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Kenya : Poachers use arrows, snares to kill in the Tsavo Conservation Area

A total of 10 elephants have been killed in the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) in Taita-Taveta County this month, according to official government records.

 

The records show that many wild animals have been shot and wounded by poachers using arrows and snares.

 

TCA Assistant Director Robert Obrein yesterday said two elephants died after a train at Ngutuni area hit them. Poachers at Taita Ranch and Triangle near Mtito Andei Township killed two others.

 

He added a lion in Bachuma area killed a young female elephant, while a four-month elephant carcass was found at Mbale Ranch....

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China Customs authority’s wildlife detector dog team ready for action

After identifying the suitcase containing wildlife contraband, a newly qualified detector dog is given a towel to play with as a reward. Inside the case Tiger bones have been concealed.
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Poacher admits using pesticide traps to kill leopards

The highly toxic carbofuran is being used to kill leopards in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand, the same pesticide used to poach tigers in and around Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR).
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Kenya pushes for life imprisonment of poachers

Kenya is pushing for life imprisonment for poachers of elephants and rhinos as a deterrent measure to protect the two endangered species, an official said.
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South Africa and Vietnam 'solidify cooperation' to end Wildlife Trafficking

South Africa and Vietnam 'solidify cooperation' to end Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
South Africa attaches considerable importance to its relationship with Vietnam as a
staunch friend and ally as the two countries celebrate 20 years of formal diplomatic
relations, says International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
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KWS boss wants life terms for poachers

Kenya Wildlife Services wants the Wildlife Bill amended to provide for life imprisonment of those who kill elephants and rhinos.

 

The Bill is due to be debated in the National Assembly.

Managing Director William Kiprono said the two animal species are threatened with extinction because of poaching.

 

The Bill  requires prescribes a fine of between Sh10 million to Sh 14 million for guilty of killing the animals.

 

Kiprono was addressing the press in Kitale on Saturday after meeting the County security team to discuss ways of saving the animals from poachers

“It is regretting that crime on animals has increased, we want to combine efforts in protecting our wildlife “he said.

 

He said the country earns between sh100billion to 120 billion in tourism adding 80 percent of the income is generated by wildlife sector.

 

The wildlife sector, he said, has employed more than 300,000 Kenyans and if wildlife is not protected, Kenyans are likely to lack the jobs and the country may lose the income.

 

In the new wildlife Bill, the director said the animal human conflict is well catered for adding if an animal kills or destroys the property of a person, then the owners of the crops will adequately be  well compensated.

 

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Kiprono appears to understand the economic and employment cost to Kenya if the country loses more of its wildlife.

 

300,000 Kenyans employed in wildlife sector!

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Poachers Kill 19 Russian Tigers in 2012-13

Poachers Kill 19 Russian Tigers in 2012-13 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
At least 19 endangered Siberian tigers, some of the rarest animals on earth, have been killed by poachers in Russia since 2012, the World Wildlife Fund said Wednesday.
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INFOGRAPHIC: International Tiger Day | Earth Touch Web TV

INFOGRAPHIC: International Tiger Day | Earth Touch Web TV | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

It’s International Tiger Day! The day, which aims to raise awareness and global support for tiger conservation, originated back in 2010, when delegates from 13 nations (and other high-profile figures, including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio) met in St. Petersburg to discuss strategies for saving one of the world’s most iconic big cats from extinction in the wild. The overall aim is to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 (and there have been some recent successes, including a big jump in tiger numbers in Nepal). So to mark this day of the tiger, we've put together a few facts and figures about the elusive and endangered Panthera tigris.

 

- See more at: http://earthtouch.tv/blog/article/infographic-international-tiger-day/?category=nature-news#sthash.dD0ju5LA.dpuf 

 

 

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2 Poachers Arrested As First Lady Launches Anti-Poaching Campaign

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers have arrested two suspected poachers in possession of 30Kg of ivory tusks worth 3 million shillings. The two we...
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Plight of animals turns Assamese poacher into conservationist

Plight of animals turns Assamese poacher into conservationist | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A former poacher, who was forced into the trade at an early age to support his family in Assam, had a change of heart and ended up becoming a conservationist protecting wild animals and their environment. ...
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Pangolins top in illicit regional wildlife trade

Pangolins are the most common mammals seized during raids on illicit wildlife trafficking, with demand for the animal fu ... : ANN
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Surprising Culprit in Ivory Smuggling: Ex-U.S. Official

Surprising Culprit in Ivory Smuggling: Ex-U.S. Official | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

David McNevin, who served as a defense attaché at the American Embassy in Nairobi, was stopped at an airport last month with a little less than two pounds of ivory....

 

“We know that the U.S. has thriving ivory markets, and 30 percent of the ivory is illegal,” Ms. Kahumbu (WildlifeDirect) said. “We are calling for a U.S. ban on domestic trade.”...

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Phooey on you McNevin!

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Hunting pushing central African forests toward ecological collapse

Hunting pushing central African forests toward ecological collapse | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Scientists from the Universities of Stirling, Oxford, Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society warn that current hunting trends in Central African forests could result in complete ecological collapse.
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Arrest of Notorious Wildlife Trafficker

Washington, DC - "We commend the Togolese authorities on their recent efforts to halt the illegal trade of ivory in West Africa by arresting a notorious wildlife trafficker on August 6. This arrest represents an important step in protecting valuable African wildlife and investigating criminal organizations.

 

"We urge Togolese authorities to conduct a full investigation and hold accountable to the fullest extent of the law those who engaged in the trafficking of ivory. As demonstrated by the Executive Order signed by President Obama on July 1 during his visit to Africa, combating wildlife trafficking is an important priority of the United States. We will continue to work with partner nations to support efforts to put an end to this illegal activity, which threatens security and the rule of law, undermines conservation efforts, robs local communities of their economic base, and contributes to the emergence and spread of disease." ~ Jen Psaki

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To stop elephant and rhino poachers, dissuade buyers in China and Vietnam

To stop elephant and rhino poachers, dissuade buyers in China and Vietnam | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Elephant and rhino populations in Africa are being decimated for ivory and rhino horn. In a vicious cycle, buyers in China and Vietnam fund terrorists in Africa who rely on crime groups and poachers.

 

A social media campaign in Asia must make buying these products abhorrent.

 

President Obama’s announcement last month that the United States will contribute $10 million to combat rhinoceros and elephant poaching in Africa comes at a crucial time to address an ecological catastrophe....


http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2013/0809/To-stop-elephant-and-rhino-poachers-dissuade-buyers-in-China-and-Vietnam

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Corruption along the Vietnam-China Border Permits Massive Smuggling of Endangered Animals

Corruption along the Vietnam-China Border Permits Massive Smuggling of Endangered Animals | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Despite a recent surge in enforcement, more needs to be done to fight bribery and endangered animal smuggling on the porous Vietnam-China border.

 

Stashed in the hidden compartments of container trucks, or concealed among waste plastic, seafood, and other products, live animals and animal parts traverse the globe. The cargo that gets unloaded into rickety boats on the Vietnam side of the Ka Long River includes wild tigers, elephant tusks, pangolins, rhino horns, and wild turtles. These threatened species, many still tenuously alive, don't have far to float—just ten meters across the river and into China to satisfy one of the world's largest demand markets for wildlife products...

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Hong Kong nabs $5.3M in ivory, rhino horns, leopard skins

HONG KONG (AP) — A shipment of illegal ivory, rhino horns and leopard skins worth $5.3 million was seized in Hong Kong's second big bust of endangered species products in a month.....

 

Wildlife activists say China's growing presence in Africa is to blame for an unprecedented surge in poaching of elephants for their tusks, most of which are believed to be smuggled into China and Thailand to make ivory ornaments.

 

According to CITES, the international body that monitors endangered species, the illegal trade in ivory has more than doubled since 2007.....

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Suspected crab poachers pinched in Half Moon Bay

Suspected crab poachers pinched in Half Moon Bay | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Two men were cited within an hour of each other in unincorporated Half Moon Bay on Monday for allegedly crabbing out of season, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
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Mozambique Poaching Has Regional Effects

Mozambique Poaching Has Regional Effects | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Mozambique says it is committed to fighting wildlife crime, especially elephant and rhino poaching. Thousands of elephants were killed in the country between 2009 and 2012. Poachers also use Mozambique as a base for regional criminal activities....

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CARE FOR OUR RHINO - SIGN OUR PETITION TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS! | Facebook

CARE FOR OUR RHINO - SIGN OUR PETITION TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS! | Facebook | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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Conservationists Want To Declare Poaching Threat National Disaster

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Conservationists have called on the government to declare the current rampant poach-ing a ‘national disaster’ to help curb declining wildlife population. According to Dr. Richard Leakey, a pal-eontologist and the chairman of the WildlifeDirect, a worldlife conservation charity organization, the elephants will be wiped out in the next 10 years unless measures are undertaken to stem out this crisis....
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Poachers trick forest staff, sell fake stone as 'nagmani'

Poachers from Madhya Pradesh allegedly conned two forest employees - from the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state by selling them an ordinary stone in the garb of "nagmani" - also called cobra pearl - for Rs 2.5 lakh.
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Interior seeks help in battle against wildlife trafficking - The Hill's E2-Wire

The Interior Department is looking for experts to help the Obama administration bust up international crime rings.
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Camel speared to death on pet farm

Camel speared to death on pet farm | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Kimberley - One of Kimberley’s most beloved animals, Abraham the Camel, was speared to death early on Tuesday morning by poachers who apparently wanted the animal’s meat. Abraham was one of the main attractions at the popular 8Myl Animal Farm petting zoo just outside the city....

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So very sorry for your loss Ms. Sonnenberg.

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Mr Journalist's comment, July 25, 2013 5:17 PM
That's awful!, sorry to hear of your loss
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Featured video: saving animals from the illegal pet trade in Guatemala

Featured video: saving animals from the illegal pet trade in Guatemala | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Found in Central America's largest forest, the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the Guatemalan organization Arcas has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of animals since its inception in 1989.
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