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Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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2 Poachers Arrested As First Lady Launches Anti-Poaching Campaign

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers have arrested two suspected poachers in possession of 30Kg of ivory tusks worth 3 million shillings. The two we...
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Plight of animals turns Assamese poacher into conservationist

Plight of animals turns Assamese poacher into conservationist | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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. ...
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Pangolins top in illicit regional wildlife trade

Pangolins are the most common mammals seized during raids on illicit wildlife trafficking, with demand for the animal fu ... : ANN
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Surprising Culprit in Ivory Smuggling: Ex-U.S. Official

Surprising Culprit in Ivory Smuggling: Ex-U.S. Official | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

David McNevin, who served as a defense attaché at the American Embassy in Nairobi, was stopped at an airport last month with a little less than two pounds of ivory....

 

“We know that the U.S. has thriving ivory markets, and 30 percent of the ivory is illegal,” Ms. Kahumbu (WildlifeDirect) said. “We are calling for a U.S. ban on domestic trade.”...

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Phooey on you McNevin!

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Hunting pushing central African forests toward ecological collapse

Hunting pushing central African forests toward ecological collapse | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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.
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Local Nine Year Old Walks To Save Elephants

www.keyetv.com A young animal lover here in Austin has given up her weekend - to walk for elephants.Nine year old Crosby Kelly is walking to raise $10,000.Th...
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Kenya: Jubilee Signals Commitment to Saving Wildlife

Nairobi — The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has for a long time faced its fair share of challenges, the greatest being poachers and encroachment of animal habitats.

 

Within the first 100 days of the Jubilee government, the body has received high level support, particularly with the approval of the Wildlife Bill by the Cabinet.

 

KWS Deputy Spokesman Paul Muya said the Bill will place stern penalties on poachers and enforce security measures to protect the animals...

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Interpol led operation leads to arrests of 66 ivory smugglers

Interpol led operation leads to arrests of  66 ivory smugglers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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.
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United States and China Commit To Work Together To Combat Wildlife Trafficking

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.

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Although this is great news we cannot slack off

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Jailed for killing hundreds of tigers, Sansar Chand to walk free

Jailed for killing hundreds of tigers, Sansar Chand to walk free | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

India's deadliest poacher, Sansar Chand, the man said to be single-handedly responsible for the missing tigers of the Sariska wildlife sanctuary in Rajasthan, is all set to walk free.

 

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http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/jailed-for-killing-hundreds-of-tigers-sansar-chand-to-walk-free-392809

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Singapore: 19 caught for having illegal wildlife/exotic pets

Singapore: 19 caught for having illegal wildlife/exotic pets | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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.
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How the world is saving the shark

How the world is saving the shark | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Up to 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins. But Tara Sonenshine says international efforts help to dampen the appetite for shark fin soup.

 

 

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Kenya: Why poaching should get us worried

Kenya: Why poaching should get us worried | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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...

 


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Poachers trick forest staff, sell fake stone as 'nagmani'

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.
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Interior seeks help in battle against wildlife trafficking - The Hill's E2-Wire

The Interior Department is looking for experts to help the Obama administration bust up international crime rings.
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Camel speared to death on pet farm

Camel speared to death on pet farm | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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....

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So very sorry for your loss Ms. Sonnenberg.

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Mr Journalist's comment, July 25, 2013 10:17 PM
That's awful!, sorry to hear of your loss
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Featured video: saving animals from the illegal pet trade in Guatemala

Featured video: saving animals from the illegal pet trade in Guatemala | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Found in Central America's largest forest, the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the Guatemalan organization Arcas has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of animals since its inception in 1989.
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Exotic Animal Poaching is Up in Texas

Exotic Animal Poaching is Up in Texas | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Internet sales mean Texans can get all sorts of exotics.

 

Texas Parks and Wildlife's
Captain Greg Williford
says the slaughter of lions, rhinos and tigers isn't confined to Africa and Asia.


Texas poachers support that slaughter
by buying horns and pelts online.

"The internet has taken down
all geographical barriers so
as such the illegal wildlife
trade has grown tremendously;
it's a $19 billion worldwide."

"Within the Texas market, people
are dealing in rhino horns and
tiger pelts." 

Read more: http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-119078/exotic-animal-poaching-is-up-in-11501245/#ixzz2Zt9IvtBk

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Come on Texans! Killing and smuggling wildlife is not something you have to be best at!

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Kenya: Two KWS Officers Killed By Poachers

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....

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Zoos Join Fight to End Wildlife Poaching

Blank Park Zoo has joined 40 other zoos and wildlife programs in 36 countries to call for a more aggressive fight against poaching worldwide.

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Kenya: Poachers Resort to Poisoned Arrows in Tsavo

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."..

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Indian tigers 'killed off with pesticides'

Indian tigers 'killed off with pesticides' | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Poachers are using toxic pesticides to kill India's endangered tigers, conservationists have warned.

 

They have called for a ban on the chemical Carbofuran, which is used as a cheap pesticide by local potato farmers.

 

Tribal poachers are laying traps for tigers by leaving recently killed animal carcasses filled with the chemical on their territories.

 

The tigers are believed to die within an hour of eating the carcass and the poachers then sell their lucrative skins, teeth, nails and organs for thousands of pounds to Tibetan and Chinese traders.

 

Conservationists called on the Indian government to follow the United States, Canada, and Kenya, where it has been banned to protect wildlife...

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Death by poisoning is horribly cruel and painful... please help stop this!

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Shaun Creek's comment, September 28, 2013 7:24 AM
This is awful Amy!
cody lewis's comment, October 22, 2013 10:08 PM
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Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new cause: combating elephant poaching

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new cause: combating elephant poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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....

 

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/16/hillary-rodham-clintons-new-cause-combatting-elephant-poaching/

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Online wildlife sales curbed

Online wildlife sales curbed | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

More than 150 people face federal and state charges after authorities disrupted online wildlife trafficking operations involving tiger, leopard and jaguar pelts, elephant ivory and live birds.


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http://www.grandhaventribune.com/article/565281

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Under Secretary Hormats Outlines Path to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Under Secretary Hormats Outlines Path to Combat Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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.

A transcript of U/S Hormats’ remarks will be available at http://www.state.gov/e/rls/rmk/index.htm. For further information, please contact Keri Holland, HollandKJ@State.gov.

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Things are starting to move.

We look forward to the US plan to combat wildlife trafficking via Undersecretary of State Hormats.

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