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Monday
Sep072009

Hunting pushes Saola to the brink

Excessive hunting is threatening the survival of the rare Saola, a relative of wild cattle that lives in remote forests of Southeast Asia Click photo to enlarge © 1996 by W. Robichaud/WCS   

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Gland, Switzerland, 7 September, 2009—One of the world's most enigmatic mammals, the Saola Pseudoryx nghetinhensis, is on the brink of extinction, according to a group of experts who held an emergency meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR, to try to save the animal.

The meeting identified snaring and hunting with dogs, to which the Saola is especially vulnerable, as the main direct threats to the species.

Experts emphasized that the Saola cannot be saved without intensified removal of poachers' snares and reduction of hunting with dogs in key areas of the Annamite forests, along the border of Lao PDR and Viet Nam.

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Friday
Aug282009

Pangolins saved from slaughter

Some of the 98 rescued pangolins. Click photo to enlarge. © TRAFFIC

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 August 2009—In its biggest seizures of pangolins this year, Malaysia’s Wildlife and National Parks Department confiscated 98 animals from a house in Alor Setar in the northern state of Kedah.

The department’s Wildlife Crime Unit raided the house at 6.30 am on Wednesday after about three weeks of surveillance and investigations.

The unit found the totally protected animals hidden in a store room behind the house and have arrested a man in his 40s in connection with the crime.

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Wednesday
Aug262009

Bear paws turn up in nationwide raids

The bear paws confiscated from a trader's cold room. Click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC Southeast Asia   

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26 August 2009—Malaysia's wildlife authority has seized several protected animals and parts of wildlife including bear paws, in a string of raids across the country in the last two weeks.

On August 11, the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) found four bear paws in the cold room of a licensed trader’s store in the town of Kemaman in Terengganu, a state on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

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Friday
Aug212009

Crocodile hides in inspectors’ sights

Crocodile skin handbag: can you tell if it's fake or real? Click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC   

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Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, 21 August 2009—wildlife trade inspectors from Mexico’s Federal Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA) are being taught how to identify reptile skins and the products made out of them as part of a project that aims to improve the conservation of natural resources and ensure sustainable use.

“The international trade in reptile skins is an attractive business that generates high profits but has the potential to severely impact the conservation of the species involved,” says Adrian Reuter, TRAFFIC North America’s Mexico Representative.

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Tuesday
Aug182009

Illegal seahorse-containing medicine handed back

Powdered seahorses from Indonesia are a principal ingredient of medicinal tablets illegally imported into Poland Click photo to enlarge © Jürgen Freund / WWF-Canon 

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Cambridge, UK, 19 August 2009—A Polish company has been found guilty of importing 14 tonnes of “Ginjal”, a drug containing powdered seahorses that is illegal under Poland’s Act on Nature Conservation, but the court ruled the stock should be returned to the company.

“The illegal tablets should have been confiscated so they can never reach the marketplace,” commented Magdalena Romanowicz, Head of WWF Poland’s Reducing Illegal Wildlife Trade initiative.

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Monday
Aug172009

China’s fisheries must adapt to meet new EU regulations

The fish processing industry has expanded rapidly, such that China is now the world's leading exporter of marine fish products Click photo to enlarge C Morrison   

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Beijing, China, 17 August 2009—China appears to have made considerable progress in improving the traceability of its fish processing industry, but will need to adapt further if it is to meet the requirements of forthcoming European Union regulations, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

From January 2010, all fish materials imported into the European Union (EU) will have to be accompanied by catch certificates. The certificates will then have to be validated by the flag State of the vessel that caught the fish. The new laws aim to combat Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing.

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Friday
Aug142009

Wildlife Trade Regulation Course has early success

Wildlife Trade Regulation Course participants get to grips with turtle identification Click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14 August 2009—Frontline staff at two of the country’s busiest airports underwent an intensive training course last week to enhance their ability to identify and intercept wildlife traffickers who use the two facilities.

About 70 people including security, cargo and airline staff stationed at the KL International Airport and Low Cost Carrier Terminal took part in the course organised by the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN).

The Wildlife Trade Regulation Course, held with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Malaysia Airports, is part of a multi-faceted effort aimed at thwarting wildlife traffickers in the ASEAN region.

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Wednesday
Aug122009

FairWild Standards prove their worth in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A pilot project to implement measures for fair and sustainable collection of Wild Garlic in Bosnia & Herzegovina proved a success Click photo to enlarge © Sladjana Bundalo   

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Bosnia and Herzegovina, 12 August 2009—experts in sustainable management have given their strong approval to the new sustainability standards for the collection of wild medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), after testing them in Bosnia and Herzegovina during an 18-month pilot project on Wild Garlic Allium ursinum.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in south-eastern Europe, is a major source country for medicinal and aromatic plants collected in Europe.

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Wednesday
Aug122009

Illegal wildlife trade rises up the political agenda in Viet Nam

Marine turtles on sale in Ho Chi Minh City: there is rising political concern in Viet Nam over the illegal wildife trade that is depriving the nation of its natural resources Click photo to enlarge © Dan Stiles / TRAFFIC Southeast Asia   

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Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 12 August—The Central Committee for Communication and Education (CCCE), a body that advises Viet Nam’s Communist Party, meets today with representatives from international conservation groups TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, WWF, and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, to discuss raising awareness about the illegal wildlife trade and its impact on the conservation of Viet Nam’s natural resources.

Rising consumer demand is driving a lucrative, but often illegal and unsustainable trade in wild plant and animal products in Viet Nam, threatening the country’s incredible biodiversity. With many endemic and threatened species on the verge of extinction, the Government of Viet Nam is increasing its commitment to combat the illegal trade.

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