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Thursday
Jun162011

Malagasy wildlife on sale in Thailand

in Thai l in Japanese

Bangkok, Thailand, 16th June 2011—Thailand’s pet dealers are supplying large numbers of Madagascar’s most threatened reptiles and amphibians to local and international markets, despite unanswered questions over the legality of the imports, a new TRAFFIC report has found.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Customs Department gears up to fight wildlife crime in Maharashtra

Mumbai, India, 14th June 2011—A workshop organized by TRAFFIC India in association with the National Academy for Customs, Excise & Narcotics (NACEN), Western region, Bhandup (E), Mumbai on “Strengthening Wildlife Law Enforcement” in Mumbai, Maharashtra began today. Thirty officials from the Customs department and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence of the western region are participating.

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Friday
Jun102011

Experts urge better regulation of ‘bushmeat’ trade

Nairobi, Kenya, 10th June 2011—A growing and lucrative illegal international commercial trade in the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles (‘bushmeat’) is causing widespread loss of biodiversity, imperilling the livelihoods of communities around the world, and destabilising fragile tropical forest ecosystems, leading to ‘empty forest syndrome’, concluded international experts who met this week in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Experts meet to find solutions to global “bushmeat crisis”

Nairobi, Kenya, 7th June 2011—This week 20 governments, representatives of indigenous and local communities, and experts of international conservation and development organizations from Africa, Asia, America and Europe are meeting in Nairobi to find solutions to what is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest current biodiversity crisis—the over-exploitation of wild meat, also known as “bushmeat” for food.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

TIME magazine exposes plans for Chinese rhino ‘farming’

June 2011—the latest issue of TIME magazine reveals a secret plot in China to breed imported white rhinos commercially for their horns to be used in medicine—a scheme that would be in direct contravention of national and international laws, and which contradicts statements made in 2010 by Chinese officials at an international meeting and representatives of the traditional Chinese medicine industry.

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Thursday
Jun022011

Live crocodiles and turtles seized in airport baggage

Bangkok, Thailand, 2nd June 2011—Airport and Customs officials at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport have seized close to 500 live protected animals stuffed into four bags, among them hundreds of turtles, tortoises and seven Gharial crocodiles.

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Tuesday
May242011

Lid lifted on Vietnamese rhino horn trade

Rhino horn openly on sale in Ha Noi markets

May 2011—A hard-hitting documentary hosted by Dan Rather screened this April on HDNet television in the USA and Canada revealed the extent of the rhino horn trade to Viet Nam and how it is fuelling a rhino poaching crisis in southern Africa.

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Monday
May232011

New project to protect traditional knowledge in European plant trade

in Japanese

Budapest, Hungary, 23rd May 2011–TRAFFIC is part of a recently launched project to gather information about the use, harvest and traditional importance of wild plants and their significance in the cultural heritage of Eastern Europe

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Monday
May232011

Viet Nam looks to Lao PDR for further collaboration on illegal wildlife trade control

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 23rd May 2011—From 23rd to 27th May, the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry and other relevant authorities are hosting two workshops with government counterparts from Lao PDR to build on recent bilateral efforts to monitor the illegal cross-border trade of wildlife.

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Friday
May202011

Don’t Buy Trouble Campaign, one year on

May 2011—As the holiday season gets underway, TRAFFIC is celebrating the first anniversary of the “Don't Buy Trouble” campaign at Viet Nam’s Noi Bai airport.

The campaign, which features a permanent display at the airport about wildlife trade, is estimated to have been viewed by around 4 million passengers who fly through Noi Bai each year.

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Thursday
May192011

Agreement signed to improve regulation of wildlife trade in Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico, 19th May 2011—TRAFFIC and the Mexican government’s National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) this week signed an agreement to exchange information on Mexican species traded internationally.

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Saturday
May142011

World Fair Trade Day

Cambridge, UK, 14th May 2011—today, small producers, artisans, farmers and small-hold manufacturers, Fair Trade producers, traders and consumers worldwide will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day.  

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