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BREAKING: The African Poaching Crisis & America’s Responsibility | Cheetah-Watch

BREAKING: The African Poaching Crisis & America’s Responsibility | Cheetah-Watch | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech on the poaching crisis, the U.S. International Conservation Caucus held a hearing to focus the...
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Anti-Poaching drones and collars gearing up to address wildlife trafficking in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya - The discovery was gruesome. A family of 12 dead elephants rotting in the midday heat of south-eastern Kenya, their faces hacked apart by poachers as they removed the animals' ivory tusks.

 

The massacre this month in Tsavo East National Park highlighted a surge in poaching in Africa that has pushed conservationists to embrace new technologies in an effort to save threatened elephants and rhinos.

 

Now, rangers plan to deploy remotely controlled drone aircrafts above three African parks this year.

 

Elsewhere, elephant collars fitted with iPhone-style technology are being developed to alert wardens when animals are hunted....

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WWF 2012 Report: Fighting Wildlife Trafficking

CLICK HERE to download the Report [PDF file]

http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/wwffightingillicitwildlifetrafficking_lr_2.pdf ;

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Enforcement officers focus on wildlife trade in Lao PDR

Enforcement officers focus on wildlife trade in Lao PDR | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Lao PDR: 59 participants took part in a workshop to strengthen implementation of wildlife trade re...
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Nat Geo Interactive Map: Elephant Ivory Poaching

Nat Geo Interactive Map: Elephant Ivory Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?
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Zambia: Game Ranger Kills Two Poachers

Game scouts have shot dead two suspected poachers near Protea hotel farm in Chisamba while the third one has been detained.

 

Police say The incident happened when the scouts challenged the three men, one of them armed with a greener shortgun found on the farm. The suspects then started firing at the scouts who in turn retaliated, killing two of them on the spot.

 

One of the deceased persons has been identified as Recknos Ndeleki, aged 30 of Fine Ndeleki Farm in Chisamba while the identity of the other one has not yet been established.

 

“The incident occurred on the 21st January, 2013, around 11:00 hours in Chisamba. A greener shortgun with five rounds of ammunition has been recovered from the scene while the surviving suspect Webster Chisumpa is in Police custody to help with investigations. The bodies of the deceased are lying in Liteta Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem,” said Elizabeth Kanjela.

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TRAFFIC: Indo-Nepal border security forces receive boost to counteract wildlife crime

TRAFFIC: Indo-Nepal border security forces receive boost to counteract wildlife crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
40 enforcement officers received training on tackling wildlife trafficking across the Indo-Nepal b...
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Nature lovers trail after poachers in bid to deter illegal hunting

Nature lovers trail after poachers in bid to deter illegal hunting | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Volunteers are reclaiming the wilderness from poachers through recreation.


IN THE fading light, Muna Noor’s 4WD is hurtling down the tarmac. The road is long and narrow, and dramatic limestone karst formations rise up on either side of us.

 

It will take at least five hours to get from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara Sungai Relau in Merapoh, Pahang, but Muna does this drive as often as she can because when she’s at home, all that she can think about is, the jungle.

 

“I just keep thinking that every week, if I don’t do it, there could be poachers out there. Every time we go into the forest, we make a difference. What we do, it really counts.”...

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The power of passion and willingness to volunteer is what may very well save our wildlife and our planet.... love it!

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VIDEO: On China’s Illegal Wildlife Trade, Ethnocentrism, And Culture

VIDEO: On China’s Illegal Wildlife Trade, Ethnocentrism, And Culture | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Patrick Brown is a professional photojournalist who has spent the last twenty years of his life documenting all facets of the illegal sale of endangered animals in Asia. Driven by his life’s ...
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Patrick gives us some first hand insight into what's really going on in China in the arena of wildlife trafficking and trading. Plus an interesting view from the author into the Chinese culture and the low status of animals.

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CALIFORNIA: Poachers kill more than 100 snow geese

Poachers kill more than 100 snow geese | geese, michilizzi, investigation, shooters, flock, sutter, hunters, people, game, sheriff
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Can aerial drones help contain animal poaching?

In the fight against animal poaching, governments are increasingly responding with military force, including the deployment of unmanned aerial drones.
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Poachers’ Snares: The Race to get there First!

Poachers’ Snares: The Race to get there First! | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Daily animals are caught in snares in Africa, endangered and threatened species are not spared from the poachers’ traps.

 

They don’t use tranquilizer darts, hunting rifles or military issue fire power. They don’t make the news like the rhino and elephant poachers do. However, these low key, every day poachers are a huge threat to the survival of many wildlife species.

 

Wire fencing, old telephone wire, baling wire, you name it and a skilled poacher will use most anything to fashion a snare that will catch an animal by the leg or neck. Snares are laid down or suspended in high traffic areas. Here the unsuspecting wild (or at times domestic) creature gets caught and starts to pull. The snare of course simply gets tighter the more the animal struggles for freedom....

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Latest cases of poaching have all the hallmarks of an inside job

The illegal trafficking of wildlife now ranks as the third largest crime industry in the world. Last weekend Kenya awoke to the slaughter of an entire herd of elephants in Tsavo East National Park
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CITES: Treat Illegal Wildlife Trade as Serious Crime

CITES: Treat Illegal Wildlife Trade as Serious Crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Illegal trade in wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn must be treated as a serious crime in order to end the devastating poaching of protected species, the head of U.N. wildlife trade regulator CITES said Thursday.
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According to the recent WWF report many countries laws don't treat wildlife trafficking as a serious crime, so the penalties not a deterrant, neither are there enough resourced alloted to adequately address this rapidly growing aspect of the illegal trade networks.

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THREE POACHERS KILLED AT SHIMBA HILLS

Three poachers have been killed in a shoot out inside the Shimba Hills National Park in Kwale district. KWS officer in charge of Coast Province Simon Gitau says they rescued an elephant that they had captured. Gitau says four others managed to escaped with bullet wounds. Assorted weapons and  locally made traps  were also recovered...

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Governments Reluctant to Tackle Wildlife Trafficking, Says WWF

Governments Reluctant to Tackle Wildlife Trafficking, Says WWF | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

World Wildlife Fund calls for national and international laws that treat wildlife trafficking with more severity, similar to drug trafficking....

 

A sign and symptom of government reluctance to take a serious legal stance on wildlife trafficking is the lack of participation consultant company Dalberg saw while working for WWF to form its December 2012 report, “Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: A Consultation With Governments.”

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Tanzanian Parliament Calls for Stricter Anti-Poaching using Choppers

Tanzanian Parliament Calls for Stricter Anti-Poaching using Choppers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Tanzania's parliamentary committee for land, natural resources and environment is looking into scaling up anti-poaching efforts in the country, Tanzania's Daily News reported Wednesday (January 23rd).

 

Addressing the public after meeting with the Tanzania National Parks and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, committee chairman James Lembeli advocated harsher punishments for poachers.

 

"Current laws are outdated; those found guilty of poaching are made to pay only 500,000 shillings ($311), which is very little for someone dealing in that business," he said....

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Vatican Stand on Religious Use of Ivory Would Help Slow Illegal Killings of Elephants

Vatican Stand on Religious Use of Ivory Would Help Slow Illegal Killings of Elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The religious use of ivory is among the least publicized and seemingly most easily correctable drivers of the massive elephant slaughter now taking place across Africa.
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Anti-poaching drones to take off in Africa

Anti-poaching drones to take off in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Conservationists seek out new technologies as illegal animal killings threaten endangered populations.
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Oregon State Police bag deer poachers

An Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into the unlawful taking of buck deer led to the arrest of an Eagle Point man Sunday while OSP troopers served a search warrant at his home.

 

Following a month-long investigation into illegal deer hunting, on January 13, 2012 OSP troopers served a search warrant...

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Kenya Wildlife Service plans to step up anti-poaching measures

GOVERNMENT STATISTICS INDICATE THAT IN 2012, KENYA LOST
384 ELEPHANTS AND 19 RHINOS TO TROPHY POACHERS COMPARED
TO 289 ELEPHANTS AND 29 RHINOS IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR

 

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Wednesday vowed to step up anti-poaching measures after experiencing a loss of 19 elephants since the beginning of 2012.


Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director William Kiprono told journalists in Nairobi that the price of ivory and rhino horns continues to rise and this is fueling the illegal trade.


“In order to respond to these challenges, KWS has developed strategies aimed at enhancing elephant and rhino security to protect them from armed gangs while at the same time dismantling international criminal syndicates,” Kiprono told a news conference in Nairobi .


“Our anti poaching efforts have borne significant achievements in the course of last year. We arrested and took to court 1,949 suspects. They were charged with various wildlife-related offenses." 


The KWS announcement comes in the wake of Tuesday’s seizure of 638 pieces of ivory worth 1.16 million U.S. dollars at the port of Mombasa which were destined for Indonesiafrom Tanzania while disguised as ornamental stones....

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Vietnamese Nationals: Win a trip to South Africa!

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 17th January 2012—The Vietnamese government’s Centre for Scientific and Professional Studies and Archives, Central Committee for Communication and Education (CCCE) is hosting a writing competition in collaboration with TRAFFIC to raise awareness of nature’s heritage and the pressure it faces from threats such as the illegal wildlife trade.

 

The competition is open to Vietnamese nationals, overseas Vietnamese and foreigners living in Viet Nam.

 

Entrants are asked to submit an original piece of work in either English or Vietnamese that seeks to bring awareness to or analyse the illegal trade and consumption of endangered wildlife, their parts and derivatives as well as how to protect the wildlife in Viet Nam.

 

Two lucky winners will receive a fully funded trip to South Africa to view wildlife in the country’s protected areas and learn more about South Africa’s measures to protect its biodiversity and combat the illegal wildlife trade. Currently rhino populations in South Africa are experiencing unprecedented levels of poaching to feed the demand for their horns in Viet Nam; a potent symbol of the impact demand in one country can lead to in another.

 

The winning entries will also be published in leading national Vietnamese publications.

 

For a full description of the rules and requirements of the competition and the different categories and mediums in which participants can provide submissions, please download the official guidelines below and visit the competition webpage.

Guidelines in English (PDF, 200 KB) and Vietnamese (PDF, 300 KB).

For further information, please contact:
TRAFFIC: Brett Tolman, Communications Officer, Email: brett.tolman@traffic.org, Tel. +84 4 3726 5026
or
Centre for Scientific and Professional Studies and Archives, Central Committee for Communication and Education, 2B Hoang Van Thu Street, Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Email:trungtamnckhnvtl@gmail.com. Tel. +84 080 45456, +84 (0) 984 377 425.

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Malaysia: Invites all to join fight to combat illegal wildlife trade

THE Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) refers to the letter for exotic demand by the president of Sahabat Alam Malaysia.

We fully agree that the consumption of wildlife meat is not restricted to this country only but has been part of the deeprooted dining culture in certain parts of the region.

In order to curb illegal wildlife trade, Perhilitan has been intensifying its enforcement efforts from time to time.

Innovative approaches such as National Blue Ocean Strategy have been applied in the department’s enforcement strategies which help to strengthen, improve and intensify enforcement activities.

The department realises that it is not easy to combat illegal wildlife trade and therefore, we are actively engaging NGOs to join the fight....

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Lions extinct in 25 African countries & populations in more trouble than previously thought

Lions extinct in 25 African countries & populations in more trouble than previously thought | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

January 2013 - Wild Life Extra

Lionaid, the lion conservation charity, has revealed that it believes lions are in much worse trouble than previously thought, and have already become extinct in 25 African countries.... http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/extinct-lions.html#cr


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The rhino is in trouble.... however, it appears that the lion is in much more critical danger!
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Africa battles poachers to save its wild lions

Africa battles poachers to save its wild lions | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Zambia has become the latest country to ban the hunting of lions and other endangered wild cats as the continent tries to arrest the predators' plummeting population.
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If we can't save the King of Beasts and the rhino... what hope is there for the rest of the wildlife species?

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