A former poacher, who was forced into the trade at an early age to support his family in Assam, had a change of heart and ended up becoming a conservationist protecting wild animals and their environment. ...
Scientists from the Universities of Stirling, Oxford, Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society warn that current hunting trends in Central African forests could result in complete ecological collapse.
Interpol has just released details of Project Wendi - a four moth operation between Jan and May - which led to the arrests of 66 ivory smugglers. The operation was targeted at the increasing poaching of elephants in West and Central Africa.
Washington, DC - Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert D. Hormats and Administrator Zhao Shucong of the Chinese State Forestry Administration led a historic breakout session on wildlife trafficking during the 2013 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, DC.
Experts from multiple agencies met to review our efforts to combat the global illegal trade in wildlife and identify areas for increased cooperative efforts. The United States is committed to working with China to address this global challenge. In recognition of the economic and security consequences of burgeoning illicit trade networks, the two nations committed to pursue more effective mechanisms for cooperation; strengthen enforcement at the national, regional and global level, including enhanced cooperation among law enforcement agencies; efforts to eliminate the supply and demand for illegal wildlife products; the development of innovative technologies to advance such efforts; and strengthening international cooperation in wildlife conservation and protection.
Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar illicit trade that undermines security, economic development, health, and the rule of law across the globe. The United States and China are major destinations for trafficked wildlife products. The United States has been leading an international effort to halt wildlife trafficking. On July 1, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a Presidential Task Force and calling for a National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking.
Pythons and crocodiles are some of the illegal pets authorities have seized from Singapore homes in the past 10 years. In 2012, 19 people were caught having illegal wild animals, the highest since 2006.
May I return to the grim topic of the poaching of the elephant and rhino, which I wrote about on May 12.
Four reasons account for this:
ONE: a mother and son, both employees of the world-famous Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE), were arrested for ... smuggling... ivory....
TWO: Dr Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep), weighed in on the matter with an important question: who is benefitting from the poaching of the twin endangered species?
THREE: British Prince William, who proposed to his wife at a game sanctuary in Kenya, is alarmed by the poaching menace.
FOUR: Mr Daniel Njaga of Menengai Holidays, wrote ... arguing that poaching is not about conservation but about national security...
Poachers from Madhya Pradesh allegedly conned two forest employees - from the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state by selling them an ordinary stone in the garb of "nagmani" - also called cobra pearl - for Rs 2.5 lakh.
Kimberley - One of Kimberley’s most beloved animals, Abraham the Camel, was speared to death early on Tuesday morning by poachers who apparently wanted the animal’s meat. Abraham was one of the main attractions at the popular 8Myl Animal Farm petting zoo just outside the city....
Two Kenya Wildlife Service officers were killed in gunfights with suspected poachers at Kipini Conservancy in Tana River county on Thursday. A poacher was killed while the rest escaped unhurt.
A gun, three rifle magazines and 208 bullets were recovered. The dead are the unit commanding officer and an anti-poaching unit ranger. Rrangers on patrol encountered a gang of poachers believed to be planning to kill elephants in the forest....
Poachers are enlisting local residents to assist in killing elephants using poisoned arrows in Tsavo Conservation Area, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Tuesday (July 16th).
"So far we have lost four elephants and our veterinary officers treat between four and five daily," said Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) assistant director at Tsavo Conservation Area Robert O'Brien. "It has become very difficult for us to trace the killers, as the poachers who used to pose as herders are now hiring villagers to kill the animals with poison arrows."..
Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to take up the public fight of saving African elephants, who are being slaughtered in large numbers in order to supply the growing demand for ivory in China and other Asian countries.
Clinton, who met privately with representatives from a dozen environmental groups and National Geographic at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo on Monday, pledged to use her political connections as America’s former secretary of state to enlist other world leaders in the effort to curtail the illegal ivory trade....
Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Robert D. Hormats will outline a path towards ending wildlife trafficking while speaking at the Central Park Zoo on Monday, July 15, at “Wildlife Under Siege,” an event sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). U/S Hormats will outline the threats to national and international security and rule of law posed by wildlife trafficking, highlight recent diplomatic efforts to mobilize international action, and explain his vision for global cooperation.
WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper will also speak about the importance of conservation and combating wildlife trafficking.
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