Black Market Criminals Selling Endangered Species get Slap on Wrist!

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I am happy that these people get caught but I am stunned at the light sentences considering that the death of these animals is brutal and unnessecary and extinction means forever gone.

How can we STOP this black market trade if they just get a couple of months in the can along with a pittens for a fine? What are other countries doing? China seems to be heavily involved with endangered species black market trade and I wonder what is being done on THEIR end?

I have linked a page that has the results of several cases involving black rhino horns. Look at how easy these guys got off. They're not going to quit. They just get delayed a bit then go back into the trade! We've got to do better than this!

http://www.justice.gov/enrd/black-market-trade-rhinoceros-horn

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http://www.justice.gov/enrd/narwhal-tusks-and-teeth

Check out this case!

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This page has a couple of cases involving turtles. One of the species of turtles is considered CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. They thought it might be extinct.

http://www.justice.gov/enrd/illegal-importation-protected-species

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The Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), together with United States Attorneys’ Offices across the country, is responsible for prosecuting international wildlife trafficking crimes, primarily under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Lacey Act, as well as crimes related to wildlife trafficking, such as smuggling, money laundering, and criminal conspiracy. Working with the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other agencies, ENRD’s Environmental Crimes Section and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices indicted, prosecuted, and secured convictions during 2014 in numerous cases of trafficking in internationally-protected species, such as ivory, rhinoceros horn, narwhal tusk, shark fins, turtles and reptiles. Federal prosecutors also pursued charges in 2014 against traffickers whose crimes threaten domestically-protected wildlife, such as mountain lions, bobcats, rattlesnakes and paddlefish eggs.

http://www.justice.gov/enrd/wildlife-trafficking

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I don't know why the link above doesn't work but here it is again and this time it should work. It is to the page where I got the above text from. It's amazing that we never talk about this subject and yet the scope of how much is going on is staggering!

http://www.justice.gov/enrd/wildlife-trafficking

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When you read text which is a news release so I can post it, you will see what I mean when you get towards the bottom of the release. It notes that 3 assistants to the person they were talking about had previously pleaded GUILTY to Lacey Act violations. I guess their sentences weren't enough to stop them from doing it again!

Department of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, August 15, 2014Big Game Hunting Outfitter Pleads Guilty to Felony Conspiracy Charge in Connection with Illegal Mountain Lion and Bobcat Hunting Activities

Christopher W. Loncarich, 55, of Mack, Colorado, pleaded guilty in federal court in Denver to a felony conspiracy charge stemming from his sale of outfitting services for illegal mountain lion and bobcat hunts in Colorado and Utah, the Justice Department announced.

Loncarich pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act is a federal law that makes it illegal to knowingly transport or sell in interstate commerce any wildlife that has been taken or possessed in violation of state laws or regulations.

According to an indictment returned by the grand jury for the District of Colorado on Jan. 7, 2014, and the plea agreement, Loncarich conspired with others to provide numerous illegal hunts of mountain lions and bobcats in Colorado and Utah from 2007 to 2010. In particular, Loncarich and his confederates trapped, shot and caged mountain lions and bobcats prior to hunts in order to provide easier chases of the cats for clients. Loncarich also admits that he and his assistants guided several hunters that did not possess a Utah mountain lion or bobcat license on mountain lion or bobcat hunts in Utah. Loncarich’s base of operations in Mack, Colorado, is approximately five miles from the Utah-Colorado border. Loncarich sold mountain lion hunts for between $3,500 and $7,500 and bobcat hunts for between $700 and $1,500 and shared a portion of the proceeds from successful hunts with his assistant guides.

Three of Loncarich’s assistant guides have previously pleaded guilty to Lacey Act violations in connection with their guiding activities with Loncarich. On July 30, 2014, Loncarich’s lead assistant guide, Nicholaus J. Rodgers, pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act in connection with his work for Loncarich.

The maximum penalty for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the prosecution agreed to a sentencing calculation pursuant to the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines but did not agree on a term of imprisonment, an amount of fines or an amount of restitution. A sentencing hearing for Loncarich is set for Nov. 20, 2014.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The case is being prosecuted by the Environmental Crimes Section of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

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We also need to change the behavior and attitutde of the general population. It seems cultural in that I knew who people who wanted to be the last person to eat a particular specie so that they can go down in the history book as the last person to dine on the extinct specie.

Also we need to change the idea of miracle "drug" from eating rare and endangered plant/animal.

It seems the penalty for such crime should reflect the cost of the black market. If you can make $50,000 from one item, the fine should reflect the cost by oh I dunno like 10x maybe 20x of the going rate or maybe even more so that the fine wuold be $500,000 or million dollar. How many have they managed to smuggle and profit? Take away the profit just like the drug law.

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We also need to change the behavior and attitutde of the general population. It seems cultural in that I knew who people who wanted to be the last person to eat a particular specie so that they can go down in the history book as the last person to dine on the extinct specie.

Also we need to change the idea of miracle "drug" from eating rare and endangered plant/animal.

It seems the penalty for such crime should reflect the cost of the black market. If you can make $50,000 from one item, the fine should reflect the cost by oh I dunno like 10x maybe 20x of the going rate or maybe even more so that the fine wuold be $500,000 or million dollar. How many have they managed to smuggle and profit? Take away the profit just like the drug law.

I can't understand the thought processes of someone who wants to kill and eat endangered species and considers it a badge of honor! What kind of soul does that type of person have? If any!

I do agree that the cost should be MANY times more the going rate and MANY MORE years in PRISON! We are not deterring these criminals at all!

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