Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Named

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Published on: September 10, 2013
Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Named (via Annamiticus)

At an event held at the Whitehouse on September 9, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell named members of a new federal advisory council on wildlife trafficking. Formed as a result of a President’s Executive Order issued in July, the council…

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INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Meeting 2013

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Published on: September 10, 2013
INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Meeting 2013 (via Annamiticus)

The international wildlife law enforcement community will be gathering the week of November 4th, 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya, for the first meeting of the newly formed Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee. Hosted by INTERPOL and the United…

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A Closer Look at South Africa’s Rhino Plan

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Published on: September 5, 2013

A Closer Look at South Africa’s ‘Rhino Horn Plan’ (via Annamiticus)

In July 2013, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs released its “Rhino Issue Management” report, a 46-page attempt at making the case for trading in rhino horns. The document has since received an unflinchingly candid review by former…

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102 Live Pangolins Confiscated in Thailand, Pangolin Scales Seized in India

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Published on: September 4, 2013
102 Live Pangolins Confiscated in Thailand, Pangolin Scales Seized in India (via Annamiticus)

In a span of less than five days, two pangolin trafficking incidents were reported in two countries: On September 1, 2013, police in Khon Kaen seized 102 pangolins from a pickup truck owned by Pornchai Sangsila, a native of Samut Songkhram. This follows…

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Use of Specialized Techniques Essential in Addressing Wildlife Crimes

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Published on: August 20, 2013
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Historically wildlife trafficking has been a high reward, low risk enterprise for those willing to seek profit in the black market trade of contraband items. Combine limited risk of detection, extremely high profits, and small to non-existent penalties if caught, and not surprisingly, wildlife trafficking becomes a very attractive method of illicit gain. Compared to other transnational criminal activities wildlife trafficking has historically been considered a low priority by many law enforcement agencies. Crimes deemed low priority typically do not receive the same amount of effort in terms of manpower and resources as those viewed as a higher priority. Case in point is the extremely limited or non-existent use of specialized investigative techniques by many countries involved in combating wildlife trafficking.

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