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Thailand: How to care for the 46,000 animals confiscated from wildlife trade?

Thailand: How to care for the 46,000 animals confiscated from wildlife trade? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

With more than 46,000 exotic animals seized from traffickers, vendors and trappers, the country’s wildlife centers are overwhelmed and the government faces the quandary of what to do with all the creatures it has saved — a sort of Noah’s ark of endangered species, except that this ark would most likely sink under the weight of all the elephants, tigers, bears and monkeys! 

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Sea Shepherd Stops Japanese Ocean Whaling, Whale Poachers

Sea Shepherd Stops Japanese Ocean Whaling, Whale Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
(OCEANS) According to a press release, Sea Shepherd Australia's vessel, the SSS Brigitte Bardot, has successfully intercepted the Japanese whaling ship, Tushin Maru No. 3 in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
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This is what we love to hear... way to go Sea Shepherd!

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Thai cop arrested with 20 elephant tusks

Thai cop arrested with 20 elephant tusks | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A Thai policeman has been arrested after he was caught trying to smuggle 20 elephant tusks, officials said Sunday
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Elephant E-ctivism!: IVORY ACTION: Email. Petition. Share!

Elephant E-ctivism!: IVORY ACTION: Email. Petition. Share! | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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Many thanks to Jude for working tirelessly to save the elephants.

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Largest ivory seizure by AVA and Singapore Customs in more than a decade

Largest ivory seizure by AVA and Singapore Customs in more than a decade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Close to two tonnes of illegal raw ivory tusks in transit in Singapore from Africa was intercepted by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Singapore Customs.
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Way to go!

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The Economics of Extinction: Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos in Danger

The Economics of Extinction: Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos in Danger | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
How long before Africa’s rhinos and elephants are wiped out in the wild?
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Inside an ivory repository! Stock piles of tusks represent the killing fields of Africa.

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African Wildlife Trust 1st Annual Conservation Awareness Bicycle Rally

African Wildlife Trust 1st Annual Conservation Awareness Bicycle Rally | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
15th – 17th February 2013

The African Wildlife Trust (AWT) invites you to take part in an epic 3 day bike ride from the entrance of Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area to Arusha.

Safari companies and guides, students, conservationists and interested local people are invited to participate in three days of biking or just come out for any of these days to show their support for local conservation efforts.

 

The goal of the event is to bring awareness to the larger community and media about the urgent conservation issues facing Tanzania today.

 

Let us unite in response to urgent threats to our wildlife, land and economy and make our community and the larger world aware about the poaching crisis we are facing.

 

Let us work together to protect endangered wildlife for future generations of Tanzania and the world.

 

All are welcome! Come join us, have a great experience and make a difference!

Participants can join for fee of Sh 60, 000 to cover costs of water and fruit stations, rally t-shirts, medical stand-by, police escorts, permits, meals and overnight camping facilities. Please bring your own sleeping bag, mat, tent, plate, cup and cutlery.

 

For more information and to register please contact: devyani@matizamosafaris.com 

 

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Namibia offers model for taking on poachers

Namibia offers model for taking on poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Faced with poachers who are ravaging elephant and rhino populations, African nations could do worse than look to Namibia for a game plan to combat the scourge.

 

Wildlife poaching is on the rise across Africa’s vast savannahs and in the jungles and outmanned and outgunned governments have struggled to keep up.

 

Last year saw a record 668 rhino killed in South Africa, according to the government, while in east Africa elephant killings increased apace....

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Georgia Dept of Natural Resources honors ranger for case against 9 poachers

SOCIAL CIRCLE (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is honoring one of its conservation rangers for a poaching investigation that yielded charges against nine suspects who paid more than $4,800 in fines.

Cpl. James Keener of Pickens County was named “investigative ranger of the year,” a title awarded each year by the state agency’s Wildlife Resources Division.

Officials say Keener was dispatched to look into a complaint in Pickens County of hunters using spotlights and firing at night. He ended up building a case against nine hunters charged with 53 violations that included killing deer at night, exceeding game limits, hunting from a vehicle and along a public road. Hunters were also charged with killing a cow and were ordered to pay $800 in restitution.

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Tanzania: Four Suspected Poachers Killed in Serengeti

Serengeti — FOUR suspected poachers have been shot dead by game rangers in Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) allegedly after killing elephants, police reported on Sunday.

 

Police in Simiyu region confirmed that four people were last week gunned down by rangers at Mlima ngoma area inside the world famous park and about 100 kilometres away from the villages located near the park....

 

SENAPA rangers recovered a sub machine gun (SMG), 367 rounds of ammunitions, as well as traditional weapons that included knives and machetes after some shootings."They also found an elephant killed by poachers at the scene and they were in the process of removing tusks", the regional police chief said....

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CITES: Treat Illegal Wildlife Trade as Serious Crime

CITES: Treat Illegal Wildlife Trade as Serious Crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Illegal trade in wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn must be treated as a serious crime in order to end the devastating poaching of protected species, the head of U.N. wildlife trade regulator CITES said Thursday.
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According to the recent WWF report many countries laws don't treat wildlife trafficking as a serious crime, so the penalties not a deterrant, neither are there enough resourced alloted to adequately address this rapidly growing aspect of the illegal trade networks.

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THREE POACHERS KILLED AT SHIMBA HILLS

Three poachers have been killed in a shoot out inside the Shimba Hills National Park in Kwale district. KWS officer in charge of Coast Province Simon Gitau says they rescued an elephant that they had captured. Gitau says four others managed to escaped with bullet wounds. Assorted weapons and  locally made traps  were also recovered...

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Governments Reluctant to Tackle Wildlife Trafficking, Says WWF

Governments Reluctant to Tackle Wildlife Trafficking, Says WWF | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

World Wildlife Fund calls for national and international laws that treat wildlife trafficking with more severity, similar to drug trafficking....

 

A sign and symptom of government reluctance to take a serious legal stance on wildlife trafficking is the lack of participation consultant company Dalberg saw while working for WWF to form its December 2012 report, “Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: A Consultation With Governments.”

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Thailand wants to shed its image as place for wildlife trafficking

Thailand wants to shed its image as place for wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Thailand wants to shed its image as a place where many types of wildlife — turtles from Madagascar, marmoset monkeys from South America, baby sun bears, exotic birds — are for sale, an international trade driven by the global market in exotic meats and rare pets....

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Leopard, deer skin seized; two poachers held

Leopard, deer skin seized; two poachers held | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
BARIPADA: Forest department officials have seized skins of a leopard and a deer from two poachers in Similipal Sanctuary area in Mayurbhanj district. Following a tip-off, the hunters carrying the...
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Tai the Elephant, Veteran of Nearly 10 Films, with the U.S.C. Song Girls

Tai the Elephant, Veteran of Nearly 10 Films, with the U.S.C. Song Girls | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Video of Tai the elephant, a movie star who gets a manicure every week, as she runs on the beach and poses with the U.S.C. cheerleading squad.
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Hmm! Elephant being used supposedly to raise money for other elephants! Or is this a great marketing ploy?

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Fighting the underground trade in ivory, one collector at a time

Fighting the underground trade in ivory, one collector at a time | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

“Li Dongbao (a pseudonym), 33, has been collecting ivory decorations and accessories for six years.

 

But last August things changed, after he saw subway posters depicting an elephant and its baby, which revealed how the ivory trade would tear them apart. He found himself feeling guilty and couldn't stop thinking about the graphic images and messages.

 

While considering giving up his hobby, he blew the whistle on the rampant illegal online trade of ivory and other wildlife products.  

 

The Public Service Announcement which caused this ivory collector to feel remorseful was produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare-IFAW.  

The PSA, “Mom I Got Teeth,” was created when an IFAW poll shows that nearly 70% of the Chinese do not know ivory (elephant teeth in Chinese) comes from dead elephants.

 

The PSA draws on people’s emotions by illustrating that elephant babies having teeth would bring bloodshed and slaughter of their families.

 

While exposing the illegal trade in ivory in China in Making a Killing: A 2011 Survey into the Ivory Market in China, IFAW conducts public awareness campaigns calling on Chinese consumers to reject ivory trade, because every piece of ivory comes from a dead elephant.

 

The poignant image of an elephant mother and calf walking into the sunset on the African savannah while contemplating the fate of the family simply because the calf has its teeth has moved many people to reject ivory trade. It caused an ivory carver to put down his knife; a young mother to feel shame for her ivory bracelet; and now a collector to give up his hobby.

 

We know we are having an impact, if only one person at a time!

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Education does work!

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TRAFFIC - Slow lorises the focus of wildlife trafficking meeting

TRAFFIC - Slow lorises the focus of wildlife trafficking meeting | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Slow lorises are often openly illegally sold on the streets of Jakarta © Chris R Shepherd...
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India, US join hands to tackle illegal wildlife trade

India and the US have decided to join hands to tackle illegal wildlife trade, which involves billions of dollars annually.
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CAUGHT! Duo poaching mallards at Ellis Lake

CAUGHT! Duo poaching mallards at Ellis Lake | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Police nab duck poachers at Ellis Lake | police, ducks, lake, ellis, boy, marysville, younger, friday, rifle, detained
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Another milestone towards curbing wildlife trade in Nepal

 Nepal embarked on yet another achievement to curb wildlife trade in a string of arrests and seizures in less than one week involving wildlife parts in the country by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police together with other local...
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WA: Wildlife officers go high tech to find deer poachers

OMAK, Wash. (AP) — In an office building in Omak, Dan Christensen sits in front of two computers. On one, he's filling out a damage complaint for deer that got into a nearby orchard. On the other, he's recovering digital photographs erased from a memory card that may contain important evidence. The $4,500 thumbdrive that helps him reconstruct a photograph was developed to investigate child pornography.

 

But Christensen isn't looking for people who make and distribute child porn. He's trying to find the people who poach deer, bait bear, or kill wolves.

As a law enforcement officer for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, he uses the same tools available to other police....

 

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Wildlife-officers-tough-job-of-finding-poachers-4227203.php#ixzz2JHTp97hc

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This type of resource dedication, both technology and skill-wise is what South Africa needs in fighting rhino poaching.

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BREAKING: The African Poaching Crisis & America’s Responsibility | Cheetah-Watch

BREAKING: The African Poaching Crisis & America’s Responsibility | Cheetah-Watch | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech on the poaching crisis, the U.S. International Conservation Caucus held a hearing to focus the...
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Anti-Poaching drones and collars gearing up to address wildlife trafficking in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya - The discovery was gruesome. A family of 12 dead elephants rotting in the midday heat of south-eastern Kenya, their faces hacked apart by poachers as they removed the animals' ivory tusks.

 

The massacre this month in Tsavo East National Park highlighted a surge in poaching in Africa that has pushed conservationists to embrace new technologies in an effort to save threatened elephants and rhinos.

 

Now, rangers plan to deploy remotely controlled drone aircrafts above three African parks this year.

 

Elsewhere, elephant collars fitted with iPhone-style technology are being developed to alert wardens when animals are hunted....

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WWF 2012 Report: Fighting Wildlife Trafficking

CLICK HERE to download the Report [PDF file]

http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/wwffightingillicitwildlifetrafficking_lr_2.pdf ;

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