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More than 2300 turtles seized at Jakarta international airport

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.

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South Africa confirms 2014 worst on record for rhino poaching

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.

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TRAFFIC and Wen Wan Tian Xia call for green collecting

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.”

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New Era Health Group makes formal commitment not to tolerate illegal wildlife trade

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.

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Brisk trade threatens slow lorises

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.

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Meeting to expand the role of wildlife detector dogs in Asia

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.

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Wildlife seizures in 2014 highlight Lao PDR’s role in trafficking

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.

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Myanmar a gateway for illegal trade in Tigers and other wild cats to China

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Cambridge, UK, 22nd December 2014 - The trade in Tigers and other wild cat parts from Myanmar into China has grown in recent years while the same trade into Thailand has diminished, says a new study that scrutinises two decades of survey data in two border towns.

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Symposium to go beyond enforcement

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Beyond enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade

Symposium to be held 26-28 February 2015, South Africa

Please note this symposium is now fully subscribed, following an extremely enthusiastic response from around the world to our Call for Abstracts. We are very sorry that we are not able to accommodate more people, but will make as much of the symposium material available through this and partner websites as possible. You are also welcome to submit questions for any speaker to Dan Challender at by February 15th. We cannot guarantee there will be space to ask all of them, but we will seek to raise as many as possible.

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