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Six tons of illegal ivory destroyed as protest against poaching

Six tons of illegal ivory destroyed as protest against poaching

In Africa, elephants are being slaughtered at a record pace by poachers who hope to get rich by selling their ivory tusks. On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tossed six tons of confiscated ivory into a rock crusher, in the hopes that other countries would take the same symbolic step and destroy their stockpiles. Barry Petersen reports.

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Google Drones for Curbing Illegal Poaching in Africa

Google Drones for Curbing Illegal Poaching in Africa

Google will fund drones that will be used to fight against poaching in Africa.

Unmanned aircrafts will be the newest weapon to fight against illegal poaching of wild animals in Africa like elephants and rhinos.

Google has said they will hand over a 5 million dollar grant to the World Wildlife Fund, or WWF, which they will use to buy a few drone aircrafts equipped with cameras that are going to be used to keep an eye on poachers that hunt the endangered animals for their ivory.

WWF currently has a fleet of tracking drones that are operating in Nepal, also in an effort to catch poachers.

Ian Morrison, another WWF spokesman told Mother Jones: “The poachers and the crime syndicates that fund them are getting more and more sophisticated, and it’s time for us to step up our game too, and level the playing field.”
Some of the grant money will also be used to fund wildlife tagging, sensors, and ranger monitoring software.

The grant is a part of Google’s Global Impact Award program, which is funding 23 million dollars to nonprofit groups, like the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, and the charity called water, that develops technologies for use in countries that have limited access to water.

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Ivory poaching: Dramatic effort to save elephants as Cairo’s illegal ivory trade booms

Ivory poaching: Dramatic effort to save elephants as Cairo’s illegal ivory trade booms

In Kenya, M. Sanjayan showed how conservationists are taking desperate measures to save elephants from ivory poachers. Holly Williams went under cover to report on the illegal ivory trade in Cairo that is driven by wealthy Chinese, who prize ivory as a status symbol.

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Stop illegal trade in rhino horn

Stop illegal trade in rhino horn

The demand for rhino horn and the involvement of sophisticated criminal networks has seen a dramatic escalation in rhino poaching in southern Africa. Tom Milliken from TRAFFIC talks about ‘The South Africa Viet Nam Rhino Horn Trade Nexus’, a report into South Africa’s rhino poaching crisis.

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Busting the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade

Busting the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade

3rd Degree is in possession of shocking video footage that calls into question the decision this week to drop charges against six accused in the illegal rhino trade case. Over 450 (588) rhino have been slaughtered for their horns so far this year. So South Africans collectively breathed a sigh of relief when Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai pleaded guilty this week to trading in rhino horn. But their relief was short-lived. In a move that has outraged animal activists, the prosecution dropped charges against Chumlong’s co-accused, allowing them to walk free. It was claimed the men knew nothing about any illegal activities, but the video footage tells a very different story. This week 3rd Degree blows the lid on a wild-life trafficking syndicate that spans the globe from South African game farmers to rhino horn dealers in South-East Asia

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Busting the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade (Part two)

Busting the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade (Part two)

3rd Degree is in possession of shocking video footage that calls into question the decision this week to drop charges against six accused in the illegal rhino trade case. Over 450 (588) rhino have been slaughtered for their horns so far this year. So South Africans collectively breathed a sigh of relief when Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai pleaded guilty this week to trading in rhino horn. But their relief was short-lived. In a move that has outraged animal activists, the prosecution dropped charges against Chumlong’s co-accused, allowing them to walk free. It was claimed the men knew nothing about any illegal activities, but the video footage tells a very different story. This week 3rd Degree blows the lid on a wild-life trafficking syndicate that spans the globe from South African game farmers to rhino horn dealers in South-East Asia

NOTE: Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

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Busting the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade (Part one)

Busting the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade (Part one)

3rd Degree is in possession of shocking video footage that calls into question the decision this week to drop charges against six accused in the illegal rhino trade case. Over 450 (588) rhino have been slaughtered for their horns so far this year. So South Africans collectively breathed a sigh of relief when Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai pleaded guilty this week to trading in rhino horn. But their relief was short-lived. In a move that has outraged animal activists, the prosecution dropped charges against Chumlong’s co-accused, allowing them to walk free. It was claimed the men knew nothing about any illegal activities, but the video footage tells a very different story. This week 3rd Degree blows the lid on a wild-life trafficking syndicate that spans the globe from South African game farmers to rhino horn dealers in South-East Asia

NOTE: Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

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STOP IT: together we can end illegal trade in rhino horn – Part 1

STOP IT: together we can end illegal trade in rhino horn – Part 1

Joseph Okori, WWF’s African rhino programme coordinator, discusses the poaching of African rhinos and the illegal trade in rhino horns. Not an isolated issue, it impacts on humans too. In recent years the problem has not only increased in terms of numbers killed, but we see the increasingly organised nature of the crime.

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Busting the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade (Part three)

Busting the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade (Part three)

3rd Degree is in possession of shocking video footage that calls into question the decision this week to drop charges against six accused in the illegal rhino trade case. Over 450 (588) rhino have been slaughtered for their horns so far this year. So South Africans collectively breathed a sigh of relief when Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai pleaded guilty this week to trading in rhino horn. But their relief was short-lived. In a move that has outraged animal activists, the prosecution dropped charges against Chumlong’s co-accused, allowing them to walk free. It was claimed the men knew nothing about any illegal activities, but the video footage tells a very different story. This week 3rd Degree blows the lid on a wild-life trafficking syndicate that spans the globe from South African game farmers to rhino horn dealers in South-East Asia

NOTE: Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

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STOP IT – together we can end illegal trade in rhino horn – Part 2

STOP IT – together we can end illegal trade in rhino horn – Part 2

A look at the use of rhino DNA analysis in tracing the illegal trade back to the animals killed, and the importance of obtaining the political support needed to succeed. Joseph Okori, WWF’s African rhino programme coordinator, discusses the illegal rhino horn trade, and wider rhino conservation issues.

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