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London, UK, 10th February 2014—World leaders should come prepared to take strong action when they attend this week’s London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. The two-day event is an opportunity for governments to commit to finally ending the illegal trade in elephants, rhinos, tigers and other wildlife.
Paris, France, 6th February 2014—France today becomes the latest country to destroy its ivory stockpiles, following recent public ivory destruction events in Gabon, the Philippines, USA, China and an announcement by Hong Kong that it intends to destroy 28 tonnes of stockpiled ivory.
More than 15,000 ivory pieces seized by French Customs at Roissy Paris airport over a 21-year period between 1987 and 2007 will be destroyed, weighing a combined total of three tonnes.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 6th February 2014—Over 2,000 smuggled Pig-nosed Turtles seized in Hong Kong last month have made the long trip home to Indonesia where authorities have foiled the trafficking of thousands more of these sought-after turtles since early January.
Discovery of snared Sun Bear indicative of relentless poaching in Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, Malaysia
Perak, Malaysia, 28th January 2014—The carcass of a Malayan Sun Bear and several snares have been found in jungles near the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex in northern Malaysia, underscoring poaching’s incessant pressure on endangered species in the area.
Tanzania, 27th January 2014—Conservation organizations WWF and TRAFFIC are extremely alarmed by the dramatic rise in poaching within Tanzania and call upon the recently reshuffled cabinet members to act quickly, judiciously and decisively, to eradicate the increasing poaching menace within the country.
Nairobi, Kenya, 24th January 2014—China's Embassy in Nairobi last week hosted an event for Chinese businesses and citizens based in Africa to address the growing issue of illegal wildlife trade and their government’s intention to co-operate with local authorities to investigate, arrest and prosecute offenders.
20th January 2014–Customs officers in Singapore and Thailand have both recorded significant rhino horn seizures within a few days of one another. In each instance, close to 22 kg rhino horn were seized from the luggage of passengers on their way to Viet Nam.