UPDATE: Just days after more than 2,350 Pig-nosed Turtles were seized in Jakarta, another 5,284 have been seized in Bali.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22nd January 2015—Authorities in Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport have foiled a bid to smuggle an astonishing 2,350 Pig-nosed Turtles out of Indonesia this week, highlighting the continuing pressure on a species sought after for its rarity and exotic looks.
Latest news from TRAFFIC
South Africa, 22nd January 2015—Official figures released today by South Africa confirmed that 2014 was the worst on record for rhino poaching.
A total of 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2014, an average of more than three animals per day or 100 per month.
Beijing, China—TRAFFIC and Wen Wan Tian Xia, a well-known e-commerce retailer of antiques and other collectable items, last month held a “Green and Elegant Collecting” event, with support from Beijing Art Radio Station, where 21 influential buyers and sellers took part and pledged to “reduce the consumption of threatened wildlife products by leading the trend towards green collecting.”
Beijing, China, 2015—New Era Health Group has become the first State-owned Chinese company to include a zero tolerance policy towards the use and gifting of illegal and endangered wildlife products within the company’s formal Code of Conduct.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8th January 2015—A little-known venomous primate may be heading towards extinction due to the high demand for its use in traditional medicine.
Surveys conducted in early 2014 by Oxford Brookes University and TRAFFIC in the border area between China and Myanmar have revealed the scale of the trade in Bengal Slow Lorises.
Ruili, Guangxi, China – In December 2014, the inaugural World Customs Organization (WCO) Asia/Pacific Regional Customs seminar on the use and training of detector dogs took place at Ruili Detector Dog Base, China.
The meeting, which took place in co-operation with TRAFFIC, was part of international efforts to expand the number of wildlife detector dogs in use in Asia and to increase the range of products they can detect.
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 6th January 2015—On 14th December 2014, French Customs officers discovered 170 baby Radiated Tortoises wrapped in sticky tape and hidden in the secret compartment of a crate transiting Paris’s main Charles de Gaulle airport en route to Lao PDR.
Beyond enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade
Symposium to be held 26-28 February 2015, South Africa
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