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Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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Way to go Ellie! Elephant tramples suspected poacher to death in Zimbabwe

Way to go Ellie! Elephant tramples suspected poacher to death in Zimbabwe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
An Elephant reportedly trampled a suspected poacher to death as he tried to shoot the animal in Zimbabwe.
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Elephant fights back!

They say elephants are becoming more agressive after witnessing poacher attacks.... why shouldn't they?

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Palawan council wants tougher penalties for foreign poachers

Palawan council wants tougher penalties for foreign poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development is seeking tougher penalties for foreign poachers that raid Philippine waters for marine resources.
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Police seize illegally owned and traded animals and parts

Police in Beijing uncovered 14 illegal wildlife trade cases during a crackdown, seizing 64 animals and thousands of related products.
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Please don't buy exotic animals or products made from animal parts... more than likely they have been poached (stolen) from the forests or jungle in Africa, South America or Asia.

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Poaching to be brought to top-level attention

Poaching to be brought to top-level attention | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
US concerned about links between international terrorist groups and syndicates involved in illegal wildlife trade, along with smuggling of drugs, weapons and humans
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Tanzania to Deploy Army, Drones in Anti-Poaching Campaign

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania is taking steps to combat the rise in elephant and rhinoceros poaching by deploying army personnel and camera-equipped drones to engage in anti-poaching operations.

 

According to the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, poaching has drastically reduced the elephant population to fewer than 70,000 in 2012 from about 109,000 in 2009.

 

Amid outcries from lawmakers about the increase in poaching, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Khamis Sued Kagasheki told parliament on Thursday (May 2nd) that President Jakaya Kikwete has authorised the deployment of army units for anti-poaching operations.

 

"The president has issued the order," Kagasheki told parliament. "I have talked to Minister of Defence and National Service [Shamsi Vuai Nahodha] and we are at the final stages. I do not say when, but we are going to do something that will be remembered by generations to come."

 

This is the second time the military has aided against poaching. In 1989, "Operation Uhai" helped the elephant population rebound after it reached a low of about 30,000, when it had been about 110,000 in 1976....

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UAVs, drones, Air Rangers can and do make a difference in deterring and apprehending poachers... way to go Tanzania!

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Tanzanian opposition calls for poachers to be hung

Tanzanian opposition calls for poachers to be hung | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Tanzanian Leader of the Opposition, Freeman Mbowe, announced in the Parliament yesterday that it's time to get tough with poachers and that those caught poaching should face the death penalty and be hung.
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World Affairs Council: Special Reception with African Wildlife Conservationists

World Affairs Council: Special Reception with African Wildlife Conservationists | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In partnership with Oregon Wild and the Zimbabwe Artists Project, the World Affairs Council of Oregon welcomes 13 visitors from Africa traveling under the auspices of theInternational Visitor Leadership Program, the State Department's premier professional development program which aims to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations....

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NM: Local poachers trade eagle parts nationwide

NM: Local poachers trade eagle parts nationwide | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
FARMINGTON — As eagle parts used in Native American ceremonies become harder to find, poaching is on the rise in northwest New Mexico.
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It's happening everywhere. Animals and birds are getting scarce, more people are wanting feathers, bones, horns, tusks and other body parts so stealing them from the wilds (poaching) is growing ever more rampant.

 

Don't buy or use animal/bird body parts.... please!

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Taking the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking to the UN | U.S. Department of State Blog

Taking the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking to the UN | U.S. Department of State Blog | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife trafficking is a crime that spans the globe, giving criminals billions of dollars in illegal proceeds, driving endangered species closer toward extinction, and fueling corruption.
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Fight against elephant poaching in Central Africa

Environment - NGOs urge Central African leaders to protect elephants from poachers - Eight NGOs have urged leaders in Central Africa to be personally involved in the fight against elephant poaching in the region, a communiqué in Brazzaville made...

 

The Deputy General Director of the NGO Wildlife Conservation Society, Jerone Mokolo, said “the situation is more than disastrous”.

“Twenty years ago, there were more than one million elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Today these animals number between 7 to 10,000. And Congo has lost over 5,000 elephants between 2009 and 2011,' Mr. Mokoko deplored...

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The shady business of online wildlife trade

The shady business of online wildlife trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The internet is certainly the cornerstone of modern technology and a boon for so much innovation. However, along with all its advantages, there are some serious drawbacks and one of the latest is online smuggling of wildlife.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Please don't buy exotic pets. They are far to likely to have been stolen from the wilds somewhere.

All animals, reptiles and birds deserve to live free... let's help make it happen by not supporting the illegal wildlife trade.

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Kenya President ousted: Elephant poaching thrives

Kenya President ousted: Elephant poaching thrives | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

NAIROBI, Kenya — Elephant poachers in the Central African Republic are taking advantage of political turmoil to hunt in protected areas to sell the animals’ meat and tusks.

 

The already-rampant poaching trade — fueled by high ivory demand from Asia and responsible for the slaughter of between 20,000 and 30,000 elephants a year in Africa — has been further exacerbated by the ousting of President Francois Bozizé last month, Reuters reported.

 

“The situation is really quite dangerous,” Bas Huijbregts, the World Wildlife Fund’s head of policy in the region, told Reuters.

 

The World Wildlife Fund, which has been working on conservation projects in the CAR since the 1980s, reported that the poaching is occurring in protected areas like the Dzanga-Sangha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site....

 

http://www.salon.com/2013/04/27/elephant_poaching_on_the_rise_in_central_african_republic_partner/

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7 peacocks killed by poachers in Barmer in Jaipur

7 peacocks killed by poachers in Barmer in Jaipur | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Incidents of poaching are increasing in Barmer and it looks like the poachers are not scared of being caught.
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Poachers Steal Ten Percent of a Tortoise Species, Rescuers Kill Half

Poachers Steal Ten Percent of a Tortoise Species, Rescuers Kill Half | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Nearly half of the critically endangered tortoises seized from smugglers in Thailand last month have died since the rescue, and the fate of the remaining tortoises is in the air.
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Poachers open fire on elephants at heritage site

Poachers open fire on elephants at heritage site | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Several elephants are believed to have been slaughtered at a protected site in Africa...

 

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says 17 "heavily armed" suspected poachers entered the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in Central African Republic and opened fire on the elephants....

 

...researchers working in the area confirmed hearing automatic weapon shots coming from a large clearing known as Dzanga Bai, or "village of elephants" where between 50 and 200 elephants congregate daily to drink mineral salts present in the sands....

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Poachers push 2 Madagascar tortoises to brink

Poachers push 2 Madagascar tortoises to brink | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
By Douglas MainLiveScience Things just got much worse for two critically endangered tortoise species in Madagascar. Illegal poaching is
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Chinese actress Li Bingbing joins campaign against wildlife poaching

Chinese actress Li Bingbing joins campaign against wildlife poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
China's well-known actress Li Bingbing as a UNEP goodwill ambassador on Monday declared her support towards global campaign to end illegal trade in wildlife products.
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Great News! Thanks Li

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Manhunt for #eel #poachers in marsh

SEABROOK — One of the stranger fugitive hunts to occur in this region played out yesterday in the vast saltmarsh between Seabrook and Hampton Falls, as two Maine brothers attempted to illegally harvest a tiny, slimy fish that can command $1,800 per pound.

 

Known as “elvers,” they are juvenile American eels, not more than 6 inches long. At this time of year they migrate up rivers in large schools. Thin as spaghetti and translucent, they are a hot commodity in Japan, where they are raised in fish farms to full size and sold to consumers....

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Australia and New Zealand cases demonstrate global reach of illegal wildlife trade

Australia and New Zealand cases demonstrate global reach of illegal wildlife trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The past couple of weeks have witnessed several awful reminders of the global reach of the insidious illegal wildlife trade.
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USFWS - Service ‘Crashes’ Down on Suspected Rhino Horn Trafficking

More than 150 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents and refuge officers, with Homeland Security Investigations agents, Internal Revenue Service agents and state conservation officers, have arrested seven people and executed 13 search warrants as part of Operation Crash, a nationwide undercover investigation of illegal trafficking in rhinoceros horn.

 

These members of an alleged organized crime ring trafficking in rhino horn were arrested and charged with conspiracy and violations of the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act for purchasing rhino horns from various suppliers in the U.S. In coordinated raids in five states, agents seized 37 rhinoceros horns and products made from horns such as dagger handles and libation cups. Also seized during the course of the operation were approximately $1 million in cash and another $1 million in gold ingots, as well as diamonds and Rolex watches...

 

http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2012/servicecrashesrhinotrafficking1.html

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United Nations Recognizes Wildlife Trafficking as 'Serious Crime'

Washington.  Environment groups are applauding a new United Nations decision to officially characterize international wildlife and timber trafficking as a serious organized crime, in a move that advocates say will finally give international law enforcement officials the tools necessary to counter spiking rates of poaching.

 

Crimes related to the trafficking of flora and fauna are today one of the most significant money-makers for criminal networks, amounting to some $17 billion a year, according to some estimates.

 

That would make this black market the fourth-largest transnational crime in the world, according to Global Financial Integrity, a Washington watchdog group....

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YunHee Park's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:29 AM

We have to protect wildlife. We can not live without the nature.

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How do you deal with animal poachers?

How do you deal with animal poachers? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

There are two types of poachers.

Meat poachers poach mainly plains game to sell the meat or to eat themselves.


They are best dealt with by “normal” methods of law-enforcement, education, poverty alleviation and even integration into the wildlife management system. These people are for the most part hungry and this type of poaching can be brought under control to the extent of game populations and biodiversity not being threatened. However, as in the case of the DR Congo and many West African countries, the bush-meat trade can get out of control. This is in large part due to a lack of will and effort of the governments concerned to limit and regulate the practice. Meat poaching is also tied to the poaching of gorillas for “muti” (traditional medicine). In the case of the mountain gorillas the problem is more akin to the elephant and rhino poaching, requiring similar strategies and tactics to combat it....

 

These poachers are usually ex-guerilla fighters or the like and ere well equipped with fully automatic weapons, heavy calibre hunting rifles and at times even rocket propelled grenades. The RPGs and fully automatic assault rifles are not suitable for hunting and invariably wound, maim and cause suffering long drawn-out death due to infection and blood loss....


The purpose of fully automatic assault rifles and RPGs is of course also for use against Parks rangers and scouts, army, police or anyone else that may try to stop them.

 

Now, imagine groups armed like this were crossing into the US and usually opened up on anyone trying to track and apprehend them. It’s quite simple they would be take them out!...


 

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Ok, so criminals are dealt with in the courts, while those openly assaulting a country or it's citizens are seen as an act of war and killed.

 

Does this mean that poachers and those caught up in organized crime are to be shot no questions asked?

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UK Dedicates Wildlife Agent to curb Internet WildlifeTrade

UK Dedicates Wildlife Agent to curb  Internet WildlifeTrade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Considering how massive the internet is for commerce, it'd be erroneous to think that it's not also equally huge for the wildlife trade. But it's a realm that's under-enforced. The US Fish and Wildlife Service only has a handful of agents focused on internet trade, and while the UK has a dedicated Wildlife Crime Unit, it's only just added its first dedicated internet intelligence officer....

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Don't poach. Shoot the beauty

Don't poach. Shoot the beauty | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Don't poach. Shoot the beauty.
824 Rhinos were murdered last year in Kenya, for a stupid belief that their horns have medicinal capability. This is a
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Poaching in hunting are selfish, whereas shooting a photograph allows the animal to live on, plus it affords others the adventure of snapping just the right photo to take home and share.

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Baby elephant rescued after anti-poaching flight in Kenya

Baby elephant rescued after anti-poaching flight in Kenya | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Eyes in the sky save baby orphaned elephant

April 2013. Alone in the wild and still dependent on its mother's milk, no orphaned baby elephant would have a chance of survival unless rescued. Luckily for Tundani, a lone male elephant calf, he was spotted by a David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Pilot on a routine aerial surveillance flight. Having been rescued, he is now being given a second chance at the DSWT's Nairobi Orphanage where he will be hand-raised before being gradually rehabilitated back into the wild.

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