Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17th January 2011—Law enforcers from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam are being trained this week on how to identify threatened reptile species and familiarizing themselves with international wildlife protection policies that will enable them to combat the multimillion dollar illegal wildlife trade in the ASEAN region.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Mumbai, India, 14th January 2011—TRAFFIC India in association with the Wildlife Institute of India this week held a two-day workshop on “Strengthening Wildlife Law Enforcement in India” aimed to bring enforcement officers up-to-date with the latest tools and techniques available to fight illicit wildlife trade and also to give them an overview of organized global wildlife crime.
South Africa, 12th January 2011—A total of 333 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa in 2010, including ten critically endangered Black Rhinos, according to national park officials.
The yearly total is the highest ever experienced in South Africa and nearly triple 2009 when 122 rhinos were killed in the country. An additional six rhinos have been lost to poaching since the New Year.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12th January 2011—A man who put two ivory statues for sale online will be the first person charged under Malaysia’s tough new wildlife laws.
The Selangor State Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) raided the man’s home in Bukit Jelutong on Tuesday and found the ivory items, which he advertised in the classified ads of a well known local website, officials told TRAFFIC.
USA, 10th January 2011—The US Court of Appeal has ordered three men to pay restitution to the South African government for overharvesting of Cape Rock Lobsters off the south and west coasts.
Cambridge, UK, 28th December 2010—Kalwerbossie, better known by its scientific name, Pelargonium sidoides, features today on the IUCN Red List website of threatened animal and plant species.
P. sidoides is endemic to and used traditionally in Lesotho and South Africa to treat colic, diarrhoea and other digestive disorders.
Bukit Kayu Hitam, Malaysia, 24th December 2010—As 2010 draws to a close, Malaysian Customs officials report their largest contraband seizure of the year after they confiscated 4.3 tonnes of reptiles from a lorry parked near the Malay/Thai border.
Washington DC, USA, 24th December 2010—35 years after it came into force, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) remains highly relevant, but funding remains a principle limitation to the Convention, in particular to strengthen enforcement and the quality of trade data finds a new study published today.