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Kenya: 32 Wildlife Service Officers Suspended Over Poaching

At least 32 Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) senior officers have been suspended to make way for investigations into increased poaching activities in their areas, Kenya's The Standard reported Saturday (June 8th).

 

The suspended officers include those in charge of parks throughout the country as well as several officers at KWS headquarters, said KWS Director William Kibet Kiprono.

 

The officers are suspected of collaborating with poachers and face permanent removal and legal charges if investigations confirm those suspicions, he said.

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Two tiger poachers nabbed, confess to killing five tigers in Melghat

Two tiger poachers nabbed, confess to killing five tigers in Melghat | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The two, who were nabbed from Mansar, are part of a 30-member gang, which claims to have killed five tigers in the region over the last one month and sold tiger skins to a trader in North India.

 

NAGPUR: The local crime branch (LCB) has nabbed two tiger poachers belonging to the notorious Baheliya community. The two, who were nabbed from Mansar, are part of a 30-member gang, which claims to have killed five tigers in the region over the last one month and sold tiger skins to a trader in North India.

The operation to nab the poachers was launched on May 30 based on a tip-off to Nagpur IG from New Delhi. Police nabbed the poachers on June 6 while they were finalizing a deal for a tiger skin....

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Philippines destroy Dh36m worth elephant tusks

June 21 event in support of global campaign to stop illegal ivory trade.

 

The Philippines will crush and burn about five tonnes of seized elephant tusks worth 420 million pesos (Dh36.5m), in support for the global campaign to stop the illegal trade of wildlife species....


DENR, or Department of Environemtn and Natural Resources, said the ivory tusks, stored at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), were intercepted by customs officials since 2009 in separate operations across the Philippines.

The 1989 Geneva Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of flora and fauna, to which the Philippines is a signatory, bans the ivory trade, which has been the cause of a massive decline in elephant populations in Africa....


The illegal trade of elephant tusks in and through the Philippines has been given a spotlight since National Geographic investigative journalist and former Washington-based international lawyer Bryan Cristy reported about it in 2012....

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"Caught On The Equator; Finding The Fire Within" by Heather P. Shreve

"Caught On The Equator; Finding The Fire Within" by Heather P. Shreve | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Based on a true story, Caught On The Equator is about BEAUTY, and the music within all of us.
It's about being ORIGINAL and THE GIFT of BECOMING who you were meant to be...


As an artist and a teenager, this is my story of discovering an exotic country and the unexpected gifts that lay within.


Join me on a raw and amazing trek to E. Africa, back to 1983 in a country filled with savage beauty but also harboring a savage business- IVORY! Find out how I unknowingly was caught up in both, and how venturing into a place on fire with corruption, struggling to recover from a coup in 1982, showed me a perspective that would change the rest of my life....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

I don't usually promote things that are offered for sale.

However, Heather's book takes to the Africa we all fantasize still is and into a world that is squeezing the very breath out of the continent's wildlife and people... organized crime.

 

Oh, yes I wrote the Foreword.

 

Heather assures me that she will be contributing to assist the protection of elephants and other endangered and threatened wildlife in Africa. 

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90% of Legal Ivory in China comes from Illegal Sources, EIA

90% of Legal Ivory in China comes from Illegal Sources, EIA | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
UN Secretary Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns that wildlife trafficking, particularly the illicit ivory trade, "constitutes a grave menace to sustainable peace and security" in Central Africa.
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Wildlife trafficking funds warlords and criminals

Wildlife trafficking funds warlords and criminals | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The growing slaughter of endangered tigers, elephants and rhinos by well-organized criminal syndicates is no longer just an environmental concern. It filters money into the hands of warlords, undermining global security.
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Kenya Wildlife Service interdicts 10 security officers for poaching

Kenya Wildlife Service has interdicted ten security officers on suspicion of being secret agents of poachers in Tsavo Conservation Area. Among those interdicted are an acting senior warden, a company commander, five platoon commanders and three rangers....


The incident brings to 13 the number of security personnel implicated in criminal activities in the region in the past year. Three security personnel among them two rangers and a prison warder were arrested for engaging in poaching activities recently....

 

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000085106&story_title=kws-interdicts-10-over-poaching

 

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UNODC Transnational Organized Crime Report

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Kenya wildlife parks lose 7 rhinos in a week

Poachers have killed 24 of the animals this year in exclusive sanctuaries
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Incessant Killing of Elephants Is Killing Africa's Future

Bonn — More civil unrest in Africa, another coup d'état, more reports of child soldiers in the front line, involvement of foreign troops, the poorest of the poor losing what little they have - and all the while the proceeds of a country's wealth are diverted from much-needed social and economic development to financing death and destruction. It is an all too familiar tale, a previous though somewhat different chapter of which was brought to the attention of a wider audience through Edward Zwick's film "Blood Diamond".

 

Zwick recounted the story of the civil war in Sierra Leone, where the conflict was financed through the illegal trafficking of precious stones. National Geographic and World Wide Fund for Nature have already likened this trade to recent developments...

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NYPD Busts Horseshoe Crabs Poachers After Chopper Chase

NYPD Busts Horseshoe Crabs Poachers After Chopper Chase | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A bevy of illegally harvested horseshoe crabs were saved in a late night helicopter raid. The New York Times is reporting that officers in the NYPD’s aviation unit scoped suspicious activity through night-vision goggles over Jamaica Bay and followed the escaping horseshoe poachers to Sheepshead Bay.

 

The pursuit, which lasted 30 minutes, took place last Monday night. NYPD aviation unit officers spotted four poachers scooping up horseshoe crabs, which come to shore in May and June, into two boats with no lights. To harvest horseshoe crabs, one needs a licence and has to follow strict quotas....

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African Development Bank and WWF call for urgent action to combat wildlife crime

African Development Bank and WWF call for urgent action to combat wildlife crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and WWF will launch today a joint global call for action and commitment from governments and other institutions to combat the rampant illicit wildlife trafficking scourge that is robbing Africa of precious...
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Preventing an Elephant Eden from Becoming Paradise Lost

Preventing an Elephant Eden from Becoming Paradise Lost | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Can the U.N. help defeat ivory poachers?

 

Remember that scene from Jurassic Park when the two paleontologists see the herds of living, breathing dinosaurs for the first time? Their eyes widen in disbelief, mouths agape, unable to speak at first.

 

That's the reaction I had over 30 years ago when I first stepped out of the dense tropical rain forest of Central African Republic's Dzanga-Sangha region into a 30-acre clearing with mineral rich soils known as the "Village of the Elephants." Instantly I was transported into prehistory, with forest elephants of every size, shape and color sucking the mineral salts out of the soil, chasing one another, rolling around in mud-pits and fighting for the best mate or mineral pool. Elsewhere in the clearing, known as the Dzanga Bai, I was awed by bongo, buffalo, sitatunga and hundreds of birds....

 

http://www.livescience.com/34818-un-fights-poaching.html

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New Zealand: Trout poachers caught in the act

New Zealand: Trout poachers caught in the act | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
An increase in trout poaching has prompted a warning that hidden cameras will catch poachers in the act.
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Thai police arrest pet shop owner for possessing protected wildlife, including rare lions

Thai police arrest pet shop owner for possessing protected wildlife, including rare lions | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
BANGKOK — A pet shop owner was arrested after Thai police found hundreds of protected animals, including rare lions, in his warehouse near Bangkok, authorities said Monday.
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$800K for camera traps to hunt poachers in Tsavo, Kenya

$800K for camera traps to hunt poachers in Tsavo, Kenya | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
NAIROBI Kenya, Jun 4 - The fight against rhino and elephant poachers in the Tsavo has received a boost in the form of a Sh70 million grant to deploy state-of-the-art
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Let's hope and pray all the money goes for the camera traps to help stop the elephant poachers!

 

I've seen countries receive funds for emissions control... the stations stand idle, vehicles keep belching toxic fumes. The money? Probably in some politicians pocket.

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Hard man actor Tom Hardy to hunt down poachers in Africa

Hard man actor Tom Hardy to hunt down poachers in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
New ITV documentary will see animal lover star of Inception, Dark Knight Rises and Bronson "bring the senseless slaughter of endangered wildlife in Africa to the attention of the masses"
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Greer Noble's curator insight, June 4, 2013 2:39 PM

Brilliant! These are REAL men in my books.. not pathetic excuses of humanity that rape and plunder to appease the greed of other even lesser creatures that think they're men!

Wildlife Margrit's comment, June 5, 2013 8:51 AM
Thanks Greer
Angel Jackets's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:25 AM

Bane vest jacket, official license jacket only at angeljackets.

 

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China Ivory Prosecution: A Success Exposes Fundamental Failure

Chinese media reported last week that China has convicted a major ivory seller in Fujian and his accomplices for their role in an international ivory trafficking scheme that smuggled nearly eight tonnes of ivory out of Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria.
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Zimbabwe: Lions, buffaloes wreak havoc after poachers break fence

Buhera — Villagers in Buhera South under Chief Chamutsa have bemoaned massive killing of their livestock by lions escaping from Devuli Game Park, after the fence was vandalised by poachers.

 

Speaking to Standardcommunity last week Gunura Primary School head, Tenson Sibiya confirmed that scores of livestock had been devoured by lions in the past few months....

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Murder of Wildlife Conservationist could have been prevented

Murder of Wildlife Conservationist could have been prevented | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The day Jairo Mora Sandoval was killed was not the first time he had stared down the barrel of a gun. Since 2012, the poachers of Moín Beach on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast have become increasingly aggressive, according to local volunteers with Mora’s program.

 

Threats and violent conflicts between conservationists and turtle egg poachers stretch back decades in Costa Rica, where turtle eggs sell on the black market for about $1 each. The supposed aphrodisiacs are in high demand in rural town bars, allowing poachers to make fast money from raiding turtle nests, which can hold as many as 200 eggs....

 

http://www.ticotimes.net/More-news/News-Briefs/Murdered-Costa-Rican-conservationist-had-been-chased-by-AK-47-wielding-poachers_Sunday-June-02-2013

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Hat off to you Vanessa, please don't give up on  the turtles.

Don't let the poachers and corrupt police win.

Jairo would want his program to save the turtle eggs to continue.

 

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First UNODC study: Transnational organized crime threats in East Asia and the Pacific

First UNODC study: Transnational organized crime threats in East Asia and the Pacific | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

16 April 2013 - UNODC launched today an assessment of the transnational organized crime threat in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. This vast region has experienced rapid economic and social changes during the past few decades which have created considerable regulation challenges for public authorities. The report takes a look at the manner in which criminal enterprises have developed alongside legitimate commerce in recent years, creating contraband markets valued at approximately US$ 90 billion.

 

The 12 selected contraband markets covered in the report are organized under four headings, namely: people (human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants); narcotic drugs (heroin and methamphetamine); environment (wildlife, wood-based products, e-waste and ozone-depleting substances); and goods (counterfeit goods and fraudulent medicines).

 

Drug trafficking accounts for an estimated one third of the value of transnational organized crime (TOC) flows studied in this report. The findings show that an estimated 65 metric tons of heroin worth US$16.3 billion flowed within the region in 2011, of which two-thirds were produced in the Shan State of Myanmar. A significant proportion of the US$15 billion worth of methamphetamine within the region is manufactured in the region itself, although there are notable amounts entering from West Africa and the Middle East.

 

Approximately one-third of TOC flows valued at US$24.4 billion are related to counterfeit goods and another US$5 billion to fraudulent medicines. High levels of demand for counterfeit products in many different parts of the world, coupled with the region's growing economy and ability to meet this demand has been a driver for the growth of counterfeiting.

 

The report also examines several types of environmental crime including extractive industries such as the illegal harvesting and trafficking of wood-based products worth US$17 billion, wildlife valued at US$2.5 billion, the dumping of e-waste estimated at US$3.75 billion, and the trafficking in ozone-depleting substances of US$ 0.0677 billion. Environmental crimes are profitable forms of TOC in East Asia and the Pacific, as many countries in the region are rich in natural resources but lack the capacity to enforce laws to protect them.

 

This report is a first look at major TOC flows relevant to the region and aims to contribute to policy and programme development. It is vital to integrate national responses into international strategies in order to effectively combat these issues. The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols, as well as the Convention against Corruption, provide useful platforms for the establishment of a normative framework to guide efforts towards capacity-building and the strengthening of regional partnerships....

 

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2013/April/first-comprehensive-unodc-study-on-transnational-organized-crime-threats-in-east-asia-and-the-pacific.html?ref=fs1

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African warlord Kony poaching elephants to survive

African warlord Kony poaching elephants to survive | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

African warlord Kony poaching elephants to survive.

 

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Members of a militia run by fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony are killing elephants across Central Africa to support Kony's struggling group, according to a report by watchdog organizations that are urging the expansion of programs to encourage defections from the Lord's Resistance Army.
    
The Enough Project, the Satellite Sentinel Project and two other groups said in the report released Monday that the LRA has turned to elephant poaching "as a means to sustain itself," and that the militia uses money from the illegal trade in ivory to acquire food and other supplies....

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Zambia: Police Inspector Among 9 Poachers Arrested

Zambia: Police Inspector Among 9 Poachers Arrested | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The Zambia World Life Association has arrested nine suspected poachers among them a police inspector who had attempted to courier 27 Kilogrammes in the Mulobezi Game Management area of the Western Province.

 

ZAWA Board Chairman Guy Robinson said the consignment that was headed to China comprised 27 Kilogrammes of elephant tasks said to have been harvested from protected areas.

 

The consignment has been pegged at US$140, 000 dollars. Tourism minister Sylvia Masebo has installed a new board to have control on the game reserves in the country.

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Kenya getting tough on poachers: increases fines by 2,500% and jail time by 700%

Kenya getting tough on poachers: increases fines by 2,500% and jail time by 700% | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Kenyan parliament has approved emergency measures to tackle the on-going poaching crisis: last week Kenyan MPs approved higher penalties for poachers including fines up to $120,000 and 15 years in jail.
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Wildlife Alliance Rescues 128 Animals from the Illegal Wildlife Trade

May 29, 2013, Phnom Penh and New York City – On the morning of May 27, 2013, Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) conducted an operation at two separate premises suspected of being involved in illegal wildlife trading in Banlung City, Ratanakiri, Cambodia. The simultaneous raids were the result of information received from an established informant that resulted in the identification of the locations in question and the Vietnamese family believed to be responsible for the illegal activities. The undercover operation was successful and led to the seizure of 87 hill mynas, approximately 30 rat snakes, 6 monitors, 4 elongated tortoises and 1 king cobra....


http://www.wildlifealliance.org/page/view/391/wildlife-alliance-rescues-128-animals-from-the-illegal-wildlife-trade

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