns, Ashland resident Pepper Trail helped hand out pieces of a horn during training workshops.
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‘White Gold’ on the Black Market: Elephants Slaughtered for Illegal Ivory Trade

it takes a global investigation -- from the gleaming ivory markets of China to a $12 million pile of tusks and trinkets in Denver to the smugglers’ shops of West Africa -– to understand the grim laws of supply and demand in the world’s illegal ivory trade.

 

The billion-dollar food chain begins deep in the forests of Africa, where elephants are now disappearing faster than ever. ABC News’ “Nightline” acquired footage of a poacher who claims 499 elephant kills. For his 500th, he doesn’t have enough bullets to put the mighty beast down quickly. The elephant suffers for hours before the poacher can carve off just enough meat for the journey home and two modest tusks worth tens of thousands of dollars....

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Uganda: Poaching hurting tourism says wildlife minister

Uganda: Poaching hurting tourism says wildlife minister | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Minister Maria Mutagamba has said poaching by armed and organized criminal syndicates is one of the major challenges facing the ministry....

 

The ministry report shows that the number of tourists coming to Uganda reduced from 207,000 in the year 2011/2012 to only 182,000 in the 2012/2013 financial year.  

She attributed this to the general economic downturn in the world, negative security advisories on Uganda by the source markets (UK, USA, Australia and European Union), the war in Eastern DRC and last year’s outbreak of deadly diseases like Ebola and Marburg...

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Uganda tourism seen significant decline in tourism because of poaching crisis...

From 207,000 in 2011/2012 to only 182,000 in 2012/2013. 

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Wildlife Tiger Poaching Trail: Nine member gang interrogated

 .NAGPUR: The interrogation of nine poachers arrested in Pune for killing a tiger in Melghat has revealed that a woman member of the gang travelled 300 km from Melghat to Ramtek in Nagpur district with tiger skin and bones. This was at the time when foresters knew about poaching rackets in the region and were supposed to be keeping tab.

The woman ducked foresters and police and managed to sell the skin and bones to to Sarju Bagdi, a trader from Haryana....

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Addressing Poaching as Terrorism

Addressing Poaching as Terrorism | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

There’s an expanding front on the war against terrorism. The U-S recently launched a 10-million dollar initiative to help combat animal poaching in Africa. Money from the illegal trade in animal products may be supporting various militant groups on the continent. But one expert says the U-S initiative alone won’t be enough to solve the problem....

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Special Assignment: Con in conservation - part 2

Part 2 looks at the lion bone trade which has grown hugely over the past few years. Many people know about how the rhino is being poached for its horn, which...
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Wildlife Cropping is legalized by The Wildlife Conservation & Management Bill, 2013: But what are the Dangers?

In 1990, KWS initiated a pilot wildlife-cropping programme to reduce wildlife-related costs and develop markets that would allow consumptive uses of wildlife to be economically viable. Previously, consumptive exploitation of Wildlife had led to severe declines forcing the government to place a ban on hunting/dealing in wildlife in 1977. The ban was (under Legal Notice No. 120 issued by Late President Jomo Kenyatta). But landowners continued to pressurize KWS in the subsequent years, lobbying for consumptive use of wildlife and claiming that several species had increased beyond the carrying capacity of the lands....

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Namibia: Nation Celebrates World Lion Day

"This is the perfect opportunity for the world to take note of the plight of the African lion, for us all to take the time to ponder the reality of today's pressures on wildlife and the wilderness sustaining these wondrous animals who have, to date, stood the test of time - but for how long will they be able to run from man," said Tammy Hoth, Director of the AfriCat Foundation.

 

Namibia is a forerunner in Africa regarding conservation and sustainable management of wildlife...

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Hate the phrase... "sustainable management" that usually means trophy hunting is involved!

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Killing Lions, Buying Bombs: The Poaching Terrorist Link

Killing Lions, Buying Bombs: The Poaching Terrorist Link | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of animals are killed each year, with poachers’ profits often being funneled to terrorist groups.
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For us wildlife lovers the fight will always be about wildlife, however, it is good that governments are beginning to pay attention as poaching (wildlife trafficking) now threatens us humans and our security in a very real way.

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Kenya : Poachers use arrows, snares to kill in the Tsavo Conservation Area

A total of 10 elephants have been killed in the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) in Taita-Taveta County this month, according to official government records.

 

The records show that many wild animals have been shot and wounded by poachers using arrows and snares.

 

TCA Assistant Director Robert Obrein yesterday said two elephants died after a train at Ngutuni area hit them. Poachers at Taita Ranch and Triangle near Mtito Andei Township killed two others.

 

He added a lion in Bachuma area killed a young female elephant, while a four-month elephant carcass was found at Mbale Ranch....

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China Customs authority’s wildlife detector dog team ready for action

After identifying the suitcase containing wildlife contraband, a newly qualified detector dog is given a towel to play with as a reward. Inside the case Tiger bones have been concealed.
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Poacher admits using pesticide traps to kill leopards

The highly toxic carbofuran is being used to kill leopards in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand, the same pesticide used to poach tigers in and around Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR).
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California Poachers sentenced for taking hundreds of fish

Poachers who were caught red-handed while taking hundreds of fish from a Southern California lake have pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wildlife.
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Indonesia: People urged to stop buying rare animals/products

ProFauna Indonesia, wildlife protection and conservation activists, in Bandung, West Java, have called on the public not to buy protected animals in an effort to save endangered wildlife. 

They regard the challenge of eradicating the trade in such animals as no easy task as the transactions are carried out clandestinely....

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Concern over growing threats to lesser wildlife

GUWAHATI, Aug 17 – The threat posed to mega species such as tiger, rhino and elephant by the multi-billion-dollar illegal trade in wildlife is well known, but not many would be aware that a number of lesser wildlife, including birds and reptiles, are at equal risk, with the flourishing global syndicate increasingly targeting smaller creatures which, too, fetch a fortune for the traders.


Conservationists believe that Wednesday’s seizure of a live tokay gecko lizard – now ahot property in the clandestine trade – from the possession of a militant outfit chief is not just indicative of the growing extent of the nefarious business in Assam and other parts of the North-east, but also corroborates the involvement of so-called armed rebel groups in wildlife trade.

 

“While poaching of tigers and rhinos hogs the limelight, many smaller creatures are equally bearing the brunt of the thriving wildlife syndicates operating in the North-east, which is a gateway to South East Asia – the hub of illegal wildlife trade. The trend of wildlife trade in tokay gecko, pangolin, snakes, owl, etc., has been quite discernible and disturbing,” Bibhab Talukdar, head of conservation group Aaranyak, says...

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Kenya: The War On Poaching Continues

Nairobi — The recently unveiled inter-agency anti-poaching unit comprising officers from specialised elements of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Administration Police and the General Service Unit will strengthen the fight against poaching.

 

KWS spokesperson Paul Muya told Capital FM News that setting up the agency demonstrates the government's commitment in ensuring that wildlife is safe.

 

He said that KWS was working with other conservation stakeholders to ensure that the war is won...

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Kenya: Threat of sanctions on East African countries over illegal ivory trade

Nairobi (Kenya) - Kenya Wildlife Service director William Kiprono and his deputy Patrick Omondi, who are the custodians of the country’s wildlife, have lately been spending sleepless nights. Poaching, especially of elephants, has exploded in the parks and reserves and, as they try to deal with the menace, Kenya and neighbours Uganda and Tanzania have been put on the “Gang of Eight” list by conservationists...
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New Sport Hunting Law Targets Poachers

New Sport Hunting Law Targets Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Hunting for sport doesn’t mean wasting the meat, according to a new Illinois law. The law requires hunters to use all edible parts of harvested animals. Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, says this should discourage poaching.  “The ‘wants and waste bill’ will help us crack down on poachers who are going out and shooting an animal just for the antlers,” Miller said.... 

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National Park Dept denies involvement in Rohingya trafficking

Our officials are not involved in the trafficking of Rohingya people, said Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation's director genral Manopat Huamuangkaew on Wednesday."We have already launched a probe and found that none of the department's officials belongs to human-trafficking gangs," Manopat said.

He admitted, however, that Rohingya had been hidden away in some parts of the Mu Koh Tarutao National Park. 

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority from Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship. Many have fled their homeland in recent years following violent clashes with Buddhists. 

"We are now dismantling tents used by the illegallabour agents. We will also increase patrols," Manopas said.

He said the chiefs of the national parks in border zones had been instructed to pay close attention to secluded areas of the parks because they were at risk of being used by human traffickers.
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Chinese workers accused of fueling poaching

Reports from some conservation agencies are now linking the growing number of Chinese employed in the construction sector to the rising cases of poaching in the country. An allegation the Chinese ambassador refutes claiming no one from China has been arrested in the country in connection with poaching.

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Asia: Wildlife poaching hotline launched - number 01755660033

Asia:  Wildlife poaching hotline launched -  number 01755660033 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

With the aim to control and take rapid action against wildlife trafficking, the government  launched a hotline for receiving information on poaching on monday.

The hotline number (01755660033), will allow callers to reach eight officials, including seven divisional and a central, responsible for wildlife crime control.

“It will make the wildlife trafficking control programme easier for forest officials,” said Minister for Environment and Forest Hasan Mahmud while inaugurating the hotline at a discussion program on Global Tiger Day in the city’s Osmani Memorial auditorium....

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Kenya: Five Poachers Found and Arrested for Killing Zebra

KENYA Wildlife Service rangers have arrested five suspected poachers after they were found killing zebras at Endonyo Rasha in Narok county yesterday.

 

Narok KWS senior warden Bernard Koruta said two suspects fled when they saw the rangers. Koruta said they were acting on a tipoff from residents.

 

"Officers found the poachers slaughtering one zebra. One of them tried to take away a pistol from a ranger but was overpowered," said Koruta....

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Arrest of Notorious Wildlife Trafficker

Washington, DC - "We commend the Togolese authorities on their recent efforts to halt the illegal trade of ivory in West Africa by arresting a notorious wildlife trafficker on August 6. This arrest represents an important step in protecting valuable African wildlife and investigating criminal organizations.

 

"We urge Togolese authorities to conduct a full investigation and hold accountable to the fullest extent of the law those who engaged in the trafficking of ivory. As demonstrated by the Executive Order signed by President Obama on July 1 during his visit to Africa, combating wildlife trafficking is an important priority of the United States. We will continue to work with partner nations to support efforts to put an end to this illegal activity, which threatens security and the rule of law, undermines conservation efforts, robs local communities of their economic base, and contributes to the emergence and spread of disease." ~ Jen Psaki

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To stop elephant and rhino poachers, dissuade buyers in China and Vietnam

To stop elephant and rhino poachers, dissuade buyers in China and Vietnam | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Elephant and rhino populations in Africa are being decimated for ivory and rhino horn. In a vicious cycle, buyers in China and Vietnam fund terrorists in Africa who rely on crime groups and poachers.

 

A social media campaign in Asia must make buying these products abhorrent.

 

President Obama’s announcement last month that the United States will contribute $10 million to combat rhinoceros and elephant poaching in Africa comes at a crucial time to address an ecological catastrophe....


http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2013/0809/To-stop-elephant-and-rhino-poachers-dissuade-buyers-in-China-and-Vietnam

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