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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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Shark fisheries management: TRAFFIC develops new risk assessment method

Cambridge, UK, 23rd April 2014—TRAFFIC has developed M-risk, a novel method to quantify the risk posed by over-exploitation of shark stocks as part of a project supported by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Dogs of war: Labradors on the wildlife crime frontline

How detector dog programmes in China are paying dividends in the fight against wildlife traffickers
Beijing, China, April 2014—On 27 March 2014 the arrivals hall of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was bustling with passengers as usual. Jin Kai, a detector dog with the Guangzhou Customs Anti-smuggling Police, and one of the first graduates from a detector dog training programme run by the China Customs Anti-smuggling Bureau in co-operation with TRAFFIC and supported by WWF Germany and WWF-UK, was carrying out a routine inspection of passengers’ baggage.

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Experts discuss EU response to global wildlife trafficking crisis

Brussels, Belgium, April 2014—170 experts, including representatives from TRAFFIC, met last week to determine how the European Union can develop a more comprehensive approach to global wildlife trafficking, which has become a major and complex organized crime problem and a threat to sustainable development.

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Changing behaviour to reduce consumption of illegal wildlife products in China

Beijing, China, March 2014—Experts from a wide diversity of backgrounds, ranging from businessmen through to government employees and staff from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met last month in Beijing to devise ways to change consumer’s behaviour to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products.

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New app to build awareness and information on illegal wildlife trade in South-East Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9th April 2014—From bear paw soup to pangolin scales, people can now report suspected illegal wildlife trade in South-East Asia using a smartphone app developed by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia in partnership with TRAFFIC.

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China timber companies urged to establish responsible purchasing systems to combat illegal logging

Guangzhou, China—TRAFFIC and WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), in collaboration with the China Timber and Wooden Products Distribution Association and support from IKEA Supply AG last month held a “Timber Legality Training workshop” in Guangzhou, aimed at increasing awareness among Chinese timber companies of the US Lacey Act, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (AILPA).

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Legal timber trade leads to more business opportunities for Indonesian timber producers

Jakarta, Indonesia, March 2014—The Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu - SVLK) is poised to gain recognition in the European Union (EU) and generate more trade for certified companies with the recent signing of a Presidential Regulation.

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Recent seizures highlight trouble for Asia’s tortoises and freshwater turtles

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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