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Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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How the public can help stop illegal wildlife trade

WILDLIFE officers alone cannot overcome the sheer volume and extent of the illegal wildlife trade.

 

By providing them with the right information, you will be making an invaluable contribution to clamping down on the damaging trade. Here is how you can play your part:

 

1. Understand legality

There are two laws you need to be aware of, when it comes to understanding what’s legal and what’s not...

 

2. Know the issues

One can start by asking key questions...

 

3. Think before you buy or consume

When the buying stops, the killing stops, pay attention...


4. Make your voice heard

There have been numerous occasions where public outrage has contributed to action. For example...

 

5. Report wildlife crime

Save this number on your phone... 

 

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2012/11/20/lifefocus/12277701&sec=lifefocus 


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Amassing a citizen army

Curbing the illegal wildlife trade calls for not just enforcement strength, but also an alert and informed public.
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KWS launches conservation strategy for Black Rhino in Kenya - China.org.cn

KWS launches conservation strategy for Black Rhino in Kenya - China.org.cn | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
KWS launches conservation strategy for Black Rhino in KenyaChina.org.cnKenya has intensified its anti-poaching efforts by increasing the rhino ranger force by more than 25 percent during 2011, converting rhino scouts on private lands into...
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Prince William announces Africa wildlife award - Sowetan LIVE

Prince William announces Africa wildlife award - Sowetan LIVE | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Will honour environmentalists working to conserve our wildlife, especially endangered species and their threatened habitats...

Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has agreed to support a new annual award scheme that aims to celebrate outstanding achievement in the field of African conservation....
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African ivory worth $1.4 million seized in Hong Kong - CNN.com

African ivory worth $1.4 million seized in Hong Kong - CNN.com | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Hong Kong (CNN) -- Hong Kong authorities said Friday that they had confiscated $1.4 million worth of ivory that arrived smuggled in a shipping container from Africa, the second large seizure of tusks at the busy port in the past month.

 

Customs officials discovered the 1,330 kilograms (about 2,900 pounds) of illegal ivory Thursday in a container from Tanzania that was marked as carrying sunflower seeds, authorities said....

 

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52 pangolins saved from wildlife trafficking syndicate

52 pangolins saved from wildlife trafficking syndicate | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
NONG KHAI, Nov 14 -- Police in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nong Khai on Wednesday rescued 52 endangered pangolins from a syndicate of wildlife smugglers and arrested two suspects.

 

Nong Khai Provincial Police Commander Pol Maj-Gen Somyot Promnim led investigators to intercept a truck bearing a Bangkok registration plate while it was on Mitrapap Road, heading to Nong Khai.

 

At the back of the truck, police found 52 of the scaly ant-eaters, contained in 12 plastic boxes, with total weight of 267 kilogrammes.

The police detained two suspects--Rungrueng Intalang, 42, and Channarong Songsukhon, 33....

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Eco-friendly anti-poaching unit inaugurated at Bandipur

MYSORE: The forest department on Thursday indicated that it is thinking to adopt eco-friendly measures to attend to the needs of the field staff.

 

What has come in handy for it is the successful adoption of eco-friendly and sustainable technologies for the construction of an anti-poaching camp at Bandipur, which is wants to emulate.

 

Inaugurating the Avarepura camp in Maleyur range, project director (Field Tiger) B J Hosamath said: This unit is a pilot project wherein the eco-friendly technologies have been adopted. This should take care of the water and energy requirements of the ground staff....

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Wildlife officials investigate deaths of 3 moose in northern Colorado as poaching

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado wildlife officials asking for the public's help in finding who shot a cow moose and her two calves in a subdivision between Granby and Grand Lake.
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New England: Poachers eventually lose to high-tech Warden Service and involved citizens

From the days when settlers first established homes and towns in New England, they took what they wanted of fish and wild game.

 

By the early 1800s wildlife populations were nearly depleted and states had restrictions on hunting seasons and bag limits for deer, moose and caribou.

 

The enforcement of the hunting regulations came from one or two individuals within a community. They received pay from the fines and sale of confiscated goods they took from the lawbreakers.

This did very little for the protection of wildlife and it wasn't until after the Civil War when any form of authority, that we recognize today as a warden service, came about.

 

Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine were providing train loads of hunted wildlife to a demanding market in other states....

 

The Warden Service not only works as a team, but with the proliferation of mobile phones, every citizen witness is a potential assistant to the service.

 

To your list of mobile phone contacts add the phone number of the Warden Service you may need from the following list:

 

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (Operation Game Thief) 800-752-5378 (outside Vermont, 802-241-3727)

 

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (Operation Game Thief) 800-344-4262 (outside New Hampshire, 603-271-3127)

 

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (Operation Game Thief) 800-253-7887 (outside Maine, 207-287-6057)

 

Other state information can be found on the Humane Society website, www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/hunting/state-report-a-poacher-for-web.pdf.

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Bold Claim! Botswana tourist firms aid poachers

Bold Claim!  Botswana tourist firms aid poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Botswana Defence Force spokesman Major Bernard Regalase maintains that anti-poaching operations that members of the BDF have been engaged in have observed their primary duty to arrest suspected poachers and to return fire only in self-defence.

 

Botswana and South Africa are two southern African countries in which law enforcement agencies are fighting both commercial poaching and poaching for the pot. However, unlike South Africa, Botswana is yet to prosecute a commercial poacher, while many Batswana who hunt for the pot are routinely in and out jail.

 

A South African court recently convicted a "leading figure" in international rhino poaching and sentenced him to 40 years imprisonment. Botswana's prosecution record is poor despite several law enforcement agencies being involved in anti-poaching operations. They include the intelligence unit of the Department of Wildlife, the Directorate of Intelligence and Security and BDF units. Yet Botswana has yet to nail and successfully crack organised commercial poaching syndicates.

 

Instead, men on the ground bear the fatal brunt of BDF firepower, leaving out the sponsors of commercial poaching who send them. A source who requested anonymity says commercial poaching in the Chobe National Park is mainly sponsored by big names in tourism and on Government Enclave. The source says at several tourist facilities, clients are served game meat obtained through poaching while some animals are captured live and kept on private farms.

 

Many tourist outfits actually provide counter intelligence to commercial poachers to facilitate their work on the ground, informing them of planned operations as insiders, sources say.

 

However, anti-poaching operations that do not involve tourism businesses are generally more successful.

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Russia levies rare punishment for poaching tigers

Russia levies rare punishment for poaching tigers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

MOSCOW -- A hunter in the Russian Far East was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months of community service and fined about $18,500 for killing a tiger, a rare case in this country of punishment for poaching the animal.

 

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Africa: Where politicians feel they own their country

Africa: Where politicians feel they own their country | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A defining feature of most African rulers is the idea that those elected into office own the country, the nation, and therefore the economy. Opposition is considered a stumbling block to these goals and is often ruthlessly suppressed. This obsession with absolute power is the control of the intelligence services, the police, the judiciary and state organs that should hold government accountable.

 

South Africa's sordid spy saga is a case in point and continues to haunt the Thabo Mbeki presidency. It reveals political interference in the affairs of justice from a very high level.

 

Threats, coercion, undue pressure were all exerted on those whose constitutional mandate it was to execute justice without fear or favour....

 

African presidents refuse to acknowledge that a government's duty is to leave a lasting legacy for generations that will succeed them.

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Bob Barker donates $250,000 to Texas area wildlife rescue

Wildlife and exotic animals at an area animal sanctuary that have been rescued from trafficking and inhumane treatments are getting some much needed help from television personality Bob Barker...

 

The animal sanctuary has been saving thousands of mammals, birds and reptiles since 1977. It's a 187 acre facility located near Kendalia in Kendall County. Because the sanctuary commits to taking care of the animals for life, their founder Lynn Cuny said they have a lot of expenses.

 

That’s why Lynn decided to reach out to well known animal lover Bob Barker for help.

 

She said, “This sanctuary here is very unique in that these animals have, like these monkeys and these lemurs have space in which to live that is very natural”.

 

Lynn has rescued many exotic creatures from the underground pet trade world....

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Wildlife Service arrest 46 poachers and recover ivory and ammunition

Poachers target especially rhinos and elephants
for their tusks and skins, which fetch a lot of money
in the black market particularly in Asia
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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s wildlife authorities said they have seized 48 kilograms of ivory and 764 rounds of ammunition in the past week of anti-poaching operations as the East African nations is to curb the vice.

 

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Monday that 46 suspected poachers have also been nabbed across the country.

 

"In Isiolo County (eastern Kenya) a suspect was arrested near Loseketeti River and 764 rounds of ammunition recovered a motorbike he was using to ferry the cache was impounded," KWS said.

 

The East African nation is among countries in Africa where poaching is rampant despite the vice having been outlawed in the country in 1977.

 

Poachers target especially rhinos and elephants for their tusks and skins, which fetch a lot of money in the black market particularly in Asia....

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Key Smuggler in Major Wildlife Trafficking Operation Busted - Wildlife Alliance

ecently the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) acted on a long running investigation involving the illegal transportation of wildlife from outlying provinces to Phnom Penh....
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Ivory Worship - Photo Gallery - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Ivory Worship - Photo Gallery - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?
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Nikela Gearing Up to Respond to US Secretary Clinton’s Call to End Wildlife Trafficking

Nikela Gearing Up to Respond to US Secretary Clinton’s Call to End Wildlife Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

It’s going to take the collaborative efforts of conservationists, activists, scientists and ordinary people to end the illegal wildlife trade – Sec....

 

At the recent State Department meeting, on November 8th 2012, US Secretary Hillary Clinton called us (conservationists, activists, advocates, scientists and all interested in saving our planet’s wildlife ) to band together to end wildlife trafficking. Besides the devastation this illegal industry is having on our natural environment, with the growth in crime syndicates involved, it is now a threat to our security as people and as nations. After listening to Secretary Clinton and with the US making wildlife trafficking a priority, we knew what we had to do....

 

In 2013 Nikela will Protect Now by supporting legitimate on the ground anti-poaching efforts with your donations, as well as, Educating for the Future via 1) targeted online awareness campaigns and 2) offline activities to reduce the purchasing of products made from wildlife body parts....

 

http://www.nikela.org/blog/nikela-gearing-up-to-respond-to-us-secretary-clintons-call-to-end-wildlife-trafficking ;

 

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US to help Asian nations curb wildlife trafficking

KLUANG: The United States will play a pivotal role in ensuring Asian countries stopped wildlife trafficking, Datuk Paul W. Jones said.

 

The US ambassador said wildlife trafficking was a serious issue as it involved the national security of the countries concerned.

 

US President Barack Obama, along with State Secretary Hillary Clinton, would raise the issue at the East Asia Summit in Cambodia next week, he said.

 

“Wildlife trafficking must be stopped through global efforts and it will be highlighted at the summit,” he said at the Wildlife and Forestry Law Enforcement Workshop here yesterday....

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Africa’s population of mountain gorillas rises to 880, giving hope to conservationists

KAMPALA, Uganda — The population of Uganda’s mountain gorillas has grown to 400, up from 302 in 2006, according to a census conducted last year, bringing the total number of mountain gorillas in Africa to 880 and giving hope to conservationists...
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TV 'Swamp Brother' accused of Jim Thorpe snake poaching

TV 'Swamp Brother' accused of Jim Thorpe snake poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission calls it the ambush method of attack....

 

Robert Keszey, one of Discovery Channel's "Swamp Brothers" and his business partner, Robroy MacInnes, were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia on charges they engaged in a conspiracy to illegally trap, transport and sell snakes from Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey....

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Bushmeat Trade Continues Despite Ban

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS): The poaching of wild animals, birds and reptiles for meat continues unabated in the country, say wildlife experts, and one way to stop the illegal hunting is community awareness, especially among tribal communities.

 

"The bushmeat trade is widespread in India although no comprehensive study has been carried out. No state is free from it," Jose Louies, Wildlife Trust of India's regional head, told IANS in an interview.

 

A part of the illegal trade in bushmeat, also known as wild meat, was exposed last week when news channels flashed shocking images of thousands of migratory birds being slaughtered in Nagaland.

 

The small raptors called amur falcons, flying from Siberia to east Africa, were caught while they were passing over Nagaland's Wokha district.

 

There are many kinds of bushmeat hunters in India, said Louies.

One are tribesmen, who live inside or on the fringes of forested areas and do subsistence hunting with primitive weapons, he said.

Others hunt wild animals to sell their meat as a delicacy in cities or for sport, although hunting has been banned in the country under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972....

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Bangkok: 600 Smuggled Snakes Rescued

Bangkok: 600 Smuggled Snakes Rescued | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

(ANIMAL TRAFFICKING) BANGKOK — Yesterday, Thai customs officials seized a pickup truck filled with 600 poisonous cobras. The Malaysian snakes, worth an estimated 16,500 dollars, were destined for a third-world country where they would be used for traditional medicine or food. We are happy to report that the surviving snakes will be released back into the wild. ....

 

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Is Illegal Poaching In Africa And Asia A Threat To US Security?

Is Illegal Poaching In Africa And Asia A Threat To US Security? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The U.S. intelligence community has been issued a new charge from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

 

Organizations such as the CIA and NSA are being asked to asses the impact that illegal poaching across Africa and Asia is having on U.S. security interests abroad. This shift in policy indicates that the administration may be preparing to get tough on the underground black market that has been built on the bones of thousands of slaughtered animals over the past few years....

 

http://www.gadling.com/2012/11/13/is-illegal-poaching-in-africa-and-asia-a-threat-to-u-s-security/ ;

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Betw 25k & 50k elephants killed in 2011 as China fuels 'White Gold' trade

Betw 25k & 50k elephants killed in 2011 as China fuels 'White Gold' trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are being smuggled into China from Africa in growing numbers by transnational gangs in spite of law enforcement efforts, pointing to a need for greater public awareness to reduce demand for the prized items sought for their ornamental value or for traditional medicine, activists and officials say.

 

In October, a major ivory seizure in Hong Kong uncovered roughly four tons of ivory products valued at more than U.S. $3.4 million, and believed by animal welfare groups to have been taken from as many as 500 elephants.

 

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), with offices in China, estimates that 25,000-50,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in 2011, says IFAW Asia Regional Director Grace Ge Gabriel.

“Rhino poaching is also on the rise,” Gabriel said.

 

“South Africa has seen over 300 rhinos killed in 2010, 400 rhinos killed last year, and this year already 400 rhinos slaughtered by poachers.”...

 

African governments are working hard to reduce the traffic, but in many cases find themselves “outgunned” by the well-organized criminal gangs supplying the trade, said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert Hormats.

 

“It’s clearly a bigger problem than many of us even a year or two ago had thought it was, in terms of volume, in terms of the number of animals killed, in terms of just the sheer amount of money that is made with illegal wildlife trafficking.”

 

“After the arms trade and the drug trade, this is the third most lucrative trade of illegal items around the world,” Hormats said.

To help reduce the trade, Hormats said, the United States assists in awareness and enforcement efforts with groups such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Wildlife Enforcement Network and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored Asia’s Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST)....

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Conservationists turn camera traps on tiger poachers

Conservationists turn camera traps on tiger poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Remote camera traps, which take photos or video when a sensor is triggered, have been increasingly used to document rare and shy wildlife, but now conservationists are taking the technology one step further: detecting poachers.

 

Already, camera traps set up for wildlife have captured images of park trespassers and poachers worldwide, but for the first time conservationists are setting camera traps with the specific goal of tracking illegal activity.

 

Dubbed the "Forest Eyes" project, scientists with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have installed and camouflaged 30 camera traps in two Russian far east protected areas: Lazovsky Nature Reserve and Zov Tigra National Park. The group hopes the camera traps will help to shed new light on trespassers in the parks, home to at most twenty Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica).


Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1112-hance-camera-traps-poachers.html#vfckqPm0y7Ji0yjd.99 ;

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