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NYPD Busts Horseshoe Crabs Poachers After Chopper Chase

NYPD Busts Horseshoe Crabs Poachers After Chopper Chase | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

A bevy of illegally harvested horseshoe crabs were saved in a late night helicopter raid. The New York Times is reporting that officers in the NYPD’s aviation unit scoped suspicious activity through night-vision goggles over Jamaica Bay and followed the escaping horseshoe poachers to Sheepshead Bay.

 

The pursuit, which lasted 30 minutes, took place last Monday night. NYPD aviation unit officers spotted four poachers scooping up horseshoe crabs, which come to shore in May and June, into two boats with no lights. To harvest horseshoe crabs, one needs a licence and has to follow strict quotas....

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African Development Bank and WWF call for urgent action to combat wildlife crime

African Development Bank and WWF call for urgent action to combat wildlife crime | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and WWF will launch today a joint global call for action and commitment from governments and other institutions to combat the rampant illicit wildlife trafficking scourge that is robbing Africa of precious...
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Preventing an Elephant Eden from Becoming Paradise Lost

Preventing an Elephant Eden from Becoming Paradise Lost | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Can the U.N. help defeat ivory poachers?

 

Remember that scene from Jurassic Park when the two paleontologists see the herds of living, breathing dinosaurs for the first time? Their eyes widen in disbelief, mouths agape, unable to speak at first.

 

That's the reaction I had over 30 years ago when I first stepped out of the dense tropical rain forest of Central African Republic's Dzanga-Sangha region into a 30-acre clearing with mineral rich soils known as the "Village of the Elephants." Instantly I was transported into prehistory, with forest elephants of every size, shape and color sucking the mineral salts out of the soil, chasing one another, rolling around in mud-pits and fighting for the best mate or mineral pool. Elsewhere in the clearing, known as the Dzanga Bai, I was awed by bongo, buffalo, sitatunga and hundreds of birds....

 

http://www.livescience.com/34818-un-fights-poaching.html

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UN Seeks to Stop Illegal Elephant Poaching

UN Seeks to Stop Illegal Elephant Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The UN Security Council will meet to discuss links between the illegal ivory trade and political instability in Africa.
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SA farmers fingered in lion smuggling

SA farmers fingered in lion smuggling | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

South African lion breeders are alleged to be part of an illegal network smuggling lion and cheetah cubs from Botswana to stock their farms.

At least five South African lion farmers have been fingered in investigations in which lionesses are killed in Botswana and their cubs smuggled to lion farms in South Africa, where a multimillion rand industry caters to the international trophy-hunting market.

 

"I don't want to say lion breeders as a whole are involved but there are definitely five or six people that I know of," said conservationist Sarel van der Merwe, chairman of the African Lion Working Group.

 

About 700 lions are killed in trophy hunts in South Africa each year, with the average price for a lion hunt being R360000, said Adri Kitshoff of the Professional Hunters' Association of SA...

 

Continue reading... (it isn't pretty)

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/05/27/sa-farmers-fingered-in-lion-smuggling

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This is why we support Chris Mercer and his Campaign Against Canned Hunting

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This is why it is important to support Chris Mercer and his Campaign Against Canned Hunting.

Please consider doing so.

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Slaughtering Elephants and Rhinos to Finance Terrorist Groups and Crime

International terrorists networks need more than ideology to function. They need money. That money, often laundered through legitimate fronts, helps recruiting. It helps terror networks subvert states, societies, and economies.
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No peaceful or legalizing of trade solution will ever work when crime syndicates stand to gain so much
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Lenient law only works to encourage poachers

The move by the Kenya Wildlife Services to push for a harsher penalty of a 15-year jail term for anyone caught poaching is commendable.
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Philippines: Chinese poachers escorted by naval warship

Fort San Felipe, CAVITE CITY - Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Tuesday said that Chinese fishing vessels escorted by a naval ship continue to poach in Philippine waters. 

 

Interviewed during the Philippine Navy's 115th anniversary celebration at Naval Station Pascual Ledesma, Fort San Felipe, Gazmin said the Chinese fishermen are fishing off the Philippine-occupied Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. 

 

"They fishing in our territory," the defense chief told reporters, adding that the Chinese fishing vessels are being escorted by one of their naval ships. 

Gazmin also said all the ships were positively seen flying the Chinese flag. 

When asked what is their response to this, Gazmin said the Philippine government will deal with the issue "calmly"  by filing a diplomatic protest through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). 

 

"We will do this in a calm manner so that it will not be interpreted that we are looking for a fight," he stated. 

 

On the incident involving the reported harassment by a Chinese vessel of a boat carrying re-elected Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon of Kalayaan town in Palawan, Gazmin said they are still waiting for a documented report on the incident. 

 

Bito-onon claimed the incident occurred past 12:00 a.m. Thursday (May 15) near the Ayungin shoal in the disputed Spratly Islands. 147 people, including the him, were on board the boat allegedly harassed by a foreign vessel. 

 

Gazmin said if they can confirm that it was indeed a Chinese ship that tailed the boat carrying the Kalayaan mayor, a diplomatic protest will likewise be filed through the DFA.

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He smells animal trails, saves them from poachers

BANGALORE: You may dismiss him at first sight. But this 60-year-old man, all of five feet, has braved animal attacks with his instincts, saved forest officials and animals from poachers in the...
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Russia to test drones to track wildlife, poachers

MOSCOW: In a bid to track its wildlife and hunt down poachers, Russia is all set to test unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at a nature reserve on the country's Pacific coast this summer.

 

The drones in question, weigh about two kilogramme each and have a range of 60 km. They would be equipped with inexpensive cameras capable of snapping a shot every two seconds.

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887 - 05/13 - Advisory on Illegal Wildlife Trade - Singapore - UK P&I

The Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has released an advisory reminding all parties regarding the Endangered species Act (ESA), the penalties under it and recent cases of Seizure of illegal wildlife being transhipped.
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VIDEO: NOAA Enforcement Agent Offering $1,000 Reward for Information on Turtle Poachers

Guam - NOAA Enforcement Agent Chuck Raterman is asking for the public's help in putting an end to the hunting of sea turtles around the island.

 

Raterman is NOAA's law enforcement agent here on Guam. He says he is working on a number of cases involving Sea Turtle poaching. And he is offering a $1-thousand dollar reward for any information that leads to the arrest of anyone engaged in the illegal capture and killing of sea turtles.

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Don't buy 'em to eat, wear or hang on your wall - Wildlife Products

Don't buy 'em to eat, wear or hang on your wall - Wildlife Products | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
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Kenya getting tough on poachers: increases fines by 2,500% and jail time by 700%

Kenya getting tough on poachers: increases fines by 2,500% and jail time by 700% | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The Kenyan parliament has approved emergency measures to tackle the on-going poaching crisis: last week Kenyan MPs approved higher penalties for poachers including fines up to $120,000 and 15 years in jail.
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Wildlife Alliance Rescues 128 Animals from the Illegal Wildlife Trade

May 29, 2013, Phnom Penh and New York City – On the morning of May 27, 2013, Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) conducted an operation at two separate premises suspected of being involved in illegal wildlife trading in Banlung City, Ratanakiri, Cambodia. The simultaneous raids were the result of information received from an established informant that resulted in the identification of the locations in question and the Vietnamese family believed to be responsible for the illegal activities. The undercover operation was successful and led to the seizure of 87 hill mynas, approximately 30 rat snakes, 6 monitors, 4 elongated tortoises and 1 king cobra....


http://www.wildlifealliance.org/page/view/391/wildlife-alliance-rescues-128-animals-from-the-illegal-wildlife-trade

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Wildlife Trafficking undermines collective security - UN

Wildlife Trafficking undermines collective security - UN | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
US is also developing innovative public-private cooperation through cooperative platforms at the OECD and the World Economic Forum to combat illicit trade including wildlife trafficking, human trafficking, counterfeit medicines,...
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Wildlife Trafficking is not only about saving our planet's animals and bird, but about saving our environment so that we humans assure our future.

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The Economics Of The Illegal Wildlife Trade | Economy Watch

The Economics Of The Illegal Wildlife Trade | Economy Watch | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The illegal trade of animals or animal parts has become one of the most lucrative black market activities in the world.
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Using SMART Technology to Stop Wildlife Poachers

Using SMART Technology to Stop Wildlife Poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Several major wildlife organizations collaborated on a free, open-source Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool to help park rangers improve their anti-poaching patrols.
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Ivory Wars or Ivory Peace? Is there a way forward?

Ivory Wars or Ivory Peace? Is there a way forward? | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Dr. Mike Norton-Griffiths asks whether the Ivory Wars can only end with species extinction, or whether a peace agreement could actually be reached........
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At first blush a great solution. What the good doctor doesn't factor in is the crime syndicates. They stand to lose a lucrative business if any Ivory Peace agreement were reached.
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INTERPOL urges global action against organized crime / illegal wildlife trade

INTERPOL urges global action against organized crime links behind illegal wildlife trade

 

LONDON, England - The need for a more systematic and global approach to information gathering for more effective action on the ground has been highlighted by INTERPOL during a conference hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH the Duke of Cambridge against the illegal trade in wildlife.

 

Convened by The Prince's International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the conference brings together representatives from key source, transit and market countries affected by the illegal trade in wildlife, as well as international NGOs, agencies and organizations including INTERPOL, CITES, the World Bank, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The conference will lay the groundwork for a meeting in late 2013 at Heads of State level.

 

The meeting focused on promoting international efforts to:

reduce demand for endangered wildlife and related products in markets around the world;increase capacity for global law enforcement action against the organized syndicates engaged in the illegal trade in wildlife;assist communities to find long-term, viable alternatives to the trade.

Addressing the conference, David Higgins, Manager of the INTERPOL Environmental Crime Programme, said ‘a greater understanding of the problem with a more systematic and institutionalized approach to gathering, managing and analyzing intelligence for all sectors is required.'

 

"No country or agency can alone take responsibility for what is a global crime and which requires a global response, especially given the involvement of organized crime and the links to other crimes including corruption, money laundering and murder," said Mr Higgins.

 

"We all need to work together to build on our relevant areas of expertise and develop a long-term strategy to suppress this criminal threat to wildlife and to our shared biodiversity," added Mr Higgins.

 

At the 2010 INTERPOL General Assembly in Doha, Qatar, police leaders from around the world unanimously backed a resolution encouraging greater global policing efforts against environmental crime through INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Programme.

 

They also called for INTERPOL to play a leading role in supporting national and international enforcement against environmental crime, which encompasses activities ranging from illegal trade in wildlife, timber and marine species, to illegal transborder movements of hazardous waste, and the illicit exploitation of natural resources.

 

INTERPOL-coordinated operations around the globe have already led to the arrest of thousands of individuals and the seizure of tonnes of illicitly traded wildlife and endangered species, in addition to flora and fauna.

 

Please visit the INTERPOL website for more information on our projects and activities and our Twitter page @INTERPOL_EC for updates on these activities.

 

Best regards,

 

 

 

Environmental Crime Programme
INTERPOL General Secretariat
200 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon, France

environmentalcrime@interpol.int

 

www.interpol.int/crime-areas/environmental-crime/
Twitter @INTERPOL_EC

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Poaching rise could wipe out forest elephants

Poaching rise could wipe out forest elephants | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
The ivory of the African forest elephant is soft, easy to carve and highly prized by poachers and demand for it could lead to their extinction
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How Criminology Might Help Fight Poaching

How Criminology Might Help Fight Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Douglas Main, LiveScience Staff Writer: Newark, N.J. — With no shortage of human-on-human misdeeds, criminologists haven't typically concerned themselves with crimes against wildlife and the environment....

 

Besides dealing with poverty, Leakey offered two options to fight poaching. First, he advocated building more fences around large reserves...


The second tool to fight poaching is awareness. One of the main reasons thatpoaching of elephants and rhinos has shot up in the past few years is due to growing demand in China for ivory and medicinal products...


...most of these consumers — buying ivory trinkets, or visiting traditional pharmacies — have no idea these animals are dying out...


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/criminology-animal-poaching_n_3294006.html

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger demoted, not fired, for poaching

Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger demoted, not fired, for poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger was fined and demoted, but not terminated, for using artificial light while poaching a trophy mule deer after legal hunting hours last October. Rick Cables, dir...
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Needed EU Action Plan should rank global wildlife trafficking with other serious crimes

Needed EU Action Plan should rank global wildlife trafficking with other serious crimes | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Every time I read a report on the state of wildlife, I seem to be faced with the news of yet more dead animals poached for their ivory, skins or other derivatives to feed an unrelenting global market....

 

For many years it has been argued that much of the global illegal trade in wildlife is run by organised crime syndicates that carry out detailed planning; have significant financial support; understand and utilise new information technology; and are often well armed.

 

Organised crime groups, especially those with smuggling capabilities, find wildlife trafficking attractive because of its low risks, high profits, and weak penalties.

 

During their investigation, the Committee learned how those involved in high-level drugs trafficking in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico have established a notable role in the illegal supply of endangered species to the EU and US markets....

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Los Angeles: father-son rhino horn smugglers to be sentenced today

LOS ANGELES - A father and son are expected to be sentenced to federal prison terms today for their roles in the illegal trafficking of South African rhinoceros horns in a case brought as part of a nationwide crackdown on the black market in endangered animal parts.

 

Vinh Chuong "Jimmy" Kha, 50, and Felix Kha, 27, both of Garden Grove, each pleaded guilty in Los Angeles last year to five felony counts -- conspiracy, smuggling, wildlife trafficking in violation of the Lacey Act, money laundering and tax evasion -- stemming from the smuggling conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office....

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