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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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Thursday
May152014

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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Wednesday
May142014

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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Monday
Apr282014

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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Friday
Apr252014

New Non-Detriment Finding guidelines available

Cambridge, UK, 25th April 2014—TRAFFIC has helped develop straightforward steps for determining whether trade in a particular species is likely to be detrimental to its survival, a key requirement for countries before allowing export of their wildlife resources.

The new guidelines are aimed at helping government authorities decide whether a Non-Detriment Finding (NDF) can be issued and export permits granted to allow trade to proceed for a species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Thursday
Apr242014

Wildlife Crime Hotline stickers hitch a ride with Malaysian cabbies

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 24th April 2014—Taxi drivers are revving up the effort to stop wildlife crime in Malaysia by featuring specially designed car stickers that call on passengers to report cases of suspicious trade in wild animals and plants to a hotline.

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