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Illegal Wildlife Trade


New York (June 4, 2014)—Police in Indonesia’s Aceh Province have confiscated a number of illegally held live animals and wildlife parts from the homes of suspected wildlife traffickers, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Aceh Police—led by Second Police Officer Afrinal and Chief Police Officer Brigadier Roni Asmui—conducted their raid on May 27-28th, working in tandem with WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU), the SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme), and the Ministry o...
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Lt. Fitzpatrick was a driving force behind uncovering illegal ivory and wildlife products in New York City The Wildlife Conservation Society mourns the passing of New York State Environmental Conservation Police Region 2 Lieutenant John Fitzpatrick, who died on May 7th., 2014. Lt. Fitzpatrick served as an Environmental Conservation Officer for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. His beat was the five boroughs of New York City, and his passion was uncovering shops ...
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Traders supplied live orangutans, along with a live tiger cub and skins from tigers, clouded leopards, and golden cats Arrest was made by Aceh Provincial Police (Polda Aceh) with technical assistance from WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit NEW YORK (May 9, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced today that Aceh police arrested two wildlife traders selling ivory, elephant bones, live orangutans, a live tiger cub, and other wildlife. WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit operates...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 10, 2014) – Today, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and 96 Elephants Director John Calvelli testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies to describe the need for continued U.S. government investment in international conservation programs within the FY15 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Calvelli called for increases in funding for US Fish a...
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As a major destination for wildlife trade, the EU must 'show courage' and commit to 'strong, meaningful' action in tackling wildlife trafficking, says WCS Executive Director for Conservation Policy, Susan Lieberman.
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Ivory is openly sold at the main tourist market, or 'marché de voleurs,' in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in this October 2013 photo. The domestic ivory market in Kinshasa is large and completely unregulated.
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Vice Minister Ha Cong Tuan of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development speaking at a meeting that marks the nation’s first step toward synergy to minimize the transnational wildlife crime affecting this nation.
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Aligning Efforts to Address the Crime; and Considering Destruction of Stockpile of Rhino Horn, Elephant Ivory and Tiger Bone Hanoi, 24th March 2014 - The Vietnam CITES Management Authority of the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development today hosted a roundtable meeting that marks the nation’s first step toward synergy to minimize the transnational wildlife crime affecting this nation; and further, a Vietnam official indicated they are considering destroying stockpiles of rhino horn, elep...
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In this video, Ullas Karanth, WCS Director for Science-Asia, explains a new and improved method to study tiger populations – counting their stripes.
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U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on Wildlife Trafficking Administration’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Spurs Debate in Congress Washington, DC – February 26, 2014 –The following statement was released today by WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign John Calvelli: “The Wildlife Conservation Society would like to applaud U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce for his leadership in calling today...
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