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Malaysian Tiger Action Plan adopted

The Government in Malaysia has endorsed a Tiger Action Plan that aims to see 1,000 wild animals in the country by 2020 Click photo to enlarge © Roger Hooper / WWF-Canon   

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Kuala Lumpur, 5 November 2009—Malaysia’s roadmap to saving its wild tigers has received its most solid endorsement yet—a firm and clear commitment from Government to protect the species and the places it calls home.

The National Tiger Action Plan was officially adopted by Malaysia’s National Biodiversity-Biotechnologys Council yesterday. It is a detailed document that government and environmental NGOs jointly shaped over the past two years.

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Sharks at risk from deepwater gillnets

Deepwater gillnetting could seriously affect species like the Spiny Dogfish, a species already threatened from overfishing  

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Cambridge, UK, 1 November 2009—TRAFFIC has written to the fledgling South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) to express alarm that Flag States are allowing deepwater gillnetting, a potentially devastating fishing practice, of species such as deep water sharks.

This is despite an agreement to restrict current fishing using this technique to earlier lower levels because of questions over its levels of impact on suceptible species.

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African monkey meat seized in Poland

The smoked monkey found by Polish Customs in the luggage of a student arriving from Cameroon Click photo to enlarge © Izba Celna w Warszawie  

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Warsaw, Poland, 29 October 2009—Customs officials have found a smoked monkey in the luggage of a female student travelling from Cameroon to attend university in Poland.

The 21 year-old was stopped as she attempted to pass through the “Nothing to Declare” channel at Warsaw international airport.

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Few surprises in latest CITES Proposals, but sparks may fly

Conflicting proposals relating to African Elephants mean debate over the ivory trade is likely to dominate proceedings at the CITES meeting in Qatar, next March Click photo to enlarge © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon   

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Gland, Switzerland, 26 October 2009—the Secretariat of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) has today revealed most of the list of just over 40 proposed changes in CITES trade rules that will be discussed along with a range of other policy and implementation issues at the forthcoming Conference of the Parties taking place next March in Qatar (CoP15).

CITES CoP meetings occur every three years and changes to trade rules, through amendments to the CITES Appendices can have profound conservation implications for affected species. The listing of a species in Appendix I effectively prevents all commercial international trade, while those listed in Appendix II can be traded under special permit conditions.

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Southern Bluefin quota cuts could be “too little, too late”

Southern Bluefin Tuna on sale in Tokyo: even in a best case scenario, it will take years for stock levels to recover Click on photo to enlarge © Michel Gunther / WWF-Canon  

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Jeju Island, South Korea, 23 October—A 20 percent cut in the Southern Bluefin Tuna take could still be too little, too late for the species which is on the brink of collapse, WWF and the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC warned today.
Speaking at the conclusion of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin (CCSBT) Tuna meeting in Jeju Island, South Korea, TRAFFIC’s Global Marine Programme Leader Glenn Sant said that even under a best case scenario, the Southern Bluefin Tuna populations would not recover for many years.

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“Operation Punch” delivers knockout blow to illegal bushmeat markets

Some of the seized bushmeat on display following markets raids in Cameroon, including parts of gorillas, monkeys, pangolins, turtles, tortoises, crocodiles, snakes, antelopes, monitor lizards, hornbills and rodents Click on photo to enlarge © Eva Paule MOUZONG / TRAFFIC   

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Yaoundé, Cameroon, 21 October 2009—After months of planning, at 5 am on 16 October, a team of law enforcement officers, including the anti-poaching brigade of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF), staff from the Direction Générale à la Recherche Extérieure (DGRE) and others, swooped on markets throughout Yaoundé to seize bushmeat illegally on sale.

Code-named “Coup de poing”, (“Operation Punch”), the team confiscated 45 live animals, 228 carcasses plus 42 assorted animal parts following raids at Nkolndongo and Nkolndongo Texaco markets and the railway station.

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CITES authorities in France, Belgium and Spain enhance regional co-operation

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A traditional Asian medicine shop in Amsterdam Click photo to enlarge ©Jaap Reijngoud   Cambridge, UK, 21 October 2009—Enforcement officials from France, Belgium and Spain met this June to explore the characteristics of illegal wildlife trade from Africa—the principal origin of illegal wildlife exports to the three EU countries—and to undertake training in the identification of traditional Asian medicines (TAM).

20 participants from a variety of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) enforcement authorities, including the Customs, Police, Environmental Inspectorate and Interpol, took part in the two-day ‘EU-TWIX’ (European Union Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange) workshop.

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EU-wide project to fight illegal wildlife trade not to be sniffed at

Luggage at Frankfurt airport receives a thorough going over from one of the best wildlife detectives in the business Click photo to enlarge © FRAPORT-AG   

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Frankfurt, Germany, 21 October—a year after the introduction of sniffer dogs to track down illegal wildlife products at Frankfurt airport, WWF and TRAFFIC have announced plans to extend the successful pilot project Europe-wide.

In recent months, the two specially trained dogs—Amy and Uno—have uncovered several kilogrammes of caviar, ivory figurines, handbags made of snake skin, shark fins and even a complete bear skull, among other items.

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10 months for eBay ivory trader

A man illegally selling ivory artefacts through eBay has been sentenced to 10 months in jail in the UK Click photo to enlarge © HRMC   

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Cambridge, UK, 20 October 2009—A man who traded in elephant and whale ivory on eBay was sentenced to 10 months in prison following an international investigation by the UK's HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Nicholas Noonan, 46, of Bedfordshire, UK, pleaded guilty on 5 October 2009 to charges relating to illegal trading in African Elephant tusks and Sperm Whale teeth as well as ivory artefacts. They had been carved into billiard balls or used to make corkscrews before being sold on the commercial website.

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