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Recent spate of seizures highlights threat to Critically Endangered turtle

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 2nd February 2015—A recent spate of poaching and smuggling of Palawan Forest Turtles is causing serious conservation concern and driving this Critically Endangered species found only on the Philippine island of Palawan ever closer towards extinction.

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Traditional medicine practitioners in Viet Nam pledge to protect threatened wildlife

Ha Noi, 30th January 2015 – Leading traditional medicine (TM) practitioners in Viet Nam have signed a pledge committing them to refrain from any engagement in illegal wildlife trade or in consumption of threatened wildlife species, including as ingredients in traditional medicine.

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Transportation and logistics sector lends support to global efforts tackling wildlife crime

Bangkok, Thailand, 28th January 2015— Representatives from across the transportation and logistics sector meet later this week in Bangkok for a consultative workshop together with Customs officials, supply chain experts and wildlife professionals in order to find actionable solutions to deter wildlife smuggling activities while strengthening supply chains and corporate policies.

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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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