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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Heathrow wildlife traffickers jailed for 12 months

Heathrow wildlife traffickers jailed for 12 months | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
2 Romanian women who were caught trying to smuggle 13 endangered iguanas through Heathrow airport have been jailed for 12 months. The women were caught during border checks at Terminal 5 on 3rd February.
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Congo Gets Tough on Wildlife Traffickers

Congo Gets Tough on Wildlife Traffickers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Wildlife Conservation Society reports a major seizure of illegal bushmeat in Congo at Maya Maya International Airport in Brazzaville.
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Stanford students help protect endangered species in Africa

Stanford students help protect endangered species in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Stanford students helped the Obama administration develop a national strategy to fight wildlife trafficking, which is on the rise and threatens the existence of elephants and rhinos in Africa. The student practicum was led by law school lecturer David Hayes.
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Making a difference....

David Hayes (former deputy secretary of the Dept. of Interior)  and his students at Stanford help President Obama develop a national strategy to fight wildlife crime....

 

"Ivory trafficking is out of control – if it goes on unchecked, there will be no elephants or rhinos in Africa in 10 years."...


"...the killings that are destabilizing governments, financing terrorists and threatening the existence of some of the world's most iconic wildlife species."...


"Examples of their recommendations include tightening up the U.S. ban on the commercial ivory trade, increasing the fines and penalties under U.S. law for wildlife trafficking, and using money-laundering enforcement tools to target traffickers. Other suggestions call for stepping up global collaborations and establishing an "African hub" to oversee anti-trafficking efforts."...




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African clergy join fight to save elephants and rhinos from poaching

African clergy join fight to save elephants and rhinos from poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The escalating slaughter of elephants and rhinos is drawing the anger of conservationist clerics, who have begun enlisting church members in the battle to save Africa’s wildlife.
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US Government helps Asia in the fight against wildlife trafficking

US Government helps Asia in the fight against wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

March 2014: Law enforcement officers from Lao PDR and Thailand recently participated in a training course in order to improve their ability to fight against wildlife crime. There were twenty-six participants in total, including customs, police, and wildlife officers, as well as prosecutors.

 

Wildlife trafficking between Thailand and Lao PDR is renowned as a major route for the smuggling of wild animals and wildlife products. Via these countries, illegal animals and products are transported to China and Vietnam, and as far as Africa. Here, criminals take advantage of weak laws and understaffed law... 

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Six rare birds of prey found dead near to each other in Ross-shire

Six rare birds of prey found dead near to each other in Ross-shire | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A total of five birds, including a buzzard and five red kites, have been found dead in the Conon Bridge area of Ross-shire.
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Poachers fined after bizarre 'killing spree'

Poachers fined after bizarre 'killing spree' | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
BOISE -- Four southwest Idaho men are being held accountable for illegally shooting more than a dozen deer, three cows, protected birds, and other wildlife.The bizarre poaching spree happened during a four-week period in the fall of 2012.
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Kenya poaching crisis ‘national disaster’, says top conservationist

Kenya poaching crisis ‘national disaster’, says top conservationist | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
NAIROBI, March 19 — Kenya must take drastic action to stem a surge of elephant and rhino poaching, veteran conservationist Richard Leakey warned today, lamenting that known ringleaders are operating with “outrageous impunity”.

The poachers have
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Is CITES Turning a Blind Eye to China’s Illicit Wildlife Imports?

Is CITES Turning a Blind Eye to China’s Illicit Wildlife Imports? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The mystery of the origin and whereabouts of ten gorillas supposedly exported legally from Africa to China in recent years continues to mystify wildlife monitors. Why is CITES, the international treaty set up to protect endangered species from commercial exploitation, not responding to the situation?
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Oh my... hate it when the "good guys" go "bad"... or suspected of doing so.

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Poachers are thieves, We the public are the victim

Wildlife is a public resource, and poaching is theft of public property. There. We said it.

 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates poachers kill as many animals as legitimate hunters do -- with several differences.

-- Legal hunting limits the kill and the season for animals that are part of the "annual harvestable surplus." Poachers kill year-round, even during breeding season.

 

-- Hunting fees support our wildlife management and outdoor conservation. Poachers don't pay for tags, thus depriving the state of revenue.


Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/03/01/3504135/our-voice-poachers-are-thieves.html#storylink=cpy

 

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Siam Poulsen (Lucas)'s curator insight, March 3, 2014 7:39 PM

I think that this article is true because poaching is murder.  You are ending a life for money, isn't that murdering.  Legal hunting i still don't support but at least its legal.  In legal hunting there are limits and there is a time to stop but poaching is year round like the article says. the poachers don't care whether the animals are in a particular season or not they just want to kill the animals and gain some money.  Wen the hunters do something illegal they get caught and possibly jailed, but i'm annoyed that the poachers don't get jailed or sent to court because they never get caught.  I think there should be better security for animals, not when they are about to become extinct but possibly even before the poaching on that animal begins. 

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Tanzania sets four anti-poaching points

Tanzania sets four anti-poaching points | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - The government has outlined four priority areas to combat wildlife poaching and illegal trafficking.


Recently the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu , highlighted these areas during a roundtable discussion with stakeholders in Dar es Salaam.

 

He said the container control programme will be introduced to increase capacity for efficient and thorough monitoring of export containers at air and sea ports...

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Uganda: Wildlife Authority wants 20 years for poachers

Uganda: Wildlife Authority wants 20 years for poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has asked the Government to amend the Wildlife act and introduce stiff penalties of fines not less than sh200m and a 20 years’ imprisonment sentence for poachers and traffickers of wildlife and its products.
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Prince William will need new ideas to tackle wildlife crisis

Prince William will need new ideas to tackle wildlife crisis | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Addressing the conference on illegal wildlife trafficking in London, Prince Charles said it “broke new ground”, while Prince William said it represented an “unprecedented gathering” that has “never before…
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Poachers seen daily in Batanes

Poachers seen daily in Batanes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Poachers are seen everyday in the waters of Batanes, and the provincial government has decided to acquire a patrol boat to deter the incursions.
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REPORT: Stanford Law School on How to Stop Wildlife Trafficking

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Global problem of human trafficking present in Montana, experts say

Global problem of human trafficking present in Montana, experts say | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
It was going on 5:30 p.m. in Nairobi, Kenya, when Fiachra Kearney called into the “Talk Back” radio program on KGVO. His call wasn’t unexpected, and for the next hour,
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"More than 800,000 men, women and children fall victim to human trafficking each year"

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Vietnam may destroy smuggled rhino horns, elephant’s tusks

Vietnam may destroy smuggled rhino horns, elephant’s tusks | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

 VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
is considering destroying the rhino horns and elephant tusks seized in
smuggling cases as the way to confirm that Vietnam does not allow trade and consumption of wildlife....

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China's Rapidly Growing Animal Welfare Movement

China has been in the news relentlessly this past year in relation to the mass slaughter of elephants and rhinos in Africa and Asia for the country's inexhaustible demand of their tusks and horns. Comments to such stories often expose sweeping statements from people across the globe that all Chinese are cruel and heartless but, having lived and worked in China since 1985, I couldn't disagree more.

 

Operating Animals Asia's bear rescue sanctuary in Chengdu, we see an astonishing level of intelligence and compassion in our Chinese directors and staff -- and celebrate the brave Chinese welfare groups and individuals across the country who achieve unprecedented success against animal cruelty and exploitation...

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Do you suppose this could be good for the elephant and the rhino?

 

"This movement of Chinese people against injustices in their country is exhilarating, considering the successes for the animals it brings. Progress such as this enforces the notion that change can only happen when the people of the country support the change."

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Asia's abalone fever feared wiping out the gourmet mollusc in South Africa

Asia's abalone fever feared wiping out the gourmet mollusc in South Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
HOUT BAY, South Africa (Reuters) - In broad daylight, groups of poachers hidden among the rocks of a South African marine conservation area wade slowly into the icy, shark-infested waters of the Atlantic Ocean in search of 'white gold'.
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Kenya lauds China's contribution in fight against poaching

Kenya's wildlife authorities on Tuesday praised China's contribution in the fight against rhino and elephant poaching, saying the effort is invaluable.

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Director General William Kiprono said the East African nation has been engaging China at the technical and political levels in the areas of conservation and has received China's support to combat wildlife poaching

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Robot Eyes Protecting From Above: Drones and Ocean Conservation

Robot Eyes Protecting From Above: Drones and Ocean Conservation | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A robust and healthy ocean is the lifeblood for our planet, sustaining life through interconnected ecosystems worldwide. Unfortunately, as a result of global industrial overfishing pressure, many of these ecosystems have shown signs of rapid deterioration. This is particularly bad in the high seas, the part of the oceans that lie beyond 200-miles off the…
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Why We Should Care That March 3rd Is Now World Wildlife Day

Why We Should Care That March 3rd Is Now World Wildlife Day | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

World Wildlife Day is an occasion to remember that in spite of protections provided by CITES much of the world's wildlife remains in crisis. The many threats they face include habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation, and unregulated development...

 

The United Nations does a great job declaring days in the year for commemoration or celebration. There is International Women's Day, World Water Day, World AIDS Dayand more than 100 other special days. So why does it matter that the UN General Assembly last December declared March 3rd as World Wildlife Day -- a day, according to the UN, to "celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people?"...

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World Wildlife Day - March 3rd

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Maths can help beat animal poachers

Scientists have developed a new, low-cost way to save rare animals and plants from poachers and plunderers - using maths.
Researchers from The University of Queensland used a mathematical model to outwit poachers in Africa's Greater Virunga
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Zulu church helps combat poaching, embraces faux fur to protect leopards

Zulu church helps combat poaching, embraces faux fur to protect leopards | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Carrying Zulu warrior shields and draped in leopard skins, the men of South Africa's Shembe Church move hypnotically as they go through the steps of a traditional religious ritual.

 

But the striking spotted pelts around the dancers' chests are slowly being swapped for synthetic faux fur — thanks to a pact between conservationists and church leaders.

 

Leopard skins are a symbol of pride and royalty in the Shembe religion, which was founded a century ago in the country's eastern KwaZulu-Natal region with roots in Christianity and Zulu customs....

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Tiger cubs, other endangered species seized in wildlife trafficking haul

Tiger cubs, other endangered species seized in wildlife trafficking haul | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Thai police said Thursday they have seized five wild tiger cubs along with hundreds of other animals being smuggled to neighbouring Laos, for apparent onward sale in Vietnam or China as delicacies....
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