Bangkok, Thailand, 27th March 2014—Hot on the heels of three major tortoise and freshwater turtle seizures in Asia comes another in Bangkok involving close to 300 animals and the arrest of two men suspected of smuggling them.
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March 2014 – Sustainable wild collection was highlighted at the BioFach trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, last month. The organic trade fair celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and remains an important event in the calendar for those involved with the trade in wild plant ingredients.
Kribi, south Cameroon, March 2014—60 law enforcement officers from the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF); Ministry of Finance (Customs and Forest Taxes Securing Programme); Ministry of Defence (Police and Gendarmerie) and Ministry of Justice have received training on how to ensure good governance and transparency within the logging and timber industry in Cameroon.
Beijing, China, March 2014—Representatives from 30 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) companies met last month in Beijing to discuss corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability issues in the TCM industry.
Hanoi, March 2014—Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued a top-level Directive to his line ministries prioritizing enforcement at all levels, and across ministries, to combat poaching and trafficking of African elephant ivory and rhino horn.
The Directive highlights that the Vietnamese Government recognizes wildlife crime not only as an environmental threat, but also as a threat to the country’s economy, national security, public health and international relationships.
Gland, Switzerland, 3rd March 2014—As the world celebrates World Wildlife Day today, IUCN — International Union for Conservation of Nature and TRAFFIC — the wildlife trade monitoring network have produced a photo gallery to highlight the broad range of species that are threatened by excessive trade, some of it illegal.
Bangkok, Thailand, 28th February 2014—Over a period of two weeks, authorities in Thailand, India and Hong Kong have intercepted three significant shipments of rare tortoises and freshwater turtles—all of them destined for or transiting Bangkok in Thailand—and rescued more than a thousand animals from smugglers.
Uganda, 27th February 2014—A high court judge in Uganda has ordered 2.9 tonnes of seized African Elephant ivory be returned to a Congolese national for onward export, despite the cargo having entered the country fraudulently declared as coffee and the fact that any onward export would clearly be in stark contravention of international regulations under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).