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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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Organized Financial Crime Is Now the New Normal

The majority of the adults in our country are invested either directly or indirectly in the stock market via trading accounts, pension funds, 401Ks, etc. and have a vested interest in making sure that it rises higher and higher.


How many people would be willing to get rid of all of the drug money in the stock market, if they knew their 401K would decrease by 10%? How many people would get rid of all of the various types of fraud in our system, if they knew their pension fund would lose half or more of its value or the interest rate on their Aadjustable rate mortgage (ARM) skyrocketed? How many politicians are going to refuse bailouts of the banksters or call for their prosecution if the banksters can take down the stock market?

 

Read more: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/google/RzFQ/~3/ESbGO1tg4d8/organized-financial-crime-is-now-new.html#ixzz210aql77V 
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Officials turn a blind eye to the smuggling of wild lions

Officials turn a blind eye to the smuggling of wild lions | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Officials turn a blind eye to the smuggling of wild lions...

South African farmers are using cattle-rustling routes in the Northern Cape to smuggle wild lions and other predators out of Botswana to supply a growing demand for lion-bone potions in the Far East....
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Ivory Poachers and Their Enablers

Can any animal prized by humans and living in the wild be protected from the economic suction of the human appetite?

 

The two components of any successful effort to control the killing of elephants for their tusks are vigilance at the source and vigilance at the end-market....

 

Two events in the past month illuminate the scope of the market in illegal ivory. On June 27, more than 1,200 elephant tusks were incinerated in Gabon, in a fire lit by the Gabonese president, Ali Bongo, as evidence of his country’s crackdown on poaching. And last Thursday in New York City, two merchants, operating out of shops on West 45th and West 46th Streets, pleaded guilty to possessing illegal ivory artifacts worth more than $2 million....

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Ivory poachers find a market in Manhattan

Ivory poachers find a market in Manhattan | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
NEW YORK: To shoppers browsing in midtown Manhattan, the objects might have resembled curios brought home by globe-trotters of a bygone age: bone-white carvings fashioned into jewellery, animal figurines and other gifts.

But in reality, they were made of ivory from the tusks of Asian and African elephants killed by poachers, according to US authorities.
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eReport: Traditional Chinese Medicine Student Speaks Out: Government Suppressing Research

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Loopholes in procedure for animal procurement

KARACHI, July 8: A procedure followed by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to procure animals for Safari Park contains some serious flaws, including lack of a mechanism to verify the credentials of a company before awarding a contract for...
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Ivory Among Endangered Species Products Seized from Passenger at LAX

Ivory Among Endangered Species Products Seized from Passenger at LAX | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The U.S. Customs and Border Control confiscated seven ivory tusks, a hippopotamus tusk and purses made out of ostrich, stingray, crocodile and elephant skins from a passenger who arrived last week at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Gabon President Led Burning of Ivory,Commits to Zero Tolerance for Wildlife Crime

Gabon President Led Burning of Ivory,Commits to Zero Tolerance for Wildlife Crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

More than 1,200 ivory tusks plus assorted ivory carvings were burned publicly today as Gabon sent out a strong signal demonstrating its commitment to tackle elephant poaching and illegal wildlife trade.


A number of dignitaries were present to witness the historic event, including the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, who lit the pyre.


President Bongo spoke of the importance of inviting the international community to witness the symbolic act of destroying the country’s ivory, noting it was a matter of national security.


He spoke to the assembled dignitaries about the special unit Gabon had created within the National Parks Agency to tackle ivory poaching, and how Gabon, as the country with the most elephants in Central Africa, was issuing a strong message to the poachers and traffickers that their actions were unacceptable.

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Assam Floods: Park Rangers Work Non-stop to Safeguard Wildlife

Assam Floods: Park Rangers Work Non-stop to Safeguard Wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Assam Floods: Park Rangers Work Non-stop to Safeguard Wildlife

Guwahati, Jun 29 (IANS): Forest officials in most rhino habitats in Assam have been working through the night to save wildlife severely affected after flood waters submerged vast areas of sanctuaries.

The flood season is crucial for the animals in protected areas as poachers take advantage of the situation to hunt, particularly the one-horned rhino for its high value in various Southeast Asian markets.
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CSI: The Wild - reporting on illegal wildlife trafficking

CSI: The Wild - reporting on illegal wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
THE illegal trafficking of wildlife is driving some species to near extinction. Now a team based at Edinburgh Zoo is using forensics straight out of a top US crime drama to help halt the sickening trade.
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Online diary tracks last few big cats

Tiger stripes are like bar codes. Thanks to these, no two tigers look alike. Tigernation.org, an innovative website launched this week, uses software that can match stripe patterns of tigers to create a genealogical map of wild tigers living in Indian forests. Each animal is logged and pictorially tracked, allowing a unique, non-invasive monitoring mechanism....

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Wildlife protection: India seeks $30-mn World Bank loan

Wildlife protection: India seeks $30-mn World Bank loan - With instances of poaching and illegal trade of animal parts increasing in the subcontinent, India has asked for a financial assistance of around $30 million from the World Bank for protection of wildlife and habitat management through regional cooperation with other South Asian neighbours....

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Anti-smuggling efforts are good news for UAE ports

Anti-smuggling efforts are good news for UAE ports | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
An international crackdown on ivory smuggling will help stem the flow of elephant tusks through UAE ports, experts say.
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US tough on saving elephants from slaughter? Hardly, says WWF

US tough on saving elephants from slaughter? Hardly, says WWF | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
When two New York City jewelers recently paid $55,000 in fines and forfeited $2 million worth of ivory trinkets made from the tusks of slaughtered elephants, officials praised it as tough action. But that’s not how the World Wildlife Fund saw it.
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News from the IVth International Wildlife Management Congress

News from the IVth International Wildlife Management Congress | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The Wildlife Society (TWS), has teamed up with the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA), South African National Parks (SANParks), and EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife to present the IVth International Wildlife Management Congress (IWMC) this week in Durban, South Africa. This marks the first time that the conference has been held in Africa, with previous conferences in Costa Rica (1993), Hungary (1999), and New Zealand (2003).

 

This year’s conference centers on the theme of cooperative wildlife management across borders and has attracted more than 400 registrants from 42 countries....

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Authorities Find Evidence of Intense Bird Trafficking in Solomon Islands

Authorities Find Evidence of Intense Bird Trafficking in Solomon Islands | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Authorities Find Evidence of Intense Bird Trafficking in Solomon Islands...

 

More precisely, from the year 2000 and up until 2010, a staggering 54,000 birds had been declared to be captive-bred, something which allowed those who intended to sell the animals to by-pass several international trade regulations.

 

WWF reports that Chris R. Shepherd, one of the people who worked towards making this shocking discovery, argues that “Declaring exported birds as being captive-bred has all the hallmarks of a scam to get around international trade regulations.”

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VIDEO: Jesse Eisenberg Wants To Save Exotic Birds

From Mother Nature Network's Michael d'Estries: As the father of a three-year-old, it's safe to say that I've seen the animated film "Rio" more times than I care to count.

 

“If an animal’s natural home is in the wild, then chances are, that’s where it belongs,” Eisenberg states in a new PSA. “Unfortunately, the demand for these intelligent, complex creatures – whether captive-bred or wild caught – is decimating the wild parrot species.”

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CSI: British Columbia Wildlife

CSI: British Columbia Wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The case broke when a DNA sample taken from the body by law enforcement officers was matched in the lab to a sample from the scene of the crime.

 

Poachers, beware: B.C.’s Conservation Service Officers have access to the same techniques, the same labs and the same scientists that police officers use to catch crooks...

 

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/British+Columbia+Wildlife/6896384/story.html#ixzz208TzWTSl ;

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The Vietnamese Buyers of South Africa’s Tigers

The Vietnamese Buyers of South Africa’s Tigers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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It has been brought to my attention that the connection to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve may be totally unfounded. More information expected next week.

 

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With mounting concern over South Africa’s trade in tigers, there is an urgent need for transparency in such activities — especially when the felines are sent to Asian countries where they are in high demand for use in superstition-steeped traditional Chinese medicines.

 

....Gauteng’s “Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve” exported an unspecified number of tigers to “Bac Son Tourism and Construction Investment Group” on at least two occasions on 2010....

 

Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve also markets lion and tiger cub “petting” opportunities, through which visitors can pay to play and be photographed with the babies.

 

Though a common (and lucrative) business practice across southern Africa, “cub petting” ventures have come under immense scrutiny, as the animals often end up in the canned hunting industry when they grow too large (and thus, too dangerous) to be handled by humans.

 

Unfortunately, it has also become increasingly evident that the “predator breeding” industry is also trading in lion bones, which serve as a substitute for tiger bones in traditional Chinese “medicines”.

 

Source: Annamiticus (http://s.tt/1gZRz)

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China and ASEAN states join hands to curb illegal wildlife trade

China and ASEAN states join hands to curb illegal wildlife trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Officials from ASEAN member countries and China recently met to enhance collaboration between China’s National Inter-agency CITES Enforcement Coordination Group (NICE-CG) and ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) to combat illegal wildlife trafficking.

 

The meeting focused on the fact that illegal trade in wildlife threatens the planet’s natural heritage, in addition to the political, economic, and social interests of China and ASEAN....

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Fighting wildlife trafficking in Central Asia through training front-line enforcement agents

Fighting wildlife trafficking in Central Asia through training front-line enforcement agents | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

About 30 customs officials, border police and wildlife law enforcement agents from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan and Mongolia came together in Almaty, Kazakhstan, for a five-day International Fund for Animal Welfare training workshop on the Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking.

 

The workshop, jointly sponsored by the Kazakhstan Forest and Game Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture, UNDP and IFAW, successfully increased participants’ knowledge, skills, capabilities and motivation for wildlife crime enforcement....

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Poachers apprehended and convicted in county for illegally hunting moose

Poachers apprehended and convicted in county for illegally hunting moose | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Freshly-hunted meat can be quite the draw, but at what price?
Two local residents have been found guilty of poaching after an incident of illegal...
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Gabon Set to Burn Thousands of Ivory Tusks and Carvings

Libreville, Gabon (PRWEB) June 27, 2012 In a bold move against poaching and illegal wildlife trade, Gabon is expected to burn its government-held ivory stockpile today.
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OPERATION Worthy: INTERPOL's largest illegal trafficking operation yet

INTERPOL’s largest operation combating illegal ivory trafficking targets criminal syndicates


LYON, France – INTERPOL’s largest ever transnational operation targeting criminal organizations behind the illegal trafficking of ivory has resulted in more than 200 arrests and the seizure of nearly two tonnes of contraband elephant ivory.


The three-month long Operation Worthy, which involved 14 countries across Eastern, Southern and Western Africa also resulted in the recovery of more than 20 kilos of rhinoceros horn in addition to lion, leopard and cheetah pelts, crocodile and python skins, live tropical birds, turtles, and other protected species destined to be illegally trafficked around the world. Firearms including AK-47s, G3s and M16s were also seized by law enforcement officers.


More than 320 officers from a range of agencies including police, customs, environmental protection agencies, veterinary services, airport security, ministries of tourism and national prosecuting authorities took part in Operation Worthy which saw interventions carried out at markets, ports, shops, border crossings and during roadside checks.


“This has been to date the most wide-ranging operation coordinated by INTERPOL against the illegal ivory trade, not just in terms of seizures and arrests, but also in targeting the criminal organizations making millions of dollars through the killing and destruction of wildlife and their habitat, and associated crimes such as murder, corruption and money laundering,” said David Higgins, manager of INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme.


“The intelligence gathered during Operation Worthy will enable us to identify the links between the poachers and the global networks driving and facilitating the crime. By identifying their international trafficking routes, arresting those involved at higher levels, and suppressing the crime at its source, in transit, and at its destination we are making a real contribution to the conservation of the world’s environment and biodiversity,” concluded Mr Higgins.


Ahead of the operation, a training programme hosted by Botswana and sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) brought together officers from the participating countries to update them on the latest search and seizure techniques and also to allow them to directly exchange information and expertise.


“Thousands of elephants are butchered for their ivory every year and the situation continues to worsen. 2011 was the worst year on record for seizures with over 23 tonnes of ivory seized,” said Kelvin Alie, IFAW’s Wildlife Crime Director. “These animals suffer terribly as they are cruelly killed or wounded so that their skins, tusks, quills and other body parts can be torn off and trafficked.”


A key element of Operation Worthy was building national inter-agency cooperation through National Environmental Security Taskforces (NESTs) which bring together representatives of police, customs, environmental agencies, revenue departments, transport, health agencies, prosecutors and INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs).


NESTs ensure an innovative and coordinated law enforcement response to the sophisticated and organized criminal networks at national levels and through the INTERPOL NCBs, act alongside other NESTs at regional and international levels to combat globalized environmental crime.


Operation Worthy was part of INTERPOL’s Project WISDOM, an initiative against elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn poaching funded by the UK Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and IFAW.


Countries which participated in Operation Worthy: Ethiopia, Botswana, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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For environmental crime, the misrule of law applies

For environmental crime, the misrule of law applies | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The EIA is an independent, international campaigning organisation committed to investigating and exposing environmental crime.

 

This week, as part of the Rio+20 summit in Brazil, over 200 judges, prosecutors, attorneys and legal experts gathered at the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability. Issues discussed during the three-day meeting included new legal approaches to increase the effectiveness of global environmental agreements and combating transnational environmental crime.

 

While the focus on the role of law in environmental protection is laudable, a reality check is in order here. At the international and national levels, a plethora of laws relating to the environment already exist. The problem is that all too often they are not enforced. An honest appraisal of the reasons behind this failure is needed, but the main factors – lack of political will and corruption – make for uncomfortable discussions at international conferences....

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