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Cobra 2 leads to big wildlife trade busts

Cobra 2 leads to big wildlife trade busts | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Chinese led wildlife trafficking operation Cobra 2 has led to over 400 arrests, recovery of 3 tonnes of ivory and 36 rhino horns and other wildlife products. Details of the success of Cobra 2 were released today by authorities in Beijing.


Cobra is the name of a series of operations led by China and involving  the United States, South Africa, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network, and the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network....

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China, Africa Arrest Cross-Border Ivory Smuggler

A suspected Chinese ivory smuggler had been apprehended in Kenya after coordinated efforts between the two countries, China's wildlife authorities said on Monday.

 

The suspect, surnamed Xue, was caught in Nairobi on Jan. 17 by Kenyan authorities, and extradited to China the next day, said the China Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office.

 

It is the first time China has arrested a wildlife crime suspect overseas.

Xue is said to have led an ivory trafficking group in Kenya for a long time, and hired couriers to smuggle ivory into China.

 

The rest two suspects of the group, surnamed Zheng and Li, were netted on Jan. 16 and 17 when they were entering China. So far, all the suspects in the group have been caught.

 

The arrests were part of the operation, dubbed Cobra II, launched by China as well as several countries in Asia, Africa and north America to crack down on wildlife crimes from the end of 2013 to the beginning of 2014....

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Video: Princes Charles and William tackle wildlife crime

Video: Princes Charles and William tackle wildlife crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Princes Charles and William have joined forces to make a powerful call for action to tackle the growing illegal wildlife trade.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Why anti-poaching campaign ineffect in Tanzania

SPECIAL REPORT: Why anti-poaching campaign ineffect in Tanzania | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In recent years, Tanzania has witnessed a steep rise in poaching and other forms of crime targeting elephants and other wild animal species. The rate of killings is significantly greater than the elephants’ capacity to reproduce.

This has led many wildlife experts to declare the situation as a crisis, worse than the mass slaughter in the 1970s and 1980s, which led to the global ivory trade ban by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1989.

Currently, the selling of ivory is done only with the approval of CITES; moreover, raw ivory sales are expected to resume after the expiry of a nine year moratorium in 2017. The CITES approved ivory auction which was held in 2008, saw ivory selling at least US$1,700 per kg....

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Ivory trader fined just £1,375 for selling whale and dolphin bone

Ivory trader fined just £1,375 for selling whale and dolphin bone | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A Battersea man has been fined just £1,375 despite admitting to illegally trading ivory, whale and dolphin bone and marine turtle shell online. Detectives from the Met Police's Wildlife Crime Unit began investigating Alick Brown, 30, from Worfield Street, Battersea, in May 2012 after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) raised concerns about two companies. The companies, Arctic Antiques and Ice Antiques, were being run by Brown under an assumed name and traded on eBay.
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Siam Poulsen (Lucas)'s curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:12 AM

Alick Brown had to pay only 1,375 for illegaly tradng ivory, whale and dolphin bone and marine turtle shell online.  Doesn't illegal mean that you have serious consequences or you could possibly go to jail for it? 

Alick traded all these illegal items on Ebay, which amazes me because shouldn't Ebay have some sort of security chekc on what their customers are selling online.  

Siam Poulsen (Lucas)'s curator insight, February 2, 2014 3:49 AM

This Battersea man killed innocent animals and illegaly traded ivory, whale and dolphin bounce amd marin turltle shell online.  He should have been fined way more than how much he was.  HE traded them on Ebay which should have a security check which chekcs what their cuztomers are selling online.  I thought that doing something illegal had serious consequences, not just a fine of 1,375 piunds.  I thought that you could potentially go to jail, or be fined a lot mroe than that.  I am surpirsed how easy this man got away. 

Julia Connor's curator insight, February 7, 2014 2:55 PM

This is a joke!! How are we supposed to stop people dealing in ivory and other animal bone when they have so much to gain and so little to lose WHEN they are caught! 

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Protesters lock horns with China over ivory as campaigners look into buyers

Protesters lock horns with China over ivory as campaigners look into buyers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when a “Save the Rhino” advert was enough. Only about 25,000 rhinos are left in the wild, and thanks to poaching the species is critically endangered.
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Japan whale poachers running out of steam – ‘The Nisshin Maru has resigned itself as unable to outrun the determination of the Sea Shepherd Fleet’

Japan whale poachers running out of steam – ‘The Nisshin Maru has resigned itself as unable to outrun the determination of the Sea Shepherd Fleet’ | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
25 January 2014 (SSCS) – The Japanese whaling fleet has abandoned its plans to out-run the Sea Shepherd Fleet, with its factory vessel, the Nisshin Maru, slowing down to 12 knots after a 36 hour chase at full speed. At approximately 1300 AEDT today, the Nisshin Maru, flanked by the harpoon vessels, Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru No. 2, reduced its speed and changed course for due west. The Sea Shepherd Fleet now surrounds the whale poachers, with The Bob Barker six nautical miles ahead of the whalers, The Steve Irwin six nautical miles to the eastern side of the poachers, and The Sam Simon approaching from the south.
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New York State Hearing Shows Ivory Crisis Should Be Everyone's Concern

New York State Hearing Shows Ivory Crisis Should Be Everyone's Concern | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
That campaign, based on the number of African elephants killed daily in 2012 due to poaching, is aimed at educating the public about ivory trade and consumption.
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Leaders From Around the World Unite to End Poaching

Leaders From Around the World Unite to End Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The poaching of protected animals continues to be an alarmingly real threat to species survival. 2013 set annual record highs for rhino poaching deaths. Statistics show that one rhino is killed every 11 hours.
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European Parliament Resolves to Get Tough on Wildlife Crime [VIDEO]

European Parliament Resolves to Get Tough on Wildlife Crime [VIDEO] | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A resolution by the European Parliament calls for tougher penalties for wildlife crimes and more training for law enforcement officials to combat the trafficking of illegal items such as elephant ivory and rhino horn.
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Pacific Trade Deal “Backtracking” on Environment Safeguards

Pacific Trade Deal “Backtracking” on Environment Safeguards | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
An accord that would be the largest trade agreement ever negotiated appears to be rolling back environmental safeguards that have been a key part of U.S.-l
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Without a Grassroots Conservation Effort, Enforcement and Anti-Poaching Measures Set to Fail

Without a Grassroots Conservation Effort, Enforcement and Anti-Poaching Measures Set to Fail | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The record amount of funding being committed to anti-poaching initiatives and other fights against wildlife crime is not enough to save the animals unless bold new grassroots conservation strategies are implemented in the communities surrounded by the endangered animals, according to a pair of UK researchers. Pictured are dehorned rhinos at the Kruger national park in Mpumalanga province September 16, 2011. The rhinos were dehorned by a veterinary surgeon to prevent poaching. South Africa loses hundreds of rhinos a year to illegal horn trade as high demand for rhino horn in the illegal market triggers an unprecedented poaching crisis. (Photo : REUTERS/Ilya Kachaev
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Leaders From Around the World Unite to End Poaching

Leaders From Around the World Unite to End Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The poaching of protected animals continues to be an alarmingly real threat to species survival. 2013 set annual record highs for rhino poaching deaths. Statistics show that one rhino is killed every 11 hours.
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Support Punishing Armed Wildlife Traffickers

Support Punishing Armed Wildlife Traffickers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Sanctions that target and cut off support for armed wildlife traffickers were recently approved by the United Nations. Commend this step toward protecting vulnerable animal species in Africa.
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Thank you for this Alyssa... like the civil approach. With so much barbaric cruelty it is so easy for us to become aggressive too. Though anger and outrage are absolutely natural responses... taking the higher road and maintaining a professional demeanor will gain more ground with the people that have the power to turn this frightening trend around.
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Russian poachers plaguing parks as Moscow goes nuts for squirrels

Russian poachers plaguing parks as Moscow goes nuts for squirrels | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
One by one, the bushy-tailed residents of Moscow's parks have been disappearing. The problem: Russians have gone nuts for pet squirrels. Moscow authorities bolstered security early this ...
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Nicky Campbell on elephant poaching and the soulful giants we must save

Nicky Campbell on elephant poaching and the soulful giants we must save | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The BBC Radio 5 Live presenter imagines what he will have to say to his grandchildren if we do not act now
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End the terror of ivory trade as trafficking becomes global security problem

End the terror of ivory trade as trafficking becomes global security problem | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Terrorist organizations are turning to wildlife trafficking for money. It's a global problem. Transnational criminal syndicates, terrorist organizations and Islamic extremists are increasingly turning to wildlife trafficking to bankroll their operations. Specifically, elephant and rhinoceros ivory accounts for an increasing share of the budget of Somali militant groups and al-Qaeda affiliates. So far, the White House and international agencies have failed to effectively address this emerging threat.
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Drones to protect Uganda wildlife

KAMPALA, Uganda – The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has said it will start using spy drones as one of the measures to curb the increasing levels of poaching in its national parks. Dr. Andrew Sseguya the UWA Executive Director told Media Owners and Editors in Kampala that they intend to take up the measure before the end of the year. “The new plan we have is zero tolerance to poaching. We launched a tourism intelligence unit to curb poaching which I can report is doing very well. Very soon we shall use spy drones to protect our parks from poachers,” said Sseguya. He said the drones will be able to capture images/footage of poachers while in the act, for further review. “We can have one drone with all the necessary equipment including spying cameras,” he said.
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Wildlife Body nudges Hong Kong to destroy Its Ivory Stock

Wildlife Body nudges Hong Kong to destroy Its Ivory Stock | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Hong Kong, Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), African Wildlife Foundation, United States, Kenya, Gabon, Philippines, elephants, ivory
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2 Suspected Poachers Shot Dead in Kenya

2 Suspected Poachers Shot Dead in Kenya | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Two suspected poachers were shot dead by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) intelligence team in conjunction with the General Service Unit (GSU) at Solio r...
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Tanzania gets new Tourism Minister

TANZANIA (eTN) - In his newly-reshuffled cabinet, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete announced on Sunday morning that he has appointed Mr. Lazaro ...
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Opinion: China's Ivory Crush Is Important First Step

Opinion: China's Ivory Crush Is Important First Step | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
China is the latest country to publicize wildlife law enforcement by destroying illegal elephant ivory, but the crush needs to be backed up with action.
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China joining the crush. What is it now... up to four nations destroying their "futures" stock?
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Wildlife numbers drop by 70% in Kenya's Mara region

Wildlife numbers drop by 70% in Kenya's Mara region | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Masai Mara reserve in Kenya has seen the wildlife population decline dramatically by 70% over the past three decades, according to a new report
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Tell Congress To Fight Wildlife Trafficking - The Petition Site

Tell Congress To Fight Wildlife Trafficking - The Petition Site | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
“Send a quick note to your members of Congress to help protect elephants and other animals.”
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