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Alarming rise in Black Spotted Turtle trade across Asia

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.

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Wildlife protection stepped up at Melghat Tiger Reserve

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.

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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.

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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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