June 2011—the latest issue of TIME magazine reveals a secret plot in China to breed imported white rhinos commercially for their horns to be used in medicine—a scheme that would be in direct contravention of national and international laws, and which contradicts statements made in 2010 by Chinese officials at an international meeting and representatives of the traditional Chinese medicine industry.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
Latest news from TRAFFIC
Bangkok, Thailand, 2nd June 2011—Airport and Customs officials at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport have seized close to 500 live protected animals stuffed into four bags, among them hundreds of turtles, tortoises and seven Gharial crocodiles.
Rhino horn openly on sale in Ha Noi markets
May 2011—A hard-hitting documentary hosted by Dan Rather screened this April on HDNet television in the USA and Canada revealed the extent of the rhino horn trade to Viet Nam and how it is fuelling a rhino poaching crisis in southern Africa.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 23rd May 2011—From 23rd to 27th May, the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry and other relevant authorities are hosting two workshops with government counterparts from Lao PDR to build on recent bilateral efforts to monitor the illegal cross-border trade of wildlife.
May 2011—As the holiday season gets underway, TRAFFIC is celebrating the first anniversary of the “Don't Buy Trouble” campaign at Viet Nam’s Noi Bai airport.
The campaign, which features a permanent display at the airport about wildlife trade, is estimated to have been viewed by around 4 million passengers who fly through Noi Bai each year.
Oaxaca, Mexico, 19th May 2011—TRAFFIC and the Mexican government’s National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) this week signed an agreement to exchange information on Mexican species traded internationally.
Cambridge, UK, 14th May 2011—today, small producers, artisans, farmers and small-hold manufacturers, Fair Trade producers, traders and consumers worldwide will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day.