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Viet Nam Prime Minister orders action on wildlife crime

Hanoi, March 2014—Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued a top-level Directive to his line ministries prioritizing enforcement at all levels, and across ministries, to combat poaching and trafficking of African elephant ivory and rhino horn.

The Directive highlights that the Vietnamese Government recognizes wildlife crime not only as an environmental threat, but also as a threat to the country’s economy, national security, public health and international relationships.

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World Wildlife Day – 15 species at risk from over-harvesting

Gland, Switzerland, 3rd March 2014—As the world celebrates World Wildlife Day today, IUCN — International Union for Conservation of Nature and TRAFFIC — the wildlife trade monitoring network have produced a photo gallery to highlight the broad range of species that are threatened by excessive trade, some of it illegal.

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Bangkok a hub in recent tortoise trafficking incidents

Bangkok, Thailand, 28th February 2014—Over a period of two weeks, authorities in Thailand, India and Hong Kong have intercepted three significant shipments of rare tortoises and freshwater turtles—all of them destined for or transiting Bangkok in Thailand—and rescued more than a thousand animals from smugglers.

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Uganda to return 2.9 tonnes of impounded ivory to ivory trafficking suspects

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Uganda, 27th February 2014—A high court judge in Uganda has ordered 2.9 tonnes of seized African Elephant ivory be returned to a Congolese national for onward export, despite the cargo having entered the country fraudulently declared as coffee and the fact that any onward export would clearly be in stark contravention of international regulations under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

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Trade data analysis can unmask illegal fishing activities

Costa Rica, 24th February 2014—Analysis of fisheries trade data provides a highly cost-effective and helpful method for accessing information that can assist in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the 4th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop held last week in Costa Rica was told.

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Over 1,000 frontline officers benefit from TRAFFIC’s training

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18th February 2014—TRAFFIC’s ground-breaking course on wildlife trade and species identification that has helped develop many trainers within South-East Asia’s enforcement agencies, was held for the second time today.

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Wildlife Department vigilance leads to five leopards seized in five months

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17th February 2014—Wildlife authorities have arrested two men and seized a leopard—the fifth to be found in raids in Peninsular Malaysia in less than six months.

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Governments commit to decisive and urgent action to tackle global wildlife poaching crisis

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London, UK, 13th February 2014—Heads of State, Ministers and high level representatives of 46 countries, including those most heavily impacted by poaching and illegal trade of wildlife, today committed to taking “decisive and urgent action” to tackle the global illegal wildlife trade.

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UK launches new programme to reduce demand for Tiger parts

London, UK, 12th February 2014—The UK Government today announced its support for a programme to protect and recover wild Tigers by reducing the demand for their bones and other body parts.

The commitment is part of the UK Government’s ongoing support for the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP), endorsed by all 13 Tiger range countries at the ‘Tiger Summit’ held in St Petersburg in 2010 and was made ahead of the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade currently taking place and hosted by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.

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