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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UPDATE: In August 2014, the German Government, through BfN, convened a workshop of experts where the shark NDF guidelines were refined and revised. The revised versions are now available, in both English and Spanish through the CITES shark website portal.
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.
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.