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Police have 'shot dead poacher'

Police have 'shot dead poacher' | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
With high unemployment, residents of the small fishing community of Hawston, Western Cape, say they have no choice but to poach abalone to feed their families.

 

On the weekend, violence erupted following the funeral of a 19-year-old poacher.

 

Many residents believe the man was allegedly killed by police officers patrolling the sea against poachers....

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Help sought in St. Albans poaching case | Waterville, ME

Help sought in St. Albans poaching case | Waterville, ME | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
ST. ALBANS -- Police and game wardens are seeking answers in a poaching case that left two deer dead Monday evening.
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Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Respect and Protect

Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Respect and Protect | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Illicit trade in threatened and endangered species is valued at $10 billion to $20 billion a year, and the increasingly intense demand for products derived from Africa’s and South Asia’s iconic land animals — elephants, rhinoceroses and tigers —...

 

Loss of biodiversity affects freshwater supplies and food production, and it robs local communities of economic resources. In developing countries, rural families often depend on local wild animals and plants for economic needs. Tourism revenue, for example, may be lost if developing nations cannot depend on their unique species to draw visitors.


High demand, combined with difficult enforcement issues, attracts transnational criminal networks also involved in money laundering and trafficking in arms and narcotics. High prices for wildlife products breed corruption, threatening the rule of law and thwarting economic development in supply countries.

 

Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/pamphlet/2012/10/20121024137888.html#ixzz2BOQUGMgT 

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Kristin Bauer Van Straten selling anti-poaching gear

Kristin Bauer Van Straten selling anti-poaching gear | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Actress KRISTIN BAUER VAN STRATEN is selling off sweaters and caps she wore during a recent trip to Africa to boost funds for an anti-animal poaching charity.

 

The True Blood actress traveled to Kenya with her husband, South African musician Abri van Straten, to film a documentary about the horrors of elephant and rhino ivory poaching, which is at an all-time high since it was banned in 1989.


She battled illness brought on by taking precautionary malaria tablets to film the project, which was part of her Out of Africa campaign, and now she is selling off specially designed outfits she wore during her stint in the continent.


The long-sleeved black sweaters and caps have the Out of Africa emblem printed on and are up for sale for $100 each via online auctioning site eBay.com. The items will be signed and the money raised will go to the charity.

 

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In the News in China! African conservationists seek tougher penalties for wildlife crimes

African conservationists have called for stiffer penalties to address wildlife- related crimes which have contributed to the dwindling number of elephants in the continent as a result of rampant poaching.

 

The conservationists decried the entry of organized crime syndicates into the illegal wildlife trade, most notably of rhino horn and elephant ivory, which they said, has created a crisis situation in many African countries.

 

These syndicates, they said, have employed cutting-edge technologies and sophisticated methods to poach, then illegally traffic, wildlife parts off the continent, making wildlife protection difficult, dangerous, and expensive.

 

"Our wildlife authority counterparts across the continent have all increased their efforts to protect their wildlife. In some cases, however, the ability to arrest and successfully prosecute these criminals is not quite there," Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director William Kibet Kiprono said in a joint statement issued on Saturday....

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Even Engineers are talking about wildlife trafficking!

Even Engineers are talking about wildlife trafficking! | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Poaching and the illicit trafficking of wildlife products were raised at the United Nations’ (UN’s) General Assembly for the first time in September during discussions on how to strengthen national and international governance....

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Social Media screams about rhino poaching - while silent about lion deaths

Social Media screams about rhino poaching - while silent about lion deaths | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The number of African lions has plummeted, yet in South Africa the debate over poaching has been suppressed

 

This year, the poaching of over 430 rhinos in South Africa has rightly dominated the news. The massacre of these animals has forced the government to respond with more rangers in Kruger national park and stronger surveillance in the airports. Sadly, the energy and hand-wringing to protect one species is not extending to another. South Africa's lions are down to the last few prides, with just 2,000 living in the wild. But the failure to curb the nascent but burgeoning trade in lion bones could see this drop even further.

 

In illicit auctions in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City, lion bone wine has stepped in to replace its tiger bone cousin as a supposed cure-all. A complete lion skeleton can sell for as much as $9,000. For the traders, lion bones are a big business. Over 1,400 lion and leopard trophies were exported from the country in 2009 and 2010 and while much of this trade comes from private lodges, poachers have been detained at Johannesburg airport for attempting to smuggle out lion bones, an indication that the threat is now spreading into the country's famous national parks.

 

According to CITES, between 2009 and 2010 exports of lion bones from South Africa have risen by 250%. Hundreds of thousands of people have called on the government to act to save these majestic creatures. The reaction so far: stubborn denials and political censorship to silence the growing drumbeat of lion campaigners.....

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Rwanda: Three Held for Wild Animal Poaching

Three people believed to be part of a group of poachers in Akagera National Park have been arrested in Mukarange, Kayonza District.

 

The suspects, who are currently being held at Mukarange Police Station, were arrested last Thursday in a police crackdown in Eastern Province.

 

The suspects were found with animal hides. Their arrest followed a tip-off from local residents allegedly conversant with the trio's illegal acts, police said.

 

Poaching is illegal under article 417 of the new penal code.

It stipulates that any person who poaches, sells, injures or kills a gorilla or any other protected endangered animal species shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of between five and ten years and a fine ranging from Rwf500,000 to Rwf 5 million.

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Hong Kong Ivory Bust Underscores Global Scale of Wildlife Crime

Hong Kong Ivory Bust Underscores Global Scale of Wildlife Crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A major ivory seizure in Hong Kong uncovered roughly four tons of ivory products—estimated to be valued at over $3.4 million and potentially equivalent to 500 elephants. Last week, officials seized nearly 1,000 pieces of ivory, coming from Kenya and Tanzania via a complicated smuggling route that touched several transit points internationally to avoid detection. Seven people were arrested.

 

Coupled with the recent United Nations acknowledgement that illegal wildlife trafficking is now considered a form of transnational organized crime, this capture draws attention to the grave and unlawful worldwide poaching crisis....

 

http://worldwildlife.org/stories/hong-kong-ivory-bust-underscores-global-scale-of-wildlife-crime 

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Fear of Ecological Collapse in Southern Africa

Fear of Ecological Collapse in Southern Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The African savannah is home to countless iconic species. Cheetah, lion, leopard, and African wild dog roam South Africa, but increasing threats from illegal hunting and the bushmeat trade haunt these powerful predators. Unselective methods—like snare traps—capture unintended victims while diminishing prey.


A new report co-authored by WCS, Panthera, and the Zoological Society of London underlines the severity of these risks: without intervention, entire regions could suffer ecological collapse....

 

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Tanzania ivory: Elephant facts versus official fictions - EIA International

Tanzania ivory: Elephant facts versus official fictions - EIA International | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Tanzania’s hardly been out of the headlines since quietly slipping in an application earlier this month to reduce international protection for its elephant populations and auction off 101 tonnes of stockpiled ivory.

EIA was quick off the mark to condemn the country’s proposals to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Archive shot of Tanzania’s ivory stockpile (c) EIA

Branding the move as ‘ludicrous’ in the context of a rising tide of elephant slaughter and at a time when CITES’s own ivory trading system is increasingly being called into question as a major driver of poaching and the illegal international trade in ivory, we sought to focus attention on the application in advance of its discussion at the next major CITES meeting in Bangkok, in March 2013.

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How LAGO Helped Bust the Largest Known Smuggling Ring in Africa

How LAGO Helped Bust the Largest Known Smuggling Ring in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Ofir Drori, our 2012 Environmental Award winner, founded the Last Great Ape Organization, or LAGA, in 2002 as a way to fight illegal trafficking of ivory, gorillas, and other wildlife across Africa. Today, the Cameroon-based independent law enforcement organization helps convict one major dealer each week, on average. Here's how they caught one of the most damaging rings:
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How Namibia turned poachers into gamekeepers and saved rare wildlife - CNN.com

How Namibia turned poachers into gamekeepers and saved rare wildlife - CNN.com | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

In Namibia, the question of who owns the wildlife has often been fraught with difficulties....

 

When John Kasaona was a young boy, his father did what many men did at the time; he poached.

 

"He used to catch everything from springbok to lion," recalls Kasaona. "There was constant food in our family."


The practice was, of course, illegal, and the landowners often came down hard on poachers.


"It was a very awkward situation," says Kasaona. "The colonial government's department of conservation started opening up pots in the local communities to see what was in those pots."


Though the authorities arrested perpetrators, poaching remained rampant in the 1970s and 1980s as bad droughts and a war for independence ravaged local livestock. As a result, many species in Namibia were facing extinction....

 

In 1983, Kasaona's father was asked by the village headman to stop poaching. From now on he would no longer hunt wildlife; he would protect it. He was one of the first poachers turned "game guards", in the country.


The novel idea -- to protect wildlife by enlisting those most skilled at tracking it -- was the brainchild of the Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), an NGO of which Kasaona is now the director. One of the founders of IRDNC, a conservationist named Gareth Owen-Smith, formed the idea for the game guard system in tandem with the local Herero herdsmen.

 

"He discovered that these elders didn't want to see the end of wildlife any more than he did," remarks IRDNC's co-founder, Margaret Jacobsohn. "It might not make sense from an outside perspective, but from a local perspective, these are the men who know and enjoy being in the bush. But now they're earning an income from being there."...

 

 

 

 

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India: 'Migratory Birds On Way to Africa Killed in Nagaland'

Amur falcons, a protected species, are killed for meat while flying over Nagaland as part of their migration every year from Siberia to Africa, a report has claimed.

 

"We estimate that during the peak migration 12,000 to 14,000 birds are being hunted for consumption and commercial sale every day," said a report by Conservation India.

 

"We further estimate that a mind-boggling 120,000 to 140,000 birds are being slaughtered in Nagaland every year during their passage through the state," it said.

 

Investigators from the Bangalore-based wildlife conservation NGO visited Doyang reservoir in Wokha district of Nagaland last month to document the shocking massacre of tens of thousands of the raptor.

 

"This is probably the single largest congregation of Amur falcons recorded anywhere in the world and it is tragic that they meet such a fate," the report said.

 

The report said hunters lay permanent nets close to the water reservoir to trap the birds when they come to roost during late evenings or when they leave early in the morning.

 

Besides killing them for meat, it said the captured birds are kept alive in mosquito nets or cane baskets so that they can be sold alive in markets.

 

Demanding enforcement of the ban on killing of these winged guests, Bombay Natural History Society director Dr Asad Rahmani has written to Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan.

 

He has suggested that both the Centre and Nagaland government take immediate steps to protect this species and also create awareness among local communities.

 

The Amur falcons arrive in huge numbers in October in northeast India from Siberia en route to their final destination - Somalia, Kenya and South Africa.

 

This handsome little raptor has one of the longest migration routes of all birds, doing up to 22,000 km in a year. The birds are unusual in that they migrate a large distance over the sea and also continue their journey at night.

 

Amur Falcons are protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and Convention of Migratory Species, of which India is a signatory.

 

The district administration has banned the killing of the birds by issuing an order in 2010.

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Canada: Edmonton poachers fined $100,000

Canada: Edmonton poachers fined $100,000 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
An Edmonton man and woman have been fined $100,000 and banned from any hunting related activities for 25 years after pleading guilty to poaching charges.
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Posters used in Bury to stop poaching

Posters are being displayed around Bury, Greater Manchester, to stop poachers from illegally catching fish in the rivers of the region.
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Podcast - Wildlife Trafficking - BEHIND THE SCHEMES

Podcast - Wildlife Trafficking - BEHIND THE SCHEMES | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Episode 22: “Rescuing Pangolins in Zimbabwe” Guest: Lisa Hywood, Tikki Hywood Trust Host: Rhishja Cota-Larson

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SOPs changed to stop illegal wildlife trafficking | theSundaily

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 5, 2012):The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has changed its standard operating procedures (SOP) to avoid a repeat of the case of notorious illegal wildlife trafficker, Anson Wong.

 

Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said the ministry is well aware of accusations that officers from its Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) were involved in what was believed to be an 'inside job'....

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African law enforcers, lawyers call for stiffer penalties for poachers

Nairobi, Kenya - Top legal minds came together in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday for a judicial discussion surrounding the need to enforce harsher penalties for wildlife-related crimes....

 

The event was well attended by individuals from top law firms, as well as representatives from state law offices and the judiciary.

 

“Africa is experiencing an unparalleled surge in wildlife crime that seriously threatens the continued survival of key species and the associated benefits, such as tourism,” said Helen Gichohi, president of the AWF.

 

The entry of organized crime syndicates into the illegal wildlife trade, most notably of rhino horn and elephant ivory, has created a crisis situation in many African countries....

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Tri-nation effort to fight smuggling

NAKHON RATCHASIMA : Cambodian, Lao and Thai officials are taking a 14-day training course to beef up cooperation in the fight against wildlife smuggling across international borders.

 

The programme is organised by the Asean Wildlife Enforcement Network (Asean-WEN), the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) and the Freeland Foundation as part of a campaign to curb illegal wildlife trafficking in Southeast Asia. The lower Mekong region is one of the world's major transit points for smuggling endangered and exotic wildlife.

 

Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, deputy chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said the training was aimed at enhancing officials' ability to stop the illegal wildlife trade and unauthorised logging along shared borders.

 

"The department is committed to taking the lead in supporting our friends in Asean to strengthen their capacities and efforts in wildlife trade suppression," he said.

 

During the training sessions, authorities will share information about the illegal wildlife trade, border patrol techniques, law enforcement and forest survival skills.

 

Participants will also learn about new technology for wildlife crime suppression. This includes new smart phone applications that can be used to update and share information about wildlife smuggling.

 

Steven Galster, executive director of the Freeland Foundation, said border zones are often rich in wildlife and better cooperation between neighbouring countries is vital to protect vulnerable species. "Nobody knows how much the illegal wildlife trade along the border is worth. But we know that prices are increasing in line with strong growing demand from customers in China and Vietnam.

 

"You can see the price for a pangolin has gone up to more than 15,000 baht each and the price for tigers has gone up to 1 million baht," said Mr Galster. The Asean-WEN network is also fighting wildlife trafficking in the region.

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Illegal ivory trade 'helping fund guerrilla groups'

Washington has asked Thailand to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade, citing the illicit business as a major moneymaker for armed guerrilla groups.
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Indonesia remains epicenter for illegal wildlife trade in reptiles and amphibians

Indonesia remains epicenter for illegal wildlife trade in reptiles and amphibians | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Demand for exotic pets is driving the illegal harvest and trade of herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) in Indonesian New Guinea, according to a recent study published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.

 

Between September 2010 and April 2011, Daniel Natusch and Jessica Lyons of the University of New South Wales surveyed traders of amphibians and reptiles in the Indonesian provinces of Maluku, West Papua and Papua.


Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1024-kimbrough-reptile-trade-indonesia.html#pUJEg8D3Yal0We1y.99 ;

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Thai police stop pickup truck, find 16 tiger cubs

BANGKOK — Police in northeastern Thailand who chased a pickup truck trying to avoid a highway checkpoint found unexpected contraband in the back of the vehicle: 16 tiger cubs.

 

Police Col. Supakorn Khamsingnok said Saturday the driver told police he was paid 15,000 baht ($500) to deliver the cubs from a Bangkok suburb to northeastern Udon Thani province on the border with Laos.

 

Supakorn said police believe the tigers, packed in eight cages, were being sent outside Thailand. Thailand is a hub of the international black market for protected animals and wildlife parts, often used for traditional East Asian medicines.

 

The driver faces a possible four-year jail term and 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine on wildlife smuggling-related charges.

 

The cubs were taken after their seizure Friday to be cared for by wildlife officials.

 

In May last year, Thai police arrested a man suspected of being a key player in one of the country's largest tiger trafficking rings. They believe the network bought tigers to sell mainly to buyers in China, sending them via land routes through neighboring Laos and Vietnam.

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For the Elephants

For the Elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

ACT & SHARE! JOIN H.A.N.D.S. & NIKELA IN SIGNING 5 CURRENT ELEPHANT IVORY POACHING PETITIONS 

 

In response to the recent confiscation by Hong Kong officials of 4 TONS of elephant ivory, we are asking that you sign and share these petitions if you haven't already done so.

Many thanks.

 

PHOTO: WORLD WILDLIFE FUND -

►► 5 PETITIONS !!!
PET ►1 http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_more_bloody_ivory/ 
PET ►2 http://www.avaaz.org/en/protect_the_elephants/?vl 
PET ►3 http://www.ifaw.org/africa/get-involved/we-need-your-help-save-elephants 
PET ►4 https://www.change.org/petitions/papa-benedetto-xvi-mettere-al-bando-il-commercio-d-avorio-2utm_campaign=share_button_mobile&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=22179888    
PET ►5 https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-killing-african-elephants-for-illegal-ivory-trade 

 

PLEASE WATCH LATEST:OCTOBER 22, 2012 HONG KONG — The authorities in Hong Kong have intercepted one of the largest shipments of illegal ivory in history — 1,209 elephant tusks and ivory ornaments weighing more than 8,400 pounds !!! source http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/huge-seizure-of-illegal-ivory-in-hong-kong/ 

 

►►AND : Published on Oct 21, 2012 by BBCWORLDNEWS26
Hong Kong customs officials say they have confiscated nearly four tonnes of smuggled ivory - their largest seizure of products from endangered species.

The haul - worth about $3.4m (£2.1m) - was hidden in two separate containers from Kenya and Tanzania.The seizure followed a tip-off from mainland Chinese police, who have since arrested seven people !►► http://youtu.be/LN33DzI5-ys    


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SEE ►► PICTURES @ http://www.wildlife-pictures-online.com/elephant-poaching-aftermath.html 
SEE ►► VIDEO : http://youtu.be/PGznqCl3LVk  

 

Photos of Animal Liberation Worldwide

 

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Helping Familes of the Other Poaching Victims - Rangers

Helping Familes of the Other Poaching Victims - Rangers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The Fallen Rangers project was launched to provide a financial safety net for widows and children of Virunga rangers killed in the line of duty. A ranger’s greatest fear is not losing his life, but the impact their death will have on family members left behind. Until the creation of Fallen Rangers Fund, widows received precious little or no financial support and their families invariably became severely impoverished and destitute. Clearly, allowing such a thing to happen is no way to pay back a family for years of dedicated service to Virunga National Park.

Emmanuel de Merode, Director of Virunga National Park, began the work of identifying all the widows of fallen rangers in 2007. Since that time, he and others on the Virunga team have managed to piece together the identities of 75% of the ranger widows dating back to 1991, when regional hostilities began. The process will continue until all are identified and screened for eligibility. As long as a widow has not remarried and her children are under the age of 18, they will be covered by the fund....
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