Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
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Following the Animal Poaching Trail in Africa and the World
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Kenya arrests 32 suspected poachers, recover ivory pieces

Kenya's authorities have arrested 32 suspected poachers and recovered an M16 rifle with nine rounds of ammunition, six pieces of ivory and 300 kg of assorted bushmeat during the past one week of anti-poaching operations across the country.
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#Canada:Three #poachers fined a total of $12,900

#Canada:Three #poachers fined a total of $12,900 | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Three men — two from La Scie and one from Brent’s Cove — were fined a total of $12,900 recently in provincial court in Corner Brook for nine offences under the Wildlife Act, the provincial government announced.
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VIDEOS: Ex-child-soldier: 'Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water' - CNN.com

VIDEOS: Ex-child-soldier: 'Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water' - CNN.com | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

As a teenager in war-ravaged Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah was brainwashed, drugged and forced to kill. Now he works to rehabilitate child soldiers....

 

Wildlife Margrit:

We're told that these very same ruthless armies/terrorists are involved in wildlife trafficking, thus we share this story here.

 

VIDEOS and story...

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/08/world/africa/ishmael-beah-child-soldier/index.html ;

 

 

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Investigation in tiger poaching case hits roadblock

BHOPAL: Investigations into the tiger poaching case that hit headlines after the arrest of a 11-member gang from Linga in Chhindwara district in May have slowed down after having hit a roadblock. The report of the state wildlife cell about animal hair was conclusive in pointing out that it belonged to blue bull. Meanwhile the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, refused to carry out another test, said sources.

 

The officials are now analyzing call details record (CDR) of the suspects. According to records of the accused's cell phone tower locations- before their arrest - they were near Bhopal, Pipariya and Hoshangabad.

 

During initial investigations the gang leader, Sanjesh, had confessed to his role in killing an adult tiger at Shivpuri and having sold its skin for Rs 7,000. Several premises were raided on the basis of his information, but to no avail. Later the accused - currently in jail-changed his statements several times....

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Eco Rock Stars: People Doing Good for Wildlife

Eco Rock Stars: People Doing Good for Wildlife | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Dr. Amy Dickman. Tanzania.
Kaplan Senior Research Fellow. Ruaha Carnivore Project
WildCRU. Oxford University.
www.ruahacarnivoreproject.com

I have been passionate about, and enthralled by, big cats for as long as I can remember. Their power, beauty, and sheer wildness is completely awe-inspiring. I find it terrifying that species as iconic as lions and tigers are in such danger and that it falls upon us, right now, to decide whether or not they survive. Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape holds some of the most important big cat populations left in the world, and our team at the Ruaha Carnivore Project is working in partnership with local communities to encourage simultaneous wildlife conservation and human development in this critically important area.

Photo Credit: Pat Erickson

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Uganda.
Founder + CEO. Conservation Through Public Health.
www.ctph.org

My wildlife veterinary career started with setting up the Uganda Wildlife Authority veterinary department, where I led a team that investigated a fatal scabies skin disease outbreak in the critically endangered mountain gorillas. The disease was traced to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park communities who only have limited access to basic health services. This made me realize that you cannot protect gorillas without improving the health and livelihoods of the people whom they share their fragile habitat with. This led to the establishment of Conservation Through Public Health, a grassroots non-profit that works with people and wildlife in and around Africa’s protected areas.

Emmanuel de Merode. Democratic Republic of Congo.
Chief Warden. Virunga National Park.
www.virungacrisis.org

I decided to commit my life to the protection of African wildlife when, as an 11 year old child, I saw an elephant that had been killed by poachers. From then, my school education became an unfortunate obstacle to the life of choice which took me to the forests and savannas of Congo. Over twenty years of working for Congo’s national parks, I witnessed the pains, struggles, and triumphs of their wildlife rangers, who through their self-sacrifice, achieved the greatest of results in modern conservation history, the survival of the Mountain Gorillas through the Congo’s Civil War.

Lindsey Sterling Krank. Colorado.
Director. Prairie Dog Coalition. The Humane Society of the US.
www.prairiedogcoalition.org

Ever since I was driving in the family station wagon through national parks and wildlife areas, I have been drawn to the outdoors. I would stare out the window and think, “I want to get out there, right in the middle of all that beauty.” I’m drawn to working to protect these places and animals that call them home. Working with the Prairie Dog Coalition has given me the opportunity to protect a keystone species. Not only do we conserve this animal but the many species who depend on them, including black-footed ferrets, swift foxes, burrowing owls, and golden eagles.

Madelaine Westwood. United Kingdom.
Founder. Great Apes Film Initiative. (GAFI)
www.gafi4apes.org

As a longtime wildlife filmmaker, I took on the massive decline in endangered species. It seemed impossible to change, but I used my skills to create the Pedal Powered Cinema to screen conservation films where people live with the issues. They come, often a thousand at a time, to see the screenings. GAFI works in 15 countries across Africa and SE Asia and has screened films to 300 million people. As a result, children plant trees and communities protect forests. I learned one individual can create change, and if everyone used their skills to help, we will keep our extraordinary world.

Carmina Gutiérrez + Miguel Gómez. Sonora. Mexico.
Jaguar Guardians. Northern Jaguar Project + Naturalia
www.northernjaguarproject.org

Revered for its strength, beauty, and grace, the jaguar is an emblem of species conservation in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Much of the work to protect and provide refuge for this northernmost jaguar population lies with its guardians, Carmina Gutiérrez and Miguel Gómez. They mirror the strength and grace of the jaguars they protect. This engaging duo has taken the northern jaguar under their wing, working tirelessly to protect these endangered cats and ensure their safe haven. Both know where the jaguars roam and diligently follow their tracks throughout the remote, rugged landscape of the 50,000 acre Northern Jaguar Reserve. A deep passion for wilderness and wildlife carries Carmina and Miguel always forward.

Peter Lalampaa. Kenya.
Senior Manager. Grevy’s Zebra Trust.
www.grevyszebratrust.org

My passion is conservation of biodiversity because there is a link between pastoral livelihood and ecosystem health. I address habitat loss for wildlife and secure grass for livestock. We need to view things from a wide, bird’s-eye view. “It is not just me, but it is us.” Natural resources scarcity leads to inter-tribal clashes for grass and water for their livelihood, their cattle. I work on community education and awareness to address range land degradation and secure wildlife resources, as well as give a smile to the pastoral community through securing pasture for their livestock.

The Grevy’s Zebra Trust was established in January 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) in the community range lands of Kenya. It is an independent wildlife conservation Trust registered in Kenya.

Rebecca Klein. Botswana.
Founder + Managing Director. Cheetah Conservation Botswana.
www.cheetahbotswana.com

I wanted to work in wildlife conservation ever since I can remember. After graduation, I volunteered for a year at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, where I met two cheetah brothers whose mother had been killed by a farmer. I cared for them, and we developed a strong bond. I was surprised to learn cheetah were considered a pest amongst rural communities. One of Africa’s most elegant cats was being trapped, shot, run down, and killed. Here was my chance to make a difference! I founded Cheetah Conservation Botswana to use community outreach, education, and research to ensure the cheetah’s survival.

Rebecca and her team work to ensure survival of free ranging cheetah, ensuring the spirit of the Kalahari, its wildlife and culture, remains for future generations.

D. Simon Jackson. Canada.
Founder + Chairman. Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.
www.spiritbearyouth.org

Since the age of 13, I’ve dedicated my life to saving Canada’s highly endangered white Kermode, or spirit bear, a genetically unique subspecies of the black bear that numbers fewer than 400. In the process of creating the now six-million-strong Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, we helped shape what was North America’s largest land protection measure, helping protect two-thirds of this bear’s last intact habitat. Our positive, solutions-based campaign strives to complete our vision of sanctuary for the spirit bear by producing a Hollywood animated movie to raise funds to help the region’s economy and finalize the bear’s conservation. 

 

http://www.originmagazine.com/2012/09/22/eco-rock-stars-9-people/ ;

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‘Poaching poses threat to dolphins’

Sometime back, when Union Minister Jairam Ramesh visited Bihar and wanted to see dolphins in the Ganga, he, in a lighter vein, asked, “Where is our Dolphin Man?” The minister was referring to Dr Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Professor at Patna University’s Zoology Department.

 

Dr Sinha accompanied him to the confluence of Ganga and Gandak where they saw families of Ganges dolphin. Through his tireless effort, dolphin was given the status of National Aquatic Animal by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 5, 2009. A pioneer researcher and conservationist for this cetacean species, Sinha has spent the better part of his life sailing in rivers....

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New Anti-Snare Collar Saves Wild African Painted Dogs in South Africa

A new anti-snare collar designed by conservation volunteer group Wildlife ACT has saved the lives of three endangered African Painted dogs in South Africa.
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Poaching threatens Africa elephants and tourism

Poaching threatens Africa elephants and tourism | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

TANZANIA (eTN) - Making a visit in Tanzanian wildlife parks, elephants make one out of five attractions tourists would like to watch, as a herd of jumbos stride elegantly with their calves between them...

 

 The growing demand for ivory in China and other Far Eastern countries has been identified to decimate African jumbos with negative impacts on tourism development on this continent counted to be the number one tourist destination in this century.

 

China and Vietnam are the two South Asian states accused of pushing for illegal ivory trade with corrupt elements and lawless countries in Africa, doomed with poverty and wars....

 

http://www.eturbonews.com/31557/poaching-threatens-africa-elephants-and-tourism ;

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allAfrica.com: Namibia: Plight of Illegally Traded Birds Highlighted At Windhoek Show

THE African Grey parrot is at risk of going extinct because of the scourge of illegal trapping and trading of the species, the Avicultural Association of Namibia (AAN) has warned. AAN, a self-policing voluntary group of bird breeders, is exhibiting at the Windhoek Agricultural and Industrial Show this week to enlighten people about the dangers of illegal bird trade and is assisted by the Namibia Animal Rehabilitation Research and Education Centre (Narrec) in its campaign to raise public awareness.
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Elephant Guards Murdered in Chad

Elephant Guards Murdered in Chad | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Zakaria Ibrahim, Brahim Khamis, Daoud Aldjouma, Djibrine Adoum Goudja, and Idriss Adoum—all dead, gunned down during dawn prayers. Where? North of Zakouma National Park in Chad, central Africa. When? September 3, 2012.
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Organized Crime Trade Worth over US$30 Billion Responsible for up to 90% of Tropical Deforestation - UNEP

Organized Crime Trade Worth over US$30 Billion Responsible for up to 90% of Tropical Deforestation - UNEP | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Report Spotlights Almost 30 Ways of Procuring and Laundering Illegal Timber Compromising Security, Climate Mitigation and Sustainable Development Efforts...

 

Rome, 27 September 2012 - Between 50 to 90 per cent of logging in key tropical countries of the Amazon basin, Central Africa and South East Asia is being carried out by organized crime threatening efforts to combat climate change, deforestation, conserve wildlife and eradicate poverty.

 

Globally, illegal logging now accounts for between 15 and 30 per cent of the overall trade, according to a new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL....

 

Much of the laundering is made possible by large flows of investment funds based in the EU, US and Asia into companies involved in the crime, including in establishing plantation operations with the sole purpose of laundering illegally cut timber.

 

In many cases, corrupt officials, local military and police emerge with revenues up to ten times that available through available legal pursuits. This seriously undermines much needed investments in sustainable forest operations and alternative livelihood incentives....

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Four leopards a week being killed in India for skin

Four leopards a week being killed in India for skin | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

At least 2,300 leopards were killed and then their body parts trafficked between 2001 and 2010, the study estimates....

 

While India has struggled to protect its declining tiger population, its leopards have been getting even less protection, or attention for that matter. A study released Friday recognized that flaw, estimating that at least four leopards are being killed each week, double the official reports, with their skins then smuggled to parts of Asia.


"Even though reports of illegal trade in leopard body parts are disturbingly frequent, the level of threat to leopards in the country has previously been unrecognized, and has fallen into our collective 'blind spot'," study co-author Rashid Raza, the India coordinator for the TRAFFIC wildlife trade monitoring network...

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UN recognizes wildlife crime as threat to rule of law

UN recognizes wildlife crime as threat to rule of law | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
World leaders gathering in New York for the global body’s 67th annual meeting highlighted wildlife trafficking along with other severe threats to the rule of law such as corruption and drug running.
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Arizona: Game and fish looks to public for help catching poachers

Arizona: Game and fish looks to public for help catching poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
KINGMAN, Ariz. - In light of recent poaching activity, Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering the public advice in helping to catch those committing an illegal act.

 

There are important "shoulds" and "should nots" in trying to assist in apprehending criminals that can help lead officers to suspects involved in poaching wildlife. In the Kingman area alone, officers are investigating the suspected poaching of two mule deer and an elk.

 

There are times when there is a witness to the crime, others when information is overheard in conversation, and occasionally poaching crimes can be discovered on social networking internet sites...

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Historic creation of a wildlife enforcement network begins in the Horn of Africa

Historic creation of a wildlife enforcement network begins in the Horn of Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
I have just returned from Ethiopia where the International Fund for Animal Welfare teamed up with the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, the Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center and the U.S.
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Animals under threat in urban jungle

Animals under threat in urban jungle | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
DC reader Dr S. Vikram, MDS, is a dentist and a consultant at a private hospital

 

Wildlife Week celebrations have no meaning when rampant poaching of birds takes place in close proximity to forest offices.

The state forest office is situated in Saidapet - Panagal Maligai -which is 2 km from Adyar but poachers hunt birds like koel and myna and squirrel in large numbers daily.

 

Once I saw a boy having five koels, four mynas and four squirrels in a bag. I followed him on Kasturiba Nagar main road and saw him hunt with his catapult.

 

This is a common happening in Indra Nagar, Kasturiba Nagar and Gandhi Nagar because these places have a good number of trees.

I even see small boys, many being narikuravas in the age group of 9-18 years, using catapult to hunt squirrels....

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Poachers electrocute two elephants in Ganjam

BHUBANESWAR: A female elephant and a six-month-old male calf died on Saturday after they came in contact with an electric trap laid by poachers in a forest in Ganjam district's Ghumsar area. The shocking incident came even as the government is celebrating Wildlife Week.

 

This, however, was not an isolated incident. The carcass of a tusker was recovered two days ago in a forest in Mayurbhanj district. This was preceded by the killing of two elephants for tusks at Buguda in Ganjam district last month. Every week, elephant poaching or electrocution incidents are reported from all over Odisha, not to speak of the countless poaching of wild boars, deer and other animals....

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JulietteSpeaks » Dear Secretary Hillary Clinton: Thank you. Love from the Elephants.

JulietteSpeaks » Dear Secretary Hillary Clinton: Thank you. Love from the Elephants. | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

On behalf of all of us at JulietteSpeaks, we wish to thank you for your recent pledge, along with other world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, to better combat illegal trafficking in wildlife. JulietteSpeaks’ mission is to rescue and protect elephants and we applaud your insistence on increased laws and punishment for violators.

 

As you know, 2011 was the worst year on record for the slaughter of African elephants, fueled by Asian demand for ivory. The story of what is going on is spelled out in graphic detail in the New York Times article, Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits (9/3/12) which also commends you for your bold advocacy work. It is also covered in National Geographic’s October 2012 cover story entitled Blood Ivory. In the face of the ongoing slaughter, poaching, capture and abuse of wildlife, I hope we can all work together to educate people to demand protection and change....

 

http://juliettespeaks.org/thank-you-hillary-clinton-love-from-the-elephants/ ;

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Law Enforcement Learns New Ways to Outwit Wildlife Traffickers

Law Enforcement Learns New Ways to Outwit Wildlife Traffickers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

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http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/inbrief/2012/10/20121003137027.html#axzz28TXW8rub ;

 

Illegal wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise that has a devastating impact on endangered animal populations.

 

According to the World Wildlife Fund, an estimated 23 metric tons of illegal ivory were seized in 2011. That represents the slaughter of 2,500 elephants. Rhino poaching averaged nearly one per day in 2010 in South Africa alone. Poaching threatens the estimated 3,200 tigers that remain in the wild.


The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) is helping law enforcement to fight back. More than 30 law enforcement officers from Asia, Africa and the United States recently gathered at the ILEA in Bangkok to share new information and technology for better cross-border investigations into poaching gangs, wildlife traffickers and black-market dealers.


The ILEA in Bangkok, one of five around the world, is administered by the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with the government of Thailand. Its mission is to provide high-quality training to law enforcement and foster strong partnerships among countries in the fight against crime.

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Wildlife Trade News - Maritime Police foil bid to smuggle Philippine Forest Turtles out of Palawan

Wildlife Trade News - Maritime Police foil bid to smuggle Philippine Forest Turtles out of Palawan | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
27 Philippine Forest Turtles were recovered on Palawan, thanks to action by the Regional Maritime ...

 

Palawan, Philippines, October 2012—Regional Maritime Police have rescued 27 Philippine Forest Turtles stuffed in a bag and abandoned on a pier on Palawan, just two months after another smuggler was jailed for trafficking in this Critically Endangered species.

 

Acting on a tip off, two officers of the Philippine National Police Regional Maritime Unit 4B searched and recovered an abandoned bag at Liminancong Pier, on northwest Palawan last week....

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2 NV brothers guilty of poaching pregnant deer

2 NV brothers guilty of poaching pregnant deer Nevada Department of Wildlife Game Warden Rob Buonamici says the mule deer was pregnant with twins when Gonzalo Cossio and Jesus Cossio-Pitones illegally shot the animal near Holbrook Junction in March.
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Sec. Clinton Plans to Include Wildlife Trafficking on East Asia Summit Agenda :: ANNAMITICUS

Sec. Clinton Plans to Include Wildlife Trafficking on East Asia Summit Agenda :: ANNAMITICUS | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to "elevate" the issue of wildlife trafficking at the upcoming East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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Leonardo DiCaprio Kicks Off IFAW's Animal Action Week

TORONTO, ONTARIO, Oct 01, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio joined IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org ) today in calling for the world community to step up efforts to save elephants from poaching and the illegal ivory trade, which have escalated dramatically in recent years

 

"In 2011 an unprecedented 24.3 tons of ivory was seized by government authorities worldwide, the largest amount recorded since the 1989 ivory ban. Tragically this trend is continuing in 2012," said DiCaprio, an IFAW Honorary Board member. "Widespread poaching is being recorded throughout Africa, even in areas in southern Africa that were previously considered safe for elephants."...

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SMART: A SPATIAL MONITORING AND REPORTING TOOL

SMART: A SPATIAL MONITORING AND REPORTING TOOL | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

VIDEO: CONSERVATION PROBLEM
Wild tigers are in a critical state with less than 3,500 individuals remaining, of which only around 1,000 are thought to be breeding females. Breeding populations are scattered across a number of small areas and are at risk of further decline due to unsustainable hunting of the prey base and direct poaching to satisfy an illegal market for skins, bones and other body parts.

 

Current conservation strategy must adapt fast to change the status quo and improve enforcement effectiveness in protecting and recovering these breeding populations. Monitoring tools, supported by robust capacity-building initiatives, and designed to help law enforcement agencies empower their staff, boost motivation, increase efficiency, improve effectiveness and promote transparency are a central part of this strategy.

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Wildlife-Trafficking Bust Highlights: More than 8,700 animals seized

Wildlife-Trafficking Bust Highlights: More than 8,700 animals seized | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Wildlife-Trafficking Bust Highlights Problems in Caged Bird Trade by Abby McBride Environmental crime officials cracked down on wildlife trafficking between Latin America and Europe this summer,...

 

Environmental crime officials cracked down on wildlife trafficking between Latin America and Europe this summer, seizing more than 8,700 contraband animals in an Interpol bust dubbed Operation Cage. Authorities arrested nearly 4,000 people during raids on coastal ports, airports, post offices, markets, pet stores, and taxidermists in 32 countries. The sting focused on South and Central American birds, but it also uncovered illegally traded mammals, reptiles, fish, and insects—along with guns, ammunition, trapping equipment, and animal products such as elephant ivory....

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