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Dubai exposed as major wildlife trafficking hub [video]

Dubai exposed as major wildlife trafficking hub [video] | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

The United Nations now classifies the illegal trafficking of exotic wildlife as second only in scale to the illegal drug trade, with Dubai emerging as a major smuggling center for the world’s most rarefied creatures.

 

“Dubai is a major hub in terms of international travel, especially coming from African countries.  This is a big place for wildlife trafficking,” said Steve Chao, host of the Al Jazeera current affairs program 101 East, which televised an investigative report on poachers in late November.

 

Entitled The Return of the Lizard King, the documentary focuses on Malaysian wildlife trafficker Anson Wong and barely mentions Dubai. But Chao told The National that, in the course of his research, he discovered that poachers are exploiting the emirate’s position as an efficient transit hub between Asia and Africa.

 

Dubai’s become a critical path on the smuggling road....

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The United Nations now classifies the illegal trafficking of exotic wildlife as second only in scale to the illegal drug trade.

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Airport poaching citation leads to slippery chase

Airport poaching citation leads to slippery chase | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
When it comes to poaching cases and wildlife crimes, Indianapolis' Near Southside and the city's airport aren't exactly the first places that come to mind.
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Cameroon: Waza Park Official Arrested for Wildlife Trafficking

Wildlife officials of the Far North Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife have arrested an ecoguard who works at the Waza National Park for illegal possession in parts of protected wildlife species.

 

The ecoguard was arrested while trying to sell elephant parts and other wildlife products including parts of a giraffe to a client in Maroua in the Far North Region. The operation was carried out with the collaboration of the Forces of Law and Order and with the technical assistance of a wildlife law enforcement organization called LAGA. Experts say the operation against a wildlife official is a welcome initiative and demonstrates Cameroon government's political will in fighting and uprooting complicity and corruption in the wildlife sector.

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MIAMI: Man ticketed for trying to trade gator for beer

MIAMI: Man ticketed for trying to trade gator for beer | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for beer at a Miami convenience store.

 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino says the man received a citation for illegally capturing and trying to sell the gator.

 

Pino tells WTVJ-TV (http://bit.ly/18THij3 ) that the man trapped the 4-foot-long gator at a nearby park and brought it to the store Dec. 10. When he proposed to trade the animal for a 12-pack of beer, the store clerk called authorities.

 

Pino says the alligator was "pretty much in good shape." The animal was released back into the wild.

 

Image via creepypasta.wikia.com 

 
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Ok! I guess the offer must have gone something like this:

"Hey, I got me this live gator here, make a good pet, I'll trade you for that 12 pack over there... deal?"

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Black bear shooting highlights poaching problem in Michigan

Black bear shooting highlights poaching problem in Michigan | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A bear-poaching incident in Manistee County has attracted a lot of public and press attention - and shed light on a continuing poaching problem throughout Michigan.
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Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela | Video on TED.com

"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" -- defined as, "I am, because of you." And he...
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African wildlife researchers urge to work on poaching, climate change

 African wildlife researchers are urged to diversify research areas to include new challenges of poaching and climate change.


Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Khamis Kagasheki on Saturday stressed the need for researchers to gather collect right information and advice governments on better ways of conserving wild animals like jumbos and rhinos, which are the target for poachers.


He was speaking at the 9th Biennial Scientific Conference held in Arusha, northern part of Tanzania, which was organized by the Arusha-based Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and was attended by wildlife researchers from different countries in Africa and the world at large....

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Rescued crocodile Larry ‘doing fine’ at Dubai Zoo

Rescued crocodile Larry ‘doing fine’ at Dubai Zoo | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Hatchling was bought by an undercover Gulf News team to expose the illegal trade in exotic pets...

 

Dubai: A crocodile rescued by Gulf News last month and handed over to Dubai Zoo is in good health.

 

Gulf News bought 'Larry' from a dealer to expose the trafficking in exotic wildlife for sale as pets in the UAE. Also offered to undercover reporters were lion, tiger and cheetah cubs, slow lorises and orangutans. Their prices ranged between Dh40,000 and Dh175,000.

 

For Dh1,000, Larry was delivered in a small plastic box.

 

The hatchling, estimated to be around three months old, is being cared for by Dubai Zoo staff. Larry has gained over 50gm, tipping the scales now at around 150gm. It has also grown longer by a few centimetres, stretching more than 38cm from snout to tail...

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Wildlife Department to probe open sale of bushmeat

Wildlife Department to probe open sale of bushmeat | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
KOTA KINABALU: A host of exotic wildlife meat, including those from protected species, are being sold openly at a tamu (weekly farmers’ market) in Sabah’s interior Nabawan town.
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Hunting the hunters, DNR goes after poachers

Hunting the hunters, DNR goes after poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
They're illegal hunters of the night, but tonight you'll see the roles reversed. Poachers will be the the ones getting hunted.
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Coast Guard ramps up anti-poaching efforts

Coast Guard ramps up anti-poaching efforts | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Patrol aims to protect striped bass population
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Bear Poachers Receive Stiff Sentences in El Dorado Court

December 6, 2013 - Two northern California men have been sentenced to fines and jail time for unlawfully killing bears and selling their gall bladders and other parts for profit. Peter George Vitali, 56, of Pioneer and Arthur Martin Blake, 59, of River Pines, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of illegally taking wildlife for profit in an El Dorado County courtroom last month....

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Poaching: Many Sabah shops found selling bear items

Poaching: Many Sabah shops found selling bear items | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
KOTA KINABALU: Numerous shops in Sabah were found selling bear products, which show wildlife poaching is rampant in the state, the 5th East and Southeast Asian Wild Animal Rescue Network (WARN) Con...
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The census: 14 fearless women on tiger tail.. trail

The census: 14 fearless women on tiger tail.. trail | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Roars of tigers and trumpeting of elephants did not deter these spirited women.

 

As part of the exercise, they had to spend the night in the middle of the jungle on top of a rock near an Anti Poaching Camp. They did not mind lack of basic facilities, like proper food and toilets, at the camp, and said that they were willing to spend the next one week in the jungle.

The tiger census is being carried out across all tiger reserves and protected areas in the state. Shruti from Mumbai says she is thrilled to spend time amidst wild animals. “It’s a lifetime experience. I will not mind the bone-chilling cold in the forest and I may not even shut my eyes the entire night. I am ready for the grind.”

Fourteen women volunteers are staying at the anti-poaching camp at Gundre and N. Begur Ranges of Bandipur Reserve, while some others are staying at forest guesthouses.

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Bill proposes life sentence for elephant poachers

Anyone convicted of poaching or facilitating the poaching of rhinos and elephants will be jailed for life.

 

This is according to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill 2013, recently passed by Parliament awaiting the President to assent it into law.


Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources Judy Wakhungu said when the Bill becomes law, the Government will inch closer to winning the fight against poaching and conserving wildlife species for future generations.


She added that the stiffer penalties would discourage poaching and game hunting, which for long have been the major contributors to declining wildlife numbers.


Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/lifestyle/article/2000100251/bill-proposes-life-sentence-for-elephant-poachers

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China: New Regulations Could Increase Wild Animal Exploitation

Chinese veterinarians, animal welfare advocates and ethicists say proposals by the State Forestry Administration to better “manage” wild animals may lead to their increased exploitation in the entertainment and traditional medicine industries, and strongly oppose the plan.

 

The proposals, dubbed the “Domestication and Breeding Licenses for Wild Animals,” would add two new licenses for wild animal use: in circuses and in “production and business,” according to those who have seen the official documents. This is in addition to three existing licenses, they said: rescue and protection, scientific research and popular science education.

 

[...] “These things — animal circuses and the trade in wild animals — have long existed and now they’re saying, let’s manage them better. So the government may mean to regulate and control it, but in the process it is legalizing it,” said Jin Yipeng, a professor at China Agricultural University in Beijing and a trained veterinarian, said after the event. “It’s a step backwards.”

 

Animal welfare advocates, he said, fear the move reflects simple commercial greed. “People can make money out of this,” Mr. Jin said....

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At 39, tiger poaching at a 7-year-high

At 39, tiger poaching at a 7-year-high | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Even as the nation prepares for the third tiger census, which will be held in January-February 2014, poaching of the big cat has broken a seven-year record.
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2013 in Review: Elephant Poaching

2013 in Review: Elephant Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

No one knows for sure how many elephants exist in the wild in 2013. Even the agencies that monitor them will not issue official population estimates and will venture unofficial counts only with the greatest of trepidation. Some projections, however, suggest that the rapid surge in poaching could lead to the extinction of the African species within a decade. Fueling that threat is a brisk escalation in the ivorytrade in Asia....

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The Great Elephant Census: A Pan-African Survey of All The Continent's Pachyderms

The Great Elephant Census: A Pan-African Survey of All The Continent's Pachyderms | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
An ambitious attempt to conduct a census of all of Africa's elephants is set to take flight in February 2014. The Great Elephant Census, as the project has come to be known, will be the first pan-Africa census of elephants since the 1970s.
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Fish poacher charged for trying to run over wildlife agent

Fish poacher charged for trying to run over wildlife agent | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT -- The bad news from Banks Lake is that an apparently organized criminal element of Eastern European descent continues to thumb its nose at Washington fish and wildlife regulations and kill massive amounts of sportfish.
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Cambridge firm devises powerful anti-poaching device

Cambridge firm devises powerful anti-poaching device | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Powerful new thermal imaging technology from Cambridge UK company Thermoteknix has been unveiled to stop the global poaching plague.
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Land of the ELEPHANTS :: Fernando Celis

Land of the ELEPHANTS :: Fernando Celis | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

 

Fernando, writing as F. Celis Belina, was inspired to write this wonderful adventure novel after he first visited Africa while working on the movieLost in Africa, which was being shot on location in Kenya, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. 

 

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India: Youth rescues wild deer from poachers

A Sambar deer was today rescued from the clutches of poachers by a youth in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, forest officials said...

 

A Sambar deer was today rescued from the clutches of poachers by a youth in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, forest officials said. 

The incident occurred when one Vinod Pansotra noticed some hunters following a deer in Chak village of Kathua district. He rescued the deer from his agricultural field when they were trying to kill it, they said. 

The deer was later handed over to a wild life protection team. 

A number of wild animals become target for hunters when during cold weather they come down from hilly areas to plains in search of food and shelter. 

The Sambar deer would be released in the forest after treatment, officer at wild life protection cell, Joginder Paul said.

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Love to hear about young people doing good!

Way to go Vinod!

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Africa: Peace and Security - Africa's Ultimate Chance to Fight Together

Some leaders including President Paul Biya in a pre-summit outing, addressed the disturbing issue of poaching and the threat on protected animal species on Thursday.

 

Pictures of the declining security situation in the Central African Republic on most TV stations here for two running days could not have provided a better setting to fully encapsulate the urgency of addressing Africa's security problems in a collective manner as the Paris Summit on the issue opens this afternoon at the Elysée Palace at the instance of the French President, François Hollande. The President of the Republic Paul Biya - whose commitment to the resolution of peace on the continent is growing by each passing day with the deployment of troops and other diplomatic initiatives in the CAR as the most recent manifestation - will be joining some 40 other African Heads of State and government here in Paris to harmonise strategies in view of talking the problem with the resolve the present-day situation requires....

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France to Beef up Fines, Seizures in Ivory Trade

France to Beef up Fines, Seizures in Ivory Trade | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
President Francois Hollande said Thursday France would increase fines for illegal trading in ivory and endangered animal species.
Speaking at a round table on poaching that gathered French and African leaders, Hollande said he had asked Justice...
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