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Namibia: Four Arraigned for Poaching

Windhoek — Four men charged with illegally hunting a protected waterbuck at Masikili made a routine court appearance before the Katima Mulilo Magistrate's Court yesterday....

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New Zealand: Fishery Officers ‘like’ Facebook after paua poacher nabbed

Fishery officers have praised the public after numerous tip-offs led to the apprehension of a person illegally selling paua on Facebook.

 

On August 22, The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) received information about a person who was offering paua for sale on Facebook at $10 each. The information received indicated that the person had up to 100 paua for sale.

 

A search warrant was executed at a Manurewa address by members of MPI Manukau and North Harbour compliance teams, together with the New Zealand Police. Clear evidence of offending against the Fisheries Act 1996 was found and one occupant at the address admitted to offering paua for sale on Facebook....

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As China agrees to protect wildlife, Kenya puts Chinese ivory smuggler in prison

As China agrees to protect wildlife, Kenya puts Chinese ivory smuggler in prison | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Kenyan court's landmark 2-1/2 year sentence is a major shift from the small fines that ivory smugglers have faced in the past.
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China? Wildlife preservation plan struck with Kenya

China has lent extremely important support to Kenya to help wildlife protection, said the African country's foreign minister.

 

"We have very many issues with the protection of wildlife, therefore we need some support from our partners and from friendly countries," Kenya's Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed told China Daily one day after the countries signed a deal to improve Kenya's wildlife protection....

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California Poachers sentenced for taking hundreds of fish

Poachers who were caught red-handed while taking hundreds of fish from a Southern California lake have pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wildlife.
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Indonesia: People urged to stop buying rare animals/products

ProFauna Indonesia, wildlife protection and conservation activists, in Bandung, West Java, have called on the public not to buy protected animals in an effort to save endangered wildlife. 

They regard the challenge of eradicating the trade in such animals as no easy task as the transactions are carried out clandestinely....

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Concern over growing threats to lesser wildlife

GUWAHATI, Aug 17 – The threat posed to mega species such as tiger, rhino and elephant by the multi-billion-dollar illegal trade in wildlife is well known, but not many would be aware that a number of lesser wildlife, including birds and reptiles, are at equal risk, with the flourishing global syndicate increasingly targeting smaller creatures which, too, fetch a fortune for the traders.


Conservationists believe that Wednesday’s seizure of a live tokay gecko lizard – now ahot property in the clandestine trade – from the possession of a militant outfit chief is not just indicative of the growing extent of the nefarious business in Assam and other parts of the North-east, but also corroborates the involvement of so-called armed rebel groups in wildlife trade.

 

“While poaching of tigers and rhinos hogs the limelight, many smaller creatures are equally bearing the brunt of the thriving wildlife syndicates operating in the North-east, which is a gateway to South East Asia – the hub of illegal wildlife trade. The trend of wildlife trade in tokay gecko, pangolin, snakes, owl, etc., has been quite discernible and disturbing,” Bibhab Talukdar, head of conservation group Aaranyak, says...

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Kenya: The War On Poaching Continues

Nairobi — The recently unveiled inter-agency anti-poaching unit comprising officers from specialised elements of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Administration Police and the General Service Unit will strengthen the fight against poaching.

 

KWS spokesperson Paul Muya told Capital FM News that setting up the agency demonstrates the government's commitment in ensuring that wildlife is safe.

 

He said that KWS was working with other conservation stakeholders to ensure that the war is won...

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Kenya: Threat of sanctions on East African countries over illegal ivory trade

Nairobi (Kenya) - Kenya Wildlife Service director William Kiprono and his deputy Patrick Omondi, who are the custodians of the country’s wildlife, have lately been spending sleepless nights. Poaching, especially of elephants, has exploded in the parks and reserves and, as they try to deal with the menace, Kenya and neighbours Uganda and Tanzania have been put on the “Gang of Eight” list by conservationists...
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New Sport Hunting Law Targets Poachers

New Sport Hunting Law Targets Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Hunting for sport doesn’t mean wasting the meat, according to a new Illinois law. The law requires hunters to use all edible parts of harvested animals. Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, says this should discourage poaching.  “The ‘wants and waste bill’ will help us crack down on poachers who are going out and shooting an animal just for the antlers,” Miller said.... 

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National Park Dept denies involvement in Rohingya trafficking

Our officials are not involved in the trafficking of Rohingya people, said Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation's director genral Manopat Huamuangkaew on Wednesday."We have already launched a probe and found that none of the department's officials belongs to human-trafficking gangs," Manopat said.

He admitted, however, that Rohingya had been hidden away in some parts of the Mu Koh Tarutao National Park. 

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority from Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship. Many have fled their homeland in recent years following violent clashes with Buddhists. 

"We are now dismantling tents used by the illegallabour agents. We will also increase patrols," Manopas said.

He said the chiefs of the national parks in border zones had been instructed to pay close attention to secluded areas of the parks because they were at risk of being used by human traffickers.
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Chinese workers accused of fueling poaching

Reports from some conservation agencies are now linking the growing number of Chinese employed in the construction sector to the rising cases of poaching in the country. An allegation the Chinese ambassador refutes claiming no one from China has been arrested in the country in connection with poaching.

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Asia: Wildlife poaching hotline launched - number 01755660033

Asia:  Wildlife poaching hotline launched -  number 01755660033 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

With the aim to control and take rapid action against wildlife trafficking, the government  launched a hotline for receiving information on poaching on monday.

The hotline number (01755660033), will allow callers to reach eight officials, including seven divisional and a central, responsible for wildlife crime control.

“It will make the wildlife trafficking control programme easier for forest officials,” said Minister for Environment and Forest Hasan Mahmud while inaugurating the hotline at a discussion program on Global Tiger Day in the city’s Osmani Memorial auditorium....

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Machete gang murders Kenyan reserve manager

Machete gang murders Kenyan reserve manager | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A former Parachute Regiment colonel has been hacked to death by a gang of machete-wielding  robbers in Kenya.

 

Lt Col David Parkinson, a nature reserve manager, was attacked by five intruders as he was sleeping beside his wife of 35 years, Sonja.

It is understood the 58-year-old retired colonel died defending the mother of his two children, who managed to escape by fleeing to a secure ‘panic room’.

 

The distinguished soldier was formerly a director of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, where Prince William spent his gap year as a 19-year-old and where he proposed to Kate Middleton nine years later....



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Crab poaching rises before agreement with Japan is fully enforced

Crab poaching rises before agreement with Japan is fully enforced | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In the first half of 2013, red king crab imports into Japan grew drastically compared to those in the previous year while those of cheaper varieties of crab dropped. This situation takes place just after Russia and Japan signed an agreement on joint measures to put an end to fish and shellfish poaching.

 

According to Russia’s Federal Customs Service, Russian crab exports to Japan were only 600 tonnes while the Japanese official statistics for Russian imports state they proved to be 30 times higher, Kommersant reported....

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Kingpin Linked to Trafficking of 500 Chimps Gets Maximum Sentence in Guinea

Kingpin Linked to Trafficking of 500 Chimps Gets Maximum Sentence in Guinea | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A notorious wildlife trafficker and two of his accomplices have been captured in the Republic of Guinea. Ousmane Diallo, who is connected with the smuggling of more than 500 chimpanzees out of the West African nation, will receive the maximum penalty under laws aimed at wildlife traffickers....

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Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon festival to support anti poaching

Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon festival to support anti poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

An international line up of hot air balloons will congregate in Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve between 06th and 08th of December this year, to throw their support behind the growing momentum of Kenya’s anti poaching campaign. Organized by Prestige Travel the event hopes to see dozens of foreign hot air balloons take to the skies over the Masai Mara and the international media is expected to cover the three days of aerial spectacle over the reserve. Several teams from Europe and the United States have already confirmed their participation but as the publicity spreads more confirmations are sure to come....

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Forensic scientist joins fight to stop wildlife trafficking

Forensic scientist joins fight to stop wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
While in Vietnam working to reduce the illegal trade in rhinoceros horns, Ashland resident Pepper Trail helped hand out pieces of a horn during training workshops.
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‘White Gold’ on the Black Market: Elephants Slaughtered for Illegal Ivory Trade

it takes a global investigation -- from the gleaming ivory markets of China to a $12 million pile of tusks and trinkets in Denver to the smugglers’ shops of West Africa -– to understand the grim laws of supply and demand in the world’s illegal ivory trade.

 

The billion-dollar food chain begins deep in the forests of Africa, where elephants are now disappearing faster than ever. ABC News’ “Nightline” acquired footage of a poacher who claims 499 elephant kills. For his 500th, he doesn’t have enough bullets to put the mighty beast down quickly. The elephant suffers for hours before the poacher can carve off just enough meat for the journey home and two modest tusks worth tens of thousands of dollars....

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Uganda: Poaching hurting tourism says wildlife minister

Uganda: Poaching hurting tourism says wildlife minister | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Minister Maria Mutagamba has said poaching by armed and organized criminal syndicates is one of the major challenges facing the ministry....

 

The ministry report shows that the number of tourists coming to Uganda reduced from 207,000 in the year 2011/2012 to only 182,000 in the 2012/2013 financial year.  

She attributed this to the general economic downturn in the world, negative security advisories on Uganda by the source markets (UK, USA, Australia and European Union), the war in Eastern DRC and last year’s outbreak of deadly diseases like Ebola and Marburg...

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Uganda tourism seen significant decline in tourism because of poaching crisis...

From 207,000 in 2011/2012 to only 182,000 in 2012/2013. 

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Wildlife Tiger Poaching Trail: Nine member gang interrogated

 .NAGPUR: The interrogation of nine poachers arrested in Pune for killing a tiger in Melghat has revealed that a woman member of the gang travelled 300 km from Melghat to Ramtek in Nagpur district with tiger skin and bones. This was at the time when foresters knew about poaching rackets in the region and were supposed to be keeping tab.

The woman ducked foresters and police and managed to sell the skin and bones to to Sarju Bagdi, a trader from Haryana....

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Addressing Poaching as Terrorism

Addressing Poaching as Terrorism | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

There’s an expanding front on the war against terrorism. The U-S recently launched a 10-million dollar initiative to help combat animal poaching in Africa. Money from the illegal trade in animal products may be supporting various militant groups on the continent. But one expert says the U-S initiative alone won’t be enough to solve the problem....

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Special Assignment: Con in conservation - part 2

Part 2 looks at the lion bone trade which has grown hugely over the past few years. Many people know about how the rhino is being poached for its horn, which...
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Wildlife Cropping is legalized by The Wildlife Conservation & Management Bill, 2013: But what are the Dangers?

In 1990, KWS initiated a pilot wildlife-cropping programme to reduce wildlife-related costs and develop markets that would allow consumptive uses of wildlife to be economically viable. Previously, consumptive exploitation of Wildlife had led to severe declines forcing the government to place a ban on hunting/dealing in wildlife in 1977. The ban was (under Legal Notice No. 120 issued by Late President Jomo Kenyatta). But landowners continued to pressurize KWS in the subsequent years, lobbying for consumptive use of wildlife and claiming that several species had increased beyond the carrying capacity of the lands....

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Namibia: Nation Celebrates World Lion Day

"This is the perfect opportunity for the world to take note of the plight of the African lion, for us all to take the time to ponder the reality of today's pressures on wildlife and the wilderness sustaining these wondrous animals who have, to date, stood the test of time - but for how long will they be able to run from man," said Tammy Hoth, Director of the AfriCat Foundation.

 

Namibia is a forerunner in Africa regarding conservation and sustainable management of wildlife...

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