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4 suspected poachers killed in central Kenya

NAIROBI, April 14 — Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers have killed four suspected poachers while others escaped with injuries in Isiolo, eastern region.

 

KWS Corporate Affairs Manager Paul Udoto said on Sunday the suspected poachers were gunned down in a shootout at Ngare Ndare forest within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a renowned and dedicated rhino sanctuary late on Friday.

 

“The rangers were on patrol when they encountered the gang of five men within the sanctuary. The suspects had been ordered to surrender but they opened fire at the rangers,” Udoto said in Nairobi.

 

He said a shootout ensued leaving four members of the gang dead, noting that their accomplice escaped with injuries. “KWS rangers were not hurt in the early evening shoot out,” said Udoto...

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Philippines arrest Chinese 'poachers' after reef collision

Philippines arrest Chinese 'poachers' after reef collision | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
China has urged the Philippines to "guarantee the safety and legitimate rights" of fishermen who have been taken into custody for poaching after their vessel ran aground on the protected Tubbataha Reef -- the latest incident in often tense...
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Wildlife trade: A potential public health threat

Wildlife trade: A potential public health threat | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Many diseases and infections come to humans from wildlife. But, what role does the wildlife trade play in the spread? Irene Bueno Padilla works to find out.
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Mozambique: Internal politics and the illicit trade of rhino horn, ivory and Marange diamonds

Mozambique: Internal politics and the illicit trade of rhino horn, ivory and Marange diamonds | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

After spending almost 3 hours with an astute and seemingly well-informed national of Mozambique on Easter Monday – over a beer and burger in Durban – I’ve now gained a far greater insight into some of the complexities of illicit trade in wildlife, diamonds and arms in our region.

 

This blog offers some background as to why SA faces a poaching onslaught mainly from Mozambique nationals targeting Kruger National Park, and this all links back to the historical FRELIMO-RENAMO armed conflict there, plus rising tensions in the country again as their elections loom next year.

Whilst I am deeply concerned about rhino-poaching and links to Mozambique nationals – plus, of course, illegal ivory trade (and poaching) regionally from elephants – I’m also acutely aware of how controlled trade in Marange diamonds fuels human rights abuses in my motherland.

 

It was this specific issue that led to a trusted Zim rights activist connecting ‘X’ (as I shall call him) and I over the Easter weekend.

 

What I learned from ‘X’ can seemingly be validated by some simple online research and it gives some real context to 3 rights activist groups, namely human rights activists in Zimbabwe, animal rights activists in SA and beyond, and human rights activists in Mozambique...

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Brian Sandberg's conversation with someone in the know.

Sadly things don't look good.

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Brian Sandberg's comment, April 12, 2013 1:41 AM
Thanks for giving this some oxygen, Margrit - even if it's a rather harsh 'reality check'! (Sigh!)
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Suspected ostrich feather poachers caught

Suspected ostrich feather poachers caught | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Cape Town - Five people will appear in the Oudtshoorn Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for allegedly stripping feathers off live ostriches, Western Cape police said....

 

They had been linked to five cases of ostrich feather theft since December.

Pojie said the estimated total value of the plucked feathers was R117,000...

 

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VanAllen's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:37 PM

Let us hope they are properly punished so as to deter others. I haven't read anything before on the Ostrich Feather industry and wonder how the birds are treated within the industry itself apart from their feathes being poached.

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Russian Bear Paws Seized at Chinese Border

Russian Bear Paws Seized at Chinese Border | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Russian border guards in the Far East seized five kilograms of bear paws that poachers were trying to transport to China, a Federal Security Service (FSB) branch reported on Tuesday.
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Kenya to deploy one thousand rangers to beef up wildlife security

Kenya to deploy one thousand rangers to beef up wildlife security | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government said on Saturday it would deploy 1,000 more rangers to beef up wildlife security efforts to curb rising incidents of poaching across the East African nation.


Government spokesman Muthui Kariuki said the deployment of more rangers by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) will help in scaling up efforts to salvage the remaining elephants in Kenya , 74 elephants having already been killed in the first three months of 2013 alone. equipment to facilitate the security operations.


“KWS is modernising its force with the support of the government. We intend to fight poachers at all levels to save our elephants,” he said in the latest anti-poaching measures the East African nation has taken amid dwindling wildlife population....

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Japan Plans Hundredfold Increases in Fines for Wildlife Trafficking

Japan Plans Hundredfold Increases in Fines for Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Hopefully Japan's trend towards getting serious about taking care of endangered species will continue.
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Kenya steps up anti-poaching operations

Kenya steps up anti-poaching operations | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 - The government has stepped up anti-poaching operations with a view to stamping out the poaching menace noting that the country has already
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A Musical, Video Tribute to the Elephant

Let us save our Elephants, they deserve life too like us. These are intelligent creatures, and if u take time to understand them, you will definitely admire ...
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Poachers enlisting impoverished wildlife rangers as accomplices in elephant, rhino killing

Poachers enlisting impoverished wildlife rangers as accomplices in elephant, rhino killing | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Corruption among wildlife rangers is becoming a serious impediment in the fight against poaching, fuelled by soaring levels of cash offered by criminal poacher syndicates, senior conservation chiefs have admitted.
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A Canadian Restaurant Was Fined $10,000 for a Freezer Full of Turtles

A Canadian Restaurant Was Fined $10,000 for a Freezer Full of Turtles | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Props to Canada for protecting its reptiles, and taking the steps to follow through when people don't play ball.
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Wildlife authorities urged to keep strengthening anti-poaching laws

Zimbabwe’s wildlife authorities have been urged to keep strengthening the country’s anti-poaching laws, if the problem is ever to be eradicated. 

 

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has announced new laws that impose stiffer penalties for people found guilty of poaching protected species. The Authority’s public relations manager, Caroline Washaya-Moyo, said the new laws would affect those who kill any protected animals gazetted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management. This includes rhino and elephant.

 

“Any person who is convicted for unlawful killing of a rhinoceros or elephant is expected to be sentenced to nine years for a first offender or eleven years for a second or subsequent offender,” she said....

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Stiffer laws is a good start... now its enforcing them that becomes crucial!

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Canadian documents helping polar bear poachers, Russians say

Canadian documents helping polar bear poachers, Russians say | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Russian officials are becoming increasingly concerned about polar bear poachers in their country using Canadian documents to disguise illegally hunted pelts.
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POACHERS: Killing Wildlife for Money - 70 in 6 hours

On Tuesday March 19, more than 80 residents of Butambala and Gomba set off for a hunting expedition in Kyankwanzi.

 

The four-day adventure turned into a torrid experience as the hunters spent the night in prison.

 

When residents of Ggala village saw strange people disembarking from a Fuso truck UAS 818W, they got worried. The hunters carried spears, pangas, dogs, nets and baskets of food, some even bedding. On arrival, they hurried into nearby bushes to start hunting.

 

Residents alerted the nearby Kyankwanzi barracks and the intruders were arrested around 5pm. In just six hours, the group is believed to have killed over 70 animals including wild pigs, bushbacks, and one python. Witnesses say the hunters cooperated during the arrest and were handed over to Bukwiri-Kyankwanzi police station for further investigations....

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70 killed in 6 hours!

Many thanks to the residents who sounded the alarm. Who knows how many more animals would have lost their lives to these mercenary hunters if they hadn't taken responsibility to act.

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Poachers set sights on Kruger ivory

Poachers set sights on Kruger ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The inability of the national park to pursue offenders across its border is costing game dearly
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Can Unmanned Aircraft Stop Poachers in Their Tracks? - Avionics Intelligence

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Contact: Heather Dewar, 301/405-9267

 

At the University of Maryland...

A daring experiment to use drone aircraft and intelligence tools against rhinoceros poachers in South Africa will be previewed in a free public talk April 11 at the University of Maryland. This wildlife conservation experiment is one of many peaceful uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being explored by governments, universities and the commercial sector. And it occurs as the FAA is beginning development of a comprehensive plan for integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into the national airspace.

 

Tom Snitch, Ph.D., an intelligence consultant and remote sensing expert based in Bethesda, Md., is executive officer of the United Nations' Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring Systems, a visiting professor at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and chairman of the Board of Visitors of UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (CMNS). Snitch has organized a May 25 field test of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly called drones, for anti-poaching surveillance on a game reserve near South Africa's Kruger National Park, the center of a deadly epidemic of rhino killings.

 

It will be the first time unmanned aircraft are combined with satellite imagery and sophisticated mathematical modeling to catch rhino poachers in the act. The goal is to quickly mobilize game wardens to stop the poachers, who are illegally killing one black rhino every 11 hours for their horns, prized in traditional Asian medicine. Poachers have fought a series of bloody battles with government troops and private game wardens.

 

UMD Mathematicians, physicists, and artificial intelligence experts are sharing ideas with the anti-poaching team. Some of the techniques to be tested were developed by UMD. Computer Science Professor V.S. Subrahmanian used a similar algorithm to find Iraqi insurgents' caches of bomb-making materials.

 

UMD faculty members are working on a range of other peacetime uses for unmanned aircraft, from rescuing lost hikers to controlling the spread of crop diseases. UMD aerospace engineers also are developing new types of UAVs; and the university is leading a state of Maryland effort to win a test site designation from the FAA for the integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace.

 

"Entrepreneurial Approaches to Protecting Highly Endangered Wildlife: Saving Rhinos with Math, Drones and Satellites," is free and open to the public, April 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. at 1410 Physics Lecture Hall on the College Park Campus. Snitch's talk is part of a "30 Days of EnTERPreneurship," a month-long series of campus events highlighting entrepreneurship.

 

 

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:18 PM

Live near the University of Maryland?

Consider attending this discussion.

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Texas: Williamson County man arrested for cross-state animal poaching

Texas: Williamson County man arrested for cross-state animal poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
State and county officials have arrested a Williamson County man who's suspected of illegally killing more than 50 animals in several states and Canada.
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It's happening everywhere not just in Africa. Please do not buy products made from animal body parts. 

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Poachers ripping ostrich feathers

Poachers ripping ostrich feathers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The beleagured ostrich industry has been hit by poachers who creep into fields at night to rip feathers off live birds.
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Another animal/bird fallen prey to the ravages of poaching!

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VanAllen's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:34 PM

Poachers coming now into UK zoos to poach rhino horns, poachers ripping   ostrich feathers from live birds in the ostrich industry.......

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By the Numbers: Data driving Wildlife Trafficking in Southeast Asia

By the Numbers: Data driving Wildlife Trafficking in Southeast Asia | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledged on March 3 at the opening meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to end the nation’s ivory trade. The Convention has 178 Parties, and seeks to facilitate international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation.

 

Yingluck did not indicate a timeline for amending trade legislation, which remains a point of concern for many environmentalists. Thailand is a major hub for trafficked animals from throughout Southeast Asia and Africa. In light of the recent CITES conference, we examine the scope of the issue of animal trafficking in Southeast Asia by the numbers:...

 

http://cogitasia.com/by-the-numbers-wildlife-trafficking-in-southeast-asia/

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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, December 15, 12:44 PM

Wow, thats to interesting to read and see how they would potentially hold a convention of the endangered species in it's nations. I think it is important to make people more aware of what we can do to prevent more species of becoming more endagered, and if that means the prime minister in Thailand needs to hold a convention for this, then by all means do so. It's just great to make people more aware not only for the environment but for the animals itself.

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U.S. trains dogs to sniff out wildlife traffickers

U.S. trains dogs to sniff out wildlife traffickers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The first graduating class of 'wildlife detector dogs' will soon be stationed at ports around the U.S., part of a growing effort to stem the illegal trade of flora and fauna.
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Japan: Wildlife trafficking penalties to soar

The Environment Ministry plans to raise the maximum fine for trafficking of endangered species by companies to ¥100 million from the current ¥1 million, ministry officials said Wednesday.
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'Sustainable' agreements signed with China

'Sustainable' agreements signed with China | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa signed two memoranda of understanding with the Chinese government‚ after a delegation travelled to South Africa for the Brics summit in Durban‚ where a number of agreements between the Brics...
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There's nothing "sustainable" about the illegal or legal wildlife trade!

Everybody (animal and human) loses except the few at the top of the food chain who make huge profits.

 

History suggests that no legal/illegal wildlife trade is "sustainable" no matter what the agreements and with whom... the all fall apart and surely will continue to do so until wildlife ceases to be considered a commodity. 

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Wildlife Trafficking and Poaching | Law Library of Congress

This report by the Law Library of Congress provides information on the laws and enforcement arrangements relating to wildlife trafficking and poaching in seven African jurisdictions.
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Decimation Of Critically Endangered African Forest Elephant

Decimation Of Critically Endangered African Forest Elephant | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A new study led by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy reveals that over the past decade, a stunning 62 percent of all forest elephants have been killed for their ivory across their entire range in Central Africa.
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