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Thursday
Feb062014

France to destroy ivory stockpiles

en Français

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.

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Thursday
Feb062014

Over 2,000 Pig-nosed Turtles fly home to a troubled future

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.

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Thursday
Jan302014

UN Security Council targets poaching and wildlife trade with DRC sanctions

en Français

UN, 30th January 2014—The United Nations Security Council took a critical step today in tackling elephant poaching and illicit ivory trade by addressing the link between instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo and wildlife trafficking.

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Tuesday
Jan282014

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.

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Monday
Jan272014

Tanzania: Reshuffled cabinet should address poaching urgently

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.

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Friday
Jan242014

Chinese Embassy in Kenya tells its citizens involvement in illegal wildlife trade is not acceptable

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.

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Monday
Jan202014

Singapore and Thailand Customs each seize 22 kg rhino horn

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.

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Friday
Jan172014

2013 worst ever for rhino poaching in South Africa

in Vietnamese

South Africa, 17th January 2014—The South African Department of Environmental Affairs revealed official figures today that 1004 rhinos were illegally killed during 2013 in South Africa, the equivalent of nearly three animals a day, making it the worst year ever on record for rhino poaching in the country.

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Wednesday
Jan152014

Europe needs to rid itself of illegal wildlife products

Brussels, Belgium, 15th January 2014—WWF and TRAFFIC strongly support today’s decision by the Plenary of the European Parliament to adopt an EU Resolution on Illegal Wildlife Crime.

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