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The Link Between Vanishing Wildlife and Child Slavery and Terrorism

Green Lifestyle  (tags: Muslims, terrorists, terrorism, human trafficking, child slavery, wildlife, poaching )

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The decimation of the planet's wildlife is extracting a high cost on humans as it drives child slavery, human trafficking, and (Islamic) terrorism, according to a special report published Thursday in the journal Science.


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Gillian M (218)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 2:47 pm
A new report says poaching is financing terrorist groups, while disappearing fish stocks are spurring violent crime.

The decimation of the planet’s wildlife is extracting a high cost on humans as it drives child slavery, human trafficking, and terrorism, according to a special report published Thursday in the journal Science.

Take poaching. Beyond the horrific impact on vanishing species, the slaughter of rhinoceroses and elephants for their valuable horns and tusks has bankrolled terrorist attacks in Africa by the extremist group Boko Haram.

The severe depletion of fish stocks around the world, meanwhile, has prompted an increased demand for cheap labor in the form of child slavery. That’s because it takes more time, workers, and money to catch fish that are less abundant, according to Justin Brashares, an ecology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and the lead author of the Science paper.

“Millions of dollars are being spent by the European Union and the United Nations in anti-wildlife trafficking efforts—China started doing this as well—but almost all of [the efforts] are enforcement based," he said. “They overlook that more than a billion people rely on natural resources for their livelihoods and don’t have any alternatives.”

Brashares wrote in the report that diminished fish stocks can push foreign fishing boats to travel farther for their catch, which puts more pressure on local fish populations. Such competition for scarce resources can lead to violent incidents, such as when Somali pirates attack foreign fishing boats that enter their waters.

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Animae C (507)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 8:42 pm
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Marie W (67)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 10:47 pm
The problem stares us in the face and no one speaks it's name- OVERPOPULATION driven by misogyny.

Danuta W (1251)
Monday July 28, 2014, 2:06 am

Hilary S (65)
Monday July 28, 2014, 2:36 am
it's heartening to find articles which attempt to describe the links between some of the greed and corruption which, if it doesn't already, will ultimately affect us all.

why are so many muslims mixed in amongst the bad guys? i guess it's worth remembering that much of the old african slave trade was operated by muslim traders, for whom slavery has always been pat of their way of life. they saw nothing amiss in it, and i dare say many still don't.

Monday July 28, 2014, 3:43 am
The root cause once again is too many people having too many children Resources like fish, land and water are under pressure from exploding populations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Wildlife habitat is disappearing at an precedented rate and poor people will kill and or capture animals for a quick buck from Asian and Middle Eastern "businessmen" who could not give a hoot for the environment let alone the animals in it. Crooked leaders in third world countries are more than happy to lease or sell large swathes of land including their remaining game parks off to Arab millionaires and the Chinese government so lang as they get their off-shore bank accounts filled to the brim.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Monday July 28, 2014, 6:41 am

Winn A (179)
Monday July 28, 2014, 6:57 am
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