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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Companies partner to raise funds for orphaned rhinos

Companies partner to raise funds for orphaned rhinos | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The devastating rhino poaching in the country has prompted cement producer Lafarge SA and tractor brand New Holland to join hands to raise funds and other resources for baby rhinos left parentless or injured by poachers.
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Elephant Poachers bribe to get false registrations

Police fight elephant poaching gangs trying to obtain fake registration required for all domesticated elephants
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Why Elephant Poachers Love the Federal Budget Sequester

Why Elephant Poachers Love the Federal Budget Sequester | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Funding cuts have hamstrung the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ability to fight wildlife trafficking...

 

Almost daily, it seems, there are new and credible reports about the senseless slaughter of elephants, rhinos or other endangered species by sophisticated wildlife-trafficking networks. Just this spring, news filtered in about a slaughter of forest elephants in the Central African Republic. We have video confirmation of nearly 30 elephants being killed and more wounded. It is clear that poaching is epidemic and is threatening some of the world’s most iconic and endearing species....

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Satellite Cameras Installed in Kenya to Protect Animals From Poachers

Conservationists are installing advanced cameras in remote parts of Africa so you can keep track of endangered animals in real time via an app and even help protect them against poachers.
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Going the Extra Mile to Help Save Africa's Elephants

By going the extra mile for Africa's elephants, a Canadian doctor from half a world away will not only have the opportunity to follow her passion for adventure travel.
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Sri Lanka : Wildlife Incident Support Team deployed to fight poaching

Sri Lanka : Wildlife Incident Support Team deployed to fight poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Aug 08, Colombo: A Wildlife Incident Support Team (WIST) has been deployed to Sri Lanka by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) to help the country combat the rising incidents of poaching in the country.

 

Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), John E. Scanlon has been quoted in the media as saying that the deployment in Sri Lanka by Interpol demonstrates the hands-on support that is now being offered through ICCWC....

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Stop Wildlife Crime: The Series - It's Dead Serious (Video 1) | WWF

Stop Wildlife Crime: The Series - It's Dead Serious (Video 1) | WWF | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

{WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES] Wildlife crime is dead serious. This low-risk, high-profit crime threatens some of the world's best-loved species--and the rangers that protect them.http://www.worldwildlife.org/deadserious

This first episode highlights the wildlife crime crisis. Follow all of WWF's wildlife trafficking documentary footage released every Sunday at 7 pm EDT in September 2013 on World Wildlife Fund's YouTube channel by subscribing now and using the hashtag #StopWildlifeCrime while you watch.

Elephants, rhinos, tigers and other animals are being increasingly slaughtered by poachers and criminal gangs armed with military-grade weapons, night-vision scopes and more. Wildlife crime destabilizes governments, economies and conservation gains. WWF needs your help to make a difference—please view and share to spread awareness.

Don't miss this five-part series featuring wildlife trade facts and interviews with experts in government, security and conservation including Robert Hormats, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President, Conservation Strategy & Science, WWF, Crawford Allan, Director, TRAFFIC North America, WWF and Andile Mhlongo, Ranger, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, South Africa. Learn more: http://www.worldwildlife.org/deadserious.

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Saudis lash out at gazelle poachers

Saudis lash out at gazelle poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Manama: Saudis have called for stringent action against poachers following the circulation on the social media of a picture showing three dead gazelles being transported in a vehicle.

 

The gazelles are believed to have been killed in the Bani Maaridh reserve in Najran in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, local news site Sabq reported on Monday.

 

“This is totally irresponsible,” a blogger writing under the moniker “Jundi”, said. “The government has been spending millions of riyals to protect and nurture these gazelles and other animals in natural reserves. Yet there are people who do not seem to care. They should be punished severely,” Jundi said...

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Kenya: Conservationists Up in Arms Over Mutilated Wildlife Bill

A local conservation group has accused the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife of secretly mutilating chunks of the original Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill.

 

The East African Wild Life Society says parts of the Bill introduced in Parliament last month markedly differ from what different players had agreed on last year.

 

EAWLS executive director Michael Gachanja says sections related to benefit sharing and accountability of government officials have been changed. The society has also opposed creation of a parallel body to take over licensing roles from the Kenya Wildlife Service.

 

The proposed Kenya Wildlife Regulatory Council will operate alongside KWS, according to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill (2013) introduced in Parliament last month by Majority leader Aden Dualle....

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WWF, Tanzanian NGOs join hands to fight illegal wildlife trade

ARUSHA (Xinhua) -- The fight against senseless killing of Tanzania’s wildlife has moved a notch higher, after hundreds of people from within and outside Arusha participate in the anti-poaching walking campaign from the northern safari capital to Dar es Salaam.


Anti-poaching campaigners are expected to cover over 800 km and they are to spend 23 days to reach Tanzania’s commercial city of Dar es Salaam.


Founder of the important event Pratik Patel, who is the executive director of African Wildlife Trust, said while on the way, campaigners will be creating awareness on the dangers posed by poachers to the public.


He said they are expected to reach Dar es Salaam on Sept. 15 and will be received by the Natural Resources and Tourism, Minister, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki.


“We’ll be walking 35 km every day, until they reach their final destination,” Patel said.


Patel started his campaign by sensitizing people through Facebook, whereby many people responded positively to the campaign and pledged to take part....

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Nepal, China reiterate commitment to curbing wildlife crimes

The governments of Nepal and China on Friday agreed to step up collaborative efforts and enforce a crackdown on illegal wildlife trade at the border region of the two countries.

The two countries further expressed commitment to taking fresh measures to enhance trans-boundary cooperation in biodiversity conservation.

Such a commitment was made during a three-day workshop, which started on August 28 and concluded Friday in the Nepali capital in coordination with the WWF....

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Philippines intensifies airport monitoring of wildlife

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Aug. 29 (PIA6) - - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) heightened the implementation of the tri-partite agreement on wildlife trade monitoring at the Bacolod-Silay Airport.

 

DENR, Police Center for Aviation Security (PCAS) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) inked a Memorandum of Agreement in June this year for monitoring of wildlife trade in airports.

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1031376982214#sthash.3ioaDofS.dpuf 

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Elephant Poachers Poison Vultures to Thwart Cops

Elephant Poachers Poison Vultures to Thwart Cops | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Vultures flock to the carcasses of illegally killed African wildlife, and conservation cops follow the flocks to track poachers. Like mobsters assassinating witnesses and informants, elephant and rhino poachers poison the carcasses of their quarry to kill vultures and thwart law enforcement efforts

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Recently approximately 600 vultures died after feeding on a poisoned elephant corpse in Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park, reported the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Most of the birds were African white-backed vultures (Gyps africanus), which is classified as endangered by the IUCN....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Really horrible!

Vultures in trouble.

Being poisoned by ruthless elephant poachers covering their ivory kills.

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Thousands expected to join International March for Elephants

Thousands across the globe expected to join International March for Elephants On Friday October 4th thousands of people are to march in solidarity for elephants in 15 cities around the world, including Wellington, in the single largest demonstration...
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Poachers Poison Watering Holes—African Elephants In Danger of Extinction!

(ANIMAL WELFARE/POACHING) Just when you thought people couldn't sink any lower...poachers are now poisoning African elephants to fuel the illicit ivory trade.
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State asked to tighten laws against poaching

State asked to tighten laws against poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Poachers earned US$ 30 million(Sh2.6 billion) from 154 tonnes of ivory in 2011. A United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on organised crime said between 5,600 and 15,400 elephants are poached in Eastern Africa annually.
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Customs in Thailand seize over 100 kg of ivory from luggage

Customs in Thailand seize over 100 kg of ivory from luggage | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Bangkok, Thailand, 1st September 2013 – Authorities at Suvarnabhumi International Airport last week discovered 105 kg of ivory hidden in four suitcases in the first seizure of illegal elephant ivory at the airport in over a year.

A Vietnamese couple is being held in connection with the case and will be investigated for violating Customs and Wildlife laws.


The bags containing tusks, hundreds of ivory beads and necklaces, and a number of small pieces of raw ivory, had been checked into a flight from Angola and had passed through Ethiopia before being intercepted in transit in Bangkok yesterday evening....

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Poachers use cyanide to kill 41 elephants in Zimbabwe

Poachers use cyanide to kill 41 elephants in Zimbabwe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Zimbabwe's Chronicle reported that police broke a syndicate of six poachers that killed and took the tusks of 41 elephants in Hwange.

 

The poachers laced salt with cyanide and put it around large pools where the elephants normally went to drink water. When they died their tusks would then be cut off and taken back to their homes.

 

The poachers were caught after rangers heard gunshots and went to the scene. They followed the tracks back to a house that was used as a storage space.

 

One of them was then convinced by the police and rangers to phone the rest of the gang and come to the house, where they were arrested. 

  

Police recovered 17 tusks worth R1.2-million in total....  

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Vultures being poached to win Lottery

Vultures being poached to win Lottery | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, director of the Griffon Poison Information Centre, said yesterday that the number of vultures poisoned for muti has increased dramatically.

 

He said in the "olden days" a "traditional healer had to kill the animal himself for it to have the necessary powers but, now that it has become commercialised, all the principles have fallen by the wayside" .

 

Traditional healers believe that sleeping with a vulture's head gives a person clairvoyant powers and the ability to predict sports scores, Lotto numbers and the like.

 

Verdoorn said the birds are sold for about R600 each....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Superstition and myths continue to threaten Africa's wildlife species.

Did you know that vulture's brains help predict winning lotto numbers? 

A fallacy of course, however one that is putting Cape Vultures at risk.

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Boog's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:00 AM

Though often very hard to comprehend, the witchcraft core within Africa is strong and entwined, therefore probably never to be eradicated.  Unfortunately it is the wildlife, as innocent as ever, who become the target of myth and legend and the insatiable appetitie of the greedy civilisation we call the human race.  There is not one person free of the trappings of belief of some kind, yet we do have a compassionate bone, one that abhors unnecessary killing of wildlife, whether for keratin, ivory or skin...

There is, however, one magical set of spells that we should share and embrace worldwide and that is Education.  Bucket loads of crazy clever understanding just ready to be shared...  Will we get there before rhino and elephant are historical words

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Thailand: New law will 'wipe out' ivory trade

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is drafting a law change to ban the domestic ivory trade in an attempt to reduce international pressure over the illegal ivory trade in the country...

 

Under the current law, the department has the authority to examine stocks of ivory held by private operators. The law change would not allow new ivory or ivory products to be added to their stocks.


"We will make regulations tougher and tougher until there is no longer ivory trade in the country," he said.  

Please credit and share this article with others using this http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/367501/new-law-will-wipe-out-ivory-trade    

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Poachers arrested for hunting peacocks in Ramanathapuram

Poachers arrested for hunting peacocks in Ramanathapuram | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In a mid-night operation, a Forest Protection Squad has arrested three people for poaching seven peacocks and three peahens at Melacheethai village near Uthirakosamangai, near here and seized the birds, which are protected under schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

 

Acting on a tip off, the Forest Protection Squad, Virudhunagar, led by Assistant Conservator of Forest M.Anand Kumar launched an operation on Saturday night and arrested the poachers in the early hours of Sunday...

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Ireland: Bass fish poachers busted

TWO men have been caught poaching bass off the Irish coast after a joint operation by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the Gardai. 

The investigation revealed a tiny craft being deployed that was not capable of dealing with the sea conditions. Officers of IFI and the Gardai were left with no choice but to alert the RNLI and Coast Guard and members of the RNLI rescue vessel discovered the tiny craft at sea without passengers the Coast Guard helicopter was deployed to search for what was thought to be a man overboard situation. Thankfully the two people from the tiny craft were later found safely ashore....

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SABC 'sunshine news' strategy 'deeply concerning', says media monitoring group

SABC 'sunshine news' strategy 'deeply concerning', says media monitoring group | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The call by the acting chief operations officer at the SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng,  for 70% of news stories to be aired by the public broadcaster to be positive goes beyond controversial and raises fundamental questions as to who is running the show at the SABC as well as critical issues of edi.torial independence. The suggestion is deeply concerning and Media Monitoring Africa calls on the SABC interim Board to act immediately and prevent any such proposed editorial interference..

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First Convening of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking

First Convening of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

On July 29, 2013, Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, convened the first meeting of the Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, along with Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, and Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior. Representatives from 18 U.S.

 

Government agencies participated in the meeting, underscoring the high-level attention and whole-of-government approach to this issue. The Task Force kicked off the development of the National Strategy on Combating Wildlife Trafficking.

 

The Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking was established by Executive Order 13648, signed by President Obama on July 1, 2013. The Executive Order calls for a national strategy that will marshal the efforts of the U.S. Government to meet this challenge at home and to assist foreign governments combating wildlife trafficking and related transnational organized crime

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For further information, please contact Jane Gamble, 202-647-6664.

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Whale or Dolphin? Biotech used to fight poaching

Whale or Dolphin? Biotech used to fight poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Taipei - Taiwan has started using advanced biotechnology to protect endangered whales and dolphins against poachers, supplementing existing DNA testing, officials said.

 

A newly developed government-financed litmus test will show within minutes whether meat samples seized from poachers are whale or dolphin meat, Council of Agriculture officials said.

 

Poachers previously tried to avoid prosecution by cutting the heads off dolphins or whales which they caught....

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