Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
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Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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The Economics of Illegal Ivory

The Economics of Illegal Ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says destroying ivory can reduce supply and demand at same time.

 

In a visually dramatic display, designed to attract as much press attention as possible, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crushed its entire stockpile of illegal ivory tusks and carvings, confiscated over the past 25 years. “Some six tons of ivory were pulverized by an industrial rock crusher in front of some of the world’s most influential conservationists,” proclaimed a FWS press release last week. It said that the event, which took place at a wildlife refuge outside Denver, sent “a clear message that the nation will not tolerate wildlife crime that threatens to wipe out the African elephant and a host of other species around the globe.”...

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30 Elephants Lost to Poaching Daily in Tanzania!

30 Elephants Lost to Poaching Daily in Tanzania! | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

About 30,000 elephants are slaughtered every year, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. According to data from the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, Tanzania is losing 30 elephants daily to poaching.

The Minister for Natural resource and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki has already noted that the situation on the ground tells that the remaining elephants in the country are in danger of being completely wiped out if urgent measures are not taken.

“We must act now. The situation on the ground is alarming and intolerable,’’ says Kagasheki as he was officiating at the workshop organised by TANAPA to News Editors in the country which was held in Iringa region recently....

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Melissa Bachman's Sport Killing of a Lion Sends the Wrong Message

With as few as 32,000 lions remaining in the wild, the once ubiquitous animals are rapidly disappearing from the African landscape.

 

Habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict are the primary reasons, but trophy hunting is responsible for the slaughter of about 600 of the animals each year.

 

And, approximately 60 percent of all lions killed for sport are shipped to the U.S. as trophies -- an act made possible by the fact that the African lion is not protected currently by the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA)....

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Illegal Turtle & Cobra Trade Busts In Thailand

Illegal Turtle & Cobra Trade Busts In Thailand | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

(WILDLIFE/TURTLES) THAILAND — Officials in a Thai airport recently arrested a man for having four suitcases filled with protected black pond turtles. Authorities also found 432 protected tortoises and another 52 black pond turtles in unclaimed baggage arriving from Bangladesh....

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Can you imagine...

Smuggling 432 turtles and 600 cobras in your luggage?

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Poachers Beware: RoboDeer Is Waiting

Poachers Beware: RoboDeer Is Waiting | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Photo by Florida Fish and Wildlife
This poaching sting by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is almost diabolical in its brilliance.     A robotic “faux deer” was positioned on the side of a road in an area that was closed to hunting.
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Poaching - the cheetahs of the Serengeti face extinction

Poaching - the cheetahs of the Serengeti face extinction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Wildlife crime is a multi-million dollar globalised business, ranked fourth in transnational crime in the world, with an international network sprawling across continents. Verity Largo reports from Tanzania ...

 

Though rarely poached, Cheetahs are on the 'at risk of extinction' list of the IUCN. Some of the subspecies are in critical danger. People, climate change, agricultural cultivation, ignorance, roads, lions - all contribute to their fragility.

 

In June 2011 three live cheetahs were 'discovered' in a local garden in Arusha, Tanzania, in a cramped cage, after a tip off from local Tanzanian neighbours. As Mordecai Ogada, Head of the East African Regional Office Cheetah Project says.

 

"This is the first case of illegal cheetah trafficking in Tanzania, it is happening in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland, Eritrea, and North Eastern Kenya, and it is disturbing to see demand growing.


"The key issue is more than the local poaching or capture of cheetahs in Tanzania is the trade that fuels the demand. The culprit caught with these cheetahs was not a poacher, as far as I can tell, but a courier because the animals were in small cages suitable for transport."...

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US crushes 6 tons of illegal ivory to send message to poachers, traffickers

US crushes 6 tons of illegal ivory to send message to poachers, traffickers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A massive stockpile of elephant ivory was crushed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday as part of an escalating push to stamp out illegal wildlife trafficking around the world.
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Game On! UN Takes The Fight To The Poachers

Game On! UN Takes The Fight To The Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

(POACHING/ENDANGERED SPECIES) The ivory trade is a growing international problem, and its devastation to the world’s elephant and rhino populations is well documented. With approximately 90 elephants and 35 rhinos killed by poachers in Kenya this year, Interpol and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) are collaborating to contest poachingamongst other illegal threats to the environment....

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Kenya : Demand for animal’s trophy is driving our heritage to extinction

Last week, The Standard on Saturday carried a special feature on the dwindling number of wild animals in Kenya. A statement by an experienced wildlife consultant summed it all, “In another 15 to 20 years, tourists could visit Kenya to watch some animals in zoos if nothing is done to reverse the current decline in population.”...

 

... the grim statistics for all to see.Kenya has only 1,000 rhinos left — 700 black and 300 white — down from more than 20,000 in the 1960s. Never mind that the rhino is Kenya’s most protected animal.

 

The elephant population now stands at slightly more than 30,000 from 167,000 in the 1970s. The jumbos are arguably the most sought after animal by poachers for their tusks, with lucrative markets in the Far East....

 

There are only 2,000 lions left, down from 15,000 in the 1990s. Kenya now has 1,160 cheetahs roaming our national parks, game reserves and private conservancies....


We host the entire global population of mountain bongos, which are unfortunately on the verge of extinction with only 103 left. Shimba Hills National Reserve is home to the last 70 of Sable antelopes. Even the hyenas are on the decline, with some 5,000 left.


Yes, our heritage is on its deathbed. In just 50 years, we are headed the Western way. These statistics mean the coming generations will know nothing of world-renowned national parks, one of which is at the centre the Seven Wonders of the World.


Instead, our children will visit zoos and watch National Geographic to get a ‘taste’ of what used to be a wildlife-rich country....

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The Heartbreaking Poaching Epidemic You Haven’t Heard of Yet

The Heartbreaking Poaching Epidemic You Haven’t Heard of Yet | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Why pangolins are the new rhinos.

 

Pangolins are among the oddest and least-familiar animals on Earth. They’re mammals, but they're armor-plated. Their chief defensive posture is to tuck their heads under their tails and roll up, like a basketball crossed with an artichoke. (It works: Even lions generally can’t get a grip.) They have tongues that are not only coated with a sticky, fly paper–like substance but can also extend up to 16 inches to probe into nests and snag ants for dinner. They’re shy, nocturnal and live either high up trees or deep underground....

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Didn't know these were mammals!

Pangolins are in real trouble.

Definitely a conservation site in Zimbabwe we need to stop by and visit.

Thanks for your work with these little guys Lisa.

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Kenyan Attorney General Calls For Enactment Of New Wildlife Act

NAIROBI, Nov 7 (BERNAMA-NNN- KBC) -- Kenyan Attorney General Githu Muigai says the government plans to recruit 1,000 security officers as reinforcement for the newly formed anti-wildlife poaching elite unit.

Speaking at an environmental crime forum here Wednesday, Muigai also called on Kenya's Parliament to urgently enact the new Wildlife Act which will impose stiffer penalties against poachers.

Faced with a sharp rise in cases of elephant and rhino poaching, the Kenyan government formed an Elite Inter-Agency Anti-Poaching Unit composed of 121 officers to patrol the country's national parks and reserves.

The government's resolve to contain poaching appears as strong as ever with plans to further strengthen the elite unit underway.

Muigai, who was addressing an environmental crime forum at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters here, called for stiffer penalties for those convicted of wildlife crimes saying that more than 90 elephants have been reported killed this year alone.

Stakeholders in the fight against environmental crime called for co-ordinated efforts to deter such acts.

Environmental crime ranges from poaching, illegal trade on protected tree species and fishing among others.

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Tanzanian anti poaching drive to continue

Tanzanian anti poaching drive to continue | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Tanzania will continue a controversial anti-poaching operation, President Jakaya Kikwete says, overturning a suspension following reports of rampant human rights abuses.
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Tanzania's anti-poaching campaign has come underfire for reports of rather agressive measures of dealing with suspects.

After being put on hold, they are back in the game... so poachers watchout!

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USA: Wildlife poaching appears to be on the rise in NM

Wildlife poaching appears to be on the rise in New Mexico Department officers are running road blocks across the state to check for illegal hunting activity and to gather data about harvest success.

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The elephant emergency: Summit to be held in Botswana

The elephant emergency: Summit to be held in Botswana | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The African elephant is the world’s biggest land mammal; walking the earth at a dignified pace, the elephant has earned its place in the folklore and legend of many cultures. 


But this impressive creature is being slaughtered at alarming rate for its ivory: it is estimated one elephant is killed every 15 minutes. Check the time now; mark the moment the next grey giant falls. An emergency summit addressing the problems of the illegal ivory is to be held in Gaborone, Botswana at the beginning of December. By KATIE DE KLEE.

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U.S. Offers $1 Million Reward in Wildlife-Trade Fight

BANGKOK — Taking a page from the battle against international drug cartels, the United States announced on Wednesday a $1 million reward for information to help dismantle one of Asia’s largest wildlife-trafficking syndicates.

 

In what officials said was the first time such a reward had been offered, the State Department said it was targeting a syndicate based in Laos, the impoverished and authoritarian Southeast Asian country whose government, investigators say, has been uncooperative in stopping a thriving trade of African ivory, rhino horns, tiger bones and endangered animals harvested by the thousands from Asian jungles.


In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said the syndicate, the Xaysavang Network, “facilitates the killing of endangered elephants, rhinos and other species for products such as ivory.” The network, he said, spans South Africa, Mozambique, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and China.

 

Investigators say the syndicate is headed by a Laotian businessman, Vixay Keosavang, who was the subject of an article in The New York Times in March.

 

Reached on his cellphone on Wednesday, Mr. Vixay said he was being framed. “There are people slandering me,” he said. “If you want to know the truth, you should ask Lao officials.”...



Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Amongst all the bad news we must hold on to this important good news that came out last week.

The US putting money on the table to fight the illegal wildlife trade.

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'The Lizard King' is back in business, claims Al Jazeera

'The Lizard King' is back in business, claims Al Jazeera | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
PETALING JAYA: Infamous wildlife smuggler Anson Wong, also known as 'The Lizard King' is rumoured to be back in the animal trafficking business.
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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #53

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #53 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
“Angry birds”, frogmouths, lovebirds, tyrants, woodcreepers, tits and violetears… The new Wild Bird Trust website has been updated and your wild bird photographs can now be submitted at: www.wildbirdtrust.com/top25. We are very proud to bring the...
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UK border control seizes record number of endangered animal items

UK border control seizes record number of endangered animal items | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

An alligator skin upholstered Rolls Royce was among the 690 items confiscated.

 

A total of 690 items were confiscated, including eight live big cats, tortoises and hippo teeth, reports citing the Home Office said Friday.

 

That was 181 more than the previous 12-month period and there are fears the number will keep rising as the global economy recovers.... 

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War against cruel trade in animals

War against cruel trade in animals | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

They are the ugly stories that sum up animal trafficking.

 

Last week, nearly six tonnes of elephant ivory were pulverised by US authorities.

The carvings, jewellery, trinkets and tusks – seized over 25 years through border confiscations – were reduced to powder.


In Tanzania last week, three Chinese nationals suspected of elephant poaching were charged for possessing 706 tusks weighing 1.8 tonnes and worth an estimated $3.29 million.

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The US also announced a $1 million reward for information to help break up one of Asia's largest wildlife trafficking syndicates, based in Laos.

The animal trade worldwide is estimated to be worth up to $10 billion annually....


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/war-against-cruel-trade-in-animals-20131116-2xnr0.html#ixzz2kqmbF7uR

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Namibia: Poachers’ barbaric acts against wildlife on the rise

IT is not just the stock theft figures for 2013 that are staggering, but the poaching of wildlife is just as worrisome and one beleaguered farmer from Omaruru can vouch for that.
Adrian Lang of Okapekaha last month alone lost more than 30 animals that were trapped in snares and hacked to pieces for their meat. It was last month too when the gruesome poacher bush veld abattoirs were discovered in remote areas of the farm. Lang, over the past weekend, however, made even more gruesome discoveries of poaching on his farm. 

- See more at: http://www.namibian.com.na/indexx.php?id=5996&page_type=story_detail&category_id=1#sthash.QG9jijhG.dpuf ;

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Congo: Poachers score successes against poachers

Congo: Poachers score successes against poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Odzala-Kokoua National Park’s eco-guard unit have recently scored notable successes against high level poachers and dealers in the Congo Republic.
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U.S. crushes ivory to save elephants from extinction

U.S. crushes ivory to save elephants from extinction | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

This week, the Obama administration will take its most visible step in its campaign to stop the slaughter of African elephants, crushing six tons of ivory in Denver Thursday. Last July, Obama established a Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking composed of the State, Interior and Justice departments to develop a strategy to stop what is described as industrial-scale poaching that has slashed the African elephant population by two thirds in a decade...

 

 

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This Thursday in Denver Colorado... the US elephant ivory crush.

An effort to make a statement regarding wildlife trafficking.

Some say it will help,  others that it won't.

Your thoughts? 

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Almost 500 protected turtles found in Thai airport bags

Almost 500 protected turtles found in Thai airport bags | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Over the span of week, thousands of turtles and tortoises were seized at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand
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UK: North Devon first in line for anti-poaching crack down

UK: North Devon first in line for anti-poaching crack down | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A bid to crack down on poaching will begin in Devon today.
Project Trespass, which brings together police and wildlife crime groups, will hold a meeting in Lynton.


It aims to assure landowners and obtain their help tracking down poachers, especially in the light of the recent discovery of 11 stag heads at a layby near South Molton.

Read more: http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/North-Devon-line-anti-poaching-crack/story-20048600-detail/story.html#ixzz2k6hybpJB

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Vietnamese pleads guilty to possession of 8 rhino horns

Vietnamese pleads guilty to possession of 8 rhino horns | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A police sting operation last May resulted in the discovery of 8 rhino horns in a Vietnamese home in the Centurion region of Pretoria.
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