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South African businessman behind elephant poisonings

South African businessman behind elephant poisonings | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Zimbabwean police are bringing their investigations into the deaths of at least 64 elephants by cyanide poisoning in the Hwange National Park to an end....

 

Police revealed that the poachers would mix up a combination of cyanide, salt and water. This would then be poured onto salt licks at watering holes known to be frequented by elephants. At other watering holes the poachers would dig holes and place containers containing the deadly mixture into the holes.

 

The technique was so effective at killing elephants that when the poachers took police to the sites that had been contaminated there were bodies of elephants with small tusks still intact because it wasn’t worth the effort to take the tusks, The poachers were being paid as little as $700 for 9 tusks....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Let's hope they really make an example of these guys!

The recent poisoning in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is being called "an ecological disaster" as not only 64 elephants died, but lions, buffalo, jackal and who knows what other animals and birds drinking the poisoned water.

 

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Haley van Zante's curator insight, September 27, 2013 10:47 AM

Zimbabwean police have been investigating into the deaths of at least 64 elephants. The elephants were posioned by cyanide. The person behind all of this is a South African businessman, and has been doing this since 2009. My question is, how could someone live everyday knowing that they have killed an innocent animal? 

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Wildlife Poachers shamed in web campaign

Wildlife Poachers shamed in web campaign | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Campaigners in Kenya opened a new front in the war on poaching yesterday, with a website dedicated to naming and shaming the culprits
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Ireland: Night time kayak patrols aim to catch poachers

Ireland: Night time kayak patrols aim to catch poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Use of covert cameras in known poaching hotspots proving very successful.

 

However, according to Minister of State for Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd, this type of detection equipment is now being used to protect wild fish stocks from poaching....

 

He said night time kayak patrols were now being conducted with thermal imaging equipment along some of the country’s largest river systems, “and they have significantly aided in the detection of riverine nets”.

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Holy Help: Buddhist Monks Shielding Snow Leopards From Poachers

Holy Help: Buddhist Monks Shielding Snow Leopards From Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
On the Tibetan plateau, the endangered big cats are being protected by hundreds of monasteries.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

What's behind this? It appears a very basic Buddist reverence for all life.

How simple is that? Maybe we all could learn something here?

 

Research results:

47% claimed they did not kill wildlife because the government prohibited it” 42% said they did not kill wildlife because it was a sin in Buddhism.”

More pragmatically,

28% said they did not kill wildlife because they did not have guns.

However, supposedly many locals swear an oath to their Rinpoche every year not to kill wildlife.

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Team Clinton! Chlesea and Hillary take on Wildlife Trafficking

Team Clinton! Chlesea and Hillary take on Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Political duo, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton teamed up on stage at the White House yesterday.


The smartly-dressed mother-daughter hosted a ticketed forum on illegal wildlife trafficking, calling for a return to the stricter anti-poaching rules of the Nineties.


Later in the day, former secretary of state, Hillary also took the opportunity to endorse President Obama's call for military strikes against Syria....



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2416711/Team-Clinton-Chelsea-Hillary-join-forces-White-House-address-wildlife-trafficking-Syria-crisis.html#ixzz2f4dn81Kj 
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Wildlife Margrit's insight:

You may not care for Hillary Clinton... 

Thank you ladies for taking this on. Wildlife needs powerful folk like you to care and step in to make a difference.

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The Great 'Crush' to Stop the Elephant Killing

The Great 'Crush' to Stop the Elephant Killing | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

On October 8, the U.S. government will destroy 6 million tons of ivory stored in a warehouse outside of Denver....

 

If poaching continues at the current rate — as many as 96 African elephants a day were killed last year, a total of 35,000 — elephants could disappear from Africa in a decade....


As Steve Oberholtzer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special-agent-in-charge, says in the Denver Post,  ”the only way to end this trade is to get international support. That’s the goal of what we’re doing with this crush.”...


 

The United States is also seeking to convince African governments to outlaw the sale of ivory trinkets and other items; undertaking a social media campaign in China (where the majority of ivory sold is of “questionable origin”); seeking to work with companies including eBay to halt commerce in items made from ivory and creating a new advisory council of former administration officials and conservation and business leaders to oversee a crackdown on illegal poaching syndicates.

 

Harsher penalties for wildlife trafficking are also under consideration. There are plenty of American buyers for, and sellers of, ivory. Last year, two Manhattan jewelry dealers pleaded guilty to illegal ivory trading. Earlier this year, a New Mexico man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pensacola, Florida for the illegal sale of two African elephant tusks....


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/us-to-smash-6-millions-tons-of-ivory.html#ixzz2eu5XhUe3

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Will crushing seized ivory or horns help deter poachers?

The verdict is not in yet as both Kenya and the Philippines have distroyed stockpiles.

However, conservationist are optimistic that with the U.S. getting on board it will negatively impact the wildlife trade... we can only hope!

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Dar es Salaam: Anti-poaching campaigners complete march

The Deputy Minister for Tourism and natural Resources, Lazaro Nyalandu will today lead Dar es Salaam residents to welcome anti-poaching campaigners.

The group has walked 650 km from Arusha to Dar es Salaam in 19 days.
The march named walk for elephant and has been organised by the African Wildlife Trust (AWT).

According to AWT chief executive officer Patrick Patel the goal of the march is to educate the Tanzanians on the effects of poaching, which has caused the decimation of elephant population in the world....

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WATCH: Can We Stop Elephant Slaughter?

WATCH: Can We Stop Elephant Slaughter? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Can elephants be saved from extinction? The latest episode of "Stop Wildlife Crime" from the World Wildlife Fund examines the illegal ivory trade and the brutal ways elephants are slaughtered for their tusks.
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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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Prince William Forms New Conservation Group, United for Wildlife

Prince William Forms New Conservation Group, United for Wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

LONDON, UK, September 18, 2013 (ENS) – At an awards ceremony honoring wildlife conservationists, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, announced that his foundation will collaborate with seven of the world’s most influential conservation organizations in a new partnership to combat illegal wildlife trafficking.

 

The seven participating groups are: Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF UK and the Zoological Society of London....

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Zimbabwe: Call for Stiffer Penalties Against Poachers

Zimbabwe: Call for Stiffer Penalties Against Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Environment, Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has called on Government to impose stiffer penalties to deter poachers from killing wild animals in national parks. This comes after elephants were last month poisoned by poachers at the Hwange National Park and Tsholotsho killing 58 in the process....

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Greer Noble's curator insight, September 18, 2013 9:52 AM

This is the best news that's come out of Zimbabwe for years!!!!

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Armed poachers cost East Africa millions

Rich armed poachers are costing East Africa millions of dollars in illegal ivory trade. The illegal trade is mostly fuelled by demand in Asia and the Middle East, where elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are used in traditional medicine and to make ornaments.

 

Uganda and her sister states in the East African region account for 68% of the illegal ivory trade in the world, according to a 2012 report released at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species (CITES) at Bangkok, Thailand....

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Greer Noble's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:04 AM

Save your world.. every effort counts.. here's how and it won't cost you a cent.. http://greernoble.com/non-fiction---invitation.html

 

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Otago poaching kingpin jailed four years

The kingpin of an Otago paua poaching ring has been sentenced to four years behind bars for illegally catching the delicacy and selling it on the black market

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Ryan Karl Tapsell, 40, from Dunedin, was sentenced in Dunedin District Court on Friday to four year's jail on 15 charges acquiring false documents and taking and selling paua without a permit.

 

Tapsell was the main offender in an Otago paua poaching operation that was disbanded in "Operation Apollo", the Ministry for Primary Industries says...

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Another look at what is behind the rise in poaching - new conservation ideas?

Another look at what is behind the rise in poaching - new conservation ideas? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A cross-section of Ngorongoro based pastoralists blame modern conservation as a key factor towards rising wildlife poaching in national parks and game reserves.

Speaking here yesterday pastoralists suggested the need for the government to work on the challenge, saying wildlife modern conservation techniques had failed to scale-down poaching.

“It is difficult to differentiate the poacher and the conservator,” a resident said, noting that local people have seen people who pretend to be conservators of the country’s wildlife resources, but they don’t do so.

“One day, I witnessed twelve carcasses of elephants killed in the conserved area. The situation is terrible. Ordinary people like me fail to understand what conservators do,” said James ole Palkani....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Now this is very eye opening... eating wild meat was basically imposed on the Maasai?

 

“The Maasai have been living with wildlife for many years, without any problem, taking into account that we don’t eat wild meat. But since the introduction of so-called modern conservation techniques things have changed for the worse,” he said.

Another villager said wildlife conservators use sophisticated tools in their work, but the number of killed wildlife kept on increasing on a daily basis.

“It is so sad to see elephants being killed by people who have been commissioned to protect them,” he said.

“These modern conservation techniques are not for protecting but killing wild animals. As pastoralists, we are wondering why the government continues to use so called modern conservation techniques, which have failed to address the problem,” said Charles ole Ndagoya. 

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41 African Elephants Poisoned by Poachers at Watering Hole

41 African Elephants Poisoned by Poachers at Watering Hole | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Africa's ongoing poaching problem has become even worse with the addition of poison to the already formidable arsenal maintained by poachers....

 

...poison is also indiscriminate; any animal that shared the watering hole would have died, and any scavengers that fed on the dead elephants could be severely sickened or killed by traces of cyanide in the bodies, as would predators that feed on those scavengers. This makes the rise of poisoning as a tool of choice for poachers a serious concern for conservationists who are worried not just about elephants, but also other animals that call Africa home....

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/41-african-elephants-poisoned-by-poachers-at-watering-hole.html#ixzz2enD34X1v

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Besides being a horrible death, poison is an indiscriminate killer in that any animal/bird sharing the water dies, as do scavengers, like the vulture, who feed on the carcasses.

The ripple effect of the use of poison is horrific and of great concern as to its impact on entire wildlife communities.

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600 vultures killed by elephant poachers in Namibia

600 vultures killed by elephant poachers in Namibia | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

As the illegal poaching of African elephants and rhinos reaches epidemic levels, other species are also suffering catastrophic losses as a direct result of poachers' behavior....

 

"By poisoning carcasses, poachers hope to eradicate vultures from an area where they operate and thereby escape detection," explains Leo Niskanen, Technical Coordinator, IUCN Conservation Areas and Species Diversity Programme. "The fact that incidents such as these can be linked to the rampant poaching of elephants in Africa is a serious concern. Similar incidents have been recorded in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia in recent years"....


Read more athttp://news.mongabay.com/2013/0910-salisbury-vultures-killed-by-elephant-poachers.html#Xp3rDcJaRvMyS34m.99

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Quotes from Prince William’s recent interview about wildlife conservation in Africa

Quotes from Prince William’s recent interview about wildlife conservation in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
On August 2nd of this year, in his quiet garden at Kensington Palace, The Duke of Cambridge sat down with CNN's Max Foster for what would turn out to be one of the most highly anticipated royal interv...
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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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