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Making a killing: how to stop the lethal practice of wildlife trafficking

Organised criminal groups are increasingly engaging in wildlife trafficking as the risk of detection is low and the financial rewards are high. The proceeds are often used to finance militia and terrorist groups.

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States pulled up for lacking wildlife investigating units

With increase in cases of wildlife crimes across India, Ministry of Environment and Forests has pulled up states for not setting up dedicated units for investigating wildlife crime cases, two years after all states committed to it.

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U.S. Hunters Banned from Importing Trophies from Captive Lions

On Thursday 19 October 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a ban on the import of trophies taken from captive-bred lions in South Africa.



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Demand for exotic meats is threatening wildlife species

According to an international research team, more logistical and financial support is needed from richer developed countries and only big changes and political will can diminish the possibility of humans consuming many of the world’s wild mammals to the point of extinction.

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EGI: Filling in the gaps in law enforcement for the online wildlife trade

Enforcement Gaps Interface (EGI), a cutting-edge tool that uses a computational algorithm to mine hundreds of commercial sites on the open web for ads potentially containing illegal wildlife and wildlife products, could facilitate law enforcement agencies to effectively combat virtual wildlife trafficking.

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UNU Licenses AIT to Use System Monitoring Illicit Wildlife Trade in Asia

The United Nations University (UNU) has signed a licencing agreement with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), by which AIT will implement the UNU-developed Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS) in Asia.

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Pangolins On The Brink

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world. These small creatures are traded to be either sold or killed for food and traditional medicine.

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Wildlife enforcement networks meet to further strengthen collaboration to combat ‘industrial scale’ crime

Over 90 representatives from wildlife enforcement networks across the world met in Johannesburg during CITES CoP17 to discuss on strengthening coordination to combat transnational organized wildlife and forest crime.

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Largest ever World Wildlife Conference hailed as a ‘game changer’

Following two weeks of marathon negotiations during the CITES CoP17, governments adopted a series of decisions on regulating legal, sustainable and traceable trade in wildlife including strengthened actions to combat illicit wildlife trafficking and higher protection to entire groups of species.

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Wildlife Bans must be strictly Enforced

According to a report by TRAFFIC, interviews with pangolin hunters in Sabah, Malaysia reveal that the hunters are aware of the illegality of hunting pangolins, and the critically endangered status of pangolins. However, the hunters admitted that the lucrative price made it difficult for them to stop hunting pangolins.

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