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Cambridge, UK, 27th August 2013—A British businessman who sold fake bomb and ivory detectors has been sentenced to seven years in jail by a court in the United Kingdom.
Beijing, China, 23 August 2013—How can companies trading in and manufacturing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) products in China become more sustainable in their management of medicinal plants supply chains? What are the current harvesting and trade practices in the TCM industry in China? How can the FairWild Standard support the shift towards sustainability in harvesting and trade?
Thailand, 21st August 2013—The Royal Thai Police have seized more than a dozen unregistered and illegally registered elephants from camps in three provinces in the south of Thailand as part of sweeping investigations into live elephant smuggling and the abuse of elephant identity certification and registration systems.
Bangkok, Thailand, 12th August 2013—On World Elephant Day (August 12), WWF and TRAFFIC urge Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to ensure legal reform, including steps outlined in Thailand’s national ivory action plan, deliver on her promise to shut down the country’s trade in ivory.
Hong Kong, 7th August 2013—As part of its efforts to raise awareness on shark conservation and the need to hamper the illegal trade and consumption of shark products among Chinese communities, WWF-Hong Kong has produced a Chinese translation of the report, “An Overview of Shark Utilization in the Coral Triangle Region.” (PDF, 2.7 MB)
UPDATE: Hong Kong, 7th August--On 6th August, Hong Kong Customs seized a further 1,120 ivory tusks, 13 rhino horns and five pieces of leopard skin weighing a combined total of 2.266t from a 20 ft container arriving from Nigeria and declared as "Red Cam Process Wood".
Hong Kong, 19th July 2013—Hong Kong Customs today announced the seizure, on 18th July, of 1,148 ivory tusks weighing 2.183 tonnes. The tusks were declared as timber and concealed in a 20 foot (6 m) container that arrived on a vessel from the West African country of Togo.
Kunming, China, August 2013—Representatives of 12 the 13 Tiger range countries meeting last week in Kunming reached agreement on measures to improve management of transboundary landscapes and combat illegal wildlife trade in wild Tigers.