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VETPAW in Tampa Bay Times

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For Ryan Tate, a former Marine and a Plant High School graduate, a 2012 documentary on rhino poaching in Africa turned his life in a new direction. Now, he has dedicated himself to ending the deadly trade in ivory — a pursuit often found at the nexus between organized crime groups and violent extremists. “The…(Read More)

Ryan Tate, founder of Vetpaw, runs a nonprofit that hires post-9/11 vets to combat poaching. Ryan Tate has experienced more in 16 years than most will in an entire lifetime. Growing up in Tampa, Florida, the son of a hair stylist and pizza shop/bar owner, Tate was a self-described quiet kid…(Read More)

Terrorists funded by rhino and elephant poaching

Rhino horn is funding terrorism. It really is as simple as that. In a recent article by SBS Australia it revealed that the UN and Interpol warns that the poaching industry is worth $213 billion and funds armed conflicts across the globe. Just animal you say? Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Program…(Read More)

Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) reports successful results from international initiative in Tanzania. More than 25 poachers were apprehended due in part to VETPAW’s support advising and assisting African park rangers. “I’m really happy to report our first mission in Tanzania in collaboration with Tanzania’s Ministry for Natural Resources and…(Read More)