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Animal Advocates Radio “Voices Carry for Animals #271”- HELPING Captive Elephants

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Animal Advocates Radio “Voices Carry for Animals #256”- FREE Lucy the Elephant!- Mary Ann Holm- L.E.A.P.

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Animal Advocates Radio”Voices Carry For Animals #252″- HSUS-Wildlife Trafficking- Nicole Rojas- Wild For Change

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Animal Advocates Radio:”Voices Carry for Animals #230″- Rosemary Alles- Global March for Elephants & Rhinos

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Animal Advocates Radio “Voices Carry for Animals #227”- Save Nosey Now- Barbara Lovett, Sandra Clinger, & Dee Gaug

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Testimony For SB-1487 Iconic African Species Protection Act

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By: Sam Jojola

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Introduction

In 2011, the world’s population reached 7 billion and is now 7.6 billion.  Many stressed ecosystems leave larger mammals vulnerable like elephants, giraffes and both African rhino species. Serious trophy hunters seek quarry like black maned lions and rare African elephant tuskers.  Genetic viability can be impacted coupled with demand for body parts in traditional medicine.

Widespread corruption plagues Zimbabwe and South Africa with little or no jail time for most offenders.  My 2003 investigation on allegations of illegal lion hunting in Zimbabwe revealed their poorly written laws prevented federal prosecution of suspect U.S. trophy hunters, including a similar instance like Cecil the Lion.

Lesson in extinction

In the early 1800’s, Passenger Pigeon numbers were several billion and by 1900 none survived in the wild.  History does repeat itself with extinction.

Larger Species Vulnerable

Lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and hippo parts are exploited in the global online black market of illegal wildlife.  Large social media companies profit from the illicit wildlife trade of rhino horn, elephant ivory, including lion and tiger claws.  Stephen Kohn, renowned whistleblower attorney documented extensive illicit trade through sting operations detailed in this month’s WIRED Magazine.  These social media companies are reportedly at the center of the global trade in endangered species.

Trafficking in illegal wildlife parts is akin to taking a stolen vehicle and selling the parts individually that are worth more than the whole.

Growth of illegal wildlife trade

The illegal wildlife trade estimate ranged from $10 billion annually in 2011 to $23 billion in 2014 and now $115 billion after a recent month long crackdown in 92 countries.

Overnight parcel shipping venues have been a platform for decades that support trafficking a host of illegal wildlife parts and products including live reptiles shipped overnight from around the globe.

Wildlife Crime supports Transnational Criminal Syndicates and Terrorism

In 2015, my colleague, Bryan Christy in Nat Geo’s “Warlords of Ivory” chronicled the elephant ivory trade to transnational criminal syndicates and suggested evidence of ivory trafficking used to forge links between several African based terrorist groups.  Other independent reports support his assessment.

Think Globally Act Locally

With Jane Goodall’s support of SB-1487 and the supporting evidence of 21st century impacts on the illegal wildlife trade, California legislators have an opportunity to make a difference with this key legislation in a proactive unified effort.

Thank you all kindly for the opportunity to speak in support of this critical legislation.

Sam Jojola

 

TS Radio:”Voices Carry for Animals #156″- Save Nosey Now, Inc- Barbara Lovett and Robin Vitulle

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***Tune In Tuesday*** On Oct 17th, 2017 at 7:00 pm CST

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TS Radio: “Voices Carry for Animals #136” Save Nosey NOW! Barbara Lovett, Robin Vitulle, & Denise Gaug

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TS Radio: “Voices Carry for Animals #128”- Guest- Senator Raymond J. Lesniak of New Jersey

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TS Radio: “Voices Carry for Animals #127” – In Defense of Animals- Dr. Toni Frohoff

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TS Radio: “Voices Carry for Animals #123”- Elephants DC- Jen Samuel

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***JOIN US*** On Tuesday- Febuary 7th, 2017 at 7:00 pm CST

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TS Radio: Voices Carry for Animals #107: Save Nosey NOW!

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Pay No Attention to the Elephants: Who is the REAL Guest of Honor at the Summit of the Horse?

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Live Link:  Straight from the Horses Heart

Guest Op-Ed by Vicki Tobin ~ Vice President of the Equine Welfare Alliance

Who is the REAL Guest of Honor at the Summit of the Horse?

When obvious truth is being ignored, it is frequently referred to as the elephant in the room. As the slaughter issue reaches the boiling point, as expected, the elephants in the room are waiting to be recognized.

Wallis/Duquette have a very, very large guest at their “Slaughterfest”

The upcoming “Summit of the Horse” is an exemplary example of elephants in the room. A group of people are assembling to “take the reins back” and provide solutions. That is truly mission impossible because they would have to acknowledge that they are the cause.

They would have to acknowledge that to control the horse population, it must be done at the source; not on the back-end. If slaughter controlled the population, we wouldn’t still be discussing it after decades of slaughter.

The disinformation that will be rehashed at the “Summit” has been disproven tenfold but they charge forward repeating their mantra of illogical talking points. The most illogical claim is that the horse industry tanked because the US horse slaughter plants closed. It makes a good sound bite but there is the pesky little fact that slaughter never ended – a minor detail that is needed for the closures to have an impact.

They call the wild horses “feral” and the slaughter horses “unwanted” to denigrate them. They complain about the cost of wild horses in holding but completely ignore the hundreds of millions of dollars shelled out by taxpayers to subsidize privately owned livestock on public lands. More

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