A sobering report from Dan Levin at the New York Times about the extent, from the top down, of the collusion and corruption that is crippling efforts to end the poaching crisis.

Check out Dan's post here.

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Ryan Tate Featured in Task & Purpose magazine

VETPAW President Ryan Tate is featured in  Task & Purpose! In "JOB ENVY: The Marine Veteran Who Now Fights Wildlife Terrorism," Ryan talks about his military experience, his passion for wildlife, and his commitment to defeating poaching. He also offers advice to transitioning veterans by sharing his methods for adjusting back into civilian life following his service in the Marine Corps. “The Marine Corps taught me to stand up for what’s right,” says Ryan. With VETPAW he is doing just that.  

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Two question, with only one right answer

This thought-provoking article asks two simple but essential questions: "Will we say NO to the unsustainable commercial exploitation of wildlife? Will we be able to protect the many wild species and the ecosystems they support for this and future generations?" We don't have long to answer. http://unchronicle.un.org/article/will-china-say-no-wildlife-trade/

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Major Chinese Internet Companies Join Fight Against Wildlife Crime

Nine major internet companies have agreed to ban the online trading of wildlife and wildlife products. If implemented properly, this will be significant proof — both symbolically and literally — that China is committed to doing its part to end the wildlife trade. Notably, one of the companies is Alibaba, the world's largest online commerce company who recently had the biggest global IPO in history, valued at $25 billion. Check out the story here.

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Yes, Sir! McCartney’s signed guitar auctioned for elephants

Sir Paul McCartney, renowned almost as much for his animal advocacy as he is for his legendary musical career, signed and donated a Martin D-28 left-handed guitar with proceeds going to the Nature Conservancy's African Elephant Initiative. Rolling Stone reports that bidding began on eBay with a starting price of $10,000. Love, love we do! Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/paul-mccartneys-autographed-guitar-helps-save-elephants-20140813#ixzz3EaUhqPXu

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Innovation: A gunfire location system to fight poaching

Kruger National Park in South Africa has seen some of the most devastating rhino poaching in Africa. Innovative, sophisticated tools are needed to outsmart poachers, so technology that has been used in urban environments is now being pressed into service for wildlife. The Guardian tells how the ShotSpotter gunfire-detection system is one such product.  

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To stem poaching, some countries adopt shoot-to-kill policy

This piece on the website Fight for Rhinos looks at the shoot-to-kill policy toward poachers that some African countries have adopted in a desperate attempt to reduce rampant poaching of rhinos and elephants. While it is controversial, it has also proven highly effective. The poll at the bottom of the piece shows 91.74% of voters agree with it. What do you think?

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Wear it for Elephants – a campaign that will donate proceeds from every shirt sold to Ivory for Elephants’s Alliance!

Our friends at Ivory for Elephants are running the Wear it for Elephants campaign! $10 from every “Elefant” Top purchase supports #elephant and #rhino #conservation and #antipoaching efforts on the ground in #Africa. Wear it proudly to raise awareness! Bonus: VETPAW is member of Ivory For Elephants's alliance! Help their cause by checking out our Support Wildlife page for more details.

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Check out our new Alliances page to see the other organizations and programs VETPAW is proud to be collaborating with.

VETPAW's new Alliances Page is located here. The VETPAW Alliances are various nonprofits and wildlife support groups who are working to help save elephants, rhinos and other African wildlife and whose efforts we support.

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Zimbabwe asks U.S. to lift Ban on Ivory Imports

"The U.S. banned imports of ivory from Zimbabwe and Tanzania in February, citing concern over whether the elephant populations were sustainable." http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-07-14/zimbabwe-wants-u-dot-s-dot-to-lift-ivory-import-ban-immediately

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