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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The Ins and Outs of Owning Ivory... DON'T DO IT!

The Ins and Outs of Owning Ivory... DON'T DO IT! | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A brief guide to the complicated subject of importing, owning, and selling elephant ivory.
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Albeit still legal to buy ivory in the USA please don't do it!

Buying requires killing elephants. This year thousands of elephants have been brutally killed by organized poaching gangs.

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Alleged Round Island walrus poachers charged by feds

Alleged Round Island walrus poachers charged by feds | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Just the tusks: two men who killed a walrus in a spray of bullets and took only the tusks from the animal now face a handful of federal charges on top of state court convictions.
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Now if only poachers in Africa were dealt with in this manner!

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In Gabon, Lure of Ivory Is Hard for Many to Resist

OYEM, Gabon — This lush country, often called a “forest republic,” used to stand proudly apart from its shaky neighbors, like the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, tropical disaster zones where state failure, rebel marauders and loose weapons conspired to spell doom for endangered wildlife....

 

... as the price of ivory keeps going up, hitting levels too high for many people to resist, Gabon’s elephants are getting slaughtered by poachers from across the borders and within the rain forests, proof that just about nowhere in Africa are elephants safe.

 

In the past several years, 10,000 elephants in Gabon have been wiped out, some picked off by impoverished hunters creeping around the jungle with rusty shotguns and willing to be paid in sacks of salt, others mowed down en masse by criminal gangs that slice off the dead elephants’ faces with chain saws.

 

Gabon’s jails are filling up with small-time poachers and ivory traffickers, destitute men and women like Therese Medza, a village hairdresser arrested a few months ago for selling 45 pounds of tusks.... 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/world/africa/in-gabon-lure-of-ivory-proves-hard-to-resist.html?_r=5&

 

 

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We keep catching the pawns :(

Must improve intel to get at the crime bosses.... somehow!

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Cameroon army to take on machine-gun-toting elephant poachers

Cameroon army to take on machine-gun-toting elephant poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
BOUBA NDJIDA NATIONAL PARK, Cameroon - The welcome committee for Cameroon's Bouba Ndjida National Park, a former safari tourism destination, would not look out of place on a battlefield.
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5 suspected poachers held in Nellai - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site

Thirukarangudi police arrested five persons, who were carrying two double-barrel guns without license, from Thirukurungudi near Nanguneri in Tirunelveli district. Police suspected that the men were poachers on a hunting trip in Thirukarangudi forest.
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ELEPHANTS EXPORTED TO CHINA

We have received a very disturbing report that on the 25th November 2012, 4 elephants were exported to Bejing. The elephants were transported by road, a trip that took 12 hours from Hwange to Harare Airport where they were loaded onto an Air Emirates aeroplane and flown to Dubai. This flight took 10 hours and from Dubai, they are allegedly being flown to Bejing.

The total weight of the elephants was 3,9 tons which implies they were very young and the handling was done by AGS. The fact that these elephants are juveniles indicates that they are being taken away from their mothers and family units are therefore being destroyed. It is further reported that another 14 elephants are being held in a boma in Hwange, also awaiting exportation in January 2013. It is said that the final destinations of the elephants are 2 zoos in China.

We are very concerned because we believe this constitutes cruelty to animals. Some elephants do not survive the stress caused by such long trips, not to mention the fact that the ones that do survive will be subjected to a life of captivity in a Chinese zoo.

It is a well known fact that Zimbabwe has a serious poaching problem and to compound that, live animals are also being sent out of the country.

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Russian ships, aircraft to fight poachers ahead of New Year

Russian ships, aircraft to fight poachers ahead of New Year | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
20 Russian ships and aircraft have been sent to the Sea of Okhotsk and Sea of Japan to fight poachers in the run-up to the New Year.
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Indian Biodiversity Talks's comment, December 20, 2012 1:17 AM
It is great that authorities are taking stringent measures to fight poaching. Just as leading countries in the world have taken collaborated action to curb piracy in the high seas, it is time to enforce stringent international cooperation to curb the menace of wildlife trafficking and international poaching rackets.
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“Wildlife Trafficking Can’t be Eradicated Just by ‘Nice, Nice’ Campaigns”

“Wildlife Trafficking Can’t be Eradicated Just by ‘Nice, Nice’ Campaigns” | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A conversation with "direct action conservationist" Suwanna Gauntlett
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A Glimpse of What We've Lost: 10 Extinct Animals in Photos

A Glimpse of What We've Lost: 10 Extinct Animals in Photos | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
We're in the midst of the sixth great extinction right now, with the rise of humans being behind the unpredented rise in the rate we're losing species.
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Elephant poachers shot dead

Zimparks rangers have shot and killed two suspected elephant poachers in Mushumbi Pools in the Dande Valley, a senior official confirmed yesterday.
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Illegal wildlife trade worth €15bn

Illegal wildlife trade worth €15bn | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Trafficking of wildlife and products such as timber and rhino horn is one of the world’s biggest illegal trades, worth €15 billion a year, conservationists have warned.
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That's well over $19 Billion! 

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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Poachers Now Harvest Elephant Genitals in Bizarre Twist to Paoching in Northern Kenya.

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Poachers Now Harvest Elephant Genitals in Bizarre Twist to Paoching in Northern Kenya. | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Poachers in Northern Kenya are finding more to harvest from elephants other than just their tusks. They are now hacking off the foreheads of the poached beasts and at their genitals

There were two cases of elephant poaching reporte last week. The first incident occurred at Louwa Lo Nkishu on December 4 while the second happened three days later in Milango, both in Samburu area. The tusks and genitals from the first incident were recovered....
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VIDEO: Law Enforcers Crack Down on Illegal Wildlife Trade

VIDEO: Law Enforcers Crack Down on Illegal Wildlife Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife law enforcers from Africa, Asia, and the United States are joining forces to crack down on poachers, smugglers, and black market dealers.
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LRA poaching ivory as Kony hunt intensifies

LRA poaching ivory as Kony hunt intensifies | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS AFP - Lords Resistance Army rebels are killing elephants for ivory to raise cash as an international hunt for their leader intensifies, diplomats and activists said Tuesday.While nations believe they have LRA chief Joseph Kony on the...
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How do we shut them down? Online Ivory Traders

How do we shut them down? Online Ivory Traders | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

How can we shut down online wildlife traffickers?

Your help needed to stop the buying. 

 

Folks like these

http://www.boonetrading.com/ DON'T BUY FROM THEM PLEASE

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Sue Woolley's comment, January 1, 2013 11:13 AM
we need a hand book doing with the story of Dr fowld fight to save rhino ....just a little booklet with info on ...flood the markets with them ...will look into this ...
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Beloved little albino deer killed by poachers

Beloved little albino deer killed by poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The neighbors in this Warrick County, Ind. community loved watching Ebley, a delightful albino button buck. They watched as he pranced and played. They watche
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Easy game for poachers

Easy game for poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
GRAVE CONCERN: 100 points along East-West Highway for illegal hunters to enter Belum, Temenggor forests
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Conservation Police on lookout for deer poachers during holidays

Conservation Police on lookout for deer poachers during holidays | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Conservation police say the holidays, when many folks are off work, seems to coincide with an increase in deer poaching.
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Three musketeers on a mission for African wildlife.

The Lion, Rhino and Elephant join forces with the Panda, and go on a mission to Vietnam and China, in an effort to draw attention to the escalating wildlife ...
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Great video Jan! Indeed if we can curb the demand the killing can stop.

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Success Story: Effective law enforcement stops wildlife trafficking

Success Story: Effective law enforcement stops wildlife trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Suwanna Gauntlett direct action conservationist:

 

"We believe law enforcement is the deterrent that is needed because this is a true genocide and all these species are just… It’s a hemorrhage out of the national parks. And right now the situation is so bad that this is the only thing you can really do. Of course you can do awareness [campaigns], it’s not going to change people’s behavior. For example, the moment we don’t patrol Road no. 4, which is the road going in to Phnom Penh, wildlife is stacked and sold again. It’s like drugs. It’s not something you can eradicate just by “nice, nice” campaigns. We are more interested in working on the supply end because of the rapid decimation of species. No amount of workshops and platforms for discussion and policies and institutional strengthening in going to make a difference. It’s law enforcement in the field that works."

 

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/wildlife_trafficking_cant_be_eradicated_just_by_nice_nice_campaigns/

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Let's get this gal to Africa!

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Wildlife trafficking is $19 billion-per-year illicit business, but governments fail to treat it as such

Wildlife trafficking is $19 billion-per-year illicit business, but governments fail to treat it as such | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Illegal wildlife trafficking is a $19 billion-a-year business, making it the fourth largest illicit market after drugs, counterfeiting, and human trafficking, yet efforts to control it are
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Hmm! Had heard that wildlife trafficking ranked 3rd?

However, what's most important is that too few governments take the illegal trade seriously enough to eradicate it.

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Dozens of animals killed in wild as poaching increases northwest of Calgary

Dozens of animals killed in wild as poaching increases northwest of Calgary | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
CALGARY — A female cougar and dozens of other wildlife, including elk, sheep, deer and moose, have been killed illegally in the Water Valley, Sundre and Olds areas in the past two months, officials say....

Poaching can do a great deal of harm, experts warn.

Sean Nichols, a conservation specialist with the Alberta Wilderness Association, said poaching can seriously upset the balance of the ecosystem.

“If there’s a ban on hunting, it’s there for a reason,” Nichols said.

“For reasons of biodiversity and for maintaining the entire ecosystem, there is a need to have certain populations of wildlife on the land, and those populations need to be preserved.”

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Dozens+animals+killed+wild+poaching+increases+northwest+Calgary/7690722/story.html#ixzz2EwgT1A69
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Wildlife Margrit's comment, December 13, 2012 10:20 AM
Often we associate poaching with Africa and developing countries... not so it seems.
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EIA response to Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking study

EIA response to Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking study | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Arriving on the heels of what appears to be another major haul of smuggled ivory the EIA welcomes the the 'Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking’ study,
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Save wildlife from trafficking

Save wildlife from trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Carter Roberts says the trade in illicit wildlife has become one of the next biggest criminal enterprises in the world, funding rebel militias and organized crime. Nations must confront it.
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WWF drones raise serious questions for international security

WWF drones raise serious questions for international security | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The World Wildlife Federation's proposed plans to utilise drones in anti-poaching efforts raise serious concerns....

 

First and foremost, we need to ask whether it is ever in society's best interest to have non-state actors increasingly undertake direct and indirect security missions in lieu of states.

 

In the aftermath of the Blackwater incidents in Iraq, there was a strong argument against the privatisation of military and policing operations by commercial companies. Yet, private military contractors continue to operate in conflict zones around the world and many officials call them essential components to security and commercial operations in destabilised countries....

 

Finally, we cannot ignore the very real possibility that these surveillance programmes will raise suspicions among foreign government security agencies. Many will be concerned as to whether such activities will be limited solely to their stated purpose. Whether we are talking about anti-poaching programmes in Africa or anti-piracy operations in Southeast Asia, their concerns will be heightened wherever the surveillance overlaps with one of their national interests regardless of who is operating the surveillance platform and with what intent....

 

Ultimately, the point of raising this inquiry is not to criticise the WWF (and Google) for out-of-the-box thinking on how best to tackle anti-poaching, which is an important issue that should draw more international coverage. Instead, it is to point out that these new types of surveillance programmes raise serious questions that require more consideration by the international community....

 

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