Exposing the Dark Net with Ken McCloud

October 15, 2018
Hosted by Eli Weiss

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Episode Description

Today with returning guest Ken McCloud, ex-USFW special agent, we dive deep into the dark underbelly of Internet based illegal wildlife crime. The instant and global reach, the web provides cover and laundering for this illegal trade, and it happens every day. This illegal wildlife accelerates through global platforms such as eBay, Facebook and PayPal, to facilitate illegal canned hunting in the US, and trade in a multitude of endangered species. Wildlife trafficking is a serious and complex crime and needs to be treated as such by enforcement agencies, policies and the public. Wildlife crime is bigger than conservationists, rangers and NGOs- This is insidious big-time international crime, worth billions of dollars, being facilitated though social media despite efforts law enforcement and courts, and it continues unabated in the deep reaches of the Dark Web. Monitoring the illegal traffic through social media requires multi-agency cooperation and our public service to crack it down.

Our Wild World

Our Wild World

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An informative and lively opportunity for listeners of all ages to learn about and raise awareness of contemporary challenges in wildlife and environmental conservation, both in Africa and parallels in the U.S., while also providing direct avenues to a variety of projects to personally take action and get involved.

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Eli Weiss

Eli Weiss

A photographer, philanthropist and Wildlife Conservationist, Eli Weiss grew up in Illinois, Wyoming and Colorado, attended university in Colorado and the UK, and after spending time in Aspen from 1963-1979 she settled in Woody Creek, where, in 2000 she founded the non-profit WildiZe Foundation. In Founding Wildize, Weiss was able to combine her love of photography, art, nature, environmental ethics and conservation in such a way as to benefit our planet. The Foundation serves individuals and educational institutions dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, wildlife habitats and the indigenous cultures of Africa and raises awareness through on-the-ground projects and education both in Africa and the United States. Their mission is to establish direct relationships to projects in sub-Saharan Africa, offering targeted grant funding that support conservation efforts, educational programs and sustainable indigenous economies. Several times per year, Weiss visits the Foundation's grantees across sub-Saharan Africa, developing ongoing programs and building new, long-term relationships. Weiss has worked with experts and leaders in the field of conservation, administering over 2.5 million dollars of public and private grant funding across 75 grantees from specialists to community groups, giving her a well-rounded depth of knowledge critical to raising awareness of the various issues and toward implementing solid solutions based on science, the environment and culture.

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