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'They're like the mafia': the super gangs behind Africa's poaching crisis
Pressure is mounting against multi-faceted smugglers but the legal case, though strong, is enormously complex


https://www.theguardian.com/environm...oaching-crisis



Late on 6 June 2014 Kenyan police, acting on a tip-off, raided a used car lot in Mombasa’s industrial area. Inside Fuji Motors East Africa Ltd, in one of the lock-ups, they found two tonnes of ivory.

Days earlier a white Mitsubishi truck, its paperwork claiming “household equipment” but in fact carrying more than 300 elephant tusks secreted beneath a tarpaulin, had pulled into the yard on Mombasa Island’s dirty northern fringe, far from the tourist hotels and beaches for which the city is famous.

The discovery led to one of the biggest, most high-profile trials of an ivory smuggler to date. Five people were arrested, but the key suspect, Feisal Mohamed Ali, disappeared, first to the Kenyan capital Nairobi and then to neighbouring Tanzania. Interpol issued an environmental crime arrest warrant – among the first of its kind – and Ali was eventually found in Dar es Salaam in late December. He was extradited and charged in Kenya on Christmas Eve.



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Old 20-08-2017, 04:40 PM   #882
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Massive Elk rescues a drowning marmot. (Photos - Video)
Zoo keepers are amazed to see a massive elk save a marmot from drowning in a water tank at Pocatello Zoo in Idaho.


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Recently at the Pocatello Zoo in Pocatello, Idaho an event took place that stunned everyone. Zoo keepers became somewhat alarmed when they noticed that Shooter, a massive 10 ft tall male Elk was acting very strange in his water trough. Shooter is a very intimidating animal that has some of the zoo keepers there wary about going in with him. He has been know to puncture car tires when he is feeling a little upset.

What they saw was Shooter trying to put his whole head into the water but his antlers kept getting in the way. He then began dipping his hooves in the water trough. Finally after lowering his head in again, he emerged with a tiny marmot - a kind of large squirrel - clutched between his jaws. Zoo keepers were amazed as Shooter gently lowered the little marmot to the ground.

Zoo keepers realized that after some planning on his part Shooter had figured out to move the marmot away from the sides of the water trough so that he could grab the little guy with his teeth. The marmot appeared to be somewhat shaken and very wet but was okay as he scampered off. Luckily the whole incident had been captured on camera by one of the keepers of the softer side of the big and very intimidating Elk. Shooter had decided the marmot was in distress and decided to help him out. This amazing feat of animal altruism can be seen in the wonderful photos below.




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Old 21-08-2017, 04:51 PM   #883
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Romania Bans the Use of Wild Animals in Circuses
Great news for wild animals!




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How Ziggy the Traveling Piggy Inspired a Vegan Farm Animal Sanctuary



It all started six years ago when Kristin Hartness brought a tiny “micro-pig” into her life while living on a Carribean island. Ziggy was promised to remain 20 pounds but the piggy had other plans. Now at 250 pounds, Ziggy inspired his parents, Kristin and Jay, to go vegan and the family has traveled the United States in an RV, opening dozens of people’s eyes and hearts to how sentient, intelligent, and downright goofy pigs can be.

And all of his travels have been adorable documented on his Facebook page “Ziggy the Traveling Piggy,” which boasts over 50,000 Ziggy fans. From his famous temper tantrums, his silly antics and just all around adorable spotted self, people just can’t get enough Ziggy.

And Ziggy’s mission to help his fellow friends hasn’t slowed down one bit. Now, Ziggy’s parents have opened a farm animal sanctuary in Providence, North Carolina, just an hour north of Greensboro. The Ziggy-inspired farm sanctuary, aptly named Ziggy’s Refuge Farm Sanctuary is a paradise for animals rescued from horrible conditions but given a second chance at the farm.

It is evident that Kristin and Jay love every single animal at the sanctuary. They know all of their likes, dislikes, and could describe their personalities in immense detail!

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SESSIONS LOOKS SET TO BACK OFF HIS MARIJUANA CRACKDOWN

Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions's well-known anti-pot prejudices, a broad federal crackdown on marijuana in states that have legalized it seems unlikely in light of the recommendations from a Justice Department subcommittee charged with studying the issue.

The Associated Press reports that the panel, part of the DOJ's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, "has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general's aggressively anti-marijuana views."

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Old 21-08-2017, 07:02 PM   #886
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Rhino farmer and wife killed on their farm

Polokwane - A well-known Limpopo rhino farmer who was arrested by the Hawks in 2016 for allegedly trying to sell rhino horns has been murdered on his farm along with his wife, Netwerk24 reported.

The bloodied bodies of Piet van Zyl, 68, and his wife Tilla, 66, were found on Sunday morning in their house in the Immerpan district near Roedtan.

Polokwane - A well-known Limpopo rhino farmer who was arrested by the Hawks in 2016 for allegedly trying to sell rhino horns has been murdered on his farm along with his wife, Netwerk24 reported.

The bloodied bodies of Piet van Zyl, 68, and his wife Tilla, 66, were found on Sunday morning in their house in the Immerpan district near Roedtan.

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Old 21-08-2017, 07:20 PM   #887
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THE WORLD’S LARGEST ELEPHANT RELOCATION HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED
Posted by Lori Bell | August 19, 2017
https://ladyfreethinker.org/worlds-l...lly-completed/
Conservationists just completed the largest translocation of elephants to date. Moving 520 elephants over 200 miles from two overcrowded parks in Southern Malawi to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve took over two years, but the successful move promises to help this endangered species endure in Africa.

The NGO African Parks and the Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) partnered together to make the big move in 2016. Elephants weigh thousands of pounds, so transporting them safely and making sure they stayed within their tight-knight families and communities to ensure a smooth transition at the new park required a lot of careful planning and effort.


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Pilot flies 750 miles to rescue abused dog who was 24 hours from death

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/11/pilot-...#ixzz4qQ4fbE7i

When things get tough, remember that there are still good people in this world.

Now that I've finished my course of therapy, I'm scared of what happens next
People like Paul Steklenski, a 45-year-old pilot and former tank trainer who now runs an animal rescue charity, called Flying Fur Animal Rescue.
When he heard about Adrienne, a poorly dog who was set to be euthanised in 24 hours time, Paul stopped at nothing to save her life, flying 750 miles to rescue her in time.
Adrienne, two, had been taken off the streets and put in Granville County Animal Shelter, a kill shelter, after a suspected case of abuse had left her with a severe bladder prolapse.
She was scared, lonely, and in desperate need of surgery – which the shelter couldn’t afford.


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Old 23-08-2017, 01:53 PM   #889
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Bison Are Running Free In Indiana For The First Time in Almost 200 Years

http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2016/12...diana-for.html
It's been almost 200 years since they roamed free in Indiana. Bison now roam the prairies of Kankakee Sands.

Bison are just part of what one can view at Kankakee Sands. There are over 750 species of plants and 250 species of butterflies live in the prairie. This is one of the crown jewels of Indiana’s natural heritage.

Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy acquired 23 bison from another nature conservancy in South Dakota.

These bison are now roaming free over 1,100 acres at the Kankakee Sands Nature Preserve in Newton County, which is in northwestern Indiana. To see bison roaming over a large restored prairie is something amazing. It took a lot of work, money and help from many people to accomplish this welcome event.

The Nature Conservancy has been planting native prairie and marsh plants since 1997, slowly restoring thousands of acres from farmland to their native state. Earlier this fall, the first herd of bison were released onto the land. Now 23 bison roam the prairie.

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Bus Driver Lets These Scared Dogs On Board In The Middle Of A Huge Thunderstorm




In Buenos Aires, Argentina, dogs are not allowed on buses, no matter the circumstance. However, one kind driver made a special exemption for a pair of stray dogs when the city was hit with a huge thunderstorm.

He brought the freezing dogs onto his bus for some much-needed shelter and safety from the rain.

Read more at http://www.holidogtimes.com/bus-driv...1dIVtGfz5fM.99
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Pensioner Rescues Injured Black Cat from Stockport Train Tracks!

UNITED KINGDOM – A man rescued a badly injured black cat from a Stockport railway line shortly before the Flying Scotsman passed through.

Brian Ridgeway, who is 68, was visiting Reddish South Station to catch a glimpse of the world famous locomotive on Tuesday in the afternoon, when he noticed the distressed animal curled up on the tracks.

http://thebestcatpage.com/2016/06/08...-train-tracks/

Although the platform was closed to all passengers at the time, Brian quickly went onto the tracks to pull the cat to safety.Brian and M.E.N photographer Andy Lambert, who was at the station to take pictures of the locomotive, used the details on the cat’s collar and contacted its owner, who quickly came to collect their pet.Brian, who lives in Reddish, says he weighed up the risks of walking onto the tracks himself, but knew the line wasn’t frequently used.

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This Hippo Was Just Murdered In A Zoo And People Are Outraged
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The 15-year-old animal was targeted as he slept, by intruders who had broken into the zoo. They attacked him with a bladed weapon and beat him with rocks and iron rods, leaving him severely injured but still alive, confirmed the Salvadorian Minister of Culture in a statement.



A “cruel and inhumane” attack
Staff of the zoo only noticed the injuries the next morning when Gustavito was no longer eating and was unable to move from his pond. For four days, medical teams did everything they could to keep him alive, in vain. The hippo passed away on Sunday February 26.

Vladen Henríquez, the zoo’s director, explained that his body was riddled with open wounds, especially on his paws, his face and even inside his mouth. An autopsy will be conducted in order to shine light on this “cruel and inhumane” attack, said the zoo’s management. The Minister of Justice also announced that an investigation has been opened to track down the attackers.
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Laos Is Illegally Selling Its Last Wild Elephants to China!


The world’s elephants are losing a vicious battle plagued upon by them by the greed of man. From the staggering rates of poaching for their tusks, skin, and body parts, to being violently beaten and exploited in tourist attractions like circuses and trekking expeditions, elephants are struggling to survive.

The world’s leading contributor to the ivory trade and elephant exploitation is China, and although they recently put a ban on the ivory trade, the corrupt industry still exists on the black market, and there has been a shift to selling other body parts of elephants, particularly elephant leather.

Aware of the demand for elephants in China and the profits that can be made, Laos has been illegally selling wild elephants to China. A petition on Care2 explains that the wild elephant population in Laos has dropped by more than 75 percent since the 1980s, leaving only an estimated 600-800 left in the wild. Of the few that remain, around 100 of them have been captured and sold to China in just the past few years. With rates like these, Laos’ elephant population will soon diminish in just a few years.

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Kruger Poaching War: two attempts stopped as online auction commences

Cape Town - With the online rhino horn auction given the go ahead to take place on Wednesday 23 August at 2 pm, how the country plans on tackling rhino poaching is a hot and debatable topic right now.

In the midst of the controversial rhino horn auction, Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers were involved in two contact incidents with suspected poachers on Friday 18 August, and Sunday 20 August, in the southern part of the park near Mkhuhlu and Cork areas.

"On Friday, rangers came into contact with two suspected poachers where one of them was fatally wounded and the other one fled the scene," says KNP.

http://www.traveller24.com/Explore/G...mence-20170823
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Stray Kitty Chooses His Human In A Park, Wouldn’t Let Him Go

http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2016/03...n-in-park.html

A young man was stopped by a little stray kitten who ran up to him in the park and asked him to take her home.

According to Kawasaki Hina, he encountered a little stray cat one summer while he was strolling in a park. The kitty wouldn't let him go anywhere without her and was following him around like a little duckling.

It didn't take long for the kitten to steal the man's heart, and the next he knew he was on his way home with a kitty in a box.

After getting home, the kitten cuddled comfortably next to him for a nap. She completely made herself at home. And the smile on her face said it all. The little kitten took no time at all to make herself right at home. It's almost as if she knew that was where she always belonged.

She had found her home.


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City Honors The Dog That Saved So Many Lives After A Devastating Earthquake In The Sweetest Way
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One year after the earthquake that devastated the center of Italy, Amatrice, one of the cities affected, erected a statue to honor their four-pawed hero, Camilla, who saved so many lives in the wake of the disaster.





During the emotional unveiling of the statue, the mayor of Amatrice, described:

This statue represents the best of Italy, it is the incarnation of generosity, solidarity, love and care. This dog is an example for all of us, she represents everyone, all of the animals and people that give their time, energy and love in difficult times, like this disaster that we faced in Amatrice.

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AUGUST 25 2017

'No longer kill animals': Bill Gates, Richard Branson back 'clean meat' start-up


The world's richest man, Bill Gates, and fellow billionaire Richard Branson have joined other business giants investing in a nascent technology to make meat from self-producing animal cells.

The Silicon Valley start-up they back hopes to tap rising consumer demand for protein that's less reliant on feed, land and water.

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California Could Become the First State to Legalize Magic Mushrooms
A voter initiative to do just that has been filed with state officials.

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/califo...agic-mushrooms

It could be up to California voters to make the state the first in the nation to allow for the use and sale of psilocybin, the mind-altering component of magic mushrooms.

On Friday, Kevin Saunders, a candidate for mayor in the Monterey County town of Marina, filed the California Psilocybin Legalization Initiative with the state attorney general's office. The initiative would exempt people 21 and over from state criminal penalties for using, possessing, cultivating, transporting, and selling psilocybin.

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Every year in the UK approximately 2.6 million cattle, 10 million pigs, 14.5 million sheep and lambs, 80 million fish and 950 million poultry birds are slaughtered for human consumption.

Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human related emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years. While 750 million people go to bed hungry every night, one third of all the world's grain is fed to animals.

With current global resources, a typical western meat based diet can only feed 2.5 billion
people, whereas there are sufficient vegetarian resources to feed the whole planet.

For a free vegan information starter pack and the chance to win one of 4 honey tins filled with vegan cakes go to:

http://www.vegansociety.com

Also;

http://www.animalaid.org.uk

and

http://www.viva.org.uk
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