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Ivory trade hot spot Hong Kong plans huge ivory stockpile burn

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.

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New study finds fewer online advertisements for Tiger parts

28 April 2014 - Chinese-language online advertisements for Tiger part ornaments and Tiger-based medicines appear to be in decline, according to a new report published today in TRAFFIC’s flagship journal, TRAFFIC Bulletin. 
Although Tiger items are still being advertised online, there were signs that the number of times such advertisements are appearing is in decline.  This appears to be a response to greater awareness of the illegality of such sales as well as the growing number of internet retail companies who have pledged a zero tolerance policy towards such illegal trade and routinely remove such advertising.

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New Non-Detriment Finding guidelines available

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.

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Wildlife Crime Hotline stickers hitch a ride with Malaysian cabbies

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.

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Shark fisheries management: TRAFFIC develops new risk assessment method

Cambridge, UK, 23rd April 2014—TRAFFIC has developed M-risk, a novel method to quantify the risk posed by over-exploitation of shark stocks as part of a project supported by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Dogs of war: Labradors on the wildlife crime frontline

How detector dog programmes in China are paying dividends in the fight against wildlife traffickers
Beijing, China, April 2014—On 27 March 2014 the arrivals hall of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was bustling with passengers as usual. Jin Kai, a detector dog with the Guangzhou Customs Anti-smuggling Police, and one of the first graduates from a detector dog training programme run by the China Customs Anti-smuggling Bureau in co-operation with TRAFFIC and supported by WWF Germany and WWF-UK, was carrying out a routine inspection of passengers’ baggage.

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Experts discuss EU response to global wildlife trafficking crisis

Brussels, Belgium, April 2014—170 experts, including representatives from TRAFFIC, met last week to determine how the European Union can develop a more comprehensive approach to global wildlife trafficking, which has become a major and complex organized crime problem and a threat to sustainable development.

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Changing behaviour to reduce consumption of illegal wildlife products in China

Beijing, China, March 2014—Experts from a wide diversity of backgrounds, ranging from businessmen through to government employees and staff from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met last month in Beijing to devise ways to change consumer’s behaviour to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products.

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New app to build awareness and information on illegal wildlife trade in South-East Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9th April 2014—From bear paw soup to pangolin scales, people can now report suspected illegal wildlife trade in South-East Asia using a smartphone app developed by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia in partnership with TRAFFIC.

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