Tuesday, January 27, 2015

THE BLOOD IVORY TRADE KILLS PEOPLE TOO


If you buy ivory, you kill people.

This is the new reality in an illicit trade responsible for large-scale human exploitation, government corruption, and the funding of rebel movements, terrorists, and criminal syndicates around the world. The imagery and narrative of the global ivory trade is now well known - replete with rotting elephant carcasses littering African national parks, well-tailored ministers and heads of state burning ivory stocks for the camera, and law enforcement officials smiling in front of ship containers of seized ivory.

While, there is no doubt of the many faces of the global ivory trade, there is one element that is too often overlooked - that of the human toll.

The human toll of the ivory trade is the negative impact on the individuals and communities exploited along the chain of custody from Africa, to Asia, and points beyond. It is not just about elephants.

This trade is historically and inexorably linked to the exploitation and enslavement of vulnerable communities in Africa and Asia. It includes governments and countries sucked deeper into the morass of corruption, mismanagement, and taxpayer abuse wrought from public officials supporting criminal interests.

Far reaching implications... 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

PLEASE DONATE TO HELP REPAIR OUR LAND ROVER


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Friday, January 9, 2015

ELEPHANT POACHING HAS DECLINED IN TAITA TAVETA!

 

We can't claim total responsibility for this, but Amara has certainly played an important part as Taita Taveta is where we work! Your donations help us continue our progress with local programs concerning conservation and education. Join Amara Conservation by clicking HERE

Elephant poaching has declined in Taita Taveta ranches, an association has said.

No killing has been reported in the past three months, Taita Taveta Ranchers Association coordinator Donald Mombo told the Star on the phone yesterday.

Kenya and the Tanzania National Parks Authority have increased surveillance across the border, said Robert Obrein, Tsavo conservation assistant director.

“The last gunshot was heard four months ago in Tsavo West, and we tracked the poachers to Tanzania in collaboration with Tanapa,” he said.

Obrien praised the ranchers and county government for carrying out a census of all legal herders in the ranches.

“Whenever new people enter the ranches, we easily identify them because they do not have identity badges from the county government. We are also working with other security agencies” Obrien told the Star on the phone yesterday.

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