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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)

VETPAW founder Ryan Tate appeared on Pivot TV’s “TakePart Live” on Dec. 17th, speaking to hosts @MeghanMcCain and @Baratunde about the “win-win-win” of our program, for U.S. veterans; anti-poaching rangers & their communities; and African wildlife. Very proud of you, Ryan! And thanks, @TakePartLive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v…(Read More)

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker; Zero Dark Thirty) has created a powerful PSA about the African poaching crisis. Last Days uses masterful animation to show how terrorism is funded by poaching, and it presents the tragic reality of the imminent extinction of elephants and rhinos if we don’t take greater action…(Read More)

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…(Read More)