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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Baby elephant rescued after anti-poaching flight in Kenya

Baby elephant rescued after anti-poaching flight in Kenya | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Eyes in the sky save baby orphaned elephant

April 2013. Alone in the wild and still dependent on its mother's milk, no orphaned baby elephant would have a chance of survival unless rescued. Luckily for Tundani, a lone male elephant calf, he was spotted by a David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Pilot on a routine aerial surveillance flight. Having been rescued, he is now being given a second chance at the DSWT's Nairobi Orphanage where he will be hand-raised before being gradually rehabilitated back into the wild.

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​Seized parrots point to thriving wildlife trade

He added that despite short notice, the trader managed to arrange for nearly 300 parrots, even though the birds are a protected species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. “It points to a well oiled, illegal animal trade.
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Kenyan, Tanzanian Wildlife Experts In Joint Aerial Census In Amboseli

Kenyan, Tanzanian Wildlife Experts In Joint Aerial Census In Amboseli | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The five-day exercise, which started on Monday (April 23, 2013) is a collaboration between the two countries and their agencies; Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Wildlife Division of Tanzania and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), together with affiliated Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) like African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Amboseli Trust for Elephants, School of Field studies Tanzania, Honey Guide foundation among others...

 

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UN Urges Crackdown On Poaching Boom

UN Urges Crackdown On Poaching Boom | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
VIENNA, April 23 (Reuters) - Growing Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn as gifts and hangover cures - not for traditional medicine - is fuelling a poaching boom, international officials said on Tuesday, demanding stiffer penalties for...
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Recording of Live Webinar on Wildlife Trafficking with AWF's CEO

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, AWF's CEO, Patrick Bergin, discussed the critical threat to Africa's wildlife posed by the ever-growing illegal wildlife trad...
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As Tigers Dwindle, Poachers Turn to Lions for ‘Medicinal’ Bones

As Tigers Dwindle, Poachers Turn to Lions for ‘Medicinal’ Bones | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Because wildlife managers are overwhelmed by the rhino horn poaching epidemic, investigations into missing lions will likely take second place
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Philipphine Coastguard catches another boat smuggling pangolins

Philipphine Coastguard catches another boat smuggling pangolins | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
 

Following a tip-off from the public officers from the Philipphine Coastguard made a search of a boat in Coron, Palawan and discovered 23 pangolin hidden in the roof space of the boat.
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Tanzania's elephants in peril

Tanzania's elephants in peril | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Pratik Patel gazed glumly as the herder's scrawny brown dogs moved between piles of bones to eat the rotting elephant flesh. He pointed to the nearby road and wondered aloud: How could poachers kill an elephant just five kilometres from Tanzania's main safari highway?

 

Conservationists have long warned of the existential danger that poachers pose to Africa's elephants. And it's in Tanzania, home of the Serengeti game reserve and one of the world's two largest elephant populations, that the scale of the killings and the involvement of government employees may be the most chilling.

 

The three elephant corpses seen by an Associated Press reporter eight weeks ago lay in a game park just a few miles from a busy junction outside Arusha, a city of 500,000 people....

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Urgent action needed to halt increased trafficking of critically endangered tortoises

Urgent action needed to halt increased trafficking of critically endangered tortoises | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Over a thousand critically endangered Madagascar tortoises have been seized during trafficking attempts in the first three months of 2013, prompting a coalition of NGOs to call for urgent action from Malagasy authorities.
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People do care...if they know

People do care...if they know | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

People do care ... if they know!

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Kenyan conservationists push for stricter anti-poaching laws

Kenyan conservationists push for stricter anti-poaching laws | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
To safeguard elephants and rhinoceroses from poachers and ivory smugglers, Kenyan wildlife laws need to be made much tougher on violators, conservationists say.
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Chinese poachers could face 20 years over pangolins

Chinese poachers could face 20 years over pangolins | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Twelve suspected Chinese poachers could face up to 20 years in prison for possession of hundreds of dead pangolins or scaly anteaters, Philippine wildlife authorities said Wednesday.
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African Environmental Police: Vietnamese poacher nabbed with 30 kg of ivory ornaments

African Environmental Police: Vietnamese poacher nabbed with 30 kg of ivory ornaments | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport have seized thirty three kilogrammes of ivory ornaments worth over six million shillings from a Vietnamese national who was transiting through Kenya to Bangkok, Thailand. Thirty nine year old Nguyen Viet Truong who was traveling aboard a Kenya Airways flight KQ542 from Cotonou, Benin was arrested after a check by KRA Customs Surveillance and Targeting team noticed suspicious cargo in his two suitcases...

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7 peacocks killed by poachers in Barmer in Jaipur

7 peacocks killed by poachers in Barmer in Jaipur | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Incidents of poaching are increasing in Barmer and it looks like the poachers are not scared of being caught.
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Collaboration Across Borders: Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking of Wildlife

Collaboration Across Borders: Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking of Wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
On the evening of April 23, 2013 Meridian hosted a program on “Collaboration Across Borders: Anti-poaching and Anti-trafficking of Wildlife Efforts from Local and International Perspectives,” which focused on these issues from different...
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Priceless or Worthless? The world's most threatened species

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IUCN: 100 of the World's most threatened species... from small insects to large antelope

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Lanseria Airport joins anti-poaching fight

Lanseria Airport joins anti-poaching fight | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Secure airports are crucial to winning the fight against rhino poaching and the illicit trade of wildlife throughout the world.
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Elephant Poachers Plague Mozambique

Elephant Poachers Plague Mozambique | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Hunting for ivory on the African continent has tripled, and elephants now are facing their gravest crisis in decades, according to the U.N. Environmental Protection Agency and other conservatio...
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UK Government fails to take wildlife crime seriously

UK Government fails to take wildlife crime seriously | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Simon Pope, Director of Campaigns and Communications for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, questions why the UK government is so far behind other global powers when it comes to tackling the illegal wildlife trade.
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Wildlife and Conservation Experts From Africa to Explore Anti-Poaching & Anti-Trafficking Efforts in the U.S.

As part of the United States' efforts to combat the illegal trade in wildlife and promote conservation, 13 parks and wildlife ministry officials, field agents and nongovernmental organization leaders from across Africa will visit the United States April 22-May 10. Wildlife trafficking continues to push some protected and endangered species to the brink of extinction. The U.S. Government is committed to tackling the problem of wildlife trafficking as a first tier foreign policy issue.

 

The Wildlife Conservation exchange - arranged under the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program - will launch at the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC, on the evening of April 23. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert D. Hormats will provide keynote remarks at the event, followed by a panel discussion with the distinguished participants. 

 

During their visit, the participants will explore the role of the U.S. government in creating and administering policy and implementing practices in wildlife conservation and management. Site visits include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Park Service, as well as many nongovernmental organizations, in Washington, DC; Miami, FL; Portland and Ashland, OR; and Bozeman, MT.

 

The United States and its partners are committed to taking meaningful steps to strengthen global efforts to combat illegal trade in wildlife and marine products by promoting public education, capacity building, global cooperation, and increased enforcement.

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Colombia Has a Wildlife Trafficking Problem

Colombia Has a Wildlife Trafficking Problem | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

It serves as yet another reminder that the trafficking game affects far more than just the charismatic we hear (and write) most about....

 

Colombian officials reportedly seized 64,507 animals from traffickers in 2012...

Read more: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/colombia-has-a-wildlife-trafficking-problem#ixzz2QxrIllwx ;

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VIDEO: Raiding the dark animal underbelly of wildlife trafficking

VIDEO: Raiding the dark animal underbelly of wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Bear paws, turtle soup and live monkey's brains, Jerrie Demasi spent five days in Cambodia experiencing the murky world of the illegal wildlife trade.
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Survey Says... About Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn

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Poaching for ivory kills more than 25,000 elephants annually and has reached levels only seen before the 1989 international trade ban. In 2012, 668 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone. These are precipitous increases from just a few years ago and, if not stemmed, could lead to the extinction of African rhinos and elephants in our lifetime.

 

A survey conducted in November of 2012 in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou by the Chinese research company, HorizonKey, found that:

 

-- More than half of the nearly 1,000 participants (over 50%) do not think elephant poaching is common;

-- 34%, or one in three respondents, believe ivory is obtained from natural elephant mortality;

-- Only 33% of all participants believe elephants are poached for their tusks; and

-- 94% of residents agree the "Chinese government should impose a ban on the ivory trade."

 

Although the international trade in ivory is banned, a one-off sale in 2008 perpetuated a legal market for ivory in China and Japan. Reports show widespread abuse of the system to launder illegal ivory in China, and seizure and intelligence reports indicate China is the world's largest market for ivory.

 

Meanwhile, a similar survey conducted by HorzionKey in the same three major Chinese cities on rhino horn perceptions found that:

 

-- 66% of all participants, that is two out of every three respondents, are not aware that rhino horn comes from poached rhinos;

-- Nearly 50% believed rhino horn can be legally purchased from official stores; and

-- 95% of residents agree the "Chinese government should take stricter action to prevent use of rhino horns."

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine officially removed rhino horn from the pharmacopeia in China in 1993. These surveys, however, discovered that consumers are now buying rhino horn due to belief in its aphrodisiac properties and fever reducing capabilities. Rhino horn is also being used as a perceived investment and as an ornament or carving....

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KWS arrests two women poachers

Two poachers have been arrested by police in Marmanet Forest in Laikipia by the Kenya Wildlife Service. The two women suspects were arrested when they tried to sell ivory worth Sh200,000 to KWS officers who were posing as customers.

 

The suspects were selling two tusks weighing 12 kg at a cost of Sh30,000 per kilogramme. Rumuruti game warden in-charge Eric Aduda said they found out about the ivory syndicate and laid an ambush.

 

He said the two were locked up at Rumuruti Police Station waiting to be arraigned in court. Aduda decried the rising cases of poaching in the forest and warned criminals that KWS officers would take stern action against them.

 

He said they had deployed officers in all areas where the vice is frequently perpetrated. Aduda said they have lost several elephants due to poaching.

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UN Report: $23 Billion In Enviro Crime In Asia |

UN Report: $23 Billion In Enviro Crime In Asia | | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Resource related crimes, such as the wildlife trade, illegal logging, and electrical waste produce over $23 billion in illicit proceeds, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) saidin its Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment for East Asia and the Pacific...

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