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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China Seizes 956 Smuggled Pangolin Carcasses

China Seizes 956 Smuggled Pangolin Carcasses | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Border police in south China's Guangdong Province have seized hundreds of dead pangolins while busting a wildlife trafficking case, local authorities said on Tuesday.

 

The police found 956 pangolin carcasses weighing a total of nearly four tonnes hidden in 189 cool boxes on Monday.

 

They were acting on a tip-off that that some people had been smuggling endangered animals. They identified a trafficker's driving path, stopped the suspect vehicle and arrested the driver on the spot.

 

"This is one of the biggest pangolin trafficking cases in China," a border policeman said. The case in still under investigation.

 

Pangolins, which are under second-class state protection in China, are often smuggled because their meat is considered a delicacy and their scales are believed to have medical qualities.

 

Under China's criminal law, those who illegally catch, kill, buy or sell endangered wild animals on the state's key protection list could face more than 10 years in jail and fines

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So many! So sad!

 

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Former Commando Turns Conservationist To Save Elephants Of Dzanga Bai

Former Commando Turns Conservationist To Save Elephants Of Dzanga Bai | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Nir Kalron was once an Israeli commando, then private security consultant to African leaders, and a dealer of legal arms. Today he's working with African locals to hunt ivory poachers via satellite.
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Brazilian Investigators Cracking the Case of Missing One-of-a-Kind Snake

Forensic analysis aids Brazilian authorities in their quest to apprehend smugglers of a rare white boa constrictor.
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11 Chinese poachers arrested

11 Chinese poachers arrested | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Maritime patrollers intercepted on Tuesday a Chinese fishing vessel with 11 crewmembers near Half Moon Shoal, an area very close to mainland Palawan.
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B.C. poachers kill, mutilate nine eagles near Kamloops

B.C. poachers kill, mutilate nine eagles near Kamloops | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Conservation officers encourage anyone with information to come forward
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Training dogs for Anti-poaching Patrols

Training dogs for Anti-poaching Patrols | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Some training programs require staff to don full-body, protective suits when training dogs for rhino anti-poaching patrols.
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Wildlife Conservation Society to Honor Hillary Clinton at Annual Gala, 6/12

Wildlife Conservation Society to Honor Hillary Clinton at Annual Gala, 6/12 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Wildlife Conservation Society will host its annual gala and after-party at WCS's Central Park Zoo on Thursday, June 12.
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Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Remarks at the Wildlife Criminology Symposium

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Remarks at the Wildlife Criminology Symposium | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Remarks at the Wildlife Criminology Symposium. Press release distribution provided by World News Report...

 

Why are you here? I offer the following suggestions. One, you are here because if you did not come or did not focus on this issue, hundreds of species of our planet would be dead, eliminated forever, before this century is out. And second, law enforcers are now dealing with a criminal enterprise that is generating perhaps as much as $10 billion in criminal proceeds every year. Ten billion, ladies and gentlemen, that begins to be real money. You might actually want to begin to pay attention to an enterprise that is moving in an illegal and illicit manner, corrupting institutions and governments to the tune of $10 billion a year....


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http://world.einnews.com/pr_news/202383196/climate-environment-and-conservation-remarks-at-the-wildlife-criminology-symposium

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Mr. Brownfield, a man who is known in the State Department as Mr. Drugs and Thugs, discusses international wildlife conservation... why? 

Because the US is taking wildlife trafficking and its increasing connection to terrorism seriously.

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The Secret Weapon in the War on Poaching...and Terrorism

The Secret Weapon in the War on Poaching...and Terrorism | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Forget drones. Big data makes finding rhinos easier than finding insurgents....

 

“Drones Fight Poachers” has an undeniable sexiness to it as a news narrative. Who doesn’t want to read about flying killer robots battling machete-wielding criminals chasing innocent animals on the wild African plains? The instant appeal of a high-tech solution to a pervasive low-tech problem is also why Silicon Valley giant Google has given the World Wildlife Fund, or WWF, $5 million for drones to stop poaching. But to actually stop poachers, WWF should focus less on drones and more on math — and some lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

University of Maryland computer scientist Thomas Snitch is applying a mathematical forecasting model he developed for use by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan to Africa. Snitch is trying to overcome poaching networks’ advantages in money, opportunity, and manpower using his military model to put park rangers in the right places to intercept rhinoceros killers...

 

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

We've talked to those in the know in South Africa.

This forecasting model is amazing... however, it needs accurate data and this is reportedly somewhat of a problem in Africa.

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A shocking new report highlights depth of poaching crisis

A shocking new report highlights depth of poaching crisis | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A  new report from Born Free USA accuses the governments of Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Sudan, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of supporting elephant and rhino poaching, and public officials there of overlooking, and sometimes even arming, the criminals.
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China Bans Eating & Buying Endangered Animals, So Shark Fin Soup Is Off The Menu

China Bans Eating & Buying Endangered Animals, So Shark Fin Soup Is Off The Menu | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Pangolin are off the menu, thanks to China’s new policy that will jail people caught eating rare wild animals. The policy is a new interpretation of criminal law from the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and those who don’t abide by the law could be jailed for a decade or more,
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

This is great news! Now hopefully they will also enforce these wildlife friendly policies.

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Africa's Elephant Havens Threatened by Political, Military Moves

Africa's Elephant Havens Threatened by Political, Military Moves | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Zimbabwe's protected areas are being seized for political and military reasons, putting elephants in danger of being trafficked for their valuable ivory tusks....

 

 One of the continent's last safe places for the animal, Zimbabwe has bigger elephant populations than other African countries, but losing protected areas could make the elephants vulnerable to ivory poaching, The Associated Press reported....

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DA-BFAR, DENR tap US forensics experts for help vs wildlife trafficking

DA-BFAR, DENR tap US forensics experts for help vs wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Even as the cases against foreign poachers caught with endangered marine species keep piling up, two Philippine agencies have tied up with the US government in fighting wildlife trafficking and other environmental crimes.
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Tackling Trafficking in Critically Endangered Ploughshare Tortoises

Tackling Trafficking in Critically Endangered Ploughshare Tortoises | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
While the public focuses its attention on well-known charismatic species, the appalling trade in lesser-known species, such as the ploughshare tortoise, has gone largely unnoticed — until now.

A consortium of leading conservation groups has launched a new drive to combat the illegal trade of Critically Endangered Ploughshare Tortoises....

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NPR: Brave Woman, Beautiful Elephants, Civil War Spells a Tragic Real Life Drama

NPR: Brave Woman, Beautiful Elephants, Civil War Spells a Tragic Real Life Drama | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Andrea Turkalo spent 22 years in central Africa, studying rare forest elephants. Then civil war forced her to flee — and poachers killed many of the elephants she'd shared a life with.
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LOSS OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE: CONSEQUENCES IN SAVANNAS NEW STUDY

The loss of large mammals from African savannas can have unexpected and often undesirable consequences for the people and livestock that depend on them, according to a new study published today in the journal BioScience.

 

Scientists from Bard College and the University of California, Davis, experimentally removed large grazing mammals from plots of savanna land in Kenya where both livestock and wildlife are abundant. That removal, the researchers found, set in motion a cascade of consequences. Most significantly, populations of a small grazing mammal, the pouched mouse, doubled. The mice attracted venomous snakes like the olive hissing snake, devastated tree seedlings, and doubled flea populations, which potentially increased the risk of transmission of flea-borne pathogens....

 

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http://www.itbusinessnet.com/article/LOSS-OF-AFRICAN-WILDLIFE-SPURS-CASCADE-OF-CONSEQUENCES-IN-SAVANNAS-SAYS-NEW-STUDY-LED-BY-BARD-BIOLOGY-PROFESSOR-324066 ;

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Loosing small grazing mammals leads to overabundance of mice and fleas!

One of many consequences our planet faces as our wildlife disappears according to a recent study by University of California scientists.

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Two polar bears found shot by poachers in remote Vaigach island in Arctic

Two polar bears found shot by poachers in remote Vaigach island in Arctic | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Expedition finds shocking evidence of illegal hunting of Russian Red Book animals.
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Black market coral trade takes hit as police seize more than 600 live samples in Phuket

Black market coral trade takes hit as police seize more than 600 live samples in Phuket | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Black market coral trade takes hit as police seize more than 600 live samples in Phuket
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Duck poachers sought in Farmington

Duck poachers sought in Farmington | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
FARMINGTON ——— Division of Wildlife Resource officers are seeking information about a report of two males attempting to unlawfully kill ducks within city limits...
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Veteran FWS official serves as U.S. eyes, ears in poaching crackdown

Veteran FWS official serves as U.S. eyes, ears in poaching crackdown | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

As the Obama administration combats wildlife trafficking, Richard Ruggiero prepares his team of conservation "foot soldiers."...

 

To Ruggiero, wildlife trafficking verges on the personal. He has spent a combined 17 years in Africa, studying wildlife, learning local languages and working with Africans on conservation. He has bonded with elephant families, lying next to them as they nurse their calves and watching them mourn their dead. He has seen their faces sliced off by poachers harvesting ivory, and he knows that many of the elephants from his younger days have all met a grisly end....

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Kenya Wildlife Service raises pay for rangers

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has increased pay for its rangers in a move aimed at boosting morale in the fight against poaching, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Sunday (April 27th).

 

Rangers protecting elephant and rhino sanctuaries will be paid 500 shillings ($6) daily and those guarding other wildlife protection zones will receive 200 shillings ($2) daily, said KWS Director William Kiprono....

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Kenya to deploy drones in all national parks in bid to tackle poaching

Kenya to deploy drones in all national parks in bid to tackle poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Move follows a successful pilot project in major protected wildlife area that saw drones reduce poaching by up to 96%
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How India's coastal waters are fast becoming a base for easy poaching

How India's coastal waters are fast becoming a base for easy poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
After the trafficking of rhino horns, tiger skins and elephant tusks, the illegal trade of threatened marine species - especially sea horses for medicine and sea cucumbers for soup-- is emerging as the new wildlife crime.
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Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Nearly A $20 Billion Dollar Business

Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Nearly A $20 Billion Dollar Business | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Illegal wildlife trafficking is nearly a $20 billion dollar business and has yet to slow down. Areas such as South Florida and Southern California have been at the center of recent cases against the crime.

 

The constant cruelty and trade of animals is on an all time high. An app has been launched at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in efforts to report suspicious activity of wildlife trafficking. Australian travelers in South East Asia are asked to do so.

 

“The illegal wildlife trade is now estimated to be worth just under $20 billion a year, so it’s up there with illegal arms trade and the illegal drug trade,” said Tarongo Zoo Director, Cameron Kerr.


Read more at http://americanlivewire.com/2014-04-21-illegal-wildlife-trafficking-nearly-20-billion-dollar-business/ ;

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