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Wednesday
Nov022011

Ivory seized during UK and New Zealand operations

Cheltenham, UK, 2nd November 2011—Dozens of pieces of ivory, including two raw tusks, have been recovered in the UK by Gloucestershire Police, working in conjunction with the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

The operation was linked with a search warrant executed simultaneously in Auckland, New Zealand, by officers from the New Zealand Wildlife Enforcement Group.

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Wednesday
Nov022011

‘On Borrowed Time’ wins best film at Eco Film Fest 2011

Selangor, Malaysia, 2nd November 2011On Borrowed Time, a documentary highlighting the poaching crisis in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex produced by WWF-Malaysia and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, has won the top prize at Malaysia’s Eco Film Festival.

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Monday
Oct312011

Francophone Customs meet in Gabon

Libreville, Gabon, 31st October 2011—Customs officers from 47 French-speaking nations met last week in Libreville, with improved international collaboration and closer regulation of trade firmly on the agenda.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

New report identifies innovative solutions for resolving bushmeat crisis

Montreal, 26th October 2011—A new United Nations report says resolving the crisis in the harvesting of bushmeat is possible if governments combine new management models, including community-based management, game-ranching and hunting tourism, with new mechanisms for monitoring and law enforcement.

The report, Livelihood Alternatives for the Unsustainable Use of Bushmeat, prepared for the Bushmeat Liaison Group of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with assistance from TRAFFIC and financial support from the European Union, comes at a time when the overexploitation of wild mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians is increasingly threatening food security and livelihoods in many tropical and subtropical countries.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Javan Rhino extinct in Viet Nam

Hanoi, Viet Nam, 25th October 2011—The last Javan Rhinoceros in Viet Nam was shot and its horn removed, presumably by poachers, according to a new WWF report.

“It’s hardly surprising the horn was missing from the last rhino as Viet Nam is the pre-eminent market destination for illegally sourced rhino horns,” said Tom Milliken, TRAFFIC’s rhino expert.

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Friday
Oct212011

Tigers and Lions on the loose in Ohio: an inevitable tragedy that should have been avoided

In Zanesville Ohio, USA, on 19 October 2011 some 56 exotic and native animals kept as pets by a private individual were intentionally released by their owner to roam the neighbouring areas.

They included 18 Tigers, Lions, bears, wolves and monkeys. Most of the animals were shot and killed by the authorities, eight were captured. Their owner had taken his own life after setting the animals free.

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Conservation of medicinal plants top of WHO agenda

in Japanese

Toyama, Japan, 19th October 2011—more than 60 international medicinal plant experts met this week in Toyama, the centre of traditional medicine and pharmaceutical production in Japan, to agree guidelines on conservation of medicinal plants.

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Monday
Oct172011

Medicinal plants programme receives prestigious award

in Japanese

October 2011—A joint WWF, TRAFFIC and IUCN project on sustainable use of medicinal plants in China’s Upper Yangtze Ecoregion has received an “Outstanding Contribution Award” from the Chinese State Ministry of Environmental Protection, EU-China Biodiversity Programme (ECBP), Ministry of Commerce and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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