Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
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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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No Transport to Take Elephant Poachers to Court

THE trial of three poachers accused of using cyanide to poison to death dozens of elephants at Hwange National Park could not start on Monday as the prisons department failed to transport them to Hwange Regional Court.

 

Court officials in Hwange said Bulawayo businessman Farai Chitsa, 34, and brothers Sipho Mafu, 54, and Misheck Mafu, 46, were still remanded at Khami Remand Prison and had not been transferred to Hwange for trial....

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Now this is so frustrating!

There are so many glitches along the "stop the poaching" trail it is crazy.

First to catch them, then to keep them caught, then these seemingly simple issues of transporting or translators delay court proceedings. After that it's loopholes etc that they're at risk of slipping thru....grrr!

Despite all this, YOU RANGERS out there, don't give up!

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Why we must do more to stop wildlife crime

Why we must do more to stop wildlife crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Will it surprise you if I tell you that wildlife crime now ranks as the fourth biggest illegal trade after drugs, counterfeiting and people, in terms of profits?

 

It is a global economic crime perpetrated often by criminal organisations and it is linked to the illegal trafficking of drugs, people and even to terrorism. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calculated in 2011 that the total value of the illegal global wildlife trade was between $8bn to $10bn annually (excluding timber and marine wildlife).

 

London is a centre for criminals who abuse and traffic wildlife, which is why it's obvious that the Government, the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor of London should take this issue seriously. They don’t. Since I was elected to the London Assembly I have been lobbying the Met to properly fund and resource its Wildlife Crime Unit, but senior officers just don’t see it as core policing and its funding has been reduced by the Met, with the occasional threat of scrapping it altogether....

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Zimbabwe: Poacher Fight - Parks Mobilises Ex-Workers

THE Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has recalled all former workers to reinforce its manpower to fight poaching that has reached unprecedented levels at Hwange National Park.The call was made following the cyanide poisoning of 10 more elephants, bringing the total number of poisoned elephants to 100 in less than two months in what has been described as the worst poaching disaster in Zimbabwe's history....

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Decoy Deer Helps Catch Poachers in Idaho

Decoy Deer Helps Catch Poachers in Idaho | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho game wardens say five hunters from eastern Oregon are facing charges and potentially stiff fines for hunting deer in southwest Idaho before the season officially got underway.

 

Idaho authorities announced the charges Tuesday — several weeks after setting up a sting operation that included planting a decoy deer.

 

The hunters were cited Sept. 28 in the Succor Creek area in a remote corner of Owhyee County near the Idaho/Oregon border. Wardens say one of the hunters fired six shots at the decoy deer and citations were issued for killing a real deer out of season.

 

Other charges include hunting without valid state licenses or without a valid deer tag. Wardens also seized the deer and two rifles.

The suspects are expected to appear in court on Oct. 28.

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Could this work for rhino?

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Candy Copeland's curator insight, October 14, 2013 4:39 AM

I see this on Wild Justice alot.  Hunters that like to kill things just can't resist shooting at the deer parked by the side of the road.  AND THEY GET BUSTED !

Amanda Duvall's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:50 PM

This is good. There are people out there that are unethical.. sadly. I am a hunter myslef and it really is suprising people are so driven for killing something that there shooting a deer so quick and not thinking that they dont notice that its a decoy. These kind of people arnt thinking things through.

Jonah Davis's curator insight, January 15, 2014 7:18 PM

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1/15/14

 Early Deer Hunting

            This Article took place in southeast Idaho where five people that are hunting to early are facing some fines. They were caught by Boise forest wardens, and the hunters shot at deer decoys and when the other deer had come over to the decoy, they’d shoot that deer depending on the gender and size as well as age. The hunters did all of this before hunting season even opened in southeast Idaho, and they were cited Sept. 28th in the Succor Creek area in a remote corner of Owyhee County near the Idaho/Oregon border. They were also hunting without a license and were expected to be seen in court on Oct. 28th 2013

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Fight to save the elephant vital to humanity’s future

Fight to save the elephant vital to humanity’s future | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A HEARTBREAKING catastrophe is unfolding in the great forests and on the savannahs of Africa.
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Execute elephant poachers on the spot, Tanzanian minister urges

Execute elephant poachers on the spot, Tanzanian minister urges | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A government minister in Tanzania has called for a “shoot-to-kill” policy against poachers in a radical measure to curb the mass slaughter of elephants.

 

Khamis Kagasheki’s proposal for perpetrators of the illicit ivory trade to be executed “on the spot” divided opinion, with some conservationists backing it as a necessary deterrent but others warning that it would lead to an escalation of violence.

 

There are already signs of an increasing militarisation of Africa’s wildlife parks with more than 1,000 rangers having been killed while protecting animals over the past decade, according to the Thin Green Line Foundation. Tanzania is said to have lost half its elephants in the past three years.

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

If we kill the 'pawns' there are a dozen more waiting to take their place.

Its the crime bosses who need to be caught and dealt with harshly, permanently. 

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Elephant, Rhino Poaching Is A Brutal Disaster

Elephant, Rhino Poaching Is A Brutal Disaster | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
We've heard about the war on terrorism and the war against drugs, but there is another war that has gone on for decades — the war on poaching — and it's about time we give it just as much attention.
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US Ivory Crush Canceled in Wake of Shutdown

US Ivory Crush Canceled in Wake of Shutdown | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
In a bid to discourage poachers and wildlife traffickers, federal officials had planned to pulverize six tons (5.4 tonnes) of illegal elephant ivory this week, but the event has been canceled due to the lapse in government funding.
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Sheeesh!

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Troubles at Hwange National Park

Troubles at Hwange National Park | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

While the authorities currently seem to be doing their best to contain the situation at Hwange National Park, where over 90 elephants were massacred by poachers, with the number likely to rise, people still have so many questions that need some answers...

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Some say it will get worse before it gets better!...

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Asian rhino conference hailed as major step forward

Asian rhino conference hailed as major step forward | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Environmentalists on Friday hailed measures including tough anti-poaching initiatives to help boost the dwindling population of Asian rhinos agreed at an international conference in Indonesia.
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Man gets record fine for smuggling threatened narwhal tusks into United States

Man gets record fine for smuggling threatened narwhal tusks into United States | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

ST. STEPHEN, N.B. - A New Brunswick man has been given a record fine for illegally smuggling about 250 narwhal tusks into the United States after American wildlife officials tipped off their Canadian counterparts to the seven-year operation....

 

Logan was fined $385,000 and given an eight-month conditional sentence to be served in the community, including four months of house arrest,...

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Chelsea Clinton: 2014 is to be 'Year of the Baby'

Chelsea Clinton: 2014 is to be 'Year of the Baby' | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Hillary Rodham Clinton may or may not run for president. But daughter Chelsea is hoping to bestow another title on her: grandmother.
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Chelsea on of wildlife's newest celebrity advocates expecting?

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Zimbabwe: Call for Commission of Inquiry Into Hwange Poaching Disaster

Zimbabwe: Call for Commission of Inquiry Into Hwange Poaching Disaster | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The president of an animal conservation group has called for government to set up a commission of inquiry, amid reports that another two members of a suspected poaching syndicate have been arrested...

 

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Poachers Are Trying To Hack GPS Collars To Track And Kill Endangered Species

Technology like GPS tracking was introduced as a way to protect endangered species and help them recover, but it seems like poachers and illegal wildlife traders might be taking advantage of the growing use of technology in conservation efforts.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

This is something that has been of concern, after all we are dealing with sophisticated crime syndicates that can "buy" people with all kinds of skills for the right price.

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Terrorism and the ivory trade

Terrorism and the ivory trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
If the world needs another reason to get serious about combating elephant poaching, here's one: The attack by terrorists on Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
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Elephant Trophy Alternative

Elephant Trophy Alternative | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
the perfect combination of puzzle, gift + sculpture… bring the safari home with this cardboard elephant wall mount. no trip to africa necessary. pre-cut +
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If you simply must hang an elephant head on your wall why not consider one like this?

Cheaper, more politically correct, nobody dies and you can even use it to hang your favorite elephant photos on if you like.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 12, 2013 5:42 PM

If you simply must hang an elephant head on your wall...

consider this, it is much cheaper, politically correct, nobody dies and you can even hang photos of your favorite elephant on it.

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How Google Earth and drones are saving elephants in Africa

How Google Earth and drones are saving elephants in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Conservationists are using drones, night-vision goggles and Google Earth to halt the decline of Kenya's wildlife.

 

Standing in his flatbed truck, Marc Goss touches "take off" on his iPad 3 and a $300 AR Drone whirs into the air as his latest weapon to fight elephant poachers around Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve.

"It's an arms race," said Goss, whose green khaki clothing shields him from thorny acacia branches in the 30,000 hectares of savannah he protects. "We're seeing larger numbers of poachers."


Drones are basically the future of conservation; a drone can do what 50 rangers can do. 

James Hardy, Mara North Conservancy

 

Besides the almost 2 foot-long drone, Goss and other conservationists are using night-vision goggles and Google Earth to halt the decline of Kenya's wildlife, which helps attract $1.2 billion a year in tourism. With elephant ivory sold for as much as $US1000 a kilogram in Hong Kong, Kenya is facing its most serious threat from poaching in almost a quarter of a century, according to the United Nations....


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/how-google-earth-and-drones-are-saving-elephants-in-africa-20131010-2v9na.html#ixzz2hXkjGvQk

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Politicians and top officials could be involved in poaching

Politicians and top officials could be involved in poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Conservation groups in the country have called upon the government to investigate the possible links of politicians and influential businessmen to an international ivory smuggling ring operating in Zimbabwe.

 

Johnny Rodrigues, the head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said the recent discovery of over 100 elephant carcasses killed by cyanide in Hwange national park shows that there is a sophisticated group of people involved in poaching.

 

If Zimbabwe does not find long term solutions to stop poaching, the country’s ecological system will be severely compromised, explained Rodrigues....

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Candy Copeland's curator insight, October 12, 2013 3:42 PM

The possibility of all the money they can earn off of the poached Ivory is just to much of a temptation for people who are dirt poor compared to other Countries. 

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One Way to Fight Terrorism? End the Ivory Trade

One Way to Fight Terrorism? End the Ivory Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
What we're seeing here is the perfect storm of extinction, poverty and radicalism. We're seeing the deterioration of societies and a massive threat to the stability of not only African nations but the entire world.
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Kenyan Makes 900-Km US Trek to Fight Elephant Poaching

Kenyan Makes 900-Km US Trek to Fight Elephant Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Jim Nyamu is a man on a mission. With Kenyan flag in hand, he has spent the past month crossing the northeastern United States on foot, stopping along the way to tell people how a growing demand for elephant ivory, especially in Asia, has fueled an increase in poaching that could drive some elephant populations to extinction.
 
Why United States? Because Americans, Nyamu says, aren't aware of the severity of the problem.
 
"Many people ask me the same question: '[Why should we as Americans] be bothered by the poaching which is happening?' " he says shortly after completing his 900-kilometer trek from Boston to Washington. "And I still say back to them that America is still the second leading consumer of ivory.”...
 

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Go Jim Go!

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Susan Sharma's curator insight, October 9, 2013 10:52 PM

Individuals can make a difference in changing mindsets.  Changing mindsets and helping people to understand real facts is the need of the hour.

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Hunt Wildlife Poachers From Your Phone

Hunt Wildlife Poachers From Your Phone | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

There will never be enough enforcement to monitor the world's wilderness effectively in person, but now you can help out a little from the comfort of home....

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Illegal ivory trade funds al-Shabaab's terrorist attacks

Illegal ivory trade funds al-Shabaab's terrorist attacks | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Al-Shabaab, the Somali Islamist group that killed dozens of people last month in a bloody four-day siege of the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, is deriving funds for its terror campaigns from elephant poaching in Kenya and elsewhere, activists claim...

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Not surprised!

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Investigation into Internet Wildlife Trafficking Results in 33 Written Arrests and 40 Warnings

Investigation into Internet Wildlife Trafficking Results in 33 Written Arrests and 40 Warnings | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission led a crackdown on the illegal Internet wildlife trade, resulting in 33 written arrests and 40 warnings. The Humane Society of the United States assisted in the investigation by providing specially trained volunteers to conduct Internet searches to identify illegal wildlife items being sold online.

 

Kate MacFall, Florida state director for The HSUS, said: “The Internet is teeming with illegal wildlife items and wildlife trafficking crimes threaten fragile populations and can cause immense animal suffering. We’re proud to assist the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in their admirable work to crack down on the illegal trade in wildlife.”

 

HSUS provided six volunteers who combed online marketplaces for illegal wildlife items and passed the leads on to law enforcement. This marks the third Internet wildlife trafficking investigation in which The HSUS has provided volunteers to state and federal wildlife agencies.  The goal of the program is to help law enforcement increase the scope of investigations and spend more time in the field by assisting with the time-intensive task of combing websites for violations...

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Online wildlife trafficking is big business.

Recently the Human Society and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation conducted an investigation.... they didn't come up empty handed.

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Elephant ivory could be bankrolling terrorist groups

Elephant ivory could be bankrolling terrorist groups | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The ivory trade may be helping to fund terrorist groups like al-Shabaab. Now an $80 million initiative will scale up the fight against elephant poaching
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Baby Elephants Survive Against the Odds: An Elephant Orphanage in Zambia

Baby Elephants Survive Against the Odds: An Elephant Orphanage in Zambia | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The number of calves that have perished in this current poaching wave is unclear. Also unknown is how many babies survive.
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Many thanks to those who with dedication and determination do all they can to give baby elephants a chance.

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Miss. Dinsmore's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:39 AM

Elephant Orphanage - helping these poor elepahnts in time of need!