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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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TRAFFIC Leads Training of Hundred of Police to Address Wildlife Trafficking in Guangxi, China

TRAFFIC Leads Training of Hundred of Police to Address Wildlife Trafficking in Guangxi, China | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

More than 350 border police attended training sessions held last week in Guangxi Province, China, to increase their awareness about illegal wildlife trade and enhance their capacity to detect wildlife smuggling in the region. They included 200 police officers from 29 border checkpoints and police stations in Chongzuo who followed the proceedings through a live closed circuit television broadcast....

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Man sent to prison for hunting, trafficking eagles and hawks - Montana

BILLINGS - A Crow Agency man will spend two years in federal prison for trafficking in eagles and hawks.Prosecutors say in September of 2009, Gilbert Walks was picked up by a U.S.
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Seized Philippine Forest Turtles turned over to Katala Foundation

Seized Philippine Forest Turtles turned over to Katala Foundation | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

One of 18 Philippine Forest Turtles back in Palawan after being seized from a smuggler in Hong Kong...

 

The critically endangered turtles, found only in Palawan, were part of a consignment discovered by Hong Kong authorities in February. The smuggler’s loot also included 16 Southeast Asian Box Turtles, 24 lizards, 16 pythons, one gliding snake, two Mangrove Snakes and a Common Mock Viper.

 

Two of the original 20 Philippine Forest Turtles and a pair of the Southeast Asian Box Turtles died before they reached the rescue centre in Hong Kong and another Southeast Asian Box Turtle died at the rescue centre.

 

The smuggler was convicted under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Ordinance and was fined HK$8,000 (USD1,031).

 

If the turtles had reached pet markets in US, Europe, Japan or China, they would have fetched well over the fine imposed....

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Could Brazil's Environmental Law Reform Strengthen Animal Trafficking Networks?

Could Brazil's Environmental Law Reform Strengthen Animal Trafficking Networks? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Activists say that a controversial law just passed by Congress could lead to increased deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

 

If the law puts less pressure on farmers to preserve forest land, animal traffickers could possibly take advantage of the situation....

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Dogs might be answer to save the rhino

Dogs might be answer to save the rhino | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
With more than 180 rhinos poached so far this year (at the time of going to print), despite government efforts, it is clear that there is no single solution to rhino poaching. According to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and a number of other environmental NGOs, such as the Worldwatch Institute, the illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be the third largest illegal industry in the world after drugs and human trafficking, and often has its roots in organised, transnational crime. Although rhino poaching is a national priority crime, it seems that there are simply too few resources to address it successfully..
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New video documents nearly all the world's remaining Javan rhinos

Nearly all the world's remaining Javan rhino have been documented on video via camera traps in Indonesia's Ujung Kulon National Park, according to a montage put together by park authorities..
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Anti-Poaching Update from the Field

Anti-Poaching Update from the Field | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Over the weekend, microlight pilots Doug and Boni reported that they located three poached elephants in Maswa Game Reserve. An investigation is underway and we’ll keep you posted....  

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Brazil cracks down on lucrative wild animal trade

Brazil cracks down on lucrative wild animal trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Blue-and-yellow macaws from Amazonia, green parrots, monkeys, turtles, anacondas and pumas: wild animal trafficking is a very lucrative business that spares no species in Brazil, including those facing extinction.
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Animals fall as guns boom, wires snare

The sharp retort of a gun tells of a deer or a bigger animal felled deep in the hinterland forests.Closer to the coast, it is the treacherous noose that silently snaps around a civet cat or porcupine.
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Africa is a poacher’s paradise

The continent’s porous border has been blamed for the recent slaughter of 600 elephants in just two months in Cameroon by armed poachers and hundreds of animal deaths elsewhere...

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Wildlife Detector Dog Programs Sparks International Interest

Wildlife Detector Dog Programs Sparks International Interest | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

More than 50 participants met earlier this week in Budapest to share experiences on the use of wildlife detector dogs in tackling wildlife crime.


The participants came from 20 countries, mainly from within Europe, but also including Nepal and Kenya. They included representatives from international organizations such as INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO).


Countries currently operating wildlife detector dog programs who were present at the meeting included Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands and the UK.

 

Detector dogs prove to be a highly effective deterrent and weapon in the fight against trafficking of wildlife in a number of countries, with WWF and TRAFFIC-supported dog programs operating in countries including Germany, India and Russia....

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Conservationist Speaks Out: How tourism can help tackle poaching

Conservationist Speaks Out: How tourism can help tackle poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Ian Craig, one of Africa's leading conservationists, says local communities are leading the charge to stamp out poaching.

 

I firmly believe that the one-off legal sale of 105,000 tons of ivory to the Far East in 2009 stimulated a demand that was previously not there. It had a catalytic effect from which the whole African continent is now suffering....

 

Tourism plays a huge role in persuading local people that there is a future in community-led conservation; there is now a series of lodges available to holidaymakers, run by local people, for local people, that are the equal of anything national parks can offer....

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Prince William urges people to support African wildlife

Prince William urges people to support African wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Prince William and his wife Kate have voiced their support for Africa’s threatened wildlife at the premiere of a film about big cats.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were at the first showing of the nature documentary African Cats in London which helps raise funds for William’s conservation charity......

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German jailed for hunting rare New Zealand lizards

German tourist Andreas Hahn, 27, was sentenced Friday four months in prison after pleading guilty to hunting and possessing four rare jewelled geckos in New Zealand, news reports said.
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PHOTOS: Our Fight To Save Apes

PHOTOS: Our Fight To Save Apes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife Conservation: Our Fight To Save Apes (PHOTOS) - The Huffington Post...
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Stolen Pissarro Turns Up With Walrus Tusks, Polar Bear Pelts

ANCHORAGE (CN) - An undercover wildlife agent investigating a man for selling walrus tusks stumbled upon polar bear hides, stolen art by Lucien Pissarro and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and felons with machine guns, federal prosecutors say.


The game agent turned up a scheme to trade endangered mammal parts, including two polar bear hides and 230 lbs. of walrus tusks, according to a forfeiture complaint, a superseding indictment and Jesse Joseph's Leboeuf's guilty plea....

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40 Endangered Species in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — The THE Philippines is blessed with abundant flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the country. The animals are usually the target of poachers, hunters, collectors, hobbyists, and those ignorant of their true value, who simply catch them for food.

 

More than 40 species of these animals are now declared “critically endangered” and thus requiring vigilance from authorities to prevent their decimation.

 

To belong to the category of “critically endangered,” a particular species must not have more than 5,000 surviving members.

 

Since the government and various organizations worldwide had gone on a campaign to prevent catching these dwindling animals without permit, poaching has become the main culprit of concern.
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Wildlife Trade: Meeting sparks international interest in wildlife detector dog programmes

Wildlife Trade: Meeting sparks international interest in wildlife detector dog programmes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Methods used to train wildlife detector dogs were demonstrated during a meeting this week in Hunga...
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Crown breaks down fines in wildlife trafficking case | Fort Macleod Gazette

Judge Jerry Legrandeur got the detail he needed Thursday on the fines proposed for two Hutterite men guilty of illegally trafficking in bald and golden eagles and other wildlife.


Crown prosecutor Lisa Weich gave the judge a breakdown on the proposed fines for Nathan Tschetter and William Tschetter, along with 13 previous cases she studied.


“I will be taking time to look at all the cases,” Judge Legrandeur said.


The judge will give his decision Wednesday, June 6 in Fort Macleod provincial court....

 

“The fines have been increasing and increasing over time because unlawfully trafficking in wildlife has not stopped,” Weich said....

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Prince William against poaching, Ben Fogle documentary | Global Animal

Prince William against poaching, Ben Fogle documentary | Global Animal | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
(CELEBRITY NEWS) Prince William is set to work with friend and British TV presenter, Ben Fogle, in an anti-poaching project and documentary.
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Fur, Feathers, Ivory and Bone: The U.S. Military and Endangered Species Souvenirs

Fur, Feathers, Ivory and Bone: The U.S. Military and Endangered Species Souvenirs | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A recent study examining war and contraband finds that American soldiers deployed abroad have helped create a niche industry for wildlife products made from imperiled species.
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Pet-iquette: Exotic birds are poached in their own countries

Q: How can one stop the poaching of exotic birds and what laws pertain to it?


A: Exotic birds are poached in their own countries and then smuggled into India, where they are sold openly. They come in containers in ships through Kolkata and Chennai and most customs officials are aware of the trade and profit from it. The trade is run by mafia that makes crores. The birds are smuggled across the country in trains, mislabeled as goods. The railways promised not to allow any live cargo but so many railway station masters are on the take. It is up to NGOs to keep a vigil on the railways. The law regarding exotic birds is very odd and encourages poaching as only ‘Indian’ birds can be caught under the Wildlife Protection Act. Shops selling Macaws and Cockatiels are never asked for any import licences or international permissions by either the forest department or the police, so this murderous trade carries on openly.

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Prince William to fight animal poaching

Prince William to fight animal poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Prince William is planning to highlight the problem of animal poaching in Africa in a new TV documentary, according to a friend.

 

The Duke of Cambridge, who was celebrating his first wedding anniversary Sunday, is considering taking part in the anti-poaching project after being moved by the death of Max, a hand-reared rhinoceros who was killed by poachers at a wildlife preserve in Kenya last year.....

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Injured turkey vulture illustrates poaching problem in N. Utah, wildlife experts say

Injured turkey vulture illustrates poaching problem in N. Utah, wildlife experts say | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
State wildlife experts say the discovery of a turkey vulture that was recently shot with an air rifle in Logan underscores an ongoing poaching problem in Cache Valley.
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Poaching in Africa: the scale of the problem

Poaching in Africa: the scale of the problem | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Following Prince William's passionate anti-poaching speech, we look at the disturbing facts behind the poaching spree.
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