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One elephant is killed every 15 minutes - that means 96 elephants are killed everyday for their ivory.
Trafficking in endangered species is the 4th largest illegal business in the world, behind drugs, weapons and human trafficking. If poaching continues at this rate elephants could be extinct in 11 years.
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Today is #WorldWildlifeDay and this year’s theme is wildlife crime. www.wildlifeday.org says that “combatting this crime is not only essential for conservation efforts and sustainable development, it will contribute to achieving peace and security in troubled regions where conflicts are fuelled by these illegal activities”

Check out the organizations listed below for ways to help combat wildlife crime.

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Environmental Investigation Agency
IFAW www.ifaw.org/
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CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Cartel: http://theglobalelite.org/confirmed-dea-struck-deal-mexicos-notorious-drug-cartel/

Gary Webb on CIA Trafficking of Cocaine: http://globalelite.tv/2014/10/13/gary-webb-on-cia-trafficking-of-cocaine/

Ex-Narcotics Detective Confronts CIA Director on Drug Trafficking: http://globalelite.tv/2014/08/06/ex-narcotics-detective-confronts-cia-director-on-drug-trafficking/

How Opium is Keeping US in Afghanistan: CIA’s Shady History of Drug Trafficking: http://globalelite.tv/2014/01/05/how-opium-is-keeping-us-in-afghanistan-cias-shady-history-of-drug-trafficking/

The bodies of seven men with ice picks in their chests were left in a public street in 2013 by the notorious Knights Templar in Michoacan, Mexico.

Vicious Mexican cartel forced members to eat human hearts

As if decapitation and ripping apart live victims weren’t bad enough, the horrid Knights Templar drug cartel also forced its members to eat human hearts, according to a government official.

The Michoacan state syndicate is arguably the country’s most horrific organized crime gang.

The region has been crippled for nearly two years by fighting between vigilantes and syndicate gunmen. Chaos in the agricultural state has worsened in past months as rivalries erupted between various factions of the self-defense groups.

Even by the murderous standards of Mexican cartels, the Knights Templar is particularly gruesome. Its members are known for cutting off the heads of those they consider enemies and sometimes boiling people alive.

Its former spiritual leader, Narzio Moreno, aka El Mas Loco (The Craziest One) was notorious for his love of knives and guns and was one of the world’s most-wanted cartel leaders. Mexican authorities twice reported killing him — once in 2010 and again in 2014. It was his decision to add cannibalism to his syndicate’s arsenal.

Making members eat a human heart as a test of loyalty was part of Moreno’s way of finding traitors.

"The ritual ranged from dismembering people they intended to kill to sometimes serving up the heart," Alfredo Castillo, Michoacan’s federal security commissioner, said on local television this week. He did not elaborate on whether the practice is still in use.

If you smoked Colombian weed in the ’70s and ’80s, Tony Dokoupil would like to thank you: He says you paid for his swim lessons and kept him in the best private school in south Florida — at least for a little while.

Dokoupil’s father started selling marijuana during the Nixon era, and expanded his operation until he became a partner in what his son describes as the biggest East Coast dope ring of the Reagan years, smuggling marijuana into the U.S.

But Dokoupil didn’t know this until many years later, because his parents didn’t tell him. His mother continued to keep the secret after his father disappeared from their lives, when Dokoupil was 10. When he did find out, he wanted to know the whole story.

Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Photo: Reuters/Jaime Saldarriaga

Senator Marco Rubio's Brother in Law: A Convicted Drug Trafficker

Barbara Rubio and Orlando Cicilia declined an interview with Univision Investiga. Mario Tabraue who was sentenced to 100 years in jail had his prison term reduced by 90 percent and is now free. He returned to the business of exotic animals which on occasion he has provided to Univision Entertainment programs.

Channel: Politics

Senator Marco Rubio has provided generous details about his family, expressing time and again during his successful 2009 U.S. senate campaign that he was proud of his parents’ efforts to build a better future for their four children in this country.

But there is one family episode that the Senator does not want to talk about. Univision Investiga has learned that in 1987, Rubio’s older sister Barbara was caught up in the year’s most significant antinarcotics operation in South Florida.

According to public records, federal prosecutors in Miami ordered the seizure of the home where Barbara Rubio lived with her husband Orlando Cicilia. Prosecutors suspected the home was being used for activities that violated drug laws. Another property owned by the couple, located in what today is an office building, was also subject to seizure for the same reason.

(Senator Rubio: Image from politico.com)

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Thai Woman Sentenced to Death for Marijuana

Last month, Thailand native Thitapah Charoenchuea learned her fate for being caught with nearly 40 pounds of marijuana last year in Malaysia. Charoenchuea maintains that she is a victim of circumstance, and her legal counsel pleaded with High Court Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab, asking him to consider that his client is the mother of a 10-year-old daughter and recently divorced, before ruling on the case. Despite this, Zaki said on Monday that the prosecution was able to provide him with significant evidence to suggest that Charoenchuea was indeed guilty of violating the Dangerous Drug Act of 1952.

Southeast Asia is notorious for imposing the toughest drug laws on the planet. In countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, as little as 17 ounces of marijuana can mean a mandatory death sentence. In Malaysia, the death penalty is prescribed for drug trafficking, which is defined as possession of at least half an ounce of heroin or at least seven ounces of marijuana.

Foreigners are not immune to these harsh penalties. In April, a 43-year-old British woman (Andrea Ruth Waldeck) was arrested by Indonesian authorities after they found 52 ounces of crystal meth in her hotel room. She, too, faces a likely death sentence. In August, another British woman (Lindsay Sandiford) lost her appeal against a death sentence for trafficking drugs into Bali. A three-judge panel unanimously rejected her appeal. The 57-year-old grandmother’s only hope now is for clemency from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has pardoned four drug dealers on death row since he became president in 2004.

Thanks to High Times