Smithsonian Magazine Spotlights Wildlife Trafficking

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HUGE article in the Smithsonian Magazine about wildlife trafficking out of Ecuador. Tags: wildlife trafficking ecuador latin america

Texas Father & Son Sentenced for Wildlife Trafficking

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Thai Government Deals with Victims of Wildlife Trafficking

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Another Wildlife Trafficking Ring Busted

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Malaysia is One of the Centers of Wildlife Trafficking

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Malaysia is a transit hub, a supply source, and a consumer hub for endangered wildlife. Tags: wildlife crime wildlife trafficking malaysia endangered species A deadly combination.

Singapore a Transit Hub for Trafficking

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Seems like every other month I post an article about some SE Asian country being a " hub" for wildlife trafficking (eg. Tags: singapore wildlife crime wildlife trafficking asia Vietnam, Malaysia.) How many more are there?

Trafficking Should be Crime Story, Not Wildlife Story

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He says inflated wildlife smuggling numbers are hurting the fight against the crime. In other words, puffing wildlife smuggling to sell stories hurts efforts to fight crime. Recall any wildlife smuggling story you've ever read or watched in the past 20 years. Now, substitute the word "cocaine" for whatever wildlife is featured in the story. You will see no names beyond the lowest level traffickers. Weak reporting kills wildlife. Interesting.

Bush Meat, Trafficking Decimate Vietnam

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Dr Scott Roberton, head of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said that hunting wild animals for meat and trafficking had been happening in many countries, especially developing ones. Over the last two years, authorities have discovered 57 cases of trafficking in wild animals involving more than 7,612 individuals including monkeys and Tibetan bears and elephant tusks. Tags: vietnam exotic meats wildlife trafficking bush meat endangered species

Washington Man Sentenced for Gall Bladder Trafficking

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says Wednesday that William A. Page, a meat cutter from Curlew, was sentenced to a year jail in Ferry County Superior Court after being convicted on six counts of unlawful trafficking in wildlife. Tags: wildlife trafficking State of Washington bears This man is a meat-cutter from our home state of Washington. I'm not sure the sentencing is strict enough to keep him from doing it again.

Artist Sentenced for Wildlife Trafficking

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Artist Enrique Gomez De Molina was sentenced to 20 months in prison and a $6,000 fine in Miami on Friday for trafficking in illegal and threatened wildlife. The artist used parts of animals to create his art: De Molina’s Miami attorney Ben Kuehne said the artist was “extremely remorseful and apologetic,” while fully acknowledging his actions which were opposite to what he meant to express with his art: that humans menace the rich diversity of wildlife.

Psychiatrist Arrested for Trafficking in Gall Bladders

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Zambian Police Officers Caught in Ivory Trafficking

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ZAMBIA Wildlife Authority (Zawa) yesterday arrested four people, including two police officers, in Kafue for trafficking in ivory and rhino horns worth more than K1 billion. Tags: wildlife crime ivory africa zambia trafficking elephants

Pangolins Saved from "Harvesting" by Trafficker

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In its biggest seizures of pangolins this year, Malaysia’s Wildlife and National Parks Department confiscated 98 animals from a house in Alor Setar in the northern state of Kedah. After about three weeks of surveillance and investigations, the department’s Wildlife Crime Unit raided the house early Wednesday morning and found the smuggled pangolins along with 6.5 Tags: wildlife crime Traditional Chinese Medicine trafficking china malaysia

Largest Ever Trafficking Bust in Africa

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An operation across five Africa countries over weekend, targeting wildlife crime has led to arrest of almost 60 people and seizure of one ton of illegal elephant ivory, Interpol has reported. Tags: wildlife crime ivory wildlife trafficking africa elephants Just five days ago. The one-day sweep, code-named Operation Baba, targeted more than 50 locations, including local ivory markets, airports, border crossings and smuggling points, international policying body said.

Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade Requires More Funding

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Baby Tiger Victim of Wildlife Trade

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It was reported that two men were arrested for attempting to transport the baby tiger carcass - along with the bones of at least two tigers - and that the “case showed the possibility of larger-scale tiger trafficking in the country.” Tags: wildlife crime vietnam wildlife trafficking Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers endangered species Sometimes I'm just embarrassed to be human.

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$10 Million Euros in Smuggled Wildlife Seized

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National wildlife enforcement authorities, police, customs and specialised units from 18 countries across all five continents worked together as part of Operation Tram which ran from 1 to 28 February," Interpol said. Tags: organized crime wildlife smuggling wildlife crime wildlife trafficking From the AFP.

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Wildlife Rescued in Trinidad and Tobago

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Three corrupt police officers in Trinidad and Tobago robbed a couple of Venezuelan wildlife smugglers and were subsequently arrested themselves. Over 1,000 animals were rescued, including 500 bull finches and 300 picoplats, The rescued wildlife also included monkeys, parrots, macaws and other species from Venezuela. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife crime trafficking

Sad Orangutan Trade

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US Fish and Wildlife Offers Ivory Identification Guide

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US Fish and Wildlife has a guide for identification. Tags: wildlife crime ivory wildlife trafficking trafficking elephants Wonder if something is made from illegal ivory? From the web page. This is a web version of the Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes by Edgard O.

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Tourist Tries to Smuggle 44 Lizards in Underwear

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Pet Trade Taking Toll on Southeast Asia

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India's Wildlife Crime Unit Makes First Arrests

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It sure looks like India is taking wildlife crime investigation seriously. In its first ever independent operation since its inception last year, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has unearthed an illegal pet trade racket arresting one and seizing four live Indian Tent turtles from Mahipalpur area here. Tags: wildlife crime forensics India wildlife trafficking

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Central London Shop Raided for Illegal Wildlife Products

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Asian Demand for Ivory Pushing Elephants to Extinction

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Man Arrested with Frozen Tigers and Panther in House

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The guy was clearly trafficking in illegal parts as there were about 50 kg of bones belonging to other tigers. Tags: wildlife smuggling vietnam wildlife trafficking tigers panthers This happened in Vietnam.

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Smugglers Go to Extremes with Argentinian Parrots

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Kamptee, India A Source of Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Kamthi (previously spelled Kamptee) is a city and a municipal council in Nagpur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra The seizure of 12 deer antlers (6 pairs) from a car at Kamptee octroi post by city police late Tuesday night proves that Nagpur continues to be major centre for of illegal trade in wildlife parts. Tags: India wildlife trafficking Here's some information off the beaten path.

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Huge Ivory Seizure in Malaysia

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full story here in Wildlife Extra News. ivory wildlife trafficking smuggling elephants malaysiaPossibly the largest ever. December 2011. Malaysian authorities have seized a staggering 15 tonnes of elephant ivory in Port Klang, just west of Kuala Lumpur; the sixth and by far the largest major seizure involving Malaysia in recent months, quite possibly the largest ever.

Wildlife Crime Unit Established in UK

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Interesting article about the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) in the UK. Consequences of wildlife crime are far reaching, with the profits from the illegal trade of plants and animals used to fund other criminal activities such as drug smuggling and people trafficking. Tags: wildlife crime UK The NWCU was established almost two years ago in North Berwick to co-ordinate a UK-wide crackdown on an international black market worth up to £6 billion a year.

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Cherokee Man Imprisoned for Selling Gall Bladders

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Witherspoon in Trouble for Python Purse

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wildlife trafficking california Stupid python entertainment exotic skins snakesFor some bizarre reason (hopefully just ignorance), Reese Witherspoon has pissed off animal rights activists by purchasing and carrying around a purse made out of python skin. Python skinning is horrible, brutal and repulsive. And it's illegal for her to have it at least in the State of California. And she paid $4,000 for it. Sorry, but that's stupid enough on its own. 4,000 for a frigging purse?!

US a Hub for Eatin' Them Endangered Species

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The United States is one of the world's largest, if not the largest, consuming nations for wildlife products. This includes wildlife used for food, whether for cultural reasons or luxury markets," says Leigh Henry, a senior policy officer for the World Wildlife Fund and the international wildlife-trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. Since the demand continues, so does the trafficking.". Tags: wildlife trafficking us endangered species

Man Caught Smuggling 200 Birds

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TRAFFIC Says Malaysian Raid Proves Organized Crime Link

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A police raid that uncovered 42 stolen vehicles and a mini-zoo of exotic animals in Taman Wahyu here yesterday is proof that wildlife trafficking is linked to organised crime, said wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC. Tags: organized crime wildlife trafficking malaysia From the Malaysian Insider.

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Internet Exploits Cameroon's Primates

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Illegal wildlife traffickers provide fake credentials to establish that primates are being legitimately offered for sale. Tags: wildlife crime wildlife trafficking africa primates endangered species cameroon Their ads claim that the primate comes with "veterinary health documents, a "permit" from CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and a year's health care guarantee.

Huge Ivory Seizure in Africa

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More than two tons of illegal ivory have been seized and more than 100 people have been arrested in the largest international operation targeting wildlife crime across Eastern Africa, the Kenya Wildlife Service and INTERPOL announced today. Tags: ivory wildlife trafficking africa elephants From the Environment News Service.

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Good News and Bad News for Orangutans

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Marmoset Smuggler Escapes in India

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Sher Singh, one of the kingpins of the countrywide wildlife trafficking racket involved in stealing eight common marmosets from Alipore Zoo on August 9, walked off a train in the wee hours of Friday. Sure doesn't sound like these guys take wildlife trafficking very seriously. Tags: India wildlife trafficking Unfortunate. From the Times of India.

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Young Lowland Gorillas Released into Nature Reserve

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Sounds like these guys were orphaned as a result of bushmeat and illegal trafficking activities.) Tags: wildlife trafficking united nations bush meat congo gorillas The UN airlifted these guys into the nature reserve so they can coalesce into a group that can survive when released back into the wild. This action is to prevent them from being eaten or poached in the meantime.

Baby Gorilla Rescued from Smugglers

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She is thought to be about two years old, was hidden at the bottom of a bag and covered with clothes when Congolese Wildlife Authority officers arrested the suspected trafficker at Goma airport. Tags: wildlife crime smuggling trafficking congo gorillas endangered species A baby lowland gorilla was rescued from smugglers on Sunday, April 24. There has unfortunately been an increase in smuggling attempts in the Congo.

Yikes! Two TONS of Snakes & Tortoises Seized

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Gobal Smuggling Ring Uncovered in Brazil

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Police said it was the biggest single operation in the past decade against rampant illegal wildlife traffic in the South American country. Tags: wildlife crime smuggling brazil trafficking latin america Thanks to animalblog.co.uk for this big story. Brazilian federal police arrested 72 people on Wednesday on suspicion of running an international smuggling ring that traded half a million wild animals, including jaguars and monkeys, each year.

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