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Tuesday
Jun102014

15 travellers arrested after Hong Kong Customs seize 790 kg ivory

Hong Kong, 10th June 2014—Authorities in Hong Kong have arrested 15 passengers aboard a flight from Angola after a total of 790 kg was found in baggage aboard the plane.

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Monday
Jun092014

Conservationists focus on illegal trade of India's poorly-known wildlife species

New Delhi, India, 9th June 2014—Measures to protect wildlife species, such as pangolins, birds, tortoises and sharks, whose illegal trade in India is poorly known were formulated today during a meeting held in New Delhi.

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Friday
Jun062014

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Viet Nam join forces to crack down on turtle trade

Manila, Philippines, 6th June 2014—Government representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Viet Nam committed to improve intergovernmental cooperation to curb the illegal trade of marine turtles in the Coral Triangle.

The commitment was made at a marine turtle trade workshop hosted by the Government of the Philippines on 3 to 4 June 2014.

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Thursday
Jun052014

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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Thursday
Jun052014

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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Thursday
May292014

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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Tuesday
May272014

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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Friday
May232014

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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Wednesday
May212014

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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