Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 4th April 2017—Thirteen puppies aged 6-9 months old and their 26 dog handlers today began their training to become wildlife sniffer and tracker dog squads at the National Training Centre for Dogs (NTCD), BSF Academy, Tekanpur Gwalior.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 30th March 2017—Researchers from TRAFFIC, WWF and Oxford Brookes University have found evidence that rhinoceros horns are being openly offered for sale in Mong La, the notorious wildlife market situated in Myanmar on the border with China.
Seoni, India, March 2017—Some 65 Forest Department officials and 15 Police officers from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra States in Central India have completed two-days of training aimed at enhancing wildlife law enforcement capacity in Central India.
Hong Kong, 28th March 2017—two men were convicted in a Hong Kong Magistrates’ Court today for the illegal possession and sale of elephant ivory, after forensic evidence proved items in their licensed ivory outlet were illegally acquired.
Beijing, China, 25th March 2017—To mark this year’s “Earth Hour”, a high-end shopping mall in Beijing is hosting an exhibition of threatened wildlife origami works to promote the message that buyers should practice sustainable consumption.
Hong Kong, 23rd March 2017—Continuation of Hong Kong’s 150-year-old ivory trade hangs in the balance as the Legislative Council Panel on Environmental Affairs meets next Monday, 27th March, to consider a bill to phase out local ivory trade in the city. The proposed ban will require a legislative amendment in conjunction with a proposal to raise maximum penalties for wildlife crimes.
Update, 31st March 2017: According to Customs News, an official channel for Vietnamese Customs, of the 46 rhino horns seized in Viet Nam on 14th March only five were tested by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity Resources (the CITES Scientific Authority in Viet Nam). Four are confirmed to be White Rhino horns and one is from a Black Rhino. TRAFFIC urges Vietnamese officials to take samples from all 46 horns and send them to RhODIS, the Veterinary Genetics Testing Lab in South Africa, so that standardized testing can determine the species and origin of these horns.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 23rd March 2017—Viet Nam continues to take centre stage in the global illicit rhino horn trade in 2017 with two large, back-to-back seizures totalling 67 horns in Southeast Asia that reaffirm the country’s links to rhino horn consumption and trafficking.