Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
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Kenya prepares to torch largest ivory stockpile in April - Capital News

Kenya prepares to torch largest ivory stockpile in April - Capital News | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

By MARGARET WAHITO, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday visited the Nairobi National Park ahead of the April event when he will preside over the destruction of massive stockpiles of ivory. 


At the event, Kenya will torch 120 tonnes of ivory, just 17 short of Kenya’s total stockpiles and 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn; the entire stockpile. The ivory will be burnt on April 30 in the Park, in an event organised by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) with the support of the anti-ivory trade charity Stop Ivory....

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Rise in number of birds of prey crimes

Rise in number of birds of prey crimes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
There has been an increase in the number of birds of prey crimes according to the latest crime maps by Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland.
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Shipping companies join Prince William bid to shut wildlife trafficking routes

Shipping companies join Prince William bid to shut wildlife trafficking routes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Prince William-led initiative to be signed by 40 organisations, including port operators and transport groups to curb $19bn illegal poaching trade
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Robot animals are catching poachers in the act

Robot animals are catching poachers in the act | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Maryland Wildlife officials use this technology to catch poachers hunting out of season or on protected lands.
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Malawi Burns 2.9 Tons of Smuggled Ivory 

Malawi Burns 2.9 Tons of Smuggled Ivory  | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The action settles a cross-border dispute with Tanzania over whether seized elephant tusks should be saved as legal evidence against poachers.
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Robotic Animals Are Helping To Catch Poachers

Robotic Animals Are Helping To Catch Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Wildlife officials in the United States use robotic animals to catch poachers....

 

The officers set up the animals in environments where shooting them is illegal and then wait out of sight for poachers who attempt to shoot. They can control the robots with a remote. Although the robotic animals can’t walk or run, they are capable of more subtle movements like lifting their leg or turning their head. And asrecent reports suggest, they’re realistic enough to be effective at luring in poachers....

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Estasia Lal's curator insight, February 28, 2016 2:46 AM

When I first came across this article I thought it seemed interesting because I would not think that anybody would want to hurt animals and especially endangered ones at that. I totally agree that these endangered species should not be hunted. In the U.S. most people take animal endangerment very serious so to see that some people want to make this bill is really shocking and horrible. I feel that hunters already have enough leniency for their hobby and should be grateful for that. I was very shocked when I read that terrorist groups in Africa sell elephant ivory to buy their weapons. This is very concerning and should be very concerning to everyone.

I think this was a good source for this article. It was probably bias because the name of the website was The Humane Society of The United States. Even though it is biased, I feel they had enough facts to back up their point.  

8a Jason's curator insight, March 7, 2016 8:21 AM
This article was about how the wildlife officials are planning to use robotic animals to catch poachers. These animals are robotic and they look very life like. These animals are remote controlled.The problem is that these animals cannot just get up and walk around. But, these animals can do basic movements like scratching it's back raise it's arms and legs.

This article makes me think of how these people that are hunting animals would react after they shot the robotic animals, and eventually get busted. I think that this invention is a great invention because, it will stop people from hunting down animals.
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Tanzanians jailed after British wildlife pilot murder

Tanzanians jailed after British wildlife pilot murder | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Tanzanians facing trial for the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down have been jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms, lawyers said Friday.


Roger Gower, 37, died when suspected poachers gunned down his helicopter during a patrol of the Maswa Game Reserve in northern Tanzania, close to the world famous Serengeti National Park, on January 29. Photographs of the crashed helicopter show twisted metal, apparent bullet holes in the fuselage and smears of blood on the pilot’s seat.


Four men have been charged with Gower’s murder: Shija Mjika, 38, Njile Gunga, 28, Dotto Pangali, 42, and Moses Mandago, 28....

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Tanzania: Manhunt Closes On Poachers Behind Chopper Shooting

Tanzania: Manhunt Closes On Poachers Behind Chopper Shooting | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The government is closing in on key suspects behind the killing of a British pilot, Roger Gower, whose helicopter was gunned down by poachers in Maswa Game Reserve last Friday.
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Man selling monkey heads on eBay sentenced, supplier in Indonesia arrested

Man selling monkey heads on eBay sentenced, supplier in Indonesia arrested | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
63 year-old illegal wildlife trader, George Bush, was sentenced to 14 months in prison (suspended for two years) for offering to sell two leopard cat skulls, 134 monkey parts including hands and heads, and a skeleton of an infant crab-eating macaque, according to London Metropolitan Police Service's Wildlife Crime Unit.
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Hong Kong bans import and export of ivory

Hong Kong bans import and export of ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Activists welcome ‘historic’ move to crack down on trade that is seen to help fuel rampant elephant poaching across Africa
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LRA warlord Joseph Kony uses ivory trade to buy arms

LRA warlord Joseph Kony uses ivory trade to buy arms | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Former Lord's Resistance Army fighter tells the Telegraph how the wanted Ugandan warlord runs an ivory poaching and smuggling operation to fund his depleted forces...

 

The ivory trade is providing a final “lifeline” for Joseph Kony, the Ugandan warlord responsible for abducting tens of thousands of children.

 

After waging war for three decades – and being indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court – Kony has been forced back to a last refuge in a remote area of South Sudan called Kafia Kingi....

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Save A Horny Friend's curator insight, January 18, 2016 11:25 PM

Even if Hong Kong says they will start to curb the import and export of ivory, we still have an uphill battle with everyone else on the planet interested in ivory, from Africans to Americans.  Your money can help make a difference today, not tomorrow when it will be too late.

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Poacher killed by Botswana army

Poacher killed by Botswana army | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A Botswana conservation group says at least one poacher has been shot and killed by the Botswana Defence Force during a contact inside the Chobe National Park.
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3 poachers let off in sloth bear case

Nagpur: Days after three dreaded poachers and tiger skin traders were convicted for killing a big cat in Dhakna in Melghat tiger reserve (MTR), another three poachers were acquitted by Amravati additional chief judicial magistrate SB Bhajipale.


Interestingly, the judgment comes a few days after a sensitization workshop was organized for judges by the forest department in Chikhaldara. Recently, another additional CJM had sentenced two poachers Ranjit Bhatia and Dalbir Bawariya, and a tiger skin trader Sarju Bawariya from Haryana for seven years....

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After 80 million years on earth, a shy and scaly wild animal is rapidly dying out in India

After 80 million years on earth, a shy and scaly wild animal is rapidly dying out in India | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A handful of animals hold public attention when it comes to wildlife conservation in India. The lion, tiger, rhino, and elephant receive overwhelming focus, partly because of the drama attached to their sightings in the wild and partly owing to their tourism potential. A few birds such as the great Indian bustard and the Indian vulture, too, get talked about. Yet, India's—an
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Two Chinese poachers jailed for 30 years for the slaughter of 226 elephants

Two Chinese poachers jailed for 30 years for the slaughter of 226 elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Two Chinese nationals were yesterday sentenced to 30 years in jail by a court in Tanzania after being found guilty of possessing 707 pieces of ivory. 


Xu Fujie and Huang Qin were given the choice of imprisonment or paying a record Sh100.7 billion ($46 million) fine, which local publication The Citizen says is "one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal trade." 


The magistrate in charge of court proceedings reportedly had to adjourn the court session half way through pronouncing the judgement after Xu almost fainted in shock at the court's decision. The poachers entered the country in 2010 and stayed for three years before they were arrested in Dar es Salaam. The pair were also convicted of attempting to bribe the police and government officials with Sh30.2 million (almost $14,000)....

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Happy Ending for Smuggled Scaly Anteaters

Happy Ending for Smuggled Scaly Anteaters | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
16 rare pangolins are back in the wild after being rescued from Vietnam’s illegal wildlife trade.
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Anti-poaching volunteers shot dead after being mistaken for elephant poachers in Zimbabwe

Anti-poaching volunteers shot dead after being mistaken for elephant poachers in Zimbabwe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Claudio Chiarelli and his son Max were members of the Zambezi Society, a volunteer anti-poaching organisation.
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Malawi – Funding Enables Massive Strike Back against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Malawi – Funding Enables Massive Strike Back against Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The fight to win the war on wildlife crime in Southern Africa has been given a massive boost in Malawi thanks to an initiative supported by the UK Government through the IWT Challenge Fund.
Malawi ha
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Poachers and wildlife traffickers to face prison sentences across Europe

Poachers and wildlife traffickers to face prison sentences across Europe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
New sentencing policy would end legal loopholes that leave wildlife crimes in many central and eastern European countries punishable by non-custodial sentences
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Malaysia’s Lax Enforcement is failing Endangered Species

Malaysia’s Lax Enforcement is failing Endangered Species | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The new year began just as last year ended: bad news and then some more bad news for several critically endangered species. Within the space of just three weeks this year, as many wild Malayan tigers perished – two lost to poachers, one killed in a car accident while she was crossing a highway at night. The three tigers’ deaths, which alarmed environmentalists, encapsulated two of the primary threats to wild animals’ lives in Malaysia’s forests: poaching and habitat fragmentation due to deforestation....

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Three arrested over death of pilot who was trying to protect elephants

Three arrested over death of pilot who was trying to protect elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of killing a British helicopter pilot shot down by gunfire as he tried to stop a group of elephant poachers make off with ivory in Tanzania.
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Meet the Winners of the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

Meet the Winners of the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife Trafficking: A Crisis for Nature and Humanity. We called on the global community to share bold ideas that deliver innovative solutions to stem the slaughter of the world’s wildlife and 300 applicants from around the world responded.
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Way to go all of you! Congrats.

Here are the top 16 innovative ideas to end wildlife trafficking.

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Illegal Ivory Market Starting to Tank, Regulators Say

Illegal Ivory Market Starting to Tank, Regulators Say | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Global efforts to crack down on ivory trafficking are eating away at prices.

 

“We’re seeing the price of ivory start to tank,” said John Scanlon, head of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

 

“You’re seeing the bottom fall out of the market,” he told AFP on the sidelines of a meeting in Geneva this week focused on illegal wildlife trade....

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Poaching of many animals on the rise

Despite ongoing, concerted efforts by officials, illegal hunting of wild animals in nature reserves is still on the rise. 

 

It is estimated that dozens of animals are poached every month, according to the City of Cape Town’s environmental resource management department.

 

The main types of animal targeted and caught are small antelope, such as Cape grysbok, porcupine and Cape hare. However, any mammal, including caracal and mongoose, is vulnerable.

 

While the exact figure is unknown, the marked decrease or even absence of particular animals at some sites is evidence of the impact of this illegal activity....

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‘Of all the things I’ve investigated, wildlife crime was the most difficult’ says retired Tayside police officer

‘Of all the things I’ve investigated, wildlife crime was the most difficult’ says retired Tayside police officer | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Scotland has the strongest wildlife legislation in the UK. And yet the difficulties securing wildlife crime prosecutions remain very real, according to retired Tayside police officer Alan Stewart, who was Scotland’s first full-time wildlife crime officer.

Between April 2014 and February 2015, almost 250 wildlife crimes were recorded by Police Scotland.

The research, published by the Scottish Environment Link charity, showed that only 20 (13.5%) of the 148 confirmed wildlife crimes reported to the police during 2008-2013 resulted in a prosecution.
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