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Distance Learning Publishes Infograph of Illegal Wildlife Trade

Distance Learning Publishes Infograph of Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The Wildlife Trade involves hundreds of millions of individual plants and animals from tens of thousands of species all over the world, but not all of them are legal to own, sell, or hunt. Distance Learning, a resourceful website that helps students find their perfect online degrees, has released a new infographic about facts regarding the wildlife trade to encourage students to seek a degree in the environment field, a fast-growing, promising industry.

The demand for wildlife grows as the human population grows. It is only natural that humans would depend upon natural resources, however it is important to understand the implications of some actions over others and make the best decisions according to ethics, the law, and ecology....

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Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Speak Out About Illegal Wildlife Trade

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Speak Out About Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Announced Her Support of Action in Syria at an Unrelated Event Monday Introducing a New Wildlife Trafficking Advisory Council....

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Glad to hear Hillary is still carrying the torch

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Montana: Moose killed in Hyalite area, tips sought in poaching case

Montana: Moose killed in Hyalite area, tips sought in poaching case | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say a cow moose was illegally killed by poachers near Moser Creek Road in the Hyalite area.
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Live in Montana?

Do you know anything about this?

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Clinton to attend wildlife event at White House

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to return to the White House for an event on wildlife trafficking.

 An invitation sent out by the White House says the event will take place Monday afternoon. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other officials will also attend. 

The event focuses on efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and ways the government can work together with outside groups on the issue.

 

The visit is likely to attract attention because of the widespread speculation that the former first lady may run again for president in 2016. Many Democratic groups are urging her to run.

 

Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in February. In July, she had lunch with President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Thousands expected to join International March for Elephants

Thousands across the globe expected to join International March for Elephants On Friday October 4th thousands of people are to march in solidarity for elephants in 15 cities around the world, including Wellington, in the single largest demonstration...
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Poachers Poison Watering Holes—African Elephants In Danger of Extinction!

(ANIMAL WELFARE/POACHING) Just when you thought people couldn't sink any lower...poachers are now poisoning African elephants to fuel the illicit ivory trade.
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State asked to tighten laws against poaching

State asked to tighten laws against poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Poachers earned US$ 30 million(Sh2.6 billion) from 154 tonnes of ivory in 2011. A United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on organised crime said between 5,600 and 15,400 elephants are poached in Eastern Africa annually.
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Customs in Thailand seize over 100 kg of ivory from luggage

Customs in Thailand seize over 100 kg of ivory from luggage | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Bangkok, Thailand, 1st September 2013 – Authorities at Suvarnabhumi International Airport last week discovered 105 kg of ivory hidden in four suitcases in the first seizure of illegal elephant ivory at the airport in over a year.

A Vietnamese couple is being held in connection with the case and will be investigated for violating Customs and Wildlife laws.


The bags containing tusks, hundreds of ivory beads and necklaces, and a number of small pieces of raw ivory, had been checked into a flight from Angola and had passed through Ethiopia before being intercepted in transit in Bangkok yesterday evening....

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Poachers use cyanide to kill 41 elephants in Zimbabwe

Poachers use cyanide to kill 41 elephants in Zimbabwe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Zimbabwe's Chronicle reported that police broke a syndicate of six poachers that killed and took the tusks of 41 elephants in Hwange.

 

The poachers laced salt with cyanide and put it around large pools where the elephants normally went to drink water. When they died their tusks would then be cut off and taken back to their homes.

 

The poachers were caught after rangers heard gunshots and went to the scene. They followed the tracks back to a house that was used as a storage space.

 

One of them was then convinced by the police and rangers to phone the rest of the gang and come to the house, where they were arrested. 

  

Police recovered 17 tusks worth R1.2-million in total....  

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Vultures being poached to win Lottery

Vultures being poached to win Lottery | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, director of the Griffon Poison Information Centre, said yesterday that the number of vultures poisoned for muti has increased dramatically.

 

He said in the "olden days" a "traditional healer had to kill the animal himself for it to have the necessary powers but, now that it has become commercialised, all the principles have fallen by the wayside" .

 

Traditional healers believe that sleeping with a vulture's head gives a person clairvoyant powers and the ability to predict sports scores, Lotto numbers and the like.

 

Verdoorn said the birds are sold for about R600 each....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Superstition and myths continue to threaten Africa's wildlife species.

Did you know that vulture's brains help predict winning lotto numbers? 

A fallacy of course, however one that is putting Cape Vultures at risk.

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Boog's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:00 AM

Though often very hard to comprehend, the witchcraft core within Africa is strong and entwined, therefore probably never to be eradicated.  Unfortunately it is the wildlife, as innocent as ever, who become the target of myth and legend and the insatiable appetitie of the greedy civilisation we call the human race.  There is not one person free of the trappings of belief of some kind, yet we do have a compassionate bone, one that abhors unnecessary killing of wildlife, whether for keratin, ivory or skin...

There is, however, one magical set of spells that we should share and embrace worldwide and that is Education.  Bucket loads of crazy clever understanding just ready to be shared...  Will we get there before rhino and elephant are historical words

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Thailand: New law will 'wipe out' ivory trade

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is drafting a law change to ban the domestic ivory trade in an attempt to reduce international pressure over the illegal ivory trade in the country...

 

Under the current law, the department has the authority to examine stocks of ivory held by private operators. The law change would not allow new ivory or ivory products to be added to their stocks.


"We will make regulations tougher and tougher until there is no longer ivory trade in the country," he said.  

Please credit and share this article with others using this http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/367501/new-law-will-wipe-out-ivory-trade    

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Poachers arrested for hunting peacocks in Ramanathapuram

Poachers arrested for hunting peacocks in Ramanathapuram | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In a mid-night operation, a Forest Protection Squad has arrested three people for poaching seven peacocks and three peahens at Melacheethai village near Uthirakosamangai, near here and seized the birds, which are protected under schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

 

Acting on a tip off, the Forest Protection Squad, Virudhunagar, led by Assistant Conservator of Forest M.Anand Kumar launched an operation on Saturday night and arrested the poachers in the early hours of Sunday...

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Ireland: Bass fish poachers busted

TWO men have been caught poaching bass off the Irish coast after a joint operation by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the Gardai. 

The investigation revealed a tiny craft being deployed that was not capable of dealing with the sea conditions. Officers of IFI and the Gardai were left with no choice but to alert the RNLI and Coast Guard and members of the RNLI rescue vessel discovered the tiny craft at sea without passengers the Coast Guard helicopter was deployed to search for what was thought to be a man overboard situation. Thankfully the two people from the tiny craft were later found safely ashore....

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US Government outlines efforts to combat wildlife trafficking

US Government outlines efforts to combat wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The US White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) released updated information Monday outlining efforts undertaken by the federal government to combat wildlife trafficking.

 

On the heels of a White House announcement Monday revealing the names of eight members of the Advisory Council to the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, the DOJ released an overview of legal initiatives taken in recent years to clamp down on the illicit trafficking of animals and their body parts. The Task Force was established by executive order in July of this year....

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Wildlife Officials to Destroy Seized Ivory

Wildlife Officials to Destroy Seized Ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Federal wildlife officials plan to crush more than 6 tons of ivory in Denver as part of a new push by the United States to combat illegal wildlife trafficking worldwide.
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China donates equipment to fight poaching in Maasai Mara Game Reserve

A Chinese authority has donated equipment and vehicles to the Narok County to fight runaway poaching in Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
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Companies partner to raise funds for orphaned rhinos

Companies partner to raise funds for orphaned rhinos | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The devastating rhino poaching in the country has prompted cement producer Lafarge SA and tractor brand New Holland to join hands to raise funds and other resources for baby rhinos left parentless or injured by poachers.
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Elephant Poachers bribe to get false registrations

Police fight elephant poaching gangs trying to obtain fake registration required for all domesticated elephants
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Why Elephant Poachers Love the Federal Budget Sequester

Why Elephant Poachers Love the Federal Budget Sequester | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Funding cuts have hamstrung the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ability to fight wildlife trafficking...

 

Almost daily, it seems, there are new and credible reports about the senseless slaughter of elephants, rhinos or other endangered species by sophisticated wildlife-trafficking networks. Just this spring, news filtered in about a slaughter of forest elephants in the Central African Republic. We have video confirmation of nearly 30 elephants being killed and more wounded. It is clear that poaching is epidemic and is threatening some of the world’s most iconic and endearing species....

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Satellite Cameras Installed in Kenya to Protect Animals From Poachers

Conservationists are installing advanced cameras in remote parts of Africa so you can keep track of endangered animals in real time via an app and even help protect them against poachers.
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Going the Extra Mile to Help Save Africa's Elephants

By going the extra mile for Africa's elephants, a Canadian doctor from half a world away will not only have the opportunity to follow her passion for adventure travel.
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Sri Lanka : Wildlife Incident Support Team deployed to fight poaching

Sri Lanka : Wildlife Incident Support Team deployed to fight poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Aug 08, Colombo: A Wildlife Incident Support Team (WIST) has been deployed to Sri Lanka by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) to help the country combat the rising incidents of poaching in the country.

 

Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), John E. Scanlon has been quoted in the media as saying that the deployment in Sri Lanka by Interpol demonstrates the hands-on support that is now being offered through ICCWC....

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Stop Wildlife Crime: The Series - It's Dead Serious (Video 1) | WWF

Stop Wildlife Crime: The Series - It's Dead Serious (Video 1) | WWF | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

{WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES] Wildlife crime is dead serious. This low-risk, high-profit crime threatens some of the world's best-loved species--and the rangers that protect them.http://www.worldwildlife.org/deadserious

This first episode highlights the wildlife crime crisis. Follow all of WWF's wildlife trafficking documentary footage released every Sunday at 7 pm EDT in September 2013 on World Wildlife Fund's YouTube channel by subscribing now and using the hashtag #StopWildlifeCrime while you watch.

Elephants, rhinos, tigers and other animals are being increasingly slaughtered by poachers and criminal gangs armed with military-grade weapons, night-vision scopes and more. Wildlife crime destabilizes governments, economies and conservation gains. WWF needs your help to make a difference—please view and share to spread awareness.

Don't miss this five-part series featuring wildlife trade facts and interviews with experts in government, security and conservation including Robert Hormats, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President, Conservation Strategy & Science, WWF, Crawford Allan, Director, TRAFFIC North America, WWF and Andile Mhlongo, Ranger, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, South Africa. Learn more: http://www.worldwildlife.org/deadserious.

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Saudis lash out at gazelle poachers

Saudis lash out at gazelle poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Manama: Saudis have called for stringent action against poachers following the circulation on the social media of a picture showing three dead gazelles being transported in a vehicle.

 

The gazelles are believed to have been killed in the Bani Maaridh reserve in Najran in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, local news site Sabq reported on Monday.

 

“This is totally irresponsible,” a blogger writing under the moniker “Jundi”, said. “The government has been spending millions of riyals to protect and nurture these gazelles and other animals in natural reserves. Yet there are people who do not seem to care. They should be punished severely,” Jundi said...

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Kenya: Conservationists Up in Arms Over Mutilated Wildlife Bill

A local conservation group has accused the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife of secretly mutilating chunks of the original Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill.

 

The East African Wild Life Society says parts of the Bill introduced in Parliament last month markedly differ from what different players had agreed on last year.

 

EAWLS executive director Michael Gachanja says sections related to benefit sharing and accountability of government officials have been changed. The society has also opposed creation of a parallel body to take over licensing roles from the Kenya Wildlife Service.

 

The proposed Kenya Wildlife Regulatory Council will operate alongside KWS, according to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill (2013) introduced in Parliament last month by Majority leader Aden Dualle....

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