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Environmental crime wave costs world billions (poaching now “environmental crime”?)
Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2013 12:36 PM EST | Jason Straziuso

Posted on 11/06/2013 9:51:18 AM PST by Olog-hai

The illegal cutting of timber and the poaching of elephants and rhinos are part of a “rapidly escalating environmental crime wave” that international governments must combat by increasing cooperation, police and environmental officials said Wednesday.

Interpol and the United Nations Environmental Program are working together to stop environmental crimes that cost tens of billions of dollars a year, said Achim Steiner, the U.N. Environmental Program's Executive Director. …

The demand for elephant ivory by China’s rising middle class is fueling the deaths of thousands of elephants across Africa, say wildlife experts. An estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in Africa in 2011, according to UNEP. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Food; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: elephants; illegallogging; ivory; poaching; rhinoceros; tigers
Hard to keep up with the Newspeak.
1 posted on 11/06/2013 9:51:18 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

The statists don’t collude enough against their masters NOW?? That’s a pet peeve of mine, actually, that’s it’s a violation of US law to violate the law of another country. Even if the activity would otherwise be legal under US law! Completely amoral.


2 posted on 11/06/2013 9:53:57 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Olog-hai

Whats an international government? [Plural no less].


3 posted on 11/06/2013 10:02:38 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Olog-hai

Where I come from, poaching is a crime-period, no fancy terms/words, blablabla-and it can get the perpetrator shot by a landowner, if a game warden doesn’t get them first- whether they are cutting trees or shooting game, they are likely toast...

I didn’t realize that was not the case elsewhere-where are all the game wardens in Africa-don’t they enforce the law?


4 posted on 11/06/2013 10:03:10 AM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Adder

A dream of those that have no problem with gaining the whole world and losing their own souls, perhaps.


5 posted on 11/06/2013 10:03:50 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Texan5

I’m sure that game wardens in Africa can be paid off to look the other way. Africa in general is one of the worst examples of “pay to play”, for anything one wants; the corruption is quite horrid.

Take note that the UN is trying to plop another agenda on top of the crime of poaching—the “environmentalist” agenda. It’s like throwing the “hate crime” agenda on top of other crimes.


6 posted on 11/06/2013 10:06:12 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Adder

A fantasy of idiots who can’t even manage their own stuff, never mind anyone else’s...


7 posted on 11/06/2013 10:06:13 AM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Olog-hai

Does it cost “the world” billions or does it bring billions into the world economy?


8 posted on 11/06/2013 10:09:25 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Olog-hai

Well, I suppose that means the game wardens will have to be paid more for ignoring an extra crime? I saw a special on animal planet awhile back about that corruption of game wardens in Africa-one was set up and caught on tape by a couple of his co-workers, beaten and left for dead in lion country. Since what was left of him was found out there a few days later, it sounds like the mafia is a better, safer deal...


9 posted on 11/06/2013 10:13:30 AM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

There’s no such thing as one evil being better than another evil. Did the gruesome death of one corrupt game warden stop poaching from happening?


10 posted on 11/06/2013 10:50:31 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t condone evil in any form-I pointed out the gruesome death of that warden to illustrate that corruption in the gamekeeper ranks was less safe than the mafia. Obviously both are evil as well as illicit.

The only way to even slow down poaching in Africa that I can see is a massive housecleaning with dozens of arrests followed by prosecutions. Considering how entrenched corruption is said to be in that society, I don’t see it happening.


11 posted on 11/06/2013 11:10:47 AM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Olog-hai
An estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in Africa in 2011,

A nice big round number from the butt. Shock-jocks around the world are impressed.

12 posted on 11/06/2013 11:56:22 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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