Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
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Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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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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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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New Duties for Holder and Kerry: Combat Wildlife Trafficking in Africa

New Duties for Holder and Kerry: Combat Wildlife Trafficking in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

President Obama has directed Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of State John Kerry and Interior Secretary Sally Jewel to co-chair a Cabinet-level task force aimed at stopping wildlife trafficking in Africa.

 

"[I]t is in the national interest of the United States to combat wildlife trafficking," says the executive order, which Obama signed in Tanzania last week.

 

In addition to creating a Cabinet-level task force, Obama also directed the U.S. State Department to provide an additional $10 million in training and technical assistance to help Africa stop wildlife poaching. "This is in addition to the tens of millions of dollars provided annually by the U.S. government to combat wildlife trafficking," the Interior Department said.


- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/new-duties-holder-and-kerry-combat-wildlife-trafficking-africa#sthash.rQVlQlUJ.dpuf ;

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Tanzania: Mara River Basin Needs Protection

[Daily News] Mara - A CRUCIAL regional meeting focusing on Mara River and the Serengeti ecosystem conservation is scheduled to be held in Serengeti District of Mara Region....
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Kenya seizes poached elephant ivory

Kenya seizes poached elephant ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Poached elephant ivory "disguised" as sun-dried fish has been seized in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, officials say.
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2 NM men sentenced for poaching crimes

In the first case, authorities say 25-year-old Jose Chavez of Moriarty was convicted of poaching a trophy mule deer during the most recent bow season.
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Kenyan officials seize 1.5 tonnes of hidden ivory

Kenyan officials seize 1.5 tonnes of hidden ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Officials in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa seized almost one and a half tonnes of ivory hacked out of poached elephants, they said Wednesday, the latest in a series of seizures by Kenyan authorities.
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Obama to launch major wildlife trafficking initiative in Africa

President Obama will launch a new initiative in Tanzania on Monday aimed at combating illegal wildlife trafficking, according to White House officials. Using his executive authority, Obama will convene a Cabinet-level task force composed of the State, Interior and Justice departments that will be charged with devising a national strategy to curb the illegal trade of wildlife across the globe. The initiative also will include $10 million specifically earmarked for addressing poaching in Africa, particularly of rhinos and elephants....
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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...

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

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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.

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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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Kenya: Ivory destined for Malaysia seized

Kenya: Ivory destined for Malaysia seized | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesman Paul Mbugua said the 3,287 kilogrammes of ivory were hidden in a shipment of peanuts in the port city of Mombasa, a regional hub.

 

Some tusks weighed almost 60 kilogrammes, originating from so-called ``big elephants'', said customs official Fatuma Yussuf.

``We do not know where the ivory originated from, but preliminary investigations show they might have been packaged locally,'' Mr Mbugua added.

 

The shipment was discovered Monday, but full details were released on Tuesday, with officers continuing to investigate other containers.

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Philippine gov't declares all-out war against wildlife species' poachers

MANILA, July 5 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government declared Friday an all-out war against poachers of wildlife species, especially those endemic to the country, after authorities recently seized a large number of protected animals during a raid on a home in Tondo, Manila.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said he ordered the newly formed Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade (POGI) to file criminal charges against suspected owners of the confiscated animals and their possible cohorts.....

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Raided Tondo house yields dozens of dead endangered animals

Raided Tondo house yields dozens of dead endangered animals | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Dozens of animals belonging to endangered species, including Palawan mynas, parrots, turtles and crocodiles, were found dead when authorities raided a house in Tondo, Manila, where they had been kept for trading, officials said on Thursday.
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UK: Falconer convicted of birds of prey offences

A North Somerset falconer Andrew McManus-Dunkley has appeared before North Somerset Magistrates Court charged with offences relating to the illegal display and trade in birds of prey.

McManus-Dunkley is the owner of Banwell Falconry based at Smallway, Congresbury near Bristol....

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Obama wildlife trafficking plan may also boost security

Obama wildlife trafficking plan may also boost security | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House plan to curb illegal trafficking in rhino horn, elephant tusks and body parts from other endangered wildlife could have the side benefit of helping to stabilize parts of Africa plagued by insurgent groups, military and political analysts say.

 

President Barack Obama's announcement of the $10 million plan, made in Tanzania on Monday, was a watershed moment in the expanding field of environmental security, according to Kent Butts, who until May was the director of the national security issues group at the U.S. Army War College....

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Obama Tackles Illegal Wildlife Trade

Obama Tackles Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

On Monday, President Obama announced a new initiative to try and curb the rampant wildlife poaching that has been escalating in recent years, the Washington Post reported. Obama’s plan will specifically address poaching of elephants and rhinos, he announced at a meeting on Monday in Tanzania. The Post gives the details:

 

Using his executive authority, Obama established a Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking composed of the State, Interior and Justice departments to devise a national strategy over the next six months. He also created an independent, eight-member advisory panel that will offer recommendations to the task force.

 

In addition, the State Department will provide $10 million in training and technical assistance to combat poaching in Africa. Three million dollars will go to South Africa, $3 million to Kenya and $4 million elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Though the scope of the problem is much broader—spanning continents and impacting dozens of species—conservationists see this as an important step towards recognizing the gravity of illegal wildlife trade, and putting plans in motion to stop it. Global wildlife trade carries an estimated value of between $7 to $10 billion per year, and single rhino horn may fetch $30,000 per pound on the black market, the Post reports. Yet illegal wildlife trade is often treated as a secondary crime to drug or arms trafficking, with perpetrators escaping with a small fine or just a few weeks in jail. According to the Post, Obama has also reportedly begun talks with China about curbing market demand for these illegal products.

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Good news! 

Money dedicated to stop the wildlife trafficking in Africa.

Let's hope that the funds actually get used for the intended purpose.

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