Cambridge, UK, 16th November 2011—Tuesday’s seizure by Hong Kong Customs of 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets concealed inside a container shipped to Hong Kong from Cape Town, South Africa, provides a unique opportunity to gain insights into the criminal syndicates trafficking wildlife goods between Africa and Asia, according to TRAFFIC.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16th November 2011—Unfounded claims of a potential cure for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is one factor behind a boom in the trade of Tokay Geckos, according to a new report launched today by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
Douala, Cameroon, 15th November 2011—Delegates from eight central African countries last week agreed an Action Plan for strengthening enforcement of national wildlife laws in the region.
Gland, Switzerland, 10th November, 2011—the latest update of the world’s list of threatened animals and plant species—the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species—carried out by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) reveals mixed fortunes for many species.
9th November 2011—Border Police in Hungary seized around 10,000 dead songbirds from a Romanian truck near Szeged, close to the border with Romania on 5th November, according to MTI, the Hungarian News Agency.
The officials became suspicious after noticing some boxes within the refrigerated consignment appeared different to those containing meat and sausage products.
News update: according to a Vietnamese media report, Customs in the port of Hai Phong seized 300 kg of ivory on 5th November, said to be imported by a company based in Mong Cai http://bit.ly/skOtFg
Ha Noi, Vietnam, 4th November 2011—Following scientific analysis, Vietnamese officials have confirmed that all 211 items seized during a raid in northern Viet Nam last month were, as suspected, African Elephant ivory.