The African Wildlife Foundation To Invest $25 Million In Major Efforts To Counter The Illegal Wildlife Trade In Africa – World Animal News

By WAN –
November 1, 2018

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) will invest $25 million over the next four years to support efforts by African governments and local communities to protect wildlife and wild lands on the continent.
Making the pledge last month at the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) conference in London, AWF President Kaddu Sebunya said poaching and illegal trade in wildlife products poses an acute threat to Africa’s rich heritage of natural wealth that is critical to the continent’s development prospects.
“We are seeing recovery and stabilization of some critical wildlife populations. We know what is working and it’s time to scale up the investment to combat this serious threat,” said Kaddu in a statement.
Soaring demand for illegal wildlife products is emptying forests and savannahs of key species, undermining efforts to put in place good governance and sustainable development. The London conference is a good starting point for strengthening partnerships across borders to collectively combat the illegal wildlife trade.
The money pledged by AWF will be used to support programs implementing the priorities coming out of the 2018 conference. This includes:

Building African leadership and ownership of the IWT agenda on the continent.
Protecting habitats and key populations of rhinos, elephants, great apes, large carnivores and giraffes.
Enhancing detection of wildlife crimes, and strengthening prosecutorial and judiciary capacity to put perpetrators behind bars where they belong.

Kaddu said that while the international efforts to disrupt markets in illegal wildlife products—such as the Ivory Alliance being launched by the UK Government earlier this month —are critical, the IWT agenda in Africa must be led and owned by Africans.
“The trade routes trace back to decisions made on the ground, and while we are focusing this week on the commodities traded from dead wildlife, our interest is in seeing the living species remain part of modern Africa. We know from our work that leadership at every level—from the families living in wildlife-rich areas, to the heads of state—is an essential ingredient,” Kaddu said.
Since 2014, AWF has invested $13.1 million to counter the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and implemented a further $5.5 million with public-sector partners. The combined $18.6 million has been used to directly support anti-poaching efforts on the ground, strengthen prosecutorial and judiciary processes, place sniffer dogs in critical transit points, and campaign to stop the demand in Asia.
The investment is clearly working. 10 out of the 14 populations of elephants the funding has targeted are stable or increasing. All rhino populations and seven out of nine carnivore populations that AWF supports are stable or increasing. Prosecutors are building stronger cases and judges are delivering stronger sentences for wildlife crimes. The sniffer dogs have registered over 250 finds and counting.
“If we can keep wildlife safe from poachers, make wildlife products difficult to move around, actively involve key local players, and dampen the demand for wildlife products, then Africa’s magnificent animals have a fighting chance,” said Dr. Philip Muruthi, AWF Chief Scientist and VP of Species Protection.

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The world’s giraffe population has dropped an alarming 40 percent in the last 20 years, partly due to a booming trade of giraffe parts in the United States. These beautiful, gentle creatures will disappear forever if this is allowed to continue. Sign this petition to save the remaining giraffes from extinction.

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Beachgoers Kill Hundreds Of Birds For Volleyball Court

On the Fourth of July, a large group of visitors to tiny Sand Island off the coast of Alabama decided to play volleyball on the beach. But there was a problem: bird nests filled with eggs were in the way of where they wanted to play.

So, did the tourists look for another spot to create a volleyball court? Nope. They scooped up the unhatched eggs and scared away the adult birds. Then they “actually made a little dome of sand and placed the eggs around it to decorate it,” Andrew Haffenden, a wildlife researcher who was conducting a bird survey for Birmingham Audubon when he discovered the relocated eggs, told AL.com.

By removing the eggs from their nests, the tourists may have killed hundreds of federally protected least terns — small, white shorebirds with black caps that weigh no more than 1.5 ounces. They lay their grape-sized eggs inside shallow holes they make in the sand on a wide stretch of the beach. Female birds sit on these nests to keep the eggs cool and prevent them from literally baking in the hot summer sun.

To protect their eggs from threats like big waves, larger birds, foxes and other predators, least terns nest in colonies of dozens to hundreds of pairs of birds. Their nests are only a foot or two apart.

“I always refer to them as the world’s best parents,” Katie Barnes, chief biologist for Birmingham Audubon’s Coastal Program, told the New York Times.
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While the Washington Post headline about this disturbing incident said the tourists “accidentally” killed the birds, there’s nothing at all accidental about it. They intentionally disturbed all those unhatched eggs, so they could selfishly play volleyball on the beach.

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“The thing about the eggs, people think, ‘Oh, they’re eggs,’ but they are also almost fully formed chicks inside. They can walk almost as soon as they hatch,” Haffenden told AL.com. “In that pile of eggs, there were a number that were about to hatch. In fact, if you look at the pictures of the pile you can see an egg that showed pipping [cracks where a chick is pecking its way out of the shell]. What the people did was take those eggs away from the protection of the parents from the sun. So we had dozens of functional chicks die by being baked. It’s pretty nasty.”

Haffenden said he’d seen “swirls of the birds” flying around the small island before he counted 17 boats docked there on the Fourth of July – “so I was pretty disturbed,” he told AL.com. He estimated that hundreds of birds, frightened by the onslaught of people, would have left their nests.

None of the people who moved the eggs have yet been identified. Least terns are included under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which was enacted 100 years ago to protect birds from people. The act makes it illegal for anyone to take their eggs without a federal permit. The penalty is $15,000 and up to a year in jail.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was immediately contacted and is investigating the case. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was also alerted and is patrolling the island.

To prevent more birds from being killed, Birmingham Audubon has roped off nesting areas on Sand Island and posted signs informing visitors about least terns and urging them to respect their nests. It seems to be working. “We have not seen a human footprint in the area,” Barnes told AL.com. “Boaters have not pulled up to that area.”

There is some good news for least terns on Sand Island: There was a population boom this year. In fact, according to Barnes, their colony might be the largest on record in Alabama. While it’s tragic that hundreds of birds were killed for a volleyball game, Barnes told AL.com the island “has still been a big success for these birds.”
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Petition: Poacher Murdered Mama Bear and Her Two Screaming CUBS! Demand Justice Now!

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On Esther Island in Alaska, a motion-detecting camera was set up in a bear den as part of a joint three-year study between the US Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. What that camera captured has now led to felony and misdemeanor charges against a Palmer father and son, who authorities say shot dead a sow black bear and her two just-born cubs. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the poachers then tried to cover it up once they saw the mother bear was collared.

Per court documents, Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, were charged after video clips showed them skiing past the bear den on April 14, when the sow caught their eye. Per an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, Owen Renner then shot at the mother bear twice, and when the baby bears started “shrieking,” Andrew Renner shot and killed them, too. The mother bear was wearing a tracking collar and Renner removed it and attempted to cover up the crime.

PLEASE sign so that these bears can be given justice and the habit of poaching can be shown to be a serious crime!

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Captain Leath says that acts like this poaching incident stand in antithesis to what it means to be a hunter as well as the resource management of the state.

“This is unfortunately a prime example of how even with the state’s best efforts when individuals go out there and take bears legally, as well as this being fairly egregious killing cubs like this, not only undermines the complete foundation of the sportsman’s perspective on it, but it also undermines any effort by the state and the Department of Fish & Game to support that population growth.”

The vessel, vehicle used in the hunt, and hunting rifles were all seized ruing the investigation. Charges against these men include: Tampering with Physical Evidence, Unlawfully Take Female Bear with Cubs, Unlawfully Take Bear Cub x 2, Possess/Transport Illegally Taken Game x 3. A. Renner was additionally charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Unsworn Falsification in the Second Degree. The case number is AK18027153.

Even though there was stark video evidence of the crime, Captain Leath tells us that the investigation was still extensive.

“The case building, while the video and audio footage no doubt about it was very helpful in identifying the suspect and the crimes of hand, the subsequent investigation that into that as far as identifying the individuals, serving search warrants on the residence, find the vessel and vehicle they used to facilitate the crime, all those additional tasks that were involved, led to quite a lengthy investigation.”

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23 Alleged Rhino Poachers Arrested In South Africa Since Tragic Death Of Ranger Respect Mathebula At Kruger National Park! – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
August 8, 2018

R.I.P. Ranger Respect Mathebula
While still mourning the tragic death of one of their own late last month, members of the Rangers Corps in South Africa are responsible for the recent arrests of 23 suspected rhino poachers in Kruger National Park (KNP).
Tragically, as previously reported by WAN, on Thursday, July 19th, Respect Mathebula became the second Ranger casualty since 1958 involving a poacher contact in Park. Mathebula was shot after making contact with a poaching group that they had been tracking.
As per the organization, Respect joined SANParks in February 2015 as Field Ranger at Shangoni Ranger Section. In July 2016, he moved to Crocodile Bridge Section in the same position and worked there until he passed away.
In a statement released earlier this week by South African National Parks, Managing Executive of KNP, Glenn Phillips commended the work of the Rangers saying they are resilient in the aftermath of the tragic loss of a colleague.
“The arrests are a sign that the Spirit of Respect is being honored by the Rangers Corps,” noted Phillips. “Further to this, the fact that no poachers were wounded or killed in these contacts is a clear demonstration of the professionalism and discipline that embodies our Ranger Corps.”
According to Phillips, there has been relentless poacher activity since Mathebula’s passing, with 156 incidents reported including contacts.
“We are still making a plea to our neighbouring communities to help us in this fight by exposing those who are exploiting their children, husbands, and relatives to hunt rhino illegally,” continued Phillips. “These people do not have the welfare of the communities at heart but are criminals without a conscience, and they need to be put behind bars for a long time for their criminal acts.”
The 23 arrested suspects were also in possession of 10 high calibre rifles and poaching equipment. They will be facing charges related to poaching and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
“Very few people have the courage and necessary skills to perform this important task other than Rangers, in which Respect was and will forever be part of. Etlela hi kurhula Respect – May your soul rest in peace,” the organization shared in a tribute to the lost hero who left behind his wife, Wisdom Ndlovu, their four children, five brothers, two sisters and all other family members. “You upheld the Ranger values and flew the SANParks flag high with honour. We are poorer with your absence but will continue where you left off.”
WAN salutes Mathebula and his fellow Rangers who continue to work tirelessly and selflessly to protect some of the world’s most endangered species from some of the planet’s most egregious predators, greedy humans!

https://worldanimalnews.com/23-alleged-rhino-poachers-arrested-in-the-18-days-since-death-of-ranger-respect-mathebula-at-krueger-national-park/

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Trouble-Making Oregon Man, Raymond Reinkek, Arrested For Harassing Wild Bison At Yellowstone National Park Last Week! – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
August 6, 2018
Left Photo by Lindsey Jones, Facebook

Sadly, innocent animals continue to be cruelly mistreated and abused by heartless humans who seem to be void of the gene for compassion.
Such was the case last week when 55-year-old Raymond Reinkek from Pendleton, Oregon, was caught on video harassing a wild bison at Yellowstone National Park.
According to the National Park Service, Reinke had been traveling to multiple national parks over the last week. On July 28th, he was first arrested by law enforcement rangers at Grand Teton National Park for a drunk and disorderly conduct incident. He spent the night in the Teton County Jail and was then released on bond.
Following his release, he traveled to Yellowstone National Park. Rangers at Yellowstone stopped his vehicle for a traffic violation on July 31st during which Reinke was reportedly intoxicated again and argumentative. He was cited as a passenger for failure to wear a seat belt. It is believed that after that traffic stop, Reinke encountered the bison.
“The individual’s behavior in this video is reckless, dangerous, and illegal. We need people to be stewards of Yellowstone, and one way to do that is to keep your distance from wildlife,” Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk stated on a post on the Parks Facebook page. “Park regulations require people to stay at least 25 yards from animals like bison and elk, and 100 yards from bears and wolves. These distances safeguard both visitors and the remarkable experience of sharing a landscape with thousands of freely-roaming animals. People who ignore these rules are risking their lives and threatening the park experience for everyone else.”
“Another way to be a steward: tell a ranger, or call 911, if you see someone whose behavior might hurt them or the park,” the post continued.
Fortunately, on Thursday, August 2nd, Yellowstone rangers connected Reinke’s extensive history, and after viewing the egregious nature of the wildlife violation; the Assistant U.S. Attorney requested his bond be revoked. The request was granted, and that evening, a warrant was issued for Reinke’s arrest.
According to a statement released by the National Park Service, Reinke had told the previous rangers his travel plans, so Glacier National Park rangers began looking for his vehicle there. Simultaneous with that search, rangers responded to the Many Glacier Hotel because two guests were arguing and creating a disturbance in the hotel dining room. Rangers identified one of the individuals involved as Reinke.
Glacier rangers transported Reinke to Helena where they were met by Yellowstone rangers. Yellowstone rangers transported Reinke to Mammoth Hot Springs and booked him into the Yellowstone Jail. He was scheduled for a court appearance the next day.
“We appreciate the collaboration of our fellow rangers in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks on this arrest,” said Wenk. “Harassing wildlife is illegal in any national park.”

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7 Tonnes of Scales From Endangered Pangolins Seized In Hong Kong – Second Largest Seizure In A Decade – World Animal News

By Karen Lane –
July 31, 2018

Picture from South China Morning Post. The shipment arrived from Lagos, Nigeria.
Sad news from Hong Kong was revealed last week after the Tsing Yi customs cargo examination compound came across a 40 foot container which the manifest claimed contained more than 880 bags of plastic raw materials.
Tragically, the custom agents discovered that the large container was actually carrying 7 tonnes of scales from critically endangered pangolins, which was in route from Nigeria to Hong Kong.
The Customs Department stated that the shipment had an estimated market value of HK$3.55 million (US$450,000) making it the second largest seizure of its kind in a decade.
According to The South China Morning Post, the biggest recent seizure that was also found in a container from Nigeria, contained 7.2 tonnes of pangolin scales, which was discovered in May of 2017.
Regarding the recent shipment discovered last week, a law enforcement source said, “A total of 284 bags carrying suspected pangolin scales were found in the container.” He also mentioned that the shipment was en route for Guangdong province, and that it was possible the scales would be used in Chinese medicine.
According to World Wildlife Fund, Pangolins continue to be the most trafficked mammals in Asia and increasingly, in Africa. Their meat is considered a delicacy and their scales are used in traditional medicine in countries like China and Vietnam.
It’s infuriating that these beautiful and shy creatures continue to be killed even though their species are protected under national and international laws. What is even more heartbreaking is that in recent years, the illegal trade in pangolins have actually increased due to growing demand.
In Hong Kong, importing or exporting undeclared cargo carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and a HK$2 million fine.
Any person found guilty of importing an endangered species without a license is liable to a maximum fine of HK$10 million ($1.3 million) and imprisonment for 10 years, under Hong Kong’s “Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance.”
The department said no one has been arrested and the investigation was still under way.

https://worldanimalnews.com/7-tonnes-of-scales-from-endangered-pangolins-seized-in-hong-kong-second-largest-seizure-in-a-decade/

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Breaking! 292 Crocodiles Brutally Killed By Angry Villagers In Indonesia – World Animal News

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By WAN –
July 16, 2018
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An angry mob of Indonesian villagers massacred close to 300 crocodiles over the weekend.
The tragic event occurred on Saturday following the funeral of a 48-year-old man who was killed by a crocodile after entering an area around a breeding pond. He was reportedly most likely looking for grass to feed his livestock.
According to authorities, the farm received a license in 2013 to breed protected saltwater and New Guinea crocodiles for preservation, as well as to harvest some of the animals.
Heart-wrenching images have emerged of the 292 battered and bloodied crocodile carcasses, including “palm-sized” babies, that were stacked upon one another in a pile in the Sorong district of the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua.
“One of the crocodile farm employees heard someone screaming for help and ran to the scene where they saw a person being mauled by a crocodile,” said Basar Manullang, head of Indonesia’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency in West Papua, according to multiple media outlets including ChannelNewsAsia.
Police and conservation officials responded to the scene but were unable to stop the mass slaughter because they were outnumbered by the mob.
Authorities are now questioning witnesses to determine if criminal charges will be filed against those responsible for the grisly attack on the crocodiles.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-292-crocodiles-brutally-killed-by-angry-villagers-in-indonesia/

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Breaking News! At Least 3 Alleged Rhino Poachers Killed & Eaten By Pride Of Lions At Game Reserve In South Africa! – World Animal News

Breaking News! At Least 3 Alleged Rhino Poachers Killed & Eaten By Pride Of Lions At Game Reserve In South Africa!
By Lauren Lewis – July 5, 2018

Three alleged rhino poachers were killed by a pride of lions at a South African game reserve that is home to the Big Five of elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions, and leopards.
According to Sibuya Game Reserve owner, Nick Fox, the remains of humans were discovered in the lion camp on Tuesday evening.
It is believed the perpetrators entered the reserve late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
“They were armed with, amongst other things, a high powered rifle with a silencer, an ax, wire cutters and had food supplies for a number of days; all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhinos and removing their horns,” Fox explained on the reserve’s Facebook page noting that they first became aware there may be an issue when one of their anti-poaching dogs alerted her handler at about 4.30 am Monday morning that something was amiss.
It was dark and it is not unusual to hear a commotion coming from the lions at night, so the handler was not immediately concerned.
It was not until around 4.30 pm on Tuesday that one of the field guides on game drive alerted the Anti-Poaching Unit that there appeared to be human remains as well as other items in the immediate vicinity of the lions. Fox reported that they immediately alerted the Association of Eastern Cape Game Reserves’ Anti-Poaching Cluster and the Police.
“As it was already dark it was not possible to investigate the area until first light at which time we arranged for our vet to dart the entire pride of lions so that Police forensic teams assisted by our Anti-poaching unit could comb the immediate area for clues,” Fox stated. “At this stage, it is not clear exactly how many poachers were killed but the Police forensic team are continuing to investigate.”
Tragically, nine rhinos have reportedly already been killed by poachers on Eastern Cape reserves this year.
While any loss of life is sad, may this serve as a clear message to poachers to stay away!

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-news-at-least-3-alleged-rhino-poachers-killed-eaten-by-pride-of-lions-at-game-reserve-in-south-africa/

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Thirteen bald eagles were found dead in a field. This is what killed them.

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Thirteen bald eagles were found dead on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in February of 2016. A new report shows the birds were poisoned. (WUSA 9)

The 13 bald eagles were found lifeless on a Maryland farm more than two years ago, many with wings splayed, bodies intact, and talons clenched. Several were too young to have their species’ distinctive white heads. And at least six, according to a federal lab report, had ingested a highly toxic pesticide that essentially has been banned from the U.S. market, in part because it is lethal to birds.

The 2016 report, obtained by the Annapolis radio station WNAV and shared with The Washington Post, answers one big question in a mysterious wildlife crime that angered conservation organizations and stumped U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigators, who were involved because the bald eagle is a federally protected species. Tests showed that the birds were poisoned, as officials suspected. What remains unsolved is who did it.

“There was no smoking gun,” said John LaCorte, a special agent for the Fish and Wildlife Service who spent six months interviewing more than a dozen landowners and property managers in the Eastern Shore area where the eagles died. “It’s very frustrating.”

The chemical that killed the birds, carbofuran, came under scrutiny three decades ago for killing what the Environmental Protection Agency estimated were as many as 2 million birds a year, threatening the bald eagle’s then-fragile road to recovery. The granular form, which a Fish and Wildlife official in 1987 told The Post was the primary cause of death for bald eagles in the Chesapeake Bay region, was banned in the mid-1990s. The EPA disallowed the use of liquid carbofuran on food crops in 2009, saying the residue posed an unacceptable safety risk. Environmental groups hailed the decision as a victory for human health and for wildlife.

Today, the pesticide is off the market and the bald eagle is no longer endangered, though it is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. But carbofuran still occasionally kills birds and other wildlife in the United States. Sometimes those deaths are intentional, and sometimes they are collateral damage after an animal scavenges a poisoned carcass.

In November, a Montana farmer was fined $1,000 for the killing of a bald eagle that fed on a calf carcass he had injected with carbofuran in a bid to kill coyotes; it also killed three coyotes and a hawk. Last June, a Pennsylvania man was fined $3,500 after sending Furadan, the brand name carbofuran was previously sold under, to workers at his New York farm and instructing them to pour it on sheep carcasses to kill hawks that had preyed on his lambs. It killed two red-tailed hawks, a rough-legged hawk and two bald eagles. A Wisconsin father and son were each ordered to pay more than $100,000 in 2014 after killing more than 70 wild animals, including bald eagles, as they targeted wolves and coyotes with carbofuran.

Photographs displayed last month at a news conference in Sacramento show the harm done to wildlife by the use of a banned pesticide at illegal marijuana grow sites hidden on public land. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

California authorities recently raised alarm about the widespread use of carbofuran at illegal marijuana grow sites. Mourad Gabriel, a wildlife biologist who has documented that trend, said in an interview that the chemical is usually found in Spanish-labeled bottles, suggesting illegal importation.

“They’re not using it as a pesticide. . . . They’re using it as a rodenticide to kill the animals that will come and eat the plants,” U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott told reporters in Sacramento in May. “This is a game-changer, because it’s a lethal poison.”

Carbofuran is an acute toxin, which means it can kill after a single exposure or an exposure of a short duration. And it doesn’t take much. Farmers in Africa have used it to kill lions that eat livestock.

Karyn L. Bischoff, a toxicologist at Cornell University’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center, recently examined a dog that had been fatally poisoned by carbofuran in the Caribbean. “It’s a pretty ugly way to die,” said Bischoff, whose lab sees carbofuran poisoning cases every year or two. The chemical can cause diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and excessive salivation, she said. It can also cause glands in the lungs to secrete fluids, causing animals to “drown in their own fluids.”

Robert Edgell, 89, owns the property of more than 100 acres outside Federalsburg, Md., where the eagles were discovered in February 2016. He had just gotten out of his truck when he stumbled upon the first carcass, which he described this week as a “young, immature eagle.” Walking on, he found two more dead eagles and then, nearby, a fourth standing upright with its tail feathers seemingly stuck in the ground. It looked as though it had been stuffed, he said.

Others were discovered in the same area by a man Edgell said he had allowed to look for deer antlers on the property. Federal officials who came to investigate collected them all — 13 total — as well as a partial raccoon carcass and fur found nearby. Killing just one bald eagle is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

“I was dumbfounded,” said Edgell, a retired state trooper whose farm has been in his family since 1910. “Usually you see one or two soaring over the place, but to see 13 in that area and all deceased. . . . In all my years, I’d not seen anything like this.”

Six of the bald eagles were sent to the Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon, which determined that all had carbofuran in their stomachs or in their crops, or both. All had consumed a “recent meal,” states the report, which was obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by WNAV reporter Donna L. Cole. Five of the six had eaten raccoon, and some had eaten deer or chicken; the sixth had dined on marsh rice rat, but the report notes that any of the birds could have vomited other stomach contents.

The lab also examined the raccoon carcass and fur. It could not determine a cause of death, but carbofuran was detected on both samples. LaCorte said investigators believe the birds fed on the carcass of the raccoon, which may have been the target, and then perished.

“Bald eagles don’t normally predate on raccoons,” Gabriel said, because the latter are primarily nocturnal and eagles do most of their hunting during the day. “The raccoons probably succumbed to the carbofuran and they were out there decomposing and the bald eagles capitalized on the tainted meat.”

Although carbofuran can no longer be purchased, there is probably plenty of it still out there, Bischoff said.

“A lot of people have an old shed somewhere that’s got all this stuff in it that has been sitting there for 40 years,” Bischoff said. “They may or may not know it’s there.”

Edgell, who grows soybeans and wheat on about 70 acres of his property, said he appeared before a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, where he was questioned about the eagle deaths. Fish and Wildlife investigators also questioned him and his farm managers, including about chemicals used on the farm. Edgell said this week that neither he nor his employees had ever used carbofuran.

LaCorte said he believes Edgell did not use the chemical on his property. It’s possible, he said, that one eagle picked up the raccoon carcass elsewhere and then carried it to Edgell’s property, where other eagles also consumed it.

But even if eagles weren’t the targets, someone illegally used the carbofuran, and in doing so added a particularly egregious case to what LaCorte called an “epidemic on the Eastern Shore” of wildlife-poisoning crimes. A 2016 case in which five bald eagles were poisoned in Delaware remains under investigation, officials said.

“It’s every year where we get a couple of poisonings,” LaCorte said. Poisoning a nuisance animal or predator, rather than trapping it or building a fence, is “the cheaper and easier way out,” he said. The cases are hard to solve, LaCorte said, because there are usually few to no witnesses — or none willing to talk. “If anyone wants to see things get done about this, they need to be courageous and come forward,” he said.

Edgell said the eagles’ deaths disturbed his friends, and he assured them he was upset, too.

“It was certainly nothing done on the farm that killed them. It’s something else,” he said. “I love to see eagles flying. They’re a beautiful bird.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2018/06/20/thirteen-bald-eagles-were-found-dead-in-a-field-this-is-what-killed-them/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4b8b71636b50

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Breaking! 6 Alleged Wildlife Traffickers Arrested In Myanmar, Southeast Asia; Elephant Hides, Deer Horns & Skulls Among Confiscated Items – World Animal News

By WAN –
June 13, 2018

Six men in the Mandalay, Ayeyarwady, and Bago regions of Myanmar have been arrested for allegedly storing and selling wild animal parts including elephant hides, deer and bison horns, turtle shells and meats, and porcupine quills as well as the bones, claws, paws, and skulls of various animals.
According to the Myanmar Times, the Forestry Department police department issued a statement yesterday explaining that the arrests stemmed from separate law enforcement operations and subsequent raids on June 9th.
The yet-to-be-named suspects, who were charged under the country’s Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law, may face up to seven years in jail for the killing and trading of protected wildlife.
Sadly, the growing demand in surrounding countries was cited as the reason that so many people are now storing and trading wildlife parts in the area.
U Khin Maung Myint, Director of Forestry Department of Ayeyarwady Region noted that the “market emerged as the horns and hides of the animal are hung on the walls for decorative purposes, made into hand wear accessories, and mixed with other medicinal roots for medicine.”
What pointless reasons to take sentient beings lives.
It’s as shameful as it is sad!

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-6-alleged-wildlife-traffickers-arrested-in-myanmar-southeast-asia-elephant-hides-deer-horns-skulls-among-rescued-items/

 

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Breaking! Two Suspects Apprehended In Cambodia Following Raid & Seizure Of Massive Amount Of Wildlife Products Sold on Facebook – World Animal News

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Breaking! Two Suspects Apprehended In Cambodia Following Raid & Seizure Of Massive Amount Of Wildlife Products Sold on Facebook
By WAN – May 15, 2018

Photos from Wildlife Alliance
Two suspects were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia yesterday for smuggling illegal wildlife products, which were found during a joint-force raid on two houses in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Thursday.
As per a post by Wildlife Alliance on Friday, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team arrested the alleged wildlife traffickers who were selling parts of endangered species on Facebook.

As previously noted by WAN and supported by a statement released by Wildlife Alliance, Facebook has sadly become a dominant marketplace for buying and selling wildlife products.
According to Wildlife Alliance, in Cambodia, the problem is becoming rampant with wildlife traders easily reaching a nationwide audience in both urban and rural markets.
After investigating a Facebook page selling wildlife products, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) obtained a search warrant.
In the early morning on May 10th, the WRRT split into two teams and simultaneously surrounded two houses containing wildlife products. The WRRT searched the homes and found a staggering amount of native and imported wildlife products including leopard, clouded leopard and sun bear pelts; elephant ivory; tiger claws and whiskers; sun bear and Asiatic black bear claws and gallbladder; elephant, leopard, black bear, sun bear, muntjac, sambar, porcupine and macaque skulls and skull parts (56 total); porcupine stomach and whiskers; hippopotamus teeth; 72 wild pig tusks; and a variety of other wildlife products.
As explained in the Phnom Perth Post, article 49 of the Forestry Law prohibits the processing, hunting, transporting and trading of rare species, while the Law on Natural Protected Areas legislates for a one-to-five-year prison sentence and a fine of between 3,750.00 to $25,000.00 for those who prey on endangered species.

http://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-two-suspects-apprehended-in-cambodia-following-raid-seizure-of-massive-amount-of-wildlife-products-sold-on-facebook/

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Facebook Is Profiting From Illegal Wildlife Traffickers

https://www.care2.com/causes/facebook-is-profiting-from-illegal-wildlife-traffickers.html

While Mark Zuckerberg was testifying before Congress about Facebook providing user information to Cambridge Analytica, additional disturbing news about his company was making headlines.

Facebook has been making a profit by selling ads on pages that are operated by illegal wildlife traffickers. The pages sell the body parts of endangered animals, according to a complaint filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

That’s right, Facebook has allegedly been making money off of the sellers of items like elephant ivory, rhino horns and tiger teeth — in fact, an Associated Press article included a screen grab of a Facebook group page displaying buckets full of the teeth.

According to the complaint, Facebook is violating its responsibilities as a publicly-traded company by knowingly profiting from the criminal trafficking of endangered species. The anonymous whistleblower complaint was filed in August 2017 by the law firm of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto.

As for just how much Facebook is profiting from these ads, the company has never disclosed in its regulatory findings the revenue it may be earning from illegal traffickers, the AP reports.

Hopefully the complaint will launch an SEC investigation into exactly how much of the company’s annual $41 billion revenue is from the sale of endangered animal parts.

Ironically, Facebook was one of 21 technology companies, including Google and Microsoft, that joined the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online just one month ago. The coalition’s goal is to reduce online wildlife trafficking by 80 percent over the next two years.

“Extinctions are forever, so it is an urgent necessity to stop the trafficking on Facebook of critically endangered species immediately and forever,” said the law firm’s Stephen M. Kohn in a statement April 10. “Part of the SEC’s responsibility is to ensure that Facebook investors aren’t unwittingly involved with the criminal trafficking of endangered species.”

That same day, Facebook released its own statement saying it doesn’t permit the sale of wildlife, endangered species or their parts, and that it removes groups that have been identified as engaging in illegal conduct.

But according to the statement from Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, a months-long investigation of various social media platforms by the law firm’s undercover team found “rampant wildlife activity in two places: Facebook and Instagram.”

(Instagram – surprise! — is owned by Facebook.) The statement described the amount of wildlife parts being sold in closed and private Facebook groups as “horrifying.”

“At a time when the world is losing 30,000 elephants a year to poachers, the amount of ivory sold on Facebook is particularly shocking,” the law firm stated.

Its undercover team identified more than a dozen wildlife trafficking networks operating on Facebook and traveled to Vietnam and Laos to meet with ivory traders to confirm they were actively marketing their products on the social media platform.

The word “horrifying” was also used by Gretchen Peters, executive director of the Center on Illicit Networks and Transnational Organized Crime, a nonprofit dedicated to helping governments and communities more efficiently counter these groups.

“I have looked at thousands of posts containing ivory, and I am convinced that Facebook is literally facilitating the extinction of the elephant species,” Peters told the AP.

Instead of helping to decimate what’s left of endangered species, Facebook could do a lot to save them by turning over the information it has about wildlife traffickers to authorities – just like it turned over information about users to Cambridge Analytica.

Doing so could help lead to the largest wildlife law enforcement operation ever, the law firm of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto said in its statement.

Facebook is already losing users, along with billions of dollars in shareholder wealth, over its mishandling of their private information. Even more users and shareholder wealth could (and should) be lost over the very troubling news that Facebook is apparently enabling the illegal trafficking of endangered wildlife.

Please sign this petition urging Facebook to stop advertising on the pages of illegal wildlife traffickers, remove the pages and report these criminals to authorities.http://bit.ly/tell-facebook-to-stop

African Wildlife Foundation – #DislikeIt. Facebook allows groups to trade elephant ivory and rhino horn on their social media platforms and is reportedly running ads on those pages. This puts #elephan…

This is the link for the African Wildlife Foundation on Facebook…

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African Wildlife Foundation – #DislikeIt. Facebook allows groups to trade elephant ivory and rhino horn on their social media platforms and is reportedly running ads on those pages. This puts #elephants and #rhinos directly in the poachers’ crosshairs. Be one of 60K to sign our petition demanding Facebook immediately purge #wildlifetrafficking from its platforms! Add your name. http://bit.ly/tell-facebook-to-stop

Tell Facebook to shut down wildlife traffickers on its platforms

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As a member of African Wildlife Foundation’s community of activists, I am horrified to learn that Facebook has been accused of running ads on pages advertising the sale of elephant ivory, rhino horn, and other wildlife products.

This must stop immediately. You must also prioritize identifying and purging all activity related to wildlife trafficking on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, including deleting posts that sell ivory and rhino horn, shutting down Facebook groups devoted to sales of wildlife products, and stopping Facebook Messenger from being used to negotiate prices.

The rampant wildlife trafficking activity on your social media platforms is abhorrent and contributes to the rapid decline of Africa’s elephant, rhino, and other iconic wildlife populations. We will not be satisfied with a few new policies asking wildlife criminals to self-regulate.

In March, Facebook joined the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online along with 20 other technology companies. Yet weeks later, wildlife trafficking is still rampant on your network. If Facebook’s commitment to the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online is genuine, then ending the facilitation of black market sales must become a top-line priority. I stand with AWF and the world’s community of wildlife activists who demand you to take action to stop Facebook’s participation in wildlife trafficking immediately. The word is out and the world is watching what you do next.

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Five Wildlife Rangers and their driver killed by Poachers · Change.org

Petition update

Apr 17, 2018 — Virunga National Park in Congo is about the size of California. It is a poacher’s paradise. Backed and financed by Chinese middlemen they have grown into heavily armed militias.
More than 130 park rangers have been killed in the park since 1996.
While Under Armour and Safari Club International promotes the hunting of wild animals in Africa, these rangers risk their lives trying to protect them.
The more people in the West become aware of these situations and are able to connect the dots, the sooner all this barbarities will evolve to something better. Better laws, better ethics. Less killing.

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Petition: It’s Cecil the Lion all over again! “Big Tusker” the elephant killed by hunters in Zimbabwe.

by: Care2 Team
target: Government of Zimbabwe

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Every animal lover will remember the day they learned about the death of Cecil. Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, who was lured out of his reserve by an American hunter and shot. The animal was left to suffer in agony for hours before it finally died. What made the news even worse was that Cecil was being studied by scientists to learn more about lion habits.

Now, a similar story has emerged but this time the victim was an extremely rare type of elephant known as a “Big-Tusker.” Big-Tuskers are elephants with tusks so long they reach the ground. According to the latest study, there are only around 30 left on Earth.

Make that 29, unfortunately, one was murdered last month by a Russian trophy hunter on a Safari Club affiliated hunt.

To make matters worse — like Cecil — the pachyderm was collared and was being studied by researchers. The hunters claim not to have seen the collar but even if that were the case, there are currently no laws in Zimbabwe that prohibit hunters from killing collared animals!

It is unbelievable that Zimbabwe allows the murder of animals so important they are being specifically studied by scientists. It must stop.

It is time to have your voice heard and demand that Zimbabwe stop these senseless killings. Help to make sure this never happens again. Ask Zimbabwe to ban the killing of ALL collared animals — and save the last of the “Big Tusker” elephants!

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Heartbreaking News! A Big-Tusker That Was Collared For Research Killed By Russian Hunter In Zimbabwe – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
March 27, 2018

Pictured is the dead elephant alongside hunt leader Martin Pieters. Photo sourced from social media as per Africa Geographic
Tragically, a Big-Tusker bull elephant that was collared for research purposes was killed earlier this month by a Russian trophy hunter in Zimbabwe.
The unnamed hunter was among a group of seven that included a government ranger and two trackers from the community with detailed knowledge of the area; all of who claim, at the time, to have not noticed that the elephant was collared.
As per Africa Geographic, the 14-day “legal” hunt was reportedly under the direction of professional hunter Martin Pieters of Martin Pieters Safaris, a member of Safari Club International, and took place in the community-run conservancy Naivasha which borders on the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe.
“There is no law that protects a collared animal from being hunted in Zimbabwe, but there is a general acceptance that the ethical position is that a hunter will avoid shooting an animal with a collar,” noted The Frankfurt Zoological Society, which collared this and other elephants for research purposes, in a statement. “The data from this bull has been captured and will help us with our ongoing efforts to find solutions, together with our local and international partners, to conservation questions in a world where the challenges to find space for wildlife and their habitats are becoming ever more complicated.”
Sadly, there are less than 30 big tuskers left in Africa.
Unfathomably, the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association called this senseless loss “a genuine mistake due to a lack of communication.”
But Make No Mistake About This; Hunting Wild Animals For So-Called “Trophies” Should Never Happen Let Alone Be Permitted!

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Wisconsin’s War on Wildlife 008: “He’s Still Alive…I Know!”

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Today we are sharing the last of the videos from Nicholas Valenta’s Facebook page, which show him directing his hunting hounds to mercilessly tear into a wounded coyote as he and he friends stand by laughing, watching…and filming. Hunting coyotes with hounds with Valenta isn’t only dangerous for his prey, but anyone within range of his friends shotgun blasts. In this and other videos, hunters can be seen running through the snow with what’s presumed to be loaded weapons taking shots at coyotes as they run.

NV 2011 VID SCREENSHOT Nicholas Valenta’s Facebook post accompanying above video.

Wolf Patrol is presenting these videos to the public because we know this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as cruelty and animal abuse go with the “sport” of hunting coyotes with hounds, which is at its peak in winter and early Spring. In the past, Wolf Patrol has been accused of staging illegal bait…

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First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, Calls For New Ways To Combat Poaching & The Illegal Wildlife Trade by Utilizing Technology & Innovation – World Animal News

http://worldanimalnews.com/first-lady-kenya-margaret-kenyatta-calls-new-ways-combat-posching-wildlife-trade-utilizing-technology-innovation/

By WAN –
March 2, 2018

The First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, noted that one of the greatest challenges facing wildlife conservation was the sophistication of the methods used by wildlife traffickers around the world.
“These have impeded the gains we have made in breaking through this illegal industry,” the first lady said while speaking at the Kenya Airways Pride Centre at Embakasi in Nairobi yesterday. “We can no longer consider traditional or conservative solutions, we must look at new ways in this new age of technology and innovation.”

According to a statement posted on her office’s official Facebook page, the First Lady was also at the event to officially open an ‘awareness workshop on combating illegal wildlife trafficking’. The workshop was aimed at offering training to airport and airline staff on the perils of wildlife trafficking.
Acknowledging that wildlife conservation is becoming an increasingly prominent global issue, the First Lady stated that focused leadership, political goodwill, policies, and the imposition of bans have helped Kenya gain significant progress in combating the illegal wildlife trade.
Still, she emphasized the need for a collective approach that would harness the complementary capabilities of diverse sectors and groups, saying better intelligence and new methods must be applied because the pressure is building and countries continue to suffer huge losses.
“We must accelerate our efforts and increase our investments because our wildlife heritage and invaluable resource is under threat,” the First Lady said while noting that better and stronger networks must also be nurtured to seal the loopholes that have allowed the growth of the illegal trade.
“From my work in Hands Off Our Elephants, I have learned that wildlife populations of elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, and zebra have been decreasing over the years due to illegal wildlife trafficking and trade,” she stated before expressing confidence that innovative measures including global transportation systems could help break the illegal chains of unlawful transport of endangered species. “We must ensure that we secure our heritage for our future and for our children’s future.”
Pledging her commitment to support all those who strive to secure the future of Kenya’s wildlife heritage, the First Lady commended Kenya Airways for being among the airlines that have signed the United for Wildlife International Transportation Taskforce, a declaration committing to zero tolerance against wildlife trade.

She appealed to other organizations and agencies to join the conservation effort by signing the declaration to halt illegal wildlife trading.
The U.S. Ambassador emphasized his government’s commitment to working closely with Kenya in tackling wildlife crimes.

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Wolf Patrol Launches Video Campaign Exposing Wisconsin’s Wild Animal Abuse

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These are the videos Wisconsin’s politicians and trophy hunters are desperately trying to keep Wolf Patrol from sharing with the public. The videos presented here were not filmed by Wolf Patrol, but by the hound hunters themselves and shared on social media. Wolf Patrol will be releasing one such video every day, to illustrate the systematic abuse of wildlife disguised as hunting in Wisconsin.

This is what legalized hunting with dogs looks like in Wisconsin, and if you don’t like it, please share your displeasure by calling the Wisconsin elected officials listed below who are calling for an end to Wolf Patrol’s monitoring of controversial hunting practices in Wisconsin. Let them know you stand with public trust wildlife and disagree with their use of public office to push their pro-trophy hunting agenda.

Senator Tom Tiffany (608) 266-2509

Representative Mary Felzkowski (608) 266-7694

Representative Adam Jarchow (608) 267-2365

Representative Joel Kleefisch…

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Petition Update · Esmond Bradley Martin: US-Ivory investigator killed in Kenya · Change.org

Esmond Bradley Martin: US-Ivory investigator killed in Kenya
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Feb 11, 2018 — Esmond Bradley Martin, 75, was found in his Nairobi home on Sunday with a stab wound to his neck.

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The former UN special envoy for rhino conservation was known for his undercover work investigating the black market.Top ivory investigator stabbed to death
One of the world’s leading investigators of the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn has been killed in…
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Picture: Under Armour goon Kendall Jones poses with the carcass of a rhino she just killed. Under Armour sponsor numerous Trophy Hunters like Kendall Jones, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Cameron Hanes and many others, to kill wild animals for sport on different continents in order to promote the sale of Under Armour hunting gear.

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These Rare Giraffes Were Killed Just for Their Tails (Exclusive Video) | National Geographic

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The Lesser Of The Two Evils; Zimbabwe’s Former First Lady, Grace Mugabe Implicated In International Ivory Poaching Syndicate – World Animal News


January 16, 2018

Photo by Khuluma Afrika
Investigations into illicit and illegal activities led and directed by Zimbabwe’s former first lady, Grace Mugabe have intensified with the government reportedly preparing to make an official announcement soon regarding her involvement in ivory poaching.
Mugabe is the subject of a forensic audit by the ruling Zanu PFs women’s league over “hundreds of millions” as well as intense investigations regarding attribution of assets and cash, involvement in setting up parallel money markets, and the illegal export of precious minerals.
Khuluma Afrika reported that ivory poaching is included as well after preliminary investigations revealed that Mugabe and her associates were involved in the poaching of elephant tusks and rhino horns.
According to the media outlet, documents exist that implicate Mugabe and her associates, including a Chinese associate, are a part of a ring of organized crime which is responsible for the poisoning of hundreds of elephants in Zimbabwe.
Several tusks are also said to have disappeared from the ivory stockpiles, while some ivory was carved at factories in Harare before export permits were forged.
Fortunately, the new government in Zimbabwe has taken a no-nonsense approach to conservation making it a priority.
“We should make a pronouncement very soon,” Special Advisor to the President, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa told Khuluma Afrika. “We are not allowing anyone to get away with the proliferation of our wildlife resources. Any person despite whom they are married to will be arrested.”
Mutsvangwa confirmed that a special task force was working with local and international law enforcement agencies to investigate and bring the criminals implicated in the syndicate to justice.

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Petition update · RIP Attaher Younoussa. Malian Anti-Poaching operative murdered last night · Change.org

Boycott Under Armour this Holiday Season for promoting Trophy-Hunting

RIP Attaher Younoussa. Malian Anti-Poaching operative murdered last night

Nov 19, 2017 — Attaher Younoussa, Anti-Poaching operative in Mali, was murdered last night in his home. He put his life on the line knowing it would make him a target for the goons of industrial poaching. He did it anyways. Rest easy, mate.
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Petition: Demand Justice to Endangered Wolf Slain in Oregon!


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This All-Female Anti-Poaching Unit in South Africa is Saving Rhinos and Wildlife


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Pictures of Wildlife Items Illuminate the World of Contraband

Arresting Photos Illuminate the World of Wildlife Contraband
A photographer uses artful styling to bring attention to human demand for wildlife products.
Picture of a zebra

A taxidermied zebra head confiscated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers is one of the roughly 1.5 million items housed at the National Wildlife Repository in Colorado.
Photograph by Britta Jaschinski
By Alexa Keefe
Photographs by Britta Jaschinski

PUBLISHED October 27, 2017

A pair of footstools made from elephant feet. A coat with matching shoes, hat, and purse made from the pelts of 20 leopards. Crates filled with bags and bags of dessicated seahorses. Britta Jaschinski’s photographs of items seized at airports and border crossings are a quest to understand what it is about the human psyche that fuels a demand for wildlife products, even as this causes suffering and, in some cases, pushes animals to the brink of extinction.

“The problem right now is the rarer the species, the more profitable they are when they are dead,” she says. “People want that last rhino because it is worth so much more money. If were unable to take photographs, I would still find a way to tell the story. What comes first is the mission. I try to be a voice for animals that cannot be heard otherwise.”

Jaschinski’s styling of these objects is intentionally artful, but the true mission is to convey this dark side of humans interactions with the natural world in a way that makes us pay attention to what we have to lose. “The public gets used to pictures of burning ivory. We need another wake up call,” she says.
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                                                          Rhino atray

                                              Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

Though the kill-or-be-killed nature of our interaction with wildlife is a thing of the past, a primal instinct remains, Jaschinski theorizes, finding expression through trophy hunting and traditional medical practices founded on the idea that consuming parts of certain animals can endow humans with their essence of strength and vitality. “I think humans have a primitive need to dominate,” she says. “When we lived in tribes it was about survival. Human evolution has gone wrong here.”

                                                        Tiger Fetus

Out of Six Crates With Bags of Seahorses
Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

Jaschinksi photographed the items against a hand-painted backdrop that she carried with her to the back rooms of Heathrow airport in London and the National Wildlife Property Repository in Colorado, which houses some 1.5 million items. Rather than being destroyed, they are kept for education and research, and in the case of Jaschinski’s project, a way to deliver a powerful message.

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Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

Pangolin Scales

                                                      Bear Paw Slipper
.                                          Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

“Wherever I’ve been, I’ve felt the security officers have a lot of respect for these items,” she says. “It is time consuming for them to get these off the shelf and unwrap them. Every time I hear, ‘We are so glad you are here.’”

Jaschinski is currently working on a book with twenty other wildlife photographers, including National Geographic photographers Charlie Hamilton James, Klaus Nigge, Michael “Nick” Nichols, Brian Skerry, and Brent Stirton. They hope to raise awareness and help end demand for wildlife products.

“If every photographer just delivers a handful of photos than we’ve done what we need to do,” Jaschinksi says. “Let your heart speak.”
                                                      Elephant stools

Photograph by Britta Jaschinski

Britta Jaschinski has been named one of the two European Wildlife Photographers of the Year by the Society of German Wildlife Photographers. The other recipient is Erlend Haarberg, whose work has been featured several times in National Geographic magazine.
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