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AMWAE/TRAFFIC project wins prestigious UNDP award

Quito, Ecuador, 5th June 2014World Environment Day: A project working with local communities in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforests is one of the winners in this year's prestigious Equator Prize 2014.

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Top traditional medicine companies and doctors renounce use of endangered wildlife products

Shanghai, China, May 2014—Representatives from several leading traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) companies have formally renounced the use of endangered plants and animals protected by national and international legislation in medicinal products at a meeting held last month in Shanghai.

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Rhino horn smuggling ringleader receives 70 month jail sentence

Washington DC, USA, 28th May 2014—Zhifei Li, the owner of an antique business in China has received a 70 month prison term—one of the longest sentences to be imposed in the United States for a wildlife smuggling offence—for his role in trafficking 30 rhinoceros horns and numerous rhino horn and elephant ivory artifacts from the US to China.

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Wild plants the stars of innovative online toolbox

Budapest, Hungary, 27th May 2014—Today sees the launch of an online interactive “Traditional and wild” toolbox, created to showcase the use of a variety of wild plant species used for traditional medicine and for food in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Poland and beyond.

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Alarming rise in Black Spotted Turtle trade across Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23rd May 2014—Illegal international trade of the Black Spotted Turtle in Asia has escalated over recent years and immediate action is required to stem the flow, a new TRAFFIC report has found.

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Wildlife protection stepped up at Melghat Tiger Reserve

Amaravati, India, May 2014—The officials of Melghat Tiger Reserve, the first Reserve to be declared as a Tiger Reserve in the state of Maharashtra, India, underwent rigorous training earlier this month to help bolster wildlife protection measures and law enforcement in the region.

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Ministry of Health joins efforts to save rhinos: Call to cease use of rhino horn for medical purposes

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 15th May 2014—This month the Traditional Medicine Administration under Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health (MoH), TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, and WWF-Viet Nam are collaborating to host workshops to discuss ways traditional medicine practitioners can help save rhinos.

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Ivory trade hot spot Hong Kong plans huge ivory stockpile burn

WWF and TRAFFIC call for government action to protect threatened elephants

Hong Kong, 14th May 2014—WWF-Hong Kong and TRAFFIC welcome the Hong Kong government’s move to begin the destruction of 28 tonnes of confiscated ivory tomorrow – the largest single act of seized ivory destruction in history. We applaud Hong Kong’s diligent and ongoing efforts to intercept illegal ivory, which sends a strong message that Hong Kong will not tolerate ivory trafficking.

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New study finds fewer online advertisements for Tiger parts

28 April 2014 - Chinese-language online advertisements for Tiger part ornaments and Tiger-based medicines appear to be in decline, according to a new report published today in TRAFFIC’s flagship journal, TRAFFIC Bulletin. 
Although Tiger items are still being advertised online, there were signs that the number of times such advertisements are appearing is in decline.  This appears to be a response to greater awareness of the illegality of such sales as well as the growing number of internet retail companies who have pledged a zero tolerance policy towards such illegal trade and routinely remove such advertising.

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