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Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes

Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
August 12 is World Elephant Day, which means it’s a great time to recognize the many ways elephants are important. After all, elephants are known as a “keystone species,” meaning that plants, other...
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Here are some elephant conservation organizations you can visit to show support.

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Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
The latest development from Kruger National Park is the possibility of moving approximately 500 rhino in an effort to stop the slaughter. Although no details are confirmed with this massive relocat...
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We must hope that a possible escalation by poachers can be suppressed by the game rangers.

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Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime

Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Report reveals the extent of poaching and poisoning and calls for tougher sanctions, writes Tracy McVeigh

"A new report claims the scale of the problem is being hidden and that gangs are making large sums of money from illegal activities such as hare-coursing, raking in up to £10,000 a month in one case, while poaching of fish and deer is common and as likely to happen in urban parks as in the countryside."

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Killing and capturing wild animals has a direct effect on a few species.  Roads, houses, and pollution have indirect effects on all species.  The first is intentional, the second is accidental.  Which do you think is the most harmful? 

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Africa: Facts On U.S. Support for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Africa: Facts On U.S. Support for Combating Wildlife Trafficking | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Like other forms of illicit trade, wildlife trafficking undermines security across nations. Well-armed, well-equipped, and well-organized networks of criminals, insurgent elements, and corrupt officials exploit porous borders and weak institutions to profit from trading in poached wildlife.

Record high demand for illegally traded wildlife products, coupled with inadequate preventative measures and weak institutions, has resulted in an explosion of illicit trade in wildlife in recent years. That trade is decimating iconic animal populations. Today, because of the actions of poachers, species such as elephants and rhinoceroses face the risk of significant decline or even extinction.

Over the past five years, tens of thousands of elephants have been slaughtered by poachers and criminal networks in Africa. In 2013, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone, and the pace of killing is on track to surpass this record in 2014. Urgent action is needed now and the United States is providing leadership and commitment to protecting our world heritage and endangered wildlife.

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U. S. leadership may not be enough.  Animal parts are in such high demand in Asia that illegal trade will continue .  Celebrity leadership is increasing and may be the only tool we have for changing cultural behavior.

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Save Rhinos from Rampant Poaching

Save Rhinos from Rampant Poaching | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Target: President Barack Obama and U.S. Government Goal: Save the last remaining rhinos from poachers before these amazing animals go extinct *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single...
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South African park considers rhino evacuation

South African park considers rhino evacuation | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers.
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This is not a serious plan.  Poachers can reach any park. 


Poachers represent international invasions into South Africa.  National safety and defense are at stake.  According to the Defense Ministry, the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) is currently in serious decline.  Perhaps a few "advisers" and a few million dollars in aid to the right government agencies would benefit SANDF and encourage a military response. 

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Be Their Voice!

Be Their Voice! | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Please take a couple minutes to peruse the following petitions. Sign and share, and share and share...our rhinos are counting on us. If you already have, THANK YOU, please share again. Save the Whi...
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Wildlife photographer, Paul Goldstein makes an impassioned plea to the public about elephant conservation - using his majestic photo album

Wildlife photographer, Paul Goldstein makes an impassioned plea to the public about elephant conservation - using his majestic photo album | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
More than 20,000 elephants were killed on the continent last year for their ivory tusks - which earn a fortune as they are traded illegally in China and south-east Asia.  Their tragic situation has...
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Taking an animal's life for food or for a small body part is common human behavior.  This makes it difficult to enlist local protection for endangered wildlife.  There are examples of local people fighting to protect their land. The motivation is usually fear of change, or economic self-interest blended with appreciation for the land.  There might be cases where the fight was purely out of love for the animals, but I don't know this. 

Perhaps the answer to elephant, tiger, pangolin, and rhino protection is to relocate people who care to the places of need.  Just as Peace Corps volunteers go to help the people, Wildlife Corps volunteers could go to help the animals.  Social and political problems would be huge, but not insoluble.

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A World Without Elephants? Blame China

A World Without Elephants? Blame China | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
The planet’s elephant population is plummeting, and they may go extinct within the next 20 years, thanks in large part to China’s lust for ivory.
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If we can't protect the elephant from ourselves, light fades for all the thousands of species required for a healthy Earth ecosystem.

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The Burning Question - Africa Geographic Magazine

The Burning Question - Africa Geographic Magazine | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
AMERICA'S ONGOING DEBATE OVER THE TRADE IN IVORY


Eery tusk costs a life. That was the ominous theme of a 30-second clip shown on a public-funded billboard in Manhattan’s Times Square. It was direct, bold and all too brief. For one month in the Autumn of 2013, there was an elephant in New York City, flashing on a large screen, 24 hours a day for countless Americans and tourists to see. But like so many others fallen victim to gun, arrow and spear, this African giant was eventually taken down.

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We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth

We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

by Alicia Graef July 31, 2014


While we’ve been focused on the poaching crisis that’s threatening the future for charismatic animals like elephants, rhinos and tigers, another species now faces the threat of extinction thanks to human appetites and could disappear before most people even hear of it.


The pangolin, which includes eight species who live in Africa and Asia, are unique little creatures in a number of ways. They’ve been described as walking artichokes and because they’re insectivores they’ve been dubbed “scaly anteaters.” These toothless animals are also the only mammal covered in true scales, which are made of keratin, and the the fact that they walk like a miniature T. rex only adds to their charm.

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Guess who's motivating the poachers:  The Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Forget the war for biodiversity, it’s just war.

Forget the war for biodiversity, it’s just war. | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

A contributed essay from Professor Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of Political Ecology of Development, SOAS, University of London.

Conservationists are facing some difficult and critically important choices over how to conserve elephants and rhinos in the wake of a rapid rise in poaching. But there appears to be a rush towards more militarised responses, which intersect with the strategic aims of the US-led ‘War on Terror’. Elephants and rhinos themselves may be fast becoming the latest weapon in this war. This is not ‘back to the barriers’, which implies a defensive position - it is an ‘offensive’ position extending well beyond protected areas. It could easily lead to an escalation of violence that will undermine decades of work with local communities, and it runs counter to the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights.

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Good discussion of the use of force to protect wildlife.

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Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique Over Elephant, Rhino Poaching

Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique Over Elephant, Rhino Poaching | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Environmentalists are formally urging President Barack Obama to enact trade sanctions on Mozambique over the country's alleged chronic facilitation of elephant and rhinoceros poaching through broad swathes of southern Africa.
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Maybe we should just stick to our war on terra.  Wildlife poaching trafficking look too complicated for the Pentagon.

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